USJ tickets can be bought when you arrive at Universal Studios Japan. However, unless you love queuing, our pro tip is to buy your tickets online ahead of time. You can buy your tickets through the USJ booking site but it’s quicker and easier to buy them through a reputable online travel agency.
What is a USJ Express Pass?
Universal Studios Japan doesn’t have a free line-skipping system such as the Fast Pass at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. Instead, USJ has various Express Passes which need to be purchased in addition to a standard Studio Pass.
An Express Pass is a fantastic queue-jumping tool. With an Express Pass in your hand, you will spend far less time waiting in seemingly endless lines and far more time enjoying the various rides and other attractions that USJ has to offer.
We have visited USJ twice now – once without an Express Pass and once with an Express Pass. We managed to do far more in a shorter amount of time and felt much less stressed on our second visit when we used Express Passes. An Express Pass not only significantly shortens wait times in queues but it also includes a timed entry ticket to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal Studios Japan Entry Ticket Pricing
Studio Pass (park admission) tickets are based on a three-tier (A, B and C) pricing structure. A, B, and C passes are identical except for seasonal pricing differences (prices correct as at Dec 2019):
- Category A passes are for non-peak times. They cost 7 400 yen for adults (12 and over) and 5 100 yen for children (aged 4 to 11).
- Category B passes are for shoulder periods and cost 8 200 yen for adults and 5 600 yen for children.
- Category C passes are for peak periods. They cost 8 900 yen for adults and 6 100 yen for children.
There are also 2-day passes if you want to spend longer at Universal Studios Japan.
Check out the official Universal Studios Japan Studio Pass Price Calendar to help you work out when Category A, B and C pricing applies.
NOTE: Studio Passes don’t include Universal Express Passes which need to be purchased separately. They also don’t include Timed Entry Tickets for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which comes as part of most Universal Express Passes).
USJ Express Pass Guide
There are three different ways to purchase an Express Pass:
- Purchase Express Passes ahead of time through online travel agencies like Klook and Voyagin for easy access when you visit USJ.
- Purchase Express Passes on the day you visit from the ticket booth or ticket windows in the park.
- Purchase Express Passes on the day you visit from USJs partner hotels.
Of these three options, the only option that really makes sense is to buy the Express Passes in advance. There is only a limited supply of Express Passes for each day and it is almost certain that they will already have been sold prior to the day of your visit. Express Passes will not be available on the day from ticket booths or partner hotels if they have all been sold out beforehand.
How to Book Universal Studios Japan Express Passes through Voyagin
Voyagin has an excellent USJ page where you enter your planned date to visit and it will automatically work out which studio entry pass you require and will also show which Express Passes are available, which makes it really easy to work out your options. Below the travel date in the below image is a link to see Express Pass demand levels – this is a good option to see whether the Express passes are being sold out, and to help you work out whether to purchase quickly or whether you have more time. Voyagin offers instant confirmation for studio entry passes, and next day tickets for Express Passes where available.
The Voyagin USJ page also includes special seasonal passes and events. If you look at the image below as an example, after you specify your date to visit and then click on a specific Express Pass, on the right-hand side Voyagin also shows the price and inclusions for each Express Pass, and below that box you can also see an option to purchase both your Studio Entry Pass and your chosen Express Pass, which includes the total cost for both items.
How to Book USJ Express Passes through Klook
You can also purchase your Universal Studios Japan Studio Entry Pass, Express Pass and other special event passes thorough Klook with same day or next day tickets for most items. Klook offers instant confirmation for studio entry passes, and next day tickets for Express Passes where available.
Klook has separate pages for each type of entry and Express Pass, so you can choose the ones you want and add them to your shopping cart before finalising your booking. If it is your first time making a booking through Klook then use our below coupon code to get a $A5 discount off your first order.
With Klook you also accumulate loyalty credits with each order you complete, which you can use to receive discounts off other bookings. Check out our detailed personal review of Klook to see more information about using Klook to book your tickets, transport and tours for your Japan visit.
Click here to check out and purchase your Universal Studios Japan Entry Pass, Express Pass 4, and Express Pass 7 skip the queue passes through Klook. Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order!
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