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Universal Studio Japan – 8 popular attractions that you should ride!


“I want to ride the recommended attractions at Universal Studios Japan!” I’m sure many of you are thinking something like this. So, hello! I’m Non, a writer who loves Universal Studios Japan! This time, I’d like to introduce you to some of the top recommended attractions that you should experience if you go to Universal Studios Japan! Whether it’s your first time visiting or you’ve been here many times but missed some of the attractions, I hope you will find this information useful! Let’s go!

※Some pictures were taken before the Covid-19 pandemic.
※Please contact the park stores directly for the latest information on hours of operation, prices, etc.

8 Recommended Attractions

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 8 recommended attractions at Universal Studios Japan! I hope you’ll take this opportunity to experience them for yourself!

Mario Kart – Bowser’s Challenge

USJニンテンドーワールドThis is Mario Kart – Bowser’s Challenge, the centerpiece attraction at Super Nintendo World, which opened in March 2021! Inside the mighty Koopa Castle, you get to experience the Mario Kart world for yourself!USJニンテンドーワールドWhen you enter Bowser Castle, you will see a large statue of Bowser! The statue is so large and powerful that a photograph cannot do it justice, and it is so detailed that it is truly a sight to behold. I usually see Bowser onscreen when I’m gaming, but I was really impressed by how realistic the statue is.USJニンテンドーワールドInside Bowser Castle, you’ll find all of Mario’s enemies! I was very satisfied just walking around, because even before reaching the attraction, I was able to enjoy the Mario world to the fullest. I wanted to take them all home with me!マリオカートAnd now it’s time to experience the attraction! Put on the special goggles and let’s get started! You can enjoy the world of Mario Kart right in front of your eyes by throwing shells and getting coins. It’s a special experience unlike any other!

Basic info
Area: Super Nintendo World
Type: 3D ride
Height requirements:Over 122 cm (children accompanied by an adult: over 107 cm)

Minion Hachamecha Ride

USJ attractionsHere it comes! Everyone loves Minion Park! The town is very cute with its colorful, pop-colored Minion-like atmosphere. In fact, this Minion Park is the largest of its kind in the world. You just have to go!USJ attractionsLet’s get started with the Minions Hachamecha Ride! As the name suggests, the ride takes you on a ride through the Minions crazy antics. The giant dome screen shows the real world of the Minions in 3D, and it looks as if you have really entered the crazy world of the Minions!

In Gru’s laboratory, where the story takes place, there is a special vehicle invented by Gru. Once you get into the Vehicle, you will start an outlandish training to become a minion. You can run around the lab at a dizzying pace with the cute Minions and Gru’s three daughters, fly with all your might, or go headlong to the ends of the earth…you will experience the crazy world of the Minions as you have seen it in the movies! Laughing, by the way, the bond between the Minions, Gru and the three sisters is undeniably touching at times. You will be able to fully enjoy the free-spirited, lovable, and righteous cuteness of the Minions!

Basic info
Area:Minion Park
Type:3D ride
Height requirements: Over 122 cm (children accompanied by an adult: over 102 cm)


USJ attractionsJaws is a classic Universal Studios Japan attraction that can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful boat tour of the fishing village of Amity Village, as seen in the movie Jaws.USJ attractionsThe boat is always equipped with a rifle in case of emergency. Now you can enjoy the tour with peace of mind! How carefree I was enjoying the tour…USJ attractions“Gah 〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜!!!!” (I was so surprised that I was out of frame. (Laughing) The shark was unexpectedly big and very scary. Well, that was fun!

Basic info
Area:Amity Village
Type:Boat ride
Height requirements: Over 122 cm (children accompanied by an adult: no limit)

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

USJ attractionsNext stop! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hogsmeade Village, where the wizards live, is like stepping into the world of the movies. The area is on a grand scale, but every detail has been recreated so Harry Potter fans will enjoy to the fullest.USJ attractionsThere is also a life-size Hogwarts Express. Be sure to get your picture taken here!USJ attractionsAs you make your way through Hogsmeade Village, you’ll be treated to a performance by the students of the School of Magic! Check the performance schedule in advance. Restaurants and carts in the Harry Potter area offer that feast you saw in the movies!USJ attractionsImage courtesy of Universal Studios Japan

Harry Potter is all about butterbeer. Do you remember the scene where Hermione gets a foam mustache from the bubbles of butterbeer? It’s so cute, isn’t it?USJ attractionsSo, we tried it too! It was our first try, so I think our beards are a little thin. But it was a lot of fun! By the way, the butterbeer tastes like nothing in the human world. But it was my favorite sweet drink, so I was able to drink the entire mug full of it with plenty of time to spare. It is non-alcoholic and can be enjoyed by children, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, you should definitely try it!

Sold at: Three Broomsticks, Magic Neap CartUSJ attractionsAnd what a surprise! As many of you know, Hogwarts Castle seen from the terrace of the restaurant The Three Broomsticks is reflected on the water. It’s so beautiful… be sure to take a picture of it when you come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!USJ attractionsSince we are here, let’s take a commemorative photo in front of Hogwarts Castle! By the way, you can take a good picture of Hogwarts Castle from where the writer above is standing. After you proceed through Hogwarts Castle, you will find “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”.

This is a spectacular ride that has won the honor of being the No. 1 ride in the world for the past five consecutive years. Hermione douses you in Floo Powder and shouts “Observatory,” and you are instantly transported into the world of Harry Potter! The dragon flames dance, the dementors’ cold air blows, and you can feel the wizarding world with your whole body in this breathtaking attraction.

You no longer even need 3D glasses to experience the excitement of a new dimension as the ultra-realistic images spread out before your eyes! This is one of the attractions you must ride when you come to Universal Studios Japan!

Basic info
Area:The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Type:3D ride
Height requirements:Over 122 cm

Hollywood Dream – The Ride

USJ attractionsHere’s another must-experience attraction, Hollywood Dream the Ride! Actually, this is not just a roller coaster. You can enjoy the ride while listening to your favorite background music! I always choose Dreams Come True’s “Osaka Lover – special edition for USJ”. Whenever I hear this song, I get excited that I’m at Universal Studios Japan!USJ attractionsHollywood Dream the Ride is an exhilarating coaster that makes you feel as if you are flying through the air. The coaster also has a popular “Hollywood Dream the Ride – Backdrop” that goes backward, so be sure to try it! It will open up a different world from the forward-facing coaster.

Basic info
Area: Hollywood
Type: Roller coaster
Height requirements: Over 132 cm

Jurassic Park – The Ride

USJ attractionsAnd here is another classic, Jurassic Park The Ride. This tour to explore the world of dinosaurs is a thrill and will make you scream for sure!USJ attractionsBASHANG!!!!!!! With a spectacular splash, the flying car plummets 25.9 meters to escape the ferocious dinosaurs.USJ attractionsI got soaked, but it was so much fun!!!! I think you should wear a poncho. LOL!

Basic info
Area:Jurassic Park
Height requirements:Over 122 cm (children accompanied by an adult: over 107 cm)

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman 4K3D

USJ attractionsThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man the Ride 4K3D” is another firm favorite. You and Spider-Man ride through the streets of New York City in all directions. This has always been one of my favorite attractions, but no matter how many times I ride it, I always get so excited! And, it’s been voted the best ride in the world for seven years in a row! It is a thrilling attraction that is sure to make you scream out loud.

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Basic info
Area:New York
Type:3D Ride
Height requirements:Over 122cm (children accompanied by an adult: over 102 cm)


USJ attractionsLast but not least, Water World! This one has a time schedule, so be sure to check the show time. I was excited even before the show started because of the powerful stage! The set was so authentic that I felt like I was really in the movie. I’ve seen the Water World show many times since I was a kid, but every time I see it, I never get tired of discovering something new! That’s the proof that it’s been loved for many years…I recommend it because you can see so many people in one show.USJ attractionsDuring the show, you can also sit on a chair with a sticker on it to make sure you keep your social distance. By the way, the famous booing has taken on a slightly different form than usual! You can experience a new way to enjoy the show during the pandemic!USJ attractionsThe water bike chases, acrobatic stunts, and the all-new sound system were all powerful! It was a thrilling and breathtaking show experience. If you haven’t seen the powerful Waterworld yet, you definitely need to do so at least once!

Basic info
Type:Live show
Height requirements:none

Double the fun! One Point Advice

USJ attractionsI want to enjoy Universal Studios Japan even more! For those of you who feel this way, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy the park even more. Be sure to check them out!

Dress up with your friends!

USJ attractionsIf you’re going to Universal Studios Japan, you should dress up as yourself! I’ve never really tried out a costume before, but… it’s so much fun! Not only can you buy catsuits, but now you can also buy masks so you can really transform into your favorite characters!USJ attractionsMatching the color scheme of your entire body is also recommended! By the way, I (on the left in the photo) tried to be Tim, the stuffed bear that Bob the Minion has. Writer Aru (right in photo) is Snoopy! You can create a full-fledged impersonation just by matching the colors of your clothes a little bit, so please give it a try!

Take a picture at the photo spot!

When you come to Universal Studios Japan, find a photo spot and take lots of pictures! Everywhere in the park is picturesque, so find your own special photo spot! Of course, I also suggest you look for them on Instagram!

Those eco bags are so cute!

USJ attractionsI personally highly recommend the Universal Studios Japan eco-bag! Actually, this is my personal item that I have been using nonstop since I bought it about two years ago.USJ attractionsThe Minions shopping bag comes in a Bob and Tim pouch. These shopping bags have plenty of gussets and zippers, so even a quick shopping spree won’t be a problem! They are so cute that I carry them in my bag every day. Since you’re here, why not get a shopping bag of your favorite character and buy lots of souvenirs from the parks!

Check the app for ride wait times!

With the official Universal Studios Japan app, you can check the waiting time for each attraction. If you want to ride many attractions efficiently! Please download the app and enjoy the parks!

For more information about the official Universal Studios Japan app, click here.

Universal Studios Japan – Basic Information

Finally, here is some basic information about Universal Studios Japan.


Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka City
TEL: 0570-20-0606 (weekdays: 9:00 – 17:30, weekends and holidays: 9:00 – 19:00)


Here are the main ways to access Universal Studios Japan.

By Train

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Closest station: [JR Yumesaki Line] Universal City Station 5 min walk

By car

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Hanshin Expressway Wangan Route: Take the Universal City Exit after branching off at Hokko JCT.

Car and Bike Parking

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Tickets & Fees

Ticket prices for Universal Studios Japan are as follows. Since the number of admissions is currently limited, please reserve and purchase tickets in advance. If the number of visitors on the day of the event does not reach the limit, tickets can also be purchased at the ticket booths at the park entrances.

Studio Pass

Adults (12+) Kids (4-11) Seniors (65+)
1 Day Pass 8,400 yen 5,400 yen 7,600 yen
Twilight Pass
(Admission from 15:00)
5,900 yen 3,500 yen

※Prices vary depending on the date of admission
There are also various other Studio Passes available, such as the 1.5 Day Studio Pass and the 2 Day Studio Pass.

For more information, please visit the official website.
>Click here to purchase tickets and annual passes or for more information.

Annual Pass

If you want to enjoy Universal Studios Japan as many times as possible, we recommend the Annual Pass. There are currently three types of Annual Passes available, so be sure to check them out!

Features Adults (12+) Kids (4-11)
Universal Annual Pass
・70-75 blackout/exclusion days
・Annual Pass benefits
21,800 yen 15,200 yen
Universal Annual Pass ・20 blackout/exclusion days
・Annual Pass benefits
28,800 yen 19,200 yen
Universal Annual Pass
・No exclusion days
・Annual Pass benefits
39,800 yen 27,200 yen

For more information, please visit the official website.
>Click here to purchase tickets and annual passes or for more information.

Express Pass

You can also purchase an Express Pass to shorten the waiting time for popular attractions. If you want to enjoy many attractions in a short time! If you want to enjoy many attractions in a short time, check this out!

For more information, please visit the official website.
>Click here for more information on the Universal Express Pass.

Universal Studios Japan – Official Hotel

USJ hotelThere are many official hotels around Universal Studios Japan. Click below for the official hotels of Universal Studios Japan.


How did you like our introduction of recommended attractions at Universal Studios Japan? We introduced attractions that many people can enjoy, including some that have been loved by visitors since the park opened, as well as new, state-of-the-art attractions. I’m always happy to be of help to those who want to enjoy Universal Studios Japan even more. First of all, please experience Universal Studios Japan’s classic attractions and make some special memories!

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