Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Japan

Last year when the bf and I visited Japan, we HAD to check out Harry Potter Land. Although the Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) display was already removed, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter still seemed to be hugely popular. In fact, there is now a brand new one open in the Orlando park!

We purchased both our 1 day studio pass and Universal Express Pass 7 through USJ before the day (I think it was only available through the Japanese version of the USJ website). Unfortunately because we bought the tickets only a few weeks before the date we were  going, the Express Pass price was super high (something in the 9000yen range). Despite entertaining the idea of YOLO-ing without the express pass, we decided it wasn’t worth the risk and shelled out the pennies. It was so worth purchasing. Several rides that day had lines well over 100 minutes each, but with the express pass we got in within 15 minutes for each of them!

If you’ve been to other Universal Studio parks, you’ll realise that many of the rides are the same. The Jurassic Park ride was exactly the same, as was several of the other rides that duped with the Universal Studios in LA. The real merit here was just Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and now, Jaws!

We visited Harry Potter Land both in the morning, and again at night to see the night views. It was well worth going back for the photos and the cosy winter night atmosphere!

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Public Convenience just sounds so funny ._.

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SO EXPENSIVE. I really wanted a Sirius Black wand :'(
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Candycandycandycandycandyyyyyyyy
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SWEETS. ALL THE SWEETS <3

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The sock lamp rotates 😛
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A magical, organised mess <3
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Inside the canteen
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The kind of canteen we never had in NZ haha
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2,800yen. Not too bad for a super touristy spot?
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I hope this guy is really as chirper as his perfect smile suggests!
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Raincoats ruining the views, but look at this beautiful warm shop <3
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Accidental photo of Hogwarts with flash, making it look like magical snow was falling
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Even the steam train had steam! Such atmosphere <3 <3 <3

And some extra photos from around Universal Studios. The Christmas cheer was in, and it was so bloody cute!

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Cute Christmas shark
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Cute Christmas tree of lights
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Cute parade with fairy light trees (in the entry to the park)

Beware of the high prices around Christmas time, and try to pick a date where it has a chance of slightly bad weather. There will be less people, and the tickets may be a little cheaper. All in all, it’s definitely worth going in winter for the winter Hogwarts feel!

  • I’ve still yet to visit, but it is high up on my list as a Harry Potter Fan. USJ also just opened a new record-breaking roller coaster, called “The Flying Dinosaur”. It has the world’s longest track (1,124 meters) and the deeper drop ever (37.8 meters).

    • OMG!! You have to go! :O I saw the video for it – nice first drop!! The entire ride looks very fun! 😀

    • I’m so sad that they were building the flying dinosaur as I was there T_T your comment still makes me sob QQ I guess I’ll just have to go again!

      • Don’t worry! It gives you the perfect excuse to go there again. I’m still waiting to visit. Maybe in 2017 🙂

  • Alexis

    I had no idea that the Universal Studios in Japan had opened a Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That’s awesome! Do they have Butterbeer? It’s a butterscotch flavored beer. I know that they sell them at the Universal Studios in California.

    • The Harry Potter area in USJ has been there for a few years! It’s much older than the new one that opened in the states 🙂
      Also yes! There is butterbeer, but I have to say it’s not that great. We bought one in the proper beer mug which you can keep – I’m surprised I didn’t put that photo up….

      • Alexis

        Ah, that’s not cool! I was hoping that the beer would be tasty. At least the mug is cute!

        I need to go visit soon! I live 15 minutes away from the one in LA. I hope that the Jurassic park ride is still there. It was my favorite ride as a kid.

        Alexis
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