The Klook Guide To Tokyo DisneySea 2017

Discover the secrets of Tokyo DisneySea!

Tokyo DisneySea may have a reputation for having a more ‘grown-up’ theme, but the Disney charm is still very much alive in its thrilling rides, nautical-themed attractions and intricate decor. There’s only one DisneySea in the entire world but many Disney fanatics claim it is also the best Disney park!

Here’s the lowdown on what makes this park so special and how you can maximize a day at Tokyo DisneySea!

1. About Tokyo DisneySea


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There are seven themed lands, or ‘ports of call’ that make up Tokyo DisneySea. They are Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront.


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Often considered the crown jewel of Disney Parks, the distinctly different Tokyo DisneySea is a nautical-themed park inspired by sea myths and legends. Compared to its counterparts, Tokyo DisneySea caters to a more grown-up audience with wilder thrill rides, alcoholic beverages and extravagant, detailed visuals and decorations.

You can find a detailed map of Tokyo DisneySea on the website.

What else is it about DisneySea that makes it different from all the other Disney parks in the world? Check out our article on reasons why Tokyo DisneySea is truly one of a kind.

2. Tokyo DisneySea Opening Hours


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The park’s operating hours are typically from 9am till 10pm daily. However, it may differ on certain dates and special holidays. To be sure, you can check beforehand on the park’s website.

Due to DisneySea’s popularity, you can expect to find queues forming hours even before the park gates open. So, do allow yourself ample time to get to the park so you can be there early if you want to maximize your day at DisneySea.

If you are a guest at one of Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks’ hotels, however, you’re entitled to ‘Happy 15 Entry’ privileges. You can enter certain areas of the park 15 minutes before regular park opening time. This allows you access to designated attractions, stores for shopping or in obtaining a FastPass ticket before everyone else.

3. Where To Buy Tickets


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There are a few ways you can get your hands on DisneySea tickets. For the most convenient, hassle-free and straightforward way, you can get your 1-Day Pass or 2-Day Pass from Klook. You can enjoy instant confirmation privileges and best price guarantee!

You can buy on-the-day tickets as well at the park’s ticket booths. However, it can be risky as they may deny sales if the park is at high capacity. Besides that, you can also get tickets online from the Tokyo Disney Resort official website. Official Tokyo Disney Resort hotel guests can get tickets at the hotel and be guaranteed admission even during peak and restricted periods.


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Tickets to the park can also be purchased beforehand in select Disney Stores in Japan or from tickets machines in Family Mart and Lawson Convenience Stores. The only tricky part about the ticket machines from Family Mart and Lawson is that they’re in Japanese only!

4. Best Time To Visit


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As expected of one of the world’s most visited theme parks, Tokyo DisneySea receives a large number of crowd all year round. You’ll almost never see an empty park at DisneySea and even its low seasons are busier than most other parks.

Taking into account public holidays, weather and other factors, the ideal time to visit DisneySea are before or after Golden Week (early April or late May). During this time, summer hasn’t begun yet either so you can spend the day at the park comfortably.

Major Japanese public holidays are the busiest times like New Year’s (end of Dec to early Jan) and Golden Week (end of April to early May) and other school holidays. For a full list of Japanese school holidays, refer to this list. For the best way to gauge the volume of the crowd and the ideal time for you to visit the park, this crowd calendar is super handy!

 


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If you’re not too bothered by the crowd, however, special holidays are great for catching limited, seasonal events. Halloween and Christmas are especially popular among visitors. The park is extra festive with extravagant decorations and plenty of special entertainment in tow.

Don’t stress too much if you’re aren’t able to find the perfect date to visit the park. Just remember that you’re in Tokyo DisneySea and it’s hard to have a terrible time there!

5. Top Attractions


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In Tokyo DisneySea, Toy Story Mania! is easily one of the most popular attractions in the park. FastPass for this ride runs out very quickly, if not the fastest. Journey to the Center of the Earth has also been said as one of the best thrills rides in DisneySea for its intricate decorations and themes.


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Besides that, Tower of Terror is also one of the top DisneySea attractions. With elaborate decorations starting from the queue, it’s no wonder that it’s a fan favourite. Other must-try attractions include Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, Raging Spirits, Indiana Jones Adventure, Aquatopia and more.


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Tokyo DisneySea will also be celebrating Halloween this coming September with Disney villains like Maleficent from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, who will be taking over the Mediterranean Harbor with Mickey and friends for a special parade called “The Villains World”. In this special parade, we’ll see the Disney villains taking the leading role for an interesting performance!

To discover more top attractions and all about the 7 ports of call in Tokyo DisneySea, look out for an upcoming article on Klook that gives you the lowdown of it all.


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Tokyo DisneySea is also the park where you’ll find that Duffy is more popular the Mickey! Duffy is Mickey’s stuffed bear companion and his fluffy pink companion, Shellie May is equally as cute. Duffy souvenirs can only be found in DisneySea and not in Tokyo Disneyland.


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Also, make sure you look out for the hand-washing stations at the park. They feature a soap dispenser that releases Mickey Mouse-shaped soap foam when a button is pushed. Only Disney can make washing hands fun!

6. The FastPass System


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The lines to the rides at DisneySea can get very long, with popular ones having waiting times upwards of 2 hours. Hence, like other Disney Parks, DisneySea has the FastPass system in place as well to help visitors minimize waiting time and it’s free to use for everyone.

With the FastPass, it allows you to jump to an express queue (for selected attractions) between a stipulated time. You can claim your FastPass by scanning your entrance ticket, picking the attraction you want and the specific time slot that is available. You just have to be in the queue at the return time window on your FastPass. So, in the meantime, you can maximize your time and go on other rides.


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However, due to the large crowd and limited quantity of FastPass tickets given out daily in DisneySea, they run out very fast. There’s usually a queue already to get the FastPass tickets right when the park opens. So, plan your FastPass strategy wisely!

After a FastPass has been issued, to be eligible for the next FastPass, you have to wait for your return time to start or two hours after receiving your previous Fastpass — whichever comes first. The following attractions are eligible for FastPass entry:

Getting There: Take the Sentosa Express train from Vivocity and alight at the Beach station. Follow signs to Palawan Kidz City

Opening hours: 10.00am-5.00pm

Klook cost: US$23 (SGD31)

7. Lottery System


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Separate from the FastPass, the DisneySea lottery system is where park guests can enter the ‘lottery’ for a chance to watch a specific performance. The lottery machines are located in the Mediterranean Harbour. The lottery system is to give all guests a chance to watch shows that have limited seating even if they’ve arrived at the park later in the day.


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In Tokyo DisneySea, Big Band Beat is the only show which uses the lottery system. However, you can still catch the show even if you didn’t win the lottery. Simply queue at the standby line for a balcony seating. Besides that, you don’t need to enter the lottery if it’s the first performance of the day.

8. Transportation within the park

From Venetian gondolas to an elevated railway system and steamer line, Tokyo DisneySea continues to wow visitors with the park’s own transportation within the park.

8.1 Venetian Gondolas


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Just like a scene out of Venice, the Venetian gondolas at Palazzo Canals are huge hits with the park visitors. Made even more entertaining by the jovial gondoliers, the view from the gondolas after sunset is absolutely stunning.

8.2 DisneySea Electric Railway


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Hop aboard the elevated railway ride if you’d like to catch a breather from all the walking at the park. It’s a relaxing and scenic way to Port Discovery with a great view of American Waterfront down below.

8.3 Big City Vehicles


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Get a feel of what it’s like in the 20th century in one of the Big City Vehicles. Ride across American Waterfront from Cape Cod to New York Harbor or vice versa. The different models from the limousine to paddy wagon, delivery truck and more certainly add to the truly unique DisneySea experience.

8.4 DisneySea Transit Steamer Line


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If you want to slow down and soak up the gorgeous view of the park, the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line is a great option. With routes from Mediterranean Harbor to Cape Cod and Lost River Delta, it’s a great way to travel around the park.

9. Food in Tokyo DisneySea

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Japan doesn’t mess around when it comes to food and this extends to Tokyo DisneySea as well. Many say that DisneySea has the best food compared to all other Disney parks and caters to a more mature palate. It is also one of the very few Disney parks that serve alcoholic beverages! They’re not just serving regular ol’ pints of beer either, but a mix of fun cocktails at kiosks to fine selections of liquor at the elegant Teddy Roosevelt Lounge.


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As for the dining experience, you can enjoy an exquisite fine dining experience at the luxurious Magellan’s or a hearty meal at one of the sit-down restaurants. There are also plenty of fun, delicious snacks to munch on throughout the day like caramel & banana sweet fried burrito, Little Green Alien mochi, the Chandu Tiger Tail bun, the classic Disney turkey leg and the list goes on.


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But of course, a day at the Disney park isn’t complete without popcorn! At DisneySea, you can find all sorts of flavours like soy sauce & butter, curry, honey, cappuccino and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to try some of their seasonal flavours.

10. Getting connected in the park

Unfortunately, there’s no free public WiFi in Tokyo DisneySea. To make sure that you’re always connected, get a 4G WiFi device from Klook.

The park has a web app with information on waiting times of standby lines for all the attractions in real time. You can only be access the web app when you’re in the park. Make sure to enable GPS location services on your phone and use it on Chrome for the translation feature.

Plus, if you’re not connected, how else are you going to update your social media and make everyone jealous of your awesome time at DisneySea?

11. Where to stay near DisneySea


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There are endless of choices of hotels in and around Tokyo and it all depends on your budget. For convenience, you can consider one of the 3 Disney hotels, 6 official hotels or other partner hotels close to the park. Disney hotels are on-property owned by the park while official hotels are on-property but are owned by other companies. Partner companies, on the other hand, are owned by other companies which located in the vicinity of the Tokyo Disney parks.

For an in-depth look at the hotels in and around Tokyo Disney Resort, read our accommodation guide.

For guests who are staying at Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks’ hotels (Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel), they’re entitled to ‘Happy 15 Entry’ privileges like entering the park 15 minutes before regular park opening time. Other perks include complimentary ride on the Disney Resort Line monorail and shuttle bus service on the Disney Resort Cruiser.

12. How to get to Tokyo DisneySea

Known for having efficient and excellent public transport, getting to Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t much of a trouble. The best way to get to the park is by the train or bus.

12.1 Train

Depending on which part of the city you’re coming from, you can get to Tokyo Disney Resort on the JR Keiyo Line or JR Musashino Line, stopping at the Maihama Station. From there, get on the Disney Resort Monorail from the Resort Gateway Station that is adjacent to JR Maihama Station. You’ll reach Tokyo DisneySea at the third stop, Tokyo DisneySea Station.

It’s also worth looking into a JR Rail Pass if you’re going to be commuting around Japan for an extended period of time. It’s the most convenient and economical way with coverage all over Japan and you can take rides on the majority of all JR railways, local buses, and even the Miyajima Ferry. There is 7-Day , 14-Day and 21-Day passes available from Klook.

12.2 Bus

One of the ways to get to the park by bus is to catch one at Shinjuku Station that goes to Tokyo Disney Resort. You can also find other buses with scheduled trips to the Resort from Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama and more. For a detailed guide and scheduled, take a look at Tokyo Disney Resort’s bus guide.

However, do note that by taking the bus, you’re on a stricter time schedule and you would have to plan your time more accordingly.

For more details and options on getting to the park, take a look at Tokyo Disney Resort’s transport guide.

Be part of Tokyo DisneySea’s mythical world!


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Step into the enchanting world of Tokyo DisneySea and all your worries will melt away. With secrets waiting to be discovered at every corner, the only thing between you and your greatest Disney adventures is your magic ticket!

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The Klook Guide To Tokyo DisneySea 2019

What you should do in Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea may have a reputation for having a more ‘grown-up’ theme, but the Disney charm is still very much alive in its thrilling rides, nautical-themed attractions and intricate decor. There’s only one DisneySea in the entire world but many Disney fanatics claim it is also the best Disney park!

Here’s the lowdown on what makes this park so special and how you can maximize a day at Tokyo DisneySea!

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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!

Klook me to Universal Studios Japan!

 

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

HARUKAS 300 View

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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!

HARUKAS 300 Observation Deck

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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!

HARUKAS 300 Window Painting

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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!

HARUKAS 300 Night Show

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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

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

HARUKAS 300 Marriott Osaka Miyako

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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

HARUKAS 300 Heliport

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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

HARUKAS 300 Abeno Bear

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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.

HARUKAS 300 Abeno Bear Souvenirs

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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

HARUKAS 300 Sky Garden 300 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!

HARUKAS 300 Abeno Bear Food

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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

HARUKAS 300 Japanese BBQ

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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

HARUKAS 300 Kintetsu

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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.

HARUKAS 300 Fugu

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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

HARUKAS 300 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

HARUKAS 300 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.

All You Need To Know About Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant

The only Robot Restaurant in Asia

Giant Cobras.

Dancing Horses.

Warrior Girls.

What in the world are we talking about?

No, we’re not out of our minds, we’re talking about the Robot Restaurant in Japan!

Located in Kabukichō, Shinjuku, you definitely can’t miss it! All you need to do is look out for a colossal neon signboard with two equally giant robots. Hold your breath and be transported into an alternate reality where flashing lights, crystal chandeliers, mirrors (lots of them) and neon sparkles take charge.

You, my friend, have been transported to the world where robots rule!

We present to you a foolproof guide to having the best experience at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant.

How do I get to the Robot Restaurant?

The Robot Restaurant is pretty accessible, only a 5-minutes walk from

  • JR Shinjuku Station
  • Shinjuku Sanchome Station (Tokyo Metro)
  • Toei Shinjuku Line

Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan

Klook Pro-Tip: If you’re coming from JR Shinjuku Station, take the East Exit for Kabukichō. With Studio Alta in front of you, cross the street and walking any of the side streets to Yasukuni Dori (a street in Shinjuku popular for its neon lights). Finally cross the pedestrian and you’ll spot a Family Mart Convenience Store and like we mentioned, the gigantic neon sign will give it away.

We suggest you purchase a Tokyo Subway Ticket or JR Pass for a better deal rather than buying per distance travelled each time you wish to take the subway.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available at their official website or head down to your hotel’s concierge to request for a ticket reservation. Either way you purchase your tickets, you are required to redeem them at the ticket counter across the street of Robot Restaurant.

Alternatively, you can book via Klook in the comforts of wherever (as long as you have an internet connection) and enter Robot Restaurant directly with our mobile e-ticket; no redemption required.

What does my admission ticket include?

At the Robot Restaurant, each admission ticket entitles you to a 90-minute show. When you enter, food and drinks can be bought a la carte.

Klook Pro-Tip: You can always pay an additional fee to include a Bento Box Meal. We suggest havinga meal before heading over because there isn’t much to choose from and the portions can be quite small.

The show happens four times a day. However, do check the official schedule or give them a call to ensure the show is ongoing.

  • First Performance: 4:00pm (doors open 3:00pm)
  • Second Performance: 5:55pm (doors open 5:00pm)
  • Third Performance: 7:50pm (doors open 7:00pm)
  • Fourth Performance: 9:45pm (doors open 9:00pm)

You must check in at least 30 minutes before the show starts.

Book your tickets for the first performance at 4.00pm over the weekend with Klook and get 2 exclusive free gifts: a JPY500 drink coupon and pictures with the robots!

Is there a dress code at Robot Restaurant?

Interestingly enough, yes there is! It’s important to note that you must follow these strict guidelines properly to avoid an embarrassing rejection at the entrance.

  • No sunglasses
  • Not intoxicated (drunk)
  • No visible tattoos
  • No costumes (cosplay, wigs etc)

There is also a stern restriction over professional photography, therefore professional cameras aren’t allowed. Thank goodness for the ever improving camera quality of our smartphones, you’ll still be able to immortalize your (off the wall) experience.

The Robot Restaurant is extremely Instagram-mable in its own special way.

Giant Female Robots

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WiFi might be weak because in a room full of 120 people (if it is full house), signal strength ain’t on a roll! We suggest you get a Portable Wifi Device to keep you connected at maximum signal strength so you can bombard your friends with weird colourful robots.

Remember not to touch the dancers and not to leave your seats as well.

Audience Seated

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Klook Fun Fact: You are asked to cover up any visible tattoos because of the association with mafia in the Japanese psyche, and not to wear sunglasses for the same reason.

What is the show like?

Spectacularly bizarre.

Flashing Neon Light Action

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Multi-coloured laser lights, flashy female dancers (don’t worry, it’s capped at PG-13) and odd-looking robots is all we can say. There isn’t much of a linear storyline and you probably won’t understand what you’re watching, but there’s one thing that we’re sure of – endless energy and lots of laughter! From drumming beats to mock battles between giant sharks and dancing horses, it’s seriously entertaining.

There are 3-4 short breaks in-between sets where staff will parade the theatre, holding up signboards with food and drinks in hopes of getting you to binge eat for the next segment. This is your cue to redeem your free JPY500 drink coupon! Most will probably get a drink or 2 along with some popcorn to keep sane.

Flashy Cars and Robots

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Glow sticks will be handed out at the last segment so you can wave them ecstatically in the air as you bob along to the electronic beats!

Special Glow Stick

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The Robot Restaurant epitomizes the bizarre side of Japan and it is definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss out on your trip to Tokyo!

Klook Me To Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant Now!

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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:

Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 2Central Pier 9
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?

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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!

KLOOK ME TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN!

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!

Klook me to Osaka!