Visitors Guide to Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

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.

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New for 2024

Mine-Cart Madness - This new "boom coaster" will anchor the Donkey Kong Country expansion of Super Nintendo World, in spring 2024.

What to Do

Top Recommendations

  1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ★ ★ ★
    Kuka-arm dark ride located in Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. Height requirement: 48 inches
  2. Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge
    Super Nintendo World's main attraction is an augmented reality dark ride in which guests drive in a real-life Mario Kart game. Height requirement: 36 inches
  3. Jurassic Park The Flying Dinosaur
    A 3,688-foot Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster in Jurassic Park, with a 124-foot drop, top speed of 62 mph and five inversions. Height requirement: 52 inches
  4. Jurassic Park The Ride
    Dinosaur-themed shoot-the-chutes flume ride in Jurassic Park. Height requirement: 42 inches
  5. Waterworld
    Live stunt show that far exceeds the Kevin Coster movie upon which it is based.

Other Attractions


  • Hollywood Dream - The Ride: 3,937-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster, with a top speed of 56 mph. Height requirement: 54 inches
  • Cinema 4D: Movie theater
  • Space Fantasy - The Ride: Mack Rides indoor spinning coaster. Often rethemed for various limited-time animation events. Height requirement: 40 inches
  • Sing On Tour: Musical show
  • Playing With Curious George: Theater show
  • Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show: Musical show

New York

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride closes January 22.

Minion Park

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Motion base show. Height requirement: 40 inches

Amity Village

  • Jaws: Narrated outdoor boat ride, just like the one that used to be in Orlando. Height requirement: 48 inches

Super Nintendo World

  • Yoshi Adventure: Track ride atop Yoshi's back where you hunt through Super Nintendo World for a Golden Egg that Captain Toad was seeking. Height requirement: 34 inches.
  • Power-Up Band Key Challenges

Universal Wonderland

  • The Flying Snoopy: Aerial carousel
  • Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream: Spinner
  • Big Bird's Big Top Circus: Carousel
  • Elmo's Little Drive: Driving cars
  • Elmo's Go-Go Skateboard: Half pipe ride
  • Moppy's Balloon Trip: Hot-air balloon-themed spinner
  • Sesame's Big Drive: Go karts
  • Elmo's Bubble Bubble: Boat ride

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Flight of the Hippogriff: Vekoma Junior Coaster. Height requirement: 48 inches
  • Ollivander's: Live show in a small room, where a guest is selected for a wand selection event

Where to Eat


  1. The Three Broomsticks
    Counter service British pub fare in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
  2. Kinopio's Cafe
    Chef's Toad's counter service restaurant in Super Nintendo World, serving Mario Burgers, Super Mushroom Pizza Bowls, Caprese Salad, and Question Block Tiramisu.
  3. Finnegan's Bar and Grill
    Irish pub and table service restaurant in New York

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Park Map

Take JR West (Japan Railways) Yumesaki Line to the Universal City station.