Universal Studios Japan Shopping

Merchandise Stand

There is a great mix of speciality shops and more general merchandise shops at Universal Studios Japan. Many of the shops are near the entrance to Universal Studios Japan. There are also merchandise stands throughout the park. Speciality Shops Some of the speciality shops are linked to particular characters such as Hello Kitty, Minions, Minion Unicorn, … Read more

Strategies to Save Time at USJ

Universal Studios Day Parade

While I strongly recommend buying an Express Pass because they save so much time and therefore make your life easier, there are other ways to save time at USJ. Here are a number of other ways to save time. Buy your tickets ahead of time If you buy your Studio Pass ahead of time through … Read more

How to Get to Universal Studios Japan from Osaka


People typically arrive into Osaka at either Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka Station, Namba Station, Nishikujo Station, Nipponbashi Station or Shinsaibashi Station. You can use the Hyperdia website or Google Maps to work out train schedule and route options from each of these stations.  You should expect to change trains 2-3 times before getting to Universal City … Read more

Japan Rail Pass Overview

Japan Rail Pass

When you start planning your trip to Japan a key question for most travellers is whether you need to buy a Japan Rail JR Pass and what is the cheapest option.  If you search in Google for Japan Rail Passes you are immediately inundated with many websites advertising themselves as the best place to buy … Read more