"Universal Studios Japan, or USJ, promises to be the Osaka rival of Tokyo Disneyland. USJ is the third movie-based theme park... More
Universal Studios Japan
"Universal Studios Japan, or USJ, promises to be the Osaka rival of Tokyo Disneyland. USJ is the third movie-based theme park in the Universal Studios' family and the first opened outside of the United States. Visitors can experience live-action shows and amusement park rides inspired by some of the more popular Universal Studios' films, including Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator. The park also features a number of American-style restaurants centered on movie themes. It promises a great time for adults, but small children may be overwhelmed by the attractions.
We arrived early at Universal Studios so there was short lines. We went during the week so that might have attributed to the short lines. It was very clean and very well groomed. The rides were great, especially the Spiderman and Back to the Future Ride. The only con was I didn't understand the Japanese Lanuage but their enthusiasm made up for the language barrier.
While the rides were fun and the park was clean and well organized, the waits were outrageously long (2 hours and 40 minutes for Spiderman) and the Express Passes, an expensive addition that makes the waits much shorter, were all sold out by the time we got there at 11am. Food was also much more expensive than Disneyland. Having said that, the staffmembers at Universal Studios were very helpful and we did have a really good time. Best rides...Spiderman and Jurassic Park.