December 14, 2022

♡ A day at Universal Studios Japan! | Winter 2022 ♡


Good morning everybun~

For today’s blog post, I’m so excited to share all the details about my most recent (and first!) trip to Universal Studios Japan…! ଘ(੭ˊᵕˋ)੭* ੈ✩‧₊˚ We had such an incredible time there, and it was so unique…!

Although I’m not a huge minions fan, I do love this unicorn character, hehe!

♡ Travelling to USJ 

We travelled from our hotel in Kyoto to Osaka (where USJ is located) via the train, and took the JR Kyoto line…! It only took about half an hour to get to Osaka, and another 25 minutes to USJ. Once we arrived in Osaka, it was so lovely to just explore a little and check out all the shops before entering the park. There was even a Tully's Coffee shop where we tried the limited seasonal drinks, so refreshing~ I’d really recommend checking the cafe’s around the park before visiting, as there is no queue for them, and they have good options for cute and veggie/vegan things, such as this açai berry smoothie…!

♡ New York & Hollywood area ♡

So honestly, while I was walking around here it was a little overwhelming due to how big the park was and crowded…! Despite that, we didn’t have to queue at the park gates, yay!~
The first thing I noticed was the Jujitsu Kaisen section of the park, it was so cool…! There were many pillars with artwork of the characters, character goods in the shop, food related to the series, and of course, themed activities too! Of course, I had to take a photo with bae, hehe…!

This section of the park changes quite a lot, and I was a little disappointed that we had missed the Demon Slayer theme. However, this was still so cool to see…! I really loved seeing the New York style decorations around this area, especially Spider Man!

There was also this huge Christmas tree, which was so beautiful and festive! The whole tree was covered with sparkling lights, which looked so pretty later on that day~

♡ Harry Potter area 

I didn’t expect to really spend much time looking around this part of the park, but strangely it was actually really fun and well made? I’m not really a Harry Potter fan because of the author, but I do love fantasy so thought I’d have fun and try out being a Hogwarts transfer student for the day, hehe…

The castle looked absolutely incredible ! I really loved all the small details and how all the main buildings from the series had been included. The traditional sweets shops, pub and cobbled streets were all so cute! There was also a live show, where students from each house preformed a dance~

We then decided to visit the food hall, as it looked just like the movies…! As it was quite a sunny day, it also seemed like a good idea to sit inside where you could rest. There was pretty much only meat options for sale, but thankfully I spotted a couple dessert options we could share♡

I tried this lemonade, and it was quite refreshing and nice! You had the option to buy drinks in either this Harry Potter themed cup, or a plastic butterbeer cup. I chose this one as I’d already had butterbeer as a child and didn’t quite feel like trying it again, hehe…! The hall was also so beautiful, although we were so tired after queuing for a long time~

Here is what I chose! This dessert took a while to arrive as it is a smoking cauldron, and looked amazing…! Perfect for photos if you’re dressing up as a character. This is a lemon flavoured sponge cake~ Unfortunately, I can’t say that it tasted all that great… the sponge was very dry, not fresh at all and the cream/sauce tasted synthetic. I’d only really recommend this for photos~

I took some photos with my Jyushi plush, since he matches the dessert so well ♡

 overall thoughts and rating of this park 

Overall, I enjoyed visiting Universal Studios Japan! There were many cute things to look at and despite the crowds, we had a great day. However, because of the crowds, we weren’t able to do any rides or properly enjoy a lot of the attractions, and queuing for snacks that were overpriced but did not taste nice wasn’t so good. Actually, we ended up leaving early to go back to Kyoto, as there were just much more fun things to do there…!~♪ I also didn’t end up buying anything from this theme park as the merchandise wasn’t very cute.

So whilst I’d recommend this park, I’d say that Disney and Puroland are far better theme parks to visit in Japan! This is mainly because I found the shopping, food and drink options much better in those parks, but if you’re not a vegan and like meat perhaps you’d not be bothered by this. And if you do visit Universal Studios here, maybe try not to go on a weekend. I think next time I’m in Japan, I’ll give this park one more try when it’s a weekday. 

Thank you so much for reading…! ♡

Evie xox

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