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Universal Studios Japan Hotels

Since opening its gates for the first time in 2001, Universal Studios Japan swiftly established itself as one of the world’s busiest and best-loved theme parks. It’s a sheer paradise for thrill seekers and movie buffs, packed to bursting with spectacular, no-expense-spared attractions themed around all-time great films and TV shows. From the relentlessly colourful Sesame Street Fun Zone, to nerve-shredding rides like The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, there’s something to delight and astound visitors of all ages.

Things to see

In 2014, Universal Studios unveiled The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a must for anyone who’s ever dreamed of roaming the draughty halls of Hogwarts. Here you can explore iconic locations from one of the world’s biggest film franchises – sip frothy butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks pub, go wand-shopping at Ollivanders, or simply amble around the quaint village of Hogsmeade. Afterwards, take a vertigo-inducing broomstick ride with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a jaw-droppingly immersive 3D motion attraction.

If you need a further adrenalin fix, the park boasts a plethora of state-of-the-art thrill rides, based on classic movies like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, and Jaws. This being a celebration of Hollywood entertainment, there’s also an abundance of lavish shows for you to sit back and enjoy. Kids will be enchanted by Shrek’s 4D Adventure, while the whole family will be blown away by the amazing stunt work and lavish pyrotechnics of Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular.

Hotels in Universal Studios Japan

There’s a fantastic selection of hotels near Universal Studios Japan to choose from. Within easy walking distance of the park gates, you’ll find a host of first-rate, family friendly mid-range Universal Studios Japan hotels such as la'gent hotel osaka bay, where you can enjoy home comforts like giant flat-screen TVs, deep soaking bath tubs, and free WiFi and toiletries. You can also tuck into lavish hotel buffets each morning, and enjoy hassle-free evening meals at laid-back, on-site restaurants. A little further afield lie some of Osaka’s most opulent luxury hotels such as Hotel Universal Port, which are stuffed with alluring amenities such as full service health spas, state-of-the-art fitness studios, and shimmering swimming pools.

Where to stay

Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka’s thriving, stunningly scenic Bay Area. It’s a particularly great location for families – aside from the theme park, local attractions include the colossal, state-of-the-art Osaka Aquarium, and the giant Tempozan Ferris wheel. Visitors of all ages will simply adore eating at the Naniwa Food Theme Park. Here you can sample addictive local dishes like deep-fried kushikatsu meat skewers, while exploring a colourful recreation of 70s downtown Osaka. Shopaholics are also very well catered for, with gleaming malls and bargain-packed outlet stores.

How to get to Universal Studios Japan

Most flights from overseas land at Kansai International Airport. From here, you can get to Universal Studios by train in under 80 minutes – the most straightforward option is to take the Kansaikuko line to Nishi-Kujo station, then jump on the Sakurajima line to Universal City station. Alternatively, a taxi should take between 40 and 55 minutes. If you’re flying from elsewhere in Japan, you’d more likely to land at Osaka International Airport. From here, you can reach the park by train in around 50 minutes – take the Osaka Monorail to Hotarugaike station, then the Hankyu line to Hanku-Umeda station. Walk to nearby Osaka station, and take the Osaka Loop to Universal City. A taxi will take around 30-50 minutes, depending on traffic.

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