Osaka: Universal Studios Japan

Located in Konohana-ku, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン) is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. It is owned and operated by USJ Co. Ltd, with a license from NBCUniversal.

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) opened on March 31, 2001. During the opening year alone, the theme park was visited by 11 million guests, becoming the world's fastest amusement park to achieve the 10 million milestone at that time. Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. According to 2013 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, Universal Studios Japan is ranked ninth among the top 25 amusement theme parks worldwide. 
The entrance at night


Near the entrance of USJ
The different themed attractions and rides of Universal Studios Japan are arranged in the eight areas of the park. These areas are:
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Jurassic Park
  • Amity Village
  • Hollywood
  • Waterworld
  • Universal Wonderland
  • Lagoon
Wanna avoid getting lost? Then check this out.
Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area
What a cute looking owl... hehehe
Choose your side!
A ninth area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened last July 15, 2014. Aside from the rides and attractions, the park also boasts its Christmas tree. It was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most Illuminated Christmas tree in the world for having 260,498 lights.
Thanks to the Express Pass we were able to ride most of the attractions of USJ
Flight of the Hippogriff - Nope you wont fly here...
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey the newest and probably the best ride in USJ
Best place for kids!
Jaws... A simple fun ride
Hollywood Dream/ Backdrop... something best to remember USJ
Flying Snoopy- a ride for kids of all ages
Spidey fans... Here's a ride for you!
I love this one!
Enjoying the games and food with our Japanese family...
...and friends
We visited USJ during our fifth day in Japan. My wife and I almost tried all its rides due to our Universal Express Pass. The Universal Express Pass allowed us to skip the long lines and save more time. Aside from that, our Japanese family and friends accompanied us, helping us with our daughter and scheduling of rides. 
A part of the show Gift of Angels
The tree with most lights according to Guinness
Before leaving you should try out this turkey leg...
...and butterbeer

What I like about USJ is the production called Gift of Angels. It is similar to most of the night illumination festivals that we have seen in the country. the use of lights and sounds really made the production magical and a must watch. Overall, our 2-day adventure in USJ was one of the highlights of our stay in Japan.

Good night USJ!
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Getting there:

From Kansai International Airport (KIX) ride a JR rapid to Nishikujo Station then transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal City Station. The whole travel is estimated to last 70 - 75 minutes.

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