When our family visits Japan each summer, we think of what places would be interesting to visit, and share our experiences about them so the information may help JOC readers when they visit Japan one day. The past 3 summers we visited Disneyland and DisneySea in Tokyo. As our daughter is a Harry Potter fanatic and we were going to visit the Kansai area, Universal Studios Japan was the theme park of choice this year.
Before You visit Universal Studios Japan (USJ)
We did quite a bit of research before visiting USJ. Most of the reviews we read online cautioned on the long lines. Based on Wiki, it’s the 4th most popular theme park in the world with 13.9 million visitors in 2015. How to avoid the lines" You can shorten the wait with express tickets but unfortunately it’ll almost double the ticket price.
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USJ offers many ticket packages (too many!) and they are somewhat confusing. The packages for the Japanese language site also has more options than other languages. Let me simplify them for you:
Universal Studios Japan Tickets and Express Tickets (all the prices below includes tax)
Non-Japanese site packages (cannot purchase online):
1 Day pass – Adult ¥7,400, Children ¥4,980
2 Day pass – Adult ¥12,450, Children ¥8,420
Universal Express pass 7 – you get to have a shorter line for 7 rides (1 time only), the packages are available in 3 options and all are the same price ¥6,900.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Flight of the Hippogriff
The Flying Dinosaur or Hollywood Dream – Backdrop or Space Fantasy (you can only choose one)
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Hollywood Dream or Backdraft (you can only choose one)
Jurassic Park or JAWS (you can only choose one)
Universal Express pass 4 – shorter line for 4 rides (1 time only), available in 2 options and all the same price ¥4,500
The Fly Dinosaur
Space Fantasy or Backdraft (you can only choos...