If I’m being 100% honest right now, I just want to share that the only reason I went to Osaka was so that I could go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These are just…the facts and I have no shame in admitting it!
When I got to Osaka after spending the day in Kyoto, I arrived in the evening and was obviously too tired to do any exploring. So I just went straight to my hostel. I stayed at the Ark Hostel for two nights and I found the experience to be enjoyable. Honestly, when it comes to these sort of accommodations, I’m not expecting much. I just need safety above all, cleanliness and good service. Ark Hostel provided just that and the mixed dorm I stayed in was much larger than the last place and the beds were bigger and comfier.
This was my first time visiting Universal Studios period and I was most excited to be going in October because there were a lot of Halloween-themed activities like the Horror Nights after 6pm in the park. It was incredibly packed that day despite it being a Sunday. This was likely due to the next Monday being a national holiday so everyone was living it up in their costumes.
As the sun began to set, things started getting real and the park started setting up for the Horror Nights event throughout the park, which included set-ups like the one below. You could definitely feel the chill in the air (it was also literally freezing) because the zombies were about to come out and sh!t was about to hit the fan!
One thing that surprised me on my visit was how much I underestimated Japan’s love for Harry Potter. I didn’t realize until I arrived at the park that The Wizarding World section could only be entered if you had a timed ticket pass. I was so shook when I discovered this because I would’ve hated to go all that way to get into the park just for HP only to find that all the timed entry passes had run out. Luckily enough, I was able to secure a ticket for around 8pm that day.
^You know it’s real when you see these types of trees^
For Halloween in the Wizarding World section, they had the Death Eaters attack and roaming the streets. It was so much fun and I was out-of-my-mind excited!
That butter beer was worth it all! It was so delicious. I wish I still had more and knew how to make some.
I had such a great time at Universal Studios Japan and more specifically The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I didn’t buy anything or feel like I experienced the entire thing the right way because the rides were in Japanese, but I’m thankful to have a little taste. Now more than anything, I feel the need to go to England and visit the studios and get the whole experience. In any case, I definitely recommend checking out USJ if you’re in Osaka. Just avoid going on a holiday weekend. I think I’d also like to visit Osaka again and really explore the city.
Have you ever been to any Universal Studios? What was your experience like? Have you also been to the Warner Brother studios lot in England? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to read about your experiences!