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10 Place must visit for your Year End Holiday To Japan

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Holidays to Japan often cost us an arm and a leg, but this doesn’t have to be the case! With Klook’s end of year sale, you can have the same experiences in Japan at a fraction of the price! The Klook team has put together ideas for you to ensure you can experience all of Japan while saving big.

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Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Scare Yourselves Silly At These Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Finally, it’s that time of the year where all major theme parks in the region rev up their engines and prepare for Halloween! From haunted houses and scare zones to costumes and even dance parties, you are in for some Halloween fun!

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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!

Baba Nest
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
+66 88 752 1352
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!

Klook me to Osaka!

Why You Can’t Miss Universal Studios Japan’s Summer Festival 2017

Bring the heat up and cool down at Universal Studios Japan’s Summer Festival!

Clocking in at 35 degrees celsius in the middle of July, summer is in full swing at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan! With this weather, it is the perfect time to have fun under the sun and get soaked at Universal Studios Japan’s Summer Festival. From surprise water gun fights to special treats only available during summer, this festival is something no one should miss.

Officially launched last June 30, 2017, the Summer Festival is an addition to Universal Studios Japan’s many other attractions. So what can you expect from the Summer Festival?

Minions Water Surprise Parade


This parade is a party, a show, and a game jam-packed in 45 minutes. Bust out your moves and dance with minions as they trot their way down the streets and get ready for a wet and wild surprise at the end of their show! Armed with plastic water guns and water hose, both kids and adults will have a blastin’ time shooting water at others and dodging it from everyone in the parade.

Event start time: 2:00 PM
Event duration: ~45 minutes

Klook Pro-Tip: Believe us that this parade will be a water fight. Bring a change of clothes or wear a poncho if you don’t want to walk around the park dripping. Although we highly recommend that you skip the poncho and fully enjoy the experience! You would also want to capture the party with your lens so make sure to bring protection for your gadgets!

Summer Market

1. Giant Coca-Cola Vending Machine

What better way to cool down from the heat of summer with an ice-cold soda? Get yourself a can with this giant vending machine that’s only available during the Summer Festival! Heads up though! You might want to step back when you push the button or you’ll get splashed as the cans drop in a bucket of water. Or not!

2. Summer Splash Water and Power Co.

Feeling warm and sticky? No problem! Have a quick run under the path of waterfalls or even splash your face with the water! You will sure be refreshed and ready to explore the rest of the park after this fun break.

3. Turkey Leg Challenge

Hungry? Head to the Summer Market and get yourself a Turkey leg! Not only will this satisfy those hunger pangs but is also your ticket to join the 5-second Turkey Leg Challenge where you can win the Summer Edition Minion popcorn bucket!

Here’s how the challenge goes:
1. Stand between the timer and button – the timer behind you
2. Once the timer starts, your goal is to hit the button at exactly 5.00 seconds!
3. You can try counting in your thoughts or follow your instinct but hit it at the right time and you earn a prize!

Make it even more fun! Challenge a friend or a stranger to play the game! Whoever hits the button closest to 5 seconds gets to bring home some bragging rights. LOL!

Minion Ice Cream Sandwich

Tiramisu or Marshmallow? Take your pick and head to the Despicable Me Ice Cream Parlor! Yummy ice cream sandwiched between banana and chocolate flavored cookies, this summer treat with a Minion face will make you want to go ba-ba-back.

Whether you’re craving for something sweet or not, make sure not to skip this treat because it’s only available during the Summer!

Survival Tips for a summer holiday at Universal Studios Japan

1. Get yourself an Express Pass

Standing in line under the hot sun is definitely not something you’d want so do yourself a favor and get express passes to your favorite attractions! Maximize your day in the park by jumping to the front of the lines of 4, 6, or 7 Universal Studios attractions!

Skip the lines to your favorite rides!

2. Bring a change of clothes

The weather will be warm and you will be sweating so it’s best to bring extra shirts you can change into!

3. Hydrate

Whether you’re into soda, juice, or water, make sure you always have liquids with you throughout the day! There will be lots of walking, sweating, and running (partying) around so best to avoid dizzying spells due to dehydration!

4. Fans

Nothing beats a gush of cool air in the summer heat. Bring a fan or a handheld electric fan for a breather when it gets too hot!

Join the party!

The Summer Festival will only run from June 30 to September 30, 2017 so this is something you should not miss out on if you happen to be in Osaka, Japan during this time!

Ready? Skip the lines by Klooking yourself to Universal Studios Japan and head right to the middle of the party!

Don’t forget to get yourself a pocket WiFi to share the experience with your friends and family!

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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!

Klook me to HARUKAS 300!

2. Collect your Universal Studios Japan VIP wristbands

HARUKAS 300 Universal Studios Japan VIP Wristband

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!

Klook me to HARUKAS 300 + Osaka

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.

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The Klook Guide To Universal Studios Japan 2017

A magical world awaits at Universal Studios Japan!

Updated 11 July 2017

You can’t visit Osaka and NOT visit Universal Studios Japan, but with so many other like-minded tourists and locals thinking the same, planning a trip to one of Japan’s favorite theme parks can prove to be quite the nightmare!

The Klook Team recently had the chance to visit this amazing place and here are some insider tips and tricks of our own!

1. What time does Universal Studios Japan open?

Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Japan’s opening hours vary a lot between seasons so it’s best to check the official website for the most up to date information. Alternatively, you can purchase the Universal Studios Japan VIP Wristband* for insider information on park opening hours and front of line admission for certain rides!

USJ VIP Wristband

With this wristband, you’ll receive an email a day before alerting you of the opening times so you are among the first to enter the park through the VIP line. Additionally, you also get access to view Osaka’s skyline from the tallest building in Japan, HARUKAS 300.

Universal Studios Japan typically opens between 8:30am and 9:30am and closes between 7:00pm and 9:00pm with longer opening hours on weekends and public holidays.

*Do note the VIP Wristband has to be collected from HARUKAS 300 the day before your intended Universal Studios Japan visit.

2. When is the best time to visit Universal Studios Japan?

Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days to visit as crowds start to stream in from Friday till Tuesday.

While Universal Studios Japan sees huge traffic throughout the year, it is less crowded in January and inbetween June and July when the park undergoes a theme change. Most shows and parades do not run during this period, which might explain the smaller crowds.

3. What time is the last ride?

Flying Dinosaur at Universal Studios Japan

Rides typically close at 6.30pm, though shows and experiences like Ollivander’s run till approximately 7pm.

4. Can I bring food from outside into the park?

Beatrice at The Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Nope! Stringent bag checks are conducted at the entrance of Universal Studios Japan and all prohibited items will not be allowed on park grounds.

Food platter at The Three Broomsticks

Universal Studios Japan is definitely not short on mouth-watering food options including this delicious food platter from The Three Broomsticks!

Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Not forgetting the famous Butterbeer which tastes every bit as delicious as it sounds. Visitors get to pick from three varieties: hot, cold or frozen (available in Summer). We didn’t get to try the frozen version, but the hot version came with a hint of ginger and was much sweeter than the cold version.

Klook Pro-Tip: There are two Butterbeer carts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – skip the one closer to the entrance and head for the less crowded one nearer to The Flight of the Hippogriff instead for significantly shorter waiting times!

Minion popcorn at Minion Area

Not up for something so heavy? Cute snacks abound that are almost too adorable to eat! Check out this talking Minion popcorn bucket for instance that shouts “BEEDO!” and comes filled with chocolate banana popcorn (and other seasonal flavours) and its own little teddy bear!

5. How long do I need to wait at each attraction?

Waiting times at Universal Studios Japan

Waiting times vary from five minutes to a whopping two hours, so be prepared to wait especially for more popular rides like The Flying Dinosaur and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D.

Can’t wait? No worries! Express Passes will help you to make the most of your trip to Universal Studios Japan.

6. How do I get my hands on Express Passes?

Express Passes at Universal Studios Japan

Don’t push your patience to its limits, jump to the front of the lines with an Express Pass. You have the option of purchasing a pass that works for 4 or 6 or 7 Universal Studios attractions.

Universal Express Pass 4 – Standard
Choose one ride from each of the following 4 categories:

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Adult$185 ($271)$230 ($280)
Child$147 ($209)$160 ($209)

Universal Express Pass 4 – The Flying Dinosaur
Choose one ride from each of the following 4 categories:

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17:3017:45
18:30#18:45#
19:30*19:45*
20:3020:45
21:3021:45
22:30^22:45^

*Not inclusive of timed entry ticket to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Express Pass 7 – XR RIDE
Choose one ride from each of the following 7 categories:

Ticket TypeRegularKlook Discount
Regular Seat1500 THB700 THB
Regular Seat with Buffet1850 THB850 THB
Golden Seat with Buffet2350 THB1300 THB

Universal Express Pass 7 – The Flying Dinosaur
Choose one ride from each of the following 7 categories:

Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 3Central Pier 9
16:3016:45
17:3017:45
18:3018:45
19:30*19:45*
20:3020:45

Universal Express Pass 7 – Backdrop
Choose one ride from each of the following 7 categories:

Ticket TypeRegular PriceKlook Discount
Regular Seat 1200 THB550 THB
Premium Seat 1500 THB950 THB

7. When are the special performances and parades?

Harry Potter Night Show

Good news for Harry Potter fans – starting this April, USJ will debut a large scale night show that features the students of Hogwarts battling off Dementors across the Black Lake. A true performance that will thrill both the fans and non-fans alike, this night show will be guaranteed to leave you at the edge of your seats.

The light show, which will go on till November 2017, will consist of state-of-the-art technology, producing a never before seen look inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Also, there will be new Wand Magic locations in the park where guests can cast spells at. Wand Assistants will also be around to guide you through your new spells!

8. Where can I buy tickets online?

VIP entrance at Universal Studios Japan

Tickets can be purchased at the Universal Studios ticket booths near the park entrance, partner hotels or via official partners like Klook. You can also purchase the Express Pass here on Klook, even if you have already purchased your own tickets.

Re-entry is restricted – once you leave, there’s no going back in.

Note: Only purchase your Universal Studios Japan tickets from an official partner. Tickets purchased from external sources that are not official partners of the park may be denied.

9. What is Timed Entry?

Harry Potter timed entry

During peak periods you will need a Timed Entry Ticket in order to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You’ll be able to obtain this ticket before your visit, or on the day of admission.

Purchasing an Express Pass beforehand will give you access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. includes the timed entry ticket (except for Express Pass 4 – Flying Dinosaur).
To get the Timed Entry tickets on-site, proceed to the ticketing site at Central Park inside Universal Studios and get it for free.

Timed Entry Map Universal Studios Japan

The ticketing site is located next to Jaws, the big shark statue (see map above). The machine requires you choose a desired time of entrance. Get your ticket and make your way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter once the chosen time comes. Remember that this ticket can only be used at designated times and once you miss your slot, the ticket cannot be re-issued.

To ensure you have the best chances of getting in, make sure to go to the ticket machines as soon as you enter the park!

Klook Pro-Tip: Purchase the USJ VIP Wristband as an add-on and be one of the first few in line for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

10. What’s in the Minion Park?

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Between the New York and Jurassic Park themed lands, sits Universal Studios Japan’s latest addition, the Minion Park. Recently opened in April, the park features attractions like the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 4D ride, Minion-themed eateries, goods stores, playlands, and designated photo op areas.

Being the newest and largest Minion Park in the world, it’s incredibly popular with visitors. It’s absolute Minion mayhem at the park, so best is to head there as soon as the park gates open if you want to beat the crowd! You can also purchase the USJ VIP wristband to make sure you’re one of the first ones in.

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The Minion-themed snacks and tidbits will also have you catching the Minion fever (if you haven’t already, that is). You can find giant Minion-inspired cookies and banana-flavored popcorn that comes in the cutest Minion popcorn bucket to fill not only your tummy, but also all of your heart’s Minion desires.

Hacha Mecha Snow Party in USJ

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The Hacha-Mecha Snow Party, which is running now till 3rd September 2017, is also worth catching. This street show allows visitors to get up close and personal with their favourite Minions. With snow and icy water during the Japanese summer and the Minions up to their usual antics, it sure promises an unforgettable experience!

11. When are the fireworks?

Beatrice in Gryffindor robes at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Japan only has fireworks on special occasions such as New Year’s Eve or Christmas Day. There aren’t any fireworks on regular park opening days, but visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the evening is highly recommended.

Hogwarts Castle at night

In the darkness, the street looks even more magical with soft lighting from the shops and animated objects moving about in the windows. Plus, the view of Hogwarts Castle at night beats fireworks on any given day!

Klook Pro-Tip: The best picture you’ll get of Hogwarts Castle isn’t in front of it but from the outdoor courtyard of The Three Broomsticks where you’ll be able to capture the castle together with its reflection on the Black Lake (the only one in the world!).

12. Where can I get USJ special stickers?

Universal Studios Japan Special Stickers

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This may not be a very well-known fact but you can actually get free special stickers throughout the park! Souvenirs can get pretty pricey, so these stickers are great as mementos. Look out for staff members and if you ask them nicely, they will most likely give them to you. Not all staff members carry the stickers with them though, so try to find the ones with a fanny pack. Also, if it’s your birthday, you get a special sticker as well!

13. How do I get there?

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Some hotels in Osaka provide shuttle services to Universal Studios Japan, so it’s always a good idea to check

By Bus:
From Kansai Airport:
Duration: 35-75 minutes
Cost: 1550 yen
Frequency: hourly

From Itami Airport
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 930 yen
Frequency: hourly

By Train:
From Namba
The theme park is a 5-minute walk from Universal City Station (JR Yumesaki Line).
Hanshin Namba Line to Nishikujo (4th stop) then transfer to JR Yumesaki Line and get off at Universal City Station
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: 360 yen
Frequency: ~1 train per 15 minutes

By Ferry
Captain Line transfers people to and from Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium
Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 700 yen one way, 1300 yen round trip
Frequency: 1-2 ferries per hour

Enjoy unlimited train rides, food discounts and free entry to 30 attractions in Osaka with the Osaka Amazing Pass! Don’t forget to pick up some WiFi and share all your memories with your loved ones!

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If you have your own tips and tricks for visiting Universal Studios Japan, please share them with us in the comments section below!

Osaka Discount Store Don Quijote Opens In Singapore

Japanese shopping fever hits Singapore!

Don Quijote Shop Front

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

Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden

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

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

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!

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

HIS Counter

Osaka City Air Terminal (JR Namba Station)
Japan Holiday Travel OCAT Tourist Information Center (1/F)
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!

How To Eat Your Way Through Osaka: The Kitchen Of Japan

Dive into “The Kitchen Of Japan”

Osaka always seemed to be the less attractive cousin of Japan but has recently been stealing the limelight with powerhouse attractions like Universal Studios Japan. Before it became home to one of Japan’s favourite theme parks, Osaka was already gaining a reputation for producing some of the country’s most iconic food items – the most popular being takoyaki. 

Here’s some of Osaka’s best dishes and where you can find them.

1. Luke’s Lobster

Luke's Lobst

This is hands down one of the best lobster rolls ever. Instead of gunky mayonnaise destroying the freshness of the lobster meat, Luke’s Lobster’s no-fuss, no nonsense roll instantly wins a place in the heart of all lobster roll aficionados out there.

The bun is served warm, buttered and toasted to just the right crispness. Coupled with fresh cold lobster meat (all 80g of it, or 160g if you’ve gone with the US size!) this bun is as close to heaven in your mouth as it gets.

Luke’s Lobster
Price: ¥980 – ¥1,380
Address: Osaka Shinsaibashi Outlet, 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋1-3-21, Osaka shi Chuo-ku Shinsaibashi 1-3-21
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
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2. World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon-Pan Ice-Cream

Melon Pan

What’s the best melon pan in the world, you ask? Truth be told we don’t know.

What we do know however, is that this melon pan is something worth braving the snaking queues for. Made fresh on-site daily, the ‘pan’ is actually a crumbly bun shaped like the bumpy skin of a melon (hence the name).

You can choose to have the melon pan in a variety of ways including plain, with vanilla or matcha ice-cream, or even in sundae form. For the ultimate melon fan, you can pay ¥1,200 to have a melon-pan fresh out of the oven for no more than 20-minutes.

Klook Pro-Tip: They only accept up to 10 100-yen coins at one go, so be sure to have notes on you when purchasing!

World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon-Pan Ice-Cream
Price: From ¥450 (¥700 for melon pan with ice-cream)
Address: 1-1-53 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-0962, Ishikawa Prefecture
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am to 7.30pm

3. Sukiya Beef Bowls

Sukiya

For the money crunched millennial on a budget, Sukiya and its ¥400 beef bowls with generous portions will be your best friend.

Have it with cheese, extra spring onion, or a zesty yuzu ponzu sauce – the choice is yours. Aside from their extremely affordable beef bowls Sukiya also serves up a variety of other rice bowls like minced tuna and pork.

Sukiya is also open 24-hours so you can get your hearty beef bowl fix anytime you want!

Sukiya
Click here for a list of Sukiya outlets in Osaka.

4. Calbee Hokkaido Honey Butter Chips

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus offers freshly deep fried potato chips with mouthwatering flavours like Hokkaido Butter and you can even choose to have it with ice-cream! These chips are fried fresh in-store and served warm.

Apart from serving up fresh chips the Calbee plus store also sells its famous potato products in limited edition flavours like sweet potato and sakura. Best of all, the store’s tax free so shop away!

Calbee Plus
Address: Shinsaibashi 161, 1-6-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Osakashi Chuo-ku, Osaka
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5. Matcha Snacks @ Osaka Jou Honzen

Matcha Soft Serve

If you’re wondering where people get that famous matcha soft serve in front of Osaka Castle, look no longer. Located on the castle grounds itself, Osaka Jou Honzen is hard to miss with a huge green tea cone in front of the stall. Matcha-lovers won’t be able to resist the variety of matcha flavoured snacks on sale! Take your pick from matcha float to matcha soft serve to matcha bun. We promise you’ll love everything so matcha.

Osaka Jou Honzen
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

6. Char-grilled Seafood

Grilled Scallop

Walk down Dotonburi and you won’t miss the delicious smell of freshly grilled seafood. Seafood like this doesn’t come cheap at about ¥750 per scallop, but it is absolutely worth the price you’re paying. This scallop was simply grilled in its own juices with a dab of butter and soy sauce but the resulting taste was overwhelming. If you’re not a fan of scallop they do have other seafood available (try the octopus!) and all are definitely worth a try!

Grilled Seafood Carts
Address: All along Dotonburi

7. Endo Sushi

Endo Sushi

If you walked past Sushi Endo, you’d never have known that it was home to award-winning sushi omakase! Known to have the best sushi in Osaka, this unassuming little sushi house is located in the Osaka Central Fish Market and attracts visitors from all around the world. You can choose to indulge in a sushi omakase for approximately ¥1250 per plate or mix and match your own favourite sashimi.

P.S. Have fun ‘painting’ soy sauce on your sushi!

Sushi Endo
Address: 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 5am to 2pm

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If all the pictures are making you hungry and you’re just itching to hop on the next flight out to Osaka, don’t forget to pick up the Osaka Amazing Pass and some WiFi along the way! Click the button below to see what else you can find in Osaka.

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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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