If there is one thing I love more than looking at my reflection, it’s Harry Potter. Naturally, our trip to Japan had to include a visit to Harry Potter at Universal studios. It also happened to be on Marks 30th(!) birthday, he’s the best for spending the day with an over emotional Aimee.
If you love Harry Potter like I do then the admission to Universal Studios Japan is worth it for entry into Harry Potter World. We don’t have a Universal Studios in Australia so we checked out the rest of the park as well.
Universal Studios & Harry Potter.
Universal Studios is easily accessed by train in Japan and it has a JR station for those with a JR pass. As soon as you walk out of the station it’s a very Americanised vibe, Starbucks to the lefts and TGIF to the right. Our mistake was not buying our tickets online and having to line up on the day, we also picked up the 15-year celebration fast pass for faster access to some of the rides.
Since Harry Potter was the most important things, I lead the way and made a beeline for Hogsmade. I got lost. The first thing we did was get a wand, at the “only place fer wands, Ollivanders”. I don’t want to give away too much but the theatrics of the wand buying experience is well worth the wait. Ollivanders joins onto a uniform store too so you can get all your hogwarts needs in one place.
We had lunch at the Three Broomsticks and tried warm butterbeer, it was way too sweet for Mark and I but we kept our cups. I also tried a pumpkin pastie and it was delicious.
We did go around the rest of Universal Studios, Mark and I are not “roller coaster people” so there weren’t a lot of rides that we would go on. It did leave a lot more time for shopping and exploring the less crowded areas. We had the fast pass for the universal parade and really it wasn’t so much a fast pass but a pass to a special area where you could be not so crowded and see the parade. If you’re going to see the parade stand near the beginning when the performers still have energy and are prepared for the song.
Hello Kitty area at Universal is the pinkest area I have ever been to. They have an apple and cream cheese pretzels that are the best, a must try. Before we went home we went on Harry Potter and the forbidden Journey, which turned out to be a rollercoaster. We had a fast pass which helped us bypass the 120-minute line! This ride was worth going on as it wasn’t a regular rollercoaster with dementors, dragons and 3d screens.