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[Limited Edition] Universal Studios Japan Gets Magical With Exclusive Sailor Moon Goodies!

Limited edition Sailor Moon goodies up for grabs!

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) brings some magic to visitors with this year’s Universal Cool Japan! Sailor Moon joins Detective Conan, Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter in a stellar line-up this summer.

Universal Cool Japan is an annual three-month summer program at USJ. This usually features tie-ups with big names in Japanese pop culture. Past guests include Attack on Titan and even Godzilla himself! The best part? Admission is included in your USJ entrance ticket!

If you’d like to skip the queues, consider Klook-ing a Universal Cool Japan Express Pass for fast-track entry.

Universal Cool Japan
[wp-svg-icons icon=”calendar-2″ wrap=”i”] When: 19 Jan (Friday) to 24 Jun (Sunday) 2018

All images used courtesy of Universal Studios Japan, ©Naoko Takeuchi.

Sailor Moon characters at Universal Studios Japan

Sailor Moon photoshoot with wands

Fans of Sailor Moon – don’t miss the Sailor Moon The Miracle 4D ride! Immortalize memories with a photoshoot opportunity at Wonder Pix Digital Photo Studio. You’ll even get to wield your favourite wand!

Sailor Moon food at Beverly Hills Boulangerie

Fighting evil can be tough work and even Sailor Guardians can get hungry. Fuel up with themed food at Beverly Hills Boulangerie.  Try the Prism Power Cake (JPY 800 = SGD 9.80 = USD 7.30), or the Compact Cake (JPY 800 = SGD 9.80 = USD 7.30)!

A true fan won’t leave without buying some of their favourite merchandize!

1. Wands

Sailor Moon wand at USJ

 

Sailor moon wands at USJ

2. T-shirts

3. Bags

Sailor Moon bags at USJ

4. Hair accessories

Sailor Moon hair accessories

5. Socks

Sailor Moon socks at USJ

6. Tea

Sailor Moon Tea at USJ

Sailor Moon teabags

7. Accessories

Sailor Moon gold necklace

Sailor Moon silver necklace

8. Luna Accessories

Luna cup

Luna sling bag

Join Sailor Moon in her fight against evil!

No time like the present to head to USJ! Arm yourselves with the best tips and latest happenings here!

Top 10 Things To Do In Osaka

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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A Guide to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium

Escape to a beautiful underwater world filled with dozens of species of marine life and fresh water animals waiting to be admired. Hammerhead sharks, capybaras, dolphins, sea otters, penguins and even a colossal whale shark inhabit the aquatic wonderland.

Let’s commence your nautical guide through one of Japan’s most impressive aquariums!

Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan resides in Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka’s bay area. Don’t worry about not being able to find Kaiyukan—just look for the giant Tempozan Ferris Wheel!

Osaka Aquarium Admission

Adult: HK $161

Child: HK $84

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Popular Displays

Osaka Kaiyukan Whale Sharks

Kaiyukan displays 15 tanks, each exhibiting a specific region of the Pacific Rim.

Pacific Ocean

Witness the enormous finesse of the whale shark living peacefully among an abundance of pacific marine life.

Japan Forest

Playful small-clawed otters and other freshwater dwelling animals settle into this cozy habitat.

Antarctica

Watch different species of penguins waddle around, coexisting is their chilly environment.

Osakadolphins

Tasman Sea

Delight in the energetic nature of Pacific white-sided dolphins and watch them flaunt their jumping and swimming skills.

Aqua Gate

The Aqua Gate tunnel gives you the illusion of walking through the depths of the ocean.

Floating Jelly Fish

Enjoy the different species of jellyfish as they gracefully dance through the water displaying their illuminated exteriors.

Feeding Time

Osaka Aquarium Otter

Observe the most exciting part of the day—feeding time!

Watch 12 species of marine animals and mammals chomp on lunch, a site usually only visible in the wild. This time of day can be especially crowded, so be prepared! Check here for daily feeding times. 

Food and Souvenirs

Tempozan Market

Tempozan Market:

Tempozan marketplace resides next to Kaiyukan. The mall contains around 10 restaurants, a food court and plenty of places to buy souvenirs, clothing and aquarium merchandise.

Hours:

Shops: 11am-8pm

Restaurants: 11am-9pm

Fast-Food restaurants: 11am-8pm

(Hours vary by store and the mall closes on the same dates as Osaka Aquarium)

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho is a food theme park within Tempozan Marketplace. The site holds twenty restaurants, all of which present traditional food culture of the Osaka region.

Hours:

11am-8pm

How to get to Osaka Aquarium

1. Bullet Train

Travel from the Shin-Osaka Station, changing lines to Osaka (Umeda) Station and then getting off at Namba (Shinsaibashi Station).

Duration: 30 minutes

2. Subway

Take the Chuo subway line to Osakako Station

The aquarium is also a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station of Osaka City Subway Chuo Line.

3. Bus

From Osaka Station

Duration: 45 minutes

From Namba Station to Tempozan Stop

Duration: 40 minutes

4. Ferry

Captain Line transfers people to and from Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium

Duration: 10 minutes

Price: 700 yen one way / 1300 yen round trip

Frequency: 1-2 ferries per hour

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