Universal's first theme park outside the United States, Universal Studios Japan opened March 31, 2001 in Osaka. Today, it's Universal's most-visited theme park, drawing more than 14 million visitors in 2019, ranking sixth in the world. In addition to familiar Universal theme park properties - such as Harry Potter, the Minions, and Jurassic Park - Universal Studios Japan also is home to Super Nintendo World as well as characters from Peanuts and Sesame Street, which are found at rival parks in the United States.
Our recommendations below come from our annual survey of Theme Park Insider newsletter subscribers. Locations with star ratings ★ ranked especially highly among our readers. Click here to subscribe to our free, twice-weekly email of theme park news and to participate in the next ranking survey.
Certain locations may not be available due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The big addition to Universal Studios Japan in 2021 is Super Nintendo World, which opened March 18. Guests who buy and wear Power Up bands can punch Question Blocks and collect virtual coins at interactive locations throughout the land, which is designed to bring Super Mario games to life. The two attractions are:
Other notable attractions include an indoor Mack Rides spinning coaster, often operating as Space Fantasy The Ride, but that commonly gets virtual reality overlays themed to various Manga franchises. You also will find Despicable Me Minion Mayhem in a Minion Park land, plus a whole bunch of Peanuts, Sesame Street and Hello Kitty-themed kiddie rides.
Universal Studios Japan can be like a trip back in time for American theme park fans, as you will find Backdraft, Terminator 2: 3D and Shrek 4D playing here, along with SING on Tour and Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show.
The new restaurant in Super Nintendo World is Kinopio's Cafe, Chef's Toad's counter service restaurant serving Mario Burgers, Super Mushroom Pizza Bowls, Caprese Salad, and Question Block Tiramisu.
Take JR West (Japan Railways) Yumesaki Line to the Universal City station.