Scariest-Ever Universal Studios Japan Halloween Specials 2017 REVEALED

Be part of the scariest-ever event in USJ history

Scare-addicts – this is the event of the year you’ve been waiting for.

Gear up for one of the region’s most-anticipated Halloween event as Universal Studios Japan’s (USJ) unleashes its SCARIEST-EVER Halloween Horror Night!

The park pulls out all the stops for this year’s Halloween Horror Night with crowd favourites and all-new bone chilling attractions bound to unnerve even the most stoic visitor.

With the Halloween Horror Night Express Pass now available for sale, here’s what you need to know for an epic Halloween night out at USJ.

1. How to use the Universal Studios Japan Halloween Express Pass

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There are three different types of tickets available at Universal Studios Japan, namely:

  1. Entry Ticket
  2. Express Pass
  3. Halloween Express Pass

Here’s where things might get complicated, so we’ve broken it down for you into these few need-to-knows.

1.1 The Halloween Express Pass is not a USJ entry ticket

The Horror Night Express Pass is an add-on pass that gives you fast-track access to the special Halloween attractions at USJ. The USJ entry ticket is not included in the Halloween Express Pass and will have to be purchased separately.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of the Halloween Express Pass, you will need to have both a USJ entry ticket and Halloween Express Pass on the day of your visit.

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1.2 “Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab” is a ticketed attraction

A regular USJ entry ticket will give you access to all of the Halloween attractions except Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab.

Trauma 3 is a ticketed attraction and requires a separate ticket for entry (see “Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab Admission Ticket”).

There are two ways to visit Trauma 3: you can either purchase a Trauma 3 admission ticket or a Horror Night Express Pass 5 – Trauma that gives you fast-track access to the attraction on top of other selected Horror Night attractions.

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1.3 Attraction timings may overlap when used with the regular USJ Express Pass

If you’re planning to purchase a regular USJ Express Pass and Halloween Express Pass, do note timings may overlap and you will have to choose one attraction over the other.

1.4 Prices vary according to date of visit

The Halloween Express Passes are only available from 8 September to 5 November 2017. Prices vary every day according to the park’s official terms and conditions, so be sure to select a specific date and package for accurate ticket prices.

Unlike the open-dated USJ entry tickets available on Klook, Halloween Express Passes are fixed date entry only and cannot be changed.

1.5 You need a printed copy of your Halloween Express Pass to use it

After purchasing your Halloween Express Pass on Klook, do be sure to print it out and bring it along with you. You can use the printed voucher directly at the relevant attractions.

You do not need to print out your USJ entry ticket. Simply scan the QR code on your Klook mobile e-voucher at the park entry turnstiles for admission.

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2. Horror Night Highlights

This year’s USJ Halloween Horror Night program line-up is unique in that some of the Haunted Houses start from as early as 12 noon.

The program also promises to be so terrifying they’ve implemented age restrictions on some of the attractions, so do take note especially if you’re planning to visit with young children!

2.1 Street Zombies

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USJ is going all out this year with their street zombies and the promise that you’ll be attacked by 20 different types of the living dead – the widest variety in park history! Look out for some zombie entertainment as well in the form of the Zombie Mob.

Some new zombie varieties will only appear on rainy days, so there’s something to look forward to even if the weather seems a little threatening!

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2.2 Dead or Alive (Deadman’s Forest)

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In this attraction, guests will have to undertake life-or-death missions in a maze filled with zombies with the singular goal of stopping you from escaping. Take charge of your own destiny and complete the tasks in order to free yourself or join the undead in their forest hell – the choice is yours at Deadman’s Forest.

Day Sailing: 7am to 5.30pm
Night Sailing: 5.30pm to 7am

2.3 Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab

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The highlight of USJ Halloween Horror Night, this walk-through attraction spans a whopping 35-minutes and is the longest attraction in USJ history!

Enter a word of mad scientists and horrific experiments playing on your deepest fears and worst nightmares come to life. Guests will have to wander through the attraction searching for an unseen exit whilst plagued with scenes of horror beyond your wildest imagination.

This attraction is rated a full 10/10 on the horror scale and only children aged 15 years old and above are allowed to enter. Enter at your own risk!

Roundtrip Weekday (Day Sailing) US$40 (HKD308)
Roundtrip Weekend (Day Sailing)US$43 (HKD336)
Roundtrip Weekday/Weekend (Day/Night Sailing)US$45 (HKD350)
One Way (Weekday)
US$21 (HKD165)
One Way (Weekend)US$23 (HKD175)

2.4 Cult of Chucky – Chucky’s Hospital Ward of Hell

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Chucky is back by popular demand and it’s scarier than ever! If you’ve watched Cult of Chucky, you’ll be familiar with the killer doll and his thirst for blood.

We can’t promise you won’t have the urge to throw all your dolls away after this, but we promise this year’s Chucky attraction will surpass every other USJ Chucky event!

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2.5 A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Maze 3

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Enter the freaky realm of A Nightmare on Elm Street and attempt to escape from the clutches of Freddy alive. Be prepared for unexpected surprises and try to anticipate Freddy’s next move as you wander through the maze.

P.S. Remember to watch your back.

Roundtrip Weekday (Day Sailing) US$39 (HKD304)
Roundtrip Weekend (Day Sailing)US$41 (HKD321)
Roundtrip Weekday/Weekend (Day/Night Sailing)US$43 (HKD334)
One way- WeekdayUS$22 (HKD170)
One Way-WeekendUS$21(HKD160)

2.6 The Exorcist: The House of Exorcism

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Remember that famous head-turning, spider walking scene? Good news! All of that (and so much more) will be reproduced in its full glory at the Exorcist attraction this year!

Only the strongest people can walk into an eerie mansion modelled after one of the scariest movies of all time. Grab your ghost-busting posse and conquer it together!

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Address:88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 5pm to 9pm

2.7 Sadako

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Sadako needs no introduction! This year, she’s crawling out of the TV and into your life at Sadako: The Cursed Attraction – in 3D!

Meet your favourite long-haired ghost at USJ – if you dare!

Kathu Waterfalls: Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Ton Sai Waterfalls: Thep Kasattri, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

2.8 Gakko no Kaidan (Haunted School)

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Overnight school camps will take on a whole new meaning after you’ve gone through Gakkō no Kaidan! Modelled after the Japanese movie of the same name, this attraction will bring all your student nightmares to life.

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Address: 5/30 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Wichit, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 10pm

3. Family-Friendly Halloween Specials

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If the ghosts and ghouls aren’t your thing, you can still join in the fun with “Festa de Parade”! This costume parade takes place during regular park opening hours. Join the music and the celebrations as performers don a wide array of beautiful costumes.

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Don’t miss the massive Happy Trick or Treat candy display and mischievous Minions trick-or-treating at the Minion Park!

Oh the horror

Can’t get enough of the Halloween scarefest? Check out our other articles for even more reason to freak yourself out:

Don’t forget to pick up some WiFi and other items you’ll need to survive a very spooky Halloween in Osaka!

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10 Things You Need To Know About Japan’s Tallest Skyscraper

Best views of Osaka

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Klook Fun Fact: “Harukas” is an old Japanese expression meaning clear up or brighten.

True to its name, Japan’s tallest skyscraper Abeno Harukas promises clear and bright sweeping views of Osaka up at its own observation deck located on the 58th to 60th floor – HARUKAS 300.

Apart from HARUKAS 300, Abeno Harukas is also home to many facilities including a hotel, art museum, restaurants, departmental store and so much more. Read on and find out why HARUKAS 300 should definitely be on your itinerary the next time you’re in Osaka!

1. Marvel at 360-degree views of Tokyo and beyond

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Check out a bird’s eye view of Osaka coupled with the nearby Rokko and Ikoma Mountains!
You’ll be sure to get great instagram shots no matter where you stand because there is lots of natural light streaming in through the 360 degree glass panels!

Klook Pro-Tip: Come at sunset for a stunning backdrop!

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Stretch your feet, enjoy the sunlight and feel the breeze in your hair all while enjoying the view because the deck terrace on the 58th Floor is open-aired!

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Have you ever vandalized on public property? Because if you visit on a rainy day, HARUKAS 300 allows you to paint on their windows – literally. So let your creative juices flow and draw away!

Spectacular light and sound show at night!

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We recommend staying till night to watch the Sky Garden and Observatory Gallery illuminate in the night sky as 3D images and animation will be projected on the windows. Coupled with the breathtaking view of the Osaka cityscape at night, makes this a view you surely won’t forget.

Show Timings: Daily at 19:15, 19:45, 20:15, 20:45 and 21:15

 

Klook your tickets to HARUKAS300 and skip the queues! Just flash your mobile e-voucher and redeem your ticket at the HARUKAS300 entrance!

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2. Collect your Universal Studios Japan VIP wristbands

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When you have plans to head to Universal Studios Japan (USJ), it’s always a good idea to pick up a USJ VIP wristband! The wristband allows you to enter the park before regular ticket holders and enjoy fast track admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on top of other benefits!

Even though its not exactly an Express Pass, the wristband is certainly a good-to-have especially if you’re planning to visit both HARUKAS 300 and USJ on your holiday!

*If you purchased the Klook USJ VIP Wristband package, don’t forget to go to HARUKAS 300 to pick it up before heading to the theme park!

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3. Stay overnight at Abeno Harukas

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The Marriott Osaka Miyako is actually located within Abeno Harukas itself and offers its guests spectacular views from the comfort of your own room! Most importantly, guests will also get to visit HARUKAS 300 before official opening hours and gain FREE access to the heliport!

So, slip on your bathrobes and bathroom slippers and enjoy the night!

4. Visit the heliport for epic photo ops

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How often do you get to visit a heliport?

Because located at the topmost floor of Abeno Harukas is the heliport, open to visitors via a tour for an additional fee of USD6.32 (JPY500). This 20-minute tour puts you at the tallest point of Japan! But, there are only 30 slots a day so get your tickets fast!

5. Meet HARUKAS 300’s adorable mascot

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HARUKAS 300’s sky-coloured mascot Abeno Bear has blue skies and clouds on his belly on a sunny day, and raindrops when it rains! He’s often seen wandering the decks of HARUKAS 300 so keep your eyes peeled!

In order to maximize your chances of meeting Abeno Bear, check out his daily walk schedule.

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But if you didn’t manage to, don’t fret because you can pick up some Abeno Bear merchandise from the souvenir store on the 59th floor! The different colored fur symbolize the different weather patterns seen at HARUKAS 300. Surely, you can’t resist bringing one (or two) home.

6. Dig into the cutest treats at the Sky Garden Cafe

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In case you’re feeling peckish, the Sky Garden 300 Cafe serves sweet treats and drinks to satisfy your sweet tooth! These treats follow an Abeno Bear theme exclusive to HARUKAS 300 but don’t say we didn’t warn you, they look almost too cute to eat!

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Most importantly, don’t forget to try the Sky Blue Latte served in an Abeno Bear cup with little Abeno Bear marshmallows. Coupled with the stunning backviews of Osaka, it’ll certainly be perfect for an Insta-food pic!

7. Have the most scenic Japanese BBQ dinner ever

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Stay till the evening for a Japanese BBQ dinner with a view! The Sky Garden Cafe on the 58th floor also offers Japanese BBQ for dinner and a beer garden with an all-you-can-drink option!

In fact, if you’re looking for date night ideas, this would definitely be ideal!

8. Explore Japan’s LARGEST departmental store

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Kintetsu is one of Japan’s most popular departmental stores. Not to mention, the outlet at Abeno Harukas is the LARGEST one in Japan! Grab your luxury brands, household appliances, Hello Kitty products and Japanese cosmetics TAX FREE (for foreigners)!

For those with a sweet tooth, we hear the Matcha Chocolate Truffles are really yummy!

Klook Pro-Tip: All foreign visitors can pick up discount coupons and free wifi from the Foreign Customers Salon at level 3.5! Don’t forget to do your tax returns on the spot because we hear the queues at the airport are pretty long.

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Kintetsu is even home to Japan’s first licensed puffer fish or fugu restaurant! For those with a taste for adventure (literally), you can head on over to Shimonoseki Shunparo Abeno Osaka on the 14th floor.

In addition, if you get your HARUKAS 300 tickets from Klook, you’ll get to redeem exclusive offers at Kintetsu!

Flash the discount coupon below and shop till you drop!

KLOOK X KINTETSU DISCOUNT COUPONS

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9. Browse the ever changing exhibits in the art museum

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Get cultured learning about Japanese national treasures and modern western art in The Abeno Harukas Art Museum! Featuring the treasures of Todaiji to French Post-Impressionism Georges-Pierre as well as animation exhibits like Spirited Away, Moomin, and even STAR WARS.

Find out more about upcoming exhibitions here.

10. Smell the roses at the rooftop garden

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Located beside the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, the garden terrace will be a good place to rest your feet. When the weather permits, enjoy views of Shinsekai and Shitennoji Temple from the garden terrace.

Getting to HARUKAS 300

You can get your same day tickets at the HARUKAS 300 ticketing counter on the 2nd floor or at the Family Mart in Abeno Harukas. But, be warned of the long lines! Moreover, booking online also requires a Japanese credit card, and Japanese reading skills.

Instead, skip the queue and get your discounted tickets from Klook and collect them at the Osaka International or Kansai Airport! Besides, you’ll also get a 500 JPY coupon for restaurants listed here.

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Abeno Harukas is located at Tennoji station on the JR Line and the Subway and opposite the Osaka Abenobashi Station.

By Train

Japan Rail (JR): Take the JR to Tennoji station from Osaka station or Kansai International Airport.

Subway: Take the Midosuji (Red) Subway line and alight at Tennoji station.

Get your HARUKAS 300 ticket coupled with the Osaka Visitor’s ticket at Klook and enjoy unlimited subways, new tram and bus rides!

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Want an option that includes the JR? Get the ICOCA card to pay for your transport and purchases at the tap of a card. Furthermore, get your ICOCA card from Klook, collect it at the Kansai Airport and use it immediately! Not to mention, no more queuing up for single ride tickets!

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By Bus

Catch the Airport Limousine bus from Kansai Airport or Osaka International Airport and alight at the Tennoji station. The bus stop is located on the road (Abiko-road) between JR Tennoji Station and Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Station.

Check out the bus schedule here.

HARUKAS 300 Airport Limousine Bus Tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the airport. Instead, get your Airport Limousine bus tickets from Klook and skip the queues at the ticket counters. Simply flash your mobile voucher and exchange it for a ticket at the airport.

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By Car

There is no car park space available at Abeno Harukas however, you can take a taxi and alight directly at the Abeno Harukas building.

But a warning that taxis in Japan can be really costly!

If you are heading to HARUKAS 300 from the Kansai Airport, opt for a private airport transfer with Klook for a cheaper fuss free experience. When you get picked up from the airport, just look out for the driver holding a placard with your name. Of course, you’ll have your luggages brought to the car for you! Sip on the free water, surf and the net on the free wifi while you get whisked off to your destination!

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Not sure what else to do in Osaka? Check out our guides to Osaka here.

Osaka Discount Store Don Quijote Opens In Singapore

Japanese shopping fever hits Singapore!

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If you’re a self-professed shopaholic, the name Don Quijote will definitely ring a bell! Known for its wide range of Japanese snacks, cosmetics, onesies and even adult toys, it is one of the biggest bargain shopping chains in Osaka. The best part? You can claim your tax refunds in-store!

If the outlet in Singapore is anything like its Japanese counterpart, here’s what you can expect!

Browse shelf upon shelf of “100% Japan” products, but be prepared to elbow your way through the packed aisles!

Every floor is dedicated to a specific category like beauty, household products, food, electronics and so on. You’ll have so many different brands of a particular product to choose from you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to go with!

Don Quijote even stocks adorable onesies and themed products like original Star Wars lunch bags and Disney lunchboxes.

Socks at Don Quijote

There’s also no shortage of quirky “only in Japan” products. If you’re looking for something to make an impression you’ll definitely find what you need here!

Don’t forget the food! You’ll find all your favourite Japanese snacks here – be it matcha everything or even old-school Japanese snacks that cost a bomb at specialty marts in Singapore. If you’re visiting the outlet in Osaka, you can’t miss the takoyaki-flavoured jumbo-sized Pretz!

 Shop till you drop

No one walks out from Don Quijote empty-handed and you should definitely give yourself a healthy budget when you visit. To help you prepare for some serious shopping, save some dollars when you Klook yourself an Osaka Amazing Pass for UNLIMITED travels around Osaka and FREE entry to more than 30 iconic attractions! Read our guide here for more info on how you can maximize your pass.

Or, if you’re looking to save some time, make a beeline for Osaka’s most iconic food! Check out our Osaka food video here, or read about where you can find them!

If you’re not travelling to Osaka anytime soon, hang tight for when Don Quijote opens very very soon in sunny Singapore!

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Free Entry And Unlimited Travel In Osaka With This Amazing Pass

More than amazing

Osaka Amazing Pass

We all know travelling can sometimes be a costly affair, with attraction tickets and transport taking up most of the budget!

Enter the Osaka Amazing Pass. With FREE entry to over 30 attractions and unlimited travel throughout Osaka, you can be sure this will be the one of best S$30+ you’ll spend on your next holiday to Osaka.

First, check out how the Klook Team used our Osaka Amazing Pass in this video!

FREE entry to more than 30 iconic attractions in Osaka

One of the biggest perks of having the Osaka Amazing Pass is enjoying FREE entry to some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Here’s some of the highlights!

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

This postcard-worthy castle had a rough past and was rebuilt multiple times, but the Osaka Castle of today has withstood the air raids of both World War I and World War II and even comes with its own elevator!

Jump right into history and go all the way up to the 10th floor for a bird’s eye view of the park and beyond. Each floor tells a different phase of Osaka’s history – something all history buffs will definitely appreciate!

Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden

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Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden is exactly the kind of place you’d bring your significant other to on your first date. The ground is dotted with luminescent dots that resemble the night sky, and there are even photo opportunities for couples to immortalize their date!

We recommend going at night to catch the best of the city lights, though this is also when it starts to get rather crowded. If you’re visiting during Winter, be sure to layer up – it gets pretty chilly at the top!

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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Ferris Wheels never get old! The Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel is one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world and offers unobstructed views of Osaka.

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Try and spot the Osaka Aquarium while in the air! The ride can be pretty unnerving especially when you’re 112.5 metres from the ground – but the view is all worth it.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower

Iconic of Osaka – the Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912 as a symbol of the new world and commonly referred to as the Eiffel Tower of Japan. You can go all the way to the top of the tower, but before that you definitely have to pay Billiken a visit.

Billiken at Tsutenkaku Tower

Billiken is a deity that appeared in the dreams of American artist Florence Pretz and has become the resident symbol of good luck and prosperity in Osaka. Rub his left foot for love, and right foot for prosperity!

Bonus: Don Quijote

Don Quijote

We won’t spoil this for you but just along the river in Dotonburi lies a shop called Don Quijote with some of the biggest varieties of Japanese snacks, beauty products, household wares and random items like onesies!

Quell your Gudetama withdrawal symptoms and lay hands on all the matcha flavoured goodness before you head home. An even bigger plus is you’ll get to claim tax from all your purchases so enjoy your shopping guilt-free!

P.S. Don’t miss out on the takoyaki-flavoured Pretz.

Unlimited travels on trains and buses

Both passes will give you unlimited travels on the Osaka Municipal subway and Osaka City buses for the duration of your ticket.

The One-Day Pass includes travel on selected parts of private railways including the Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Railway, Keihan Electric Railway, Kinki Nippon Railway and Nankai Railway.

Check out the areas of travel for the One-Day Pass and Two-Day Pass.

Exclusive discounts and deals

The deals don’t just stop at free entry and unlimited travel; you can even use the TOKU coupons inside your Osaka Amazing Pass guide to exchange for monetary discounts!

For example, to visit the Osaka Aquarium or Kaiyukuan, simply use two TOKU coupons to get a ¥200 discount off your admission ticket!

Get money off your dinner or go crazy at Round One with your friends – the choice is yours!

Where to buy the Osaka Amazing Pass

You can typically purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass from tourist centres in Osaka itself, but to save yourself the hassle of looking for one, you can Klook yours at just S$33 for a One-Day Pass with easy collection on arrival at Kansai International Airport!

Once you exit the Arrival Hall, simply take the escalator down to the first floor and look for the HIS Counter with a blue signboard located next to the Northern Exit. Alternatively if you wish to pick up your pass in Osaka City, you can pick it up from the Osaka City Air Terminal at JR Namba Station.

When collecting the pass be sure to ask for the English version of the guide before you leave the counter!

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HIS counter (1/F) next to the Northern Exit in the Arrival Hall
Opening hours: 8:30am-10:00pm

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Osaka City Air Terminal (JR Namba Station)
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Opening hours: 8:30am-8:30pm

Osaka Amazing Pass Pick Up

How to Use The Osaka Amazing Pass

The Osaka Amazing Pass takes the form of a physical ticket that is valid for activation within a window period of about 4 days. This means you will need to activate the pass either by having it scanned or by taking the subway.

When using the subway, the Osaka Amazing Pass replaces your train ticket – simply insert into the ordinary ticket slot at the gantry and enter. You’ll have to scan your ticket to enter some attractions while others simply require you to flash your pass for entry.

Most people assume the pass is valid for 24-hours regardless of the time of activation, but that is not the case. The One-Day Pass is valid for 24-hours between 05:00 to 04:59, and the Two-Day Pass for 48-hours  05:00 to 04:59.

Do be careful not to lose your ticket as it is not refundable or replaceable!

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It’s also good to know that you can pick up some 4G WiFi as well as Kansai Airport Express tickets at the same collection point so you can save yourself the massive hassle of travelling to multiple places!

Top 10 Things To Do In Osaka

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Usually overlooked for bustling Tokyo metropolis or romantic and charming Kyoto, Osaka holds its own as a gourmands’ land. An underrated city, known as Japan’s Kitchen, it is undeniably a food lover’s paradise. Dishes such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki and kitsune udon adored by many around the world, all originate from this part of Japan. With an extensive history, elaborate shopping districts and Universal Studios all on offer, you will be spoiled for choice for things to do in Osaka. Compiled here is a list of the top things you shouldn’t miss when you find yourself in the city.

1. Food and Shopping: Dotonbori

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Nestled in Namba district or as the locals call it, Minami (South), Dotonbori is a street most popular for food and shopping. A former theater zone turned heart of Osaka’s legendary food culture, people flock nightly to this area for succulent tastes of Osaka’s famous dishes. It is also the place you are most likely to find cheap hotels. See restaurants we recommend in this blog.

 

2. Shopping: Umeda (Kita District)

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Umeda is a major shopping, dining, entertainment and commercial zone with an expansive underground shopping mall. It is one of Osaka’s main city centers (the other being Namba) and a busy transportation hub. While there, visit Grand Front Osaka for its modern design and trendy mall. Most noteworthy is Umeda Sky Building, an impressive two-tower building with a floating garden observatory at the top.

3. Seeing the Skyline: Harukas 300 Observatory

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Abeno Harukas is Osaka’s tallest building standing at 300 meters with 62 floors. Connected to Kintetsu Osaka Abenoshi station, it features department stores, dining restaurants, an art museum, a floating garden and 2 floors of the glossy Harukas 300 observatory. Get your Harukas 300 ticket which comes with an Osaka Municipal subway and bus pass and stand tall as you watch the city come to life.

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4. History and Culture: Osaka Castle

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With a history beginning late 1400’s, Osaka Castle is considered the symbol of Osaka. The castle is centered in Osaka Castle Park and is a good spot for both being historically cultured and kicking it back with a picnic basket. The castle, with its museum, the Osaka Castle Museum is adorned with a myriad of cherry blossom trees and surrounded by a pool of water.

Castle tower price: ¥600/person
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Nishinomaru Garden price: ¥200, ¥350 during cherry blossom season
Nishinomaru Garden opening hours: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm (cherry blossom season until 9pm)
Please note the Osaka Castle Museum will be closed 28 Dec- 2 Jan 2017. For more information, check their website.

From December 16 to March 12, 2017, Osaka Castle will be hosting ‘Sengoku The Real’. This live performance will depict the story of Yukimura Sanada, a samurai who risked his life during the Sengoku civil war. This event is happening in Nishinomaru garden. Watch in awe as it renders a realistic performance with impressive sound effects and lights. Don’t miss this stellar performance and book your ticket now.

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5. Being one with nature: Minoo Park

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Mino Park (alternative spelling Minoo, Minoh) is a quasi-national park popularly known for its waterfall, Mino Falls. The waterfall drops from heights of 33 meters and is 5m wide. The park is one of Japan’s oldest. Located north of Osaka city, this peaceful paradise is reachable within 30 minutes from Umeda.

It’s perfect for a day out with a little bit of hiking involved. To reach the waterfall, you embark on a scenic 3km walk along the river, passing the iconic red bridge. The best season to go is unarguably late August when the beauty of the park is enhanced by the daring red maple leaves. It is however, beautiful all year round. 

6. Food and Culture: Kuromon Ichiba Market

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon ichiba market is where you find everything fresh. Starting out as a fresh vegetable, fruits and seafood bazaar, it now has clothing, gadgets and ready to eat food amongst others. Pop up restaurants and food stands grant the chance for a taste of fresh seafood meals for lunch. The market has been around for about 190 years, it got popular because of top chefs from famous restaurants buying their ingredients here.

For fresh and sumptuous seafood snacks and meals, Kuromon Ichiba is highly recommended. This is a daytime market; opening time varies between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Here are some suggestions of what food you should try.

7. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan exhibits over 30,000 marine creatures of 620 different species hence it is considered one of the largest aquariums in the world. This gigantic aquarium houses favorites like whale sharks, dolphins and penguins. It was voted as Asia’s Best in Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Get your Osaka Aquarium ticket here. It is opened from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily.

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8. History and Culture: Sumiyoshi Taisha

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Sumiyoshi Taisha also called Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Built in the 3rd century, it is believed to protect sailors, travelers and fishermen. The Taiko-Bashi Bridge serves as a cleanser from impurities and is a great photography spot. It receives about 2 million people annually during the New Year when people come for their first temple visit.

9. Shitennoji Temple

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Shitennoji Temple is a five storey pagoda temple complex built in 593AD and is considered the first Buddhist temple in Japan. The temple however not in its original state has been rebuilt according to the first design and in Buddhist style. Roam the inner grounds, see the four guardian kings and visit the first two floors of the pagoda for free, with the other three for ¥300

10. Theme Park: Universal Studios Japan

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And finally, probably the most popular of all Osaka attractions and one of the reasons many tourists find themselves in Osaka. Universal Studios Japan offers a variety of thrilling rides inspired by blockbuster movies. The most famous is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Better understand what to expect and how to navigate USJ in this blog then get discounted tickets hassle free from Klook, an authorized USJ partner.

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What To Do When You Have 72 Hours In Osaka This Autumn

All it takes is 3 (Autumn) days to fall in love with Osaka

Autumn foliage in Osaka

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Most people liken Osaka to Tokyo with its hustle and bustle and skyscrapers. Osaka’s cultural draw also doesn’t quite shine as bright as Kyoto’s. Still, this second largest city in Japan exudes its own form of individuality – be it in its brilliant history or the culinary scene, Osaka is just waiting to be explored. Also, given that Autumn is just around the corner, here’s how you’ll fall head over heels in love with Osaka in just 72 hours.

Day One

Breakfast set at La Terrasse Cafe et dessert

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Start your day early with a hearty breakfast set at La Terrasse Cafe et dessert. This humble cafe located just outside Umeda Station serves generous portions of breakfast items from 10am. Enjoy Insta-worthy breakfast sets like Eggs Benedict, fluffy pancakes and sandwiches that are sure to fill your tummy up for the jam-packed day ahead (well, till lunch at least!)

Address: Umekita Hiroba B1, 4-1, Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 530-0011
Nearest station: Umeda Station
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily
Phone: +81-6-6485-7788

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Umeda Sky Building

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After filling your stomachs, head over to the Umeda Sky building, one of the top recommended places to visit when you’re in Osaka. Standing tall at 173 metres, this building is just a walking distance away from the cafe and houses a Floating Garden Observatory on the 39th floor. Enjoy landscape views of the city from the observatory’s open-air deck, where walls are made completely out of glass. Definitely not for the ones with a fear of heights!

Address: 1-1-88 Ooyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest station: JR Osaka Station
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:30pm daily
Phone: +81-6-6440-3855

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Kasuga Taisha Shrine

And when you’re done enjoying the views of the city, head on back to your hotel and you’ll be just in time for a Nara Afternoon tour! After your hotel pickup, you’ll be headed for the famous Nara Park, home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include Todai-ji Temple and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Prepare to be amazed because some of these religious sites were around since the 8th century! Also at Nara Park, you’ll be walking amongst the hundreds of deer that roam freely around, so don’t be shy and say hi!

Todai-ji Temple

Did you know Todai-ji Temple is referred to as one of the world’s largest wooden structures? Learn more about how this iconic symbol played a crucial role during the Nara Period, and also about its main attraction, the 15-meter bronze Great Buddha.

Aerial view of Nara

And at the Nara Nagomikan, Nara’s largest souvenir shop, you’ll be able to shop for cute keepsakes for the ones back home!

Okonomiyaki at Ajinoya Okonomiyaki

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When the tour ends at the Osaka Namba Station, your stomachs will start to growl, obviously hinting that it’s time for dinner. And since you’re in Japan, you really can’t miss out on eating okonomiyaki right?

Take a short walk from the station to Ajinoya Okonomiyaki, the most recommended okonomiyaki restaurant in Namba, mainly due to its great presentation, awesome taste and unique menu options. Good news, the restaurant also offers an English menu, so here’s to an Okonomiyaki feast to end your first day in Osaka!

Address: 1-7-16, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0076
Nearest station: Osaka Namba Station
Opening hours: Mondays: 6:00pm – 10:45pm / Tuesdays – Fridays: 12:00pm – 10:45pm / Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 11:30am – 10:45pm
Phone: +81-6-6211-0713

Day Two

Gyro drop at Universal Studios Japan

And now, welcome day two with a bang by spending your day at Universal Studios Japan! USJ has undoubtedly always been the biggest attraction in Osaka and today, it is home to a handful of parks and rides that cater to both the daredevils and the faint hearted.

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With rides such as Spiderman’s 4K3D and The Flying Dinosaur, you can expect lots of screaming and waving of arms in the air as you take the many thrilling rides.

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The biggest attraction of the park? The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, of course! No more waiting endlessly at home for that Hogwarts letter that never came because right here, you can witness magic happen right before your eyes and even purchase your own wand!

Pro Tip: USJ actually regulates entry to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter during peak periods, so purchasing a USJ VIP wristband is a fantastic way to skip the queue and enjoy a hassle-free visit.

Spiderman Ramen at Universal Studios Japan

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And come on, no one wants to get on the rides or yell “Expecto Patronum” on an empty stomach, right? At USJ, there are a wide variety of food options and most offer too-cute-to-eat food that includes Spiderman Instant Noodles and the Minion Pulled Pork Bun and Mochi.

Minion pulled-pork bun

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Minion Mochi

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Good news, most hotels offer shuttle services to USJ! However, if your particular hotel doesn’t, take a train ride and alight at the Universal City Station, on the JR Yumesaki Line.

Pro Tip: The admission crew are REALLY strict on the validity of the tickets so purchasing them via official partners is highly recommended. And navigating through the USJ official website might be a feat considering that their primary language is Japanese, so finding a quality and reliable site is important!
Click here for a fuss-free ticketing experience.

Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Nearest station: Universal City Station
Opening hours: 8:30am – 9:00pm daily
Phone: +81 570-200-606

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And once the sun sets, you’re all ready to welcome Osaka’s nightlife at its most vibrant in Dotonbori. Just a 10-minute walk from the shopping street, this lively part of Osaka consists of huge neon lights and LED displays as well as its bars and restaurants that are enough to offer you a glimpse into the Japanese nightlife.

And for dinner, enjoy a plate of Osaka’s most popular version of the takoyaki (think generous portions and fluffy texture) at the Takoyaki Kukuru.

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As the day filled with screaming, magic and food quickly goes by, your body starts aching and screaming for help and since you’re in the lovely country of Japan, what better way to end the day than to spend it at an onsen?

Ginsen at Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa

Soak your poor legs into Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa’s large golden and silver springs that are open till 11pm, perfect to end off the day right? The silver springs or the ginsen, contains silky and translucent waters that help accelerate metabolism and stimulate the appetite.

Kinsen at Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa

The golden springs, or the kinsen on the other hand, contains dark red waters and are said to be rich in iron, offering benefits such as thermal insulation and moisturising effects.

Fish spa at Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa

Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa is located in the oldest onsen town in Japan, with Emperors, court nobles and even Samurais coming here, boasting a history of over 1400 years! There are also other facilities that visitors can enjoy such as the fish spa, and sauna.

Sauna at Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa

Getting here is simple, with just a 60-minute bus ride away from Osaka. And don’t worry about the bus fares, just purchase the Kansai Thru Pass and you’ll get to enjoy unlimited bus, railways and subway rides!

Address: Arima-onsen, Arimacho, Kita Ward, Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
Nearest station: Arimaonsen Station
Opening hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm daily
Phone: +81 78 904 0708

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Day Three

Breakfast set at Nadaman

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What better way to start your last day in Osaka than to have a traditional Japanese breakfast? Known as one of the go-to breakfast spots in Osaka, Nadaman serves up breakfast items that will fill the whole table (and your stomach), all in a traditional tatami mat room. The restaurant also boasts its presentation skills, so prepare your cameras before you indulge in your first meal of the day!

Address: 5-3-68 Nakanoshima Kita-Ku | Rihga Royal Hotel B1, Osaka 530-0005, Osaka Prefecture
Nearest station: Nakanoshima Station
Opening hours: 9:30am – 6:00pm daily
Phone: +81 6-6443-7101

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Animal sculptures at Tennoji Park

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When you’re done with breakfast, take a 20-minute train ride from Nakanoshima Station to Tennoji Station and you’ll arrive at the Tennoji Park, Osaka’s only park that has a zoological park and art museum in one. You’ll be greeted with the different (and almost bizarre) animal structures located around the park, obviously directing you to the Tennoji Zoo nearby.

Lake at Tennoji Park

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There is also the art museum, lake and traditional garden in the park that have all seen the likes of cherry blossom lovers during the season. But not to worry, the park is equally beautiful during Autumn with golden hued landscapes all around, so don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!

Address: 1_108 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0063, Osaka Prefecture
Nearest station: Tennoji Station
Opening hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm daily
Phone: +81 6-6771-8401

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Female Lion at Tennoji Zoo

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From Tennoji Park, take a short walk down to the Tennoji Zoo and say hello to the lions, elephants, red pandas, koalas and more! Opened in 1915 and known as the second largest zoo in Japan, the Tennoji Zoo is home to over 300 species of animals, including the one and only Kiwi bird in Japan.

Giraffe at Tennoji Zoo

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The best part? You can have a go at feeding the animals here! Simply purchase a packet of food from the vendors and you’re good to go. The animals here are relatively friendly, so don’t worry, they won’t bite!

Address: 1-108 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0063, Japan
Nearest station: Tennoji Station
Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm daily
Phone: +81 6-6771-8401

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Dotunburi at night

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Dotunburi at night

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Before you say goodbye to Osaka, spend your last few hours in this amazing city by visiting Dotonbori one more time! Now’s the time to check off the last remaining items from your shopping list. Also, you’re here earlier today as compared to yesterday, so most, if not all of the shops will be open!

Dotunburi at night

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Takoyaki stall at Dotunburi

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Don’t forget to grab yourself a piece of the very famous Pablo Cheese Tart as well! The Pablo store in Dotonbori features an eat-in area unlike the one in Himeji, so you can sit comfortably amidst the cosy ambience of the cafe while savouring the very delicious yet healthy cheese tart. Takeouts are also available so the ones at home aren’t missing out!

Pablo Cheese Tart

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And if you’re still worried about the lack of time, and how navigating through the different variety of shops may take up too much of your time, here’s a detailed map on where to eat, shop and sing (ahem, there’s always time for karaoke!).

Map of Dotunburi

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Address: 2-3-15 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture
Nearest station: Nankai Namba Station
Opening hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm daily
Phone: +81 662110826

Omurice at Hokkyokusei

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As you slowly approach dinnertime, take a short walk down to Hokkyokusei, an omu-rice (a Japanese dish that consists of an omelette that’s filled with rice, alongside variations of meat such as chicken, beef, pork and more), restaurant that was founded in 1922! Considered as one of the founders of the iconic omu-rice, this restaurant serves up hearty portions of the dish and offers a perfect form a comfort food to end the last day of your Osaka trip.

Address: 2-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Osaka Prefecture
Nearest station: Nankai Namba Station
Opening hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm daily
Phone: +81 6-6211-7829

It’s love at first sight in Osaka

Osaka clearly isn’t “just like Tokyo”, and with its Autumn beauty, you’re bound to fall in love with this city in no time. Embark on your 3-day Osaka adventure now!

Take me to Osaka!