Universal Studios in Osaka3:03 AM
It was easy for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to steal the attention from the rest of the Universal Studios Japan when it opened in July 2014. Visiting it is a priority for park guests. In fact, it is the only section of USJ with a secondary ticketing system because of the huge influx of tourists. (Read tips and view our photos from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter after this link.)
However, there's more to the Japanese Universal Studios than Mr. Potter's world.
USJ is divided into eight areas. And although the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the biggest, you still have a couple of attractions to experience in Hollywood, New York, San Fransisco, Jurassic Park, Water World, Amity Village and in Wonderland.
Before the spectacular 4K3D ride "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey", the park's centerpiece is The Hollywood Dream- The Ride. It is a high speed, inverting roller coaster which is visible from the park's main entrance. We didn't have the chance to try it since we spent more time in Harry Potter park but for those who availed a 2-day pass, this is a must-try.
We also skipped the Jurassic Park Ride, assuming that it will be the same attraction that we've tried in Universal Studios Singapore. We also skipped the death-defying stunt-filled Waterworld Show since we've seen it also in USS. If you have not seen it yet, however, the show is amazing! A caution though, all of the shows in USJ are in Japanese with no English translation because of its fast-paced nature. Consider yourself lucky if you can understand a little of the language.
The other more exciting ride, even if it is in Japanese, is the Spiderman 3-D attraction. Back to the Future is also worth the wait in long lines and so is the Terminator 3-D show. The same as what I shared in our previous blogs about our visits to the other theme parks, it would be best to get a map upon admission and plan for the attractions that you will visit.
For directions on park tickets and how to reach Universal Studios Japan via the Osaka train service, we have everything explained in detail here - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
For now, let me show you some photos. :)