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Universal Studios Japan was the first Universal Studios Theme Park Built Outside the US

Posted By on Dec 4, 2013


Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン), or USJ for short, is located in Osaka. It is one of four Universal Studios theme parks in the world, and was the first one to be built outside the United States.

It is the second most visited theme park in Japan and is often referred to as the Disneyland of Kansai.

Universal Studios Japan is over 40 acres large and divided into different sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Lagoon, Water World and Amity Village.

Universal Studios Japan is a fun trip for friends, families and even couples. You’ll find something for everyone here. There are plenty of rides and performances to entertain all ages.


Like in the United States, rides are based off popular Hollywood movies such as Spiderman, Shrek, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. A Harry Potter based attraction is said to open in 2014, which will expand the park even further.

The JR line that leads you to Universal Studios Japan also had themed cars that match these various movie themes, like the Spiderman train.


Around the theme park you’ll also find many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters’ like Spiderman, Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the characters of Sesame Street. Although lines can be long, it’s a fun opportunity for children to be able to meet some of their favorite characters!

The characters there also put on various shows every day, including a night parade whereby illuminated floats are paraded through the streets. Called the “Magical Starlight Parade”, it is one of the highlights of any visit to Universal Studios Japan.


Before you leave the area, be sure to check out Universal Citywalk Osaka, which is located right outside the park gates. You’ll be able to purchase all your Universal Studios souvenirs here. This is also where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and the 5 official theme park hotels.

2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan

[post by Beth]


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Beth Williams

Originally from Chicago, Beth got her first true taste of travel when she studied abroad in Japan during her final year of university. She ended up loving Asia so much, she found herself moving right back upon graduating and is currently teaching English full-time in Hong Kong. Armed with her camera and a passion for travel, she is currently on a mission to photograph the world-- proving that you can work the normal “9-5” and still find time to travel on her blog Besudesu Abroad.

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