JANEENADVENTURES IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN 2016!
I would’ve loved to have a longer trip but we all had some work to attend to right after and only had a little less than a week for our vacation. So we made the most out of it by making sure to go for quality over quantity with our itinerary. Checking the weather forecast is a must when planning your days. We weren’t expecting it to rain but at least we got a good heads up that it would rain in one of the days we were staying in Osaka. We made sure to schedule the sunny days for full park days, and it started with our first destination, Universal Studios Japan!
So happy that the hotel we stayed at, Hotel Keihan Universal Tower, is an official partner hotel of USJ. Going to the park was just a pleasurable walking distance!
#JCootds featuring : Details for my off shoulder light denim colored top, Wrangler Jeans for my pants, Keds for my polka-dot Keds X Kate Spade sneaks, and Tory Burch for my new travel companion purse in Poppy Red under their latest #ToryBurchSS16 collection. Also found a tiny black ribbon at home to tie around my neck as a choker!
We first had lunch at Finnigan’s, a resto-pub at USJ. Got the set meal that looked really cool. Got curious since the menu said “Taste the Terror!” hahaha
The food was overall okay, but it would be better. The food we had for our late afternoon snack at the sandwich place in Amity Ville (where the Jaws attractions) are were way better! Try their hot shrimp and chicken sandwiches!
After lunch we were just in time for The Reborn Parade to celebrate the park’s 15 year anniversary!
I saw the park staff handing over giant confetti-filled balloons to parade watchers that lined up along the park road, and I knew I wanted one too! So I sat along the sidewalk and patiently waited for mine. They were to be thrown during one part of the parade, and I was happy to be amongst the proactive participants! Love how they really included park guests in the festivities, and even handed us over some more confetti to toss around as the parade was about to end.
Then we started our mission to go and ride some rides at the park starting off with Hogwarts since our express pass for that specific area had a time limit to make sure the place doesn’t get too crowded. Pretty efficient system right there. The ride 4D ride was really fun but I expected it to be more intense since riders we’re required to leave loose items like bags and cameras in lockers. It was a pretty chill ride for me, it was a more of a ride for the senses than a ride for thrills.
Here are some more photos from the area:
We got pretty tired from the full day and decided to have dinner around the area. Good thing that right outside the park and right across our hotel stands Universal City Walk. It houses a variety of both local Japanese and international establishments, restaurants and attractions such as an arcade if you want the fun to continue after your Universal Studios day trip!
Some of the establishments I saw were the Takoyaki Museum, Bubba Gump, Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza, Moomin Milk Tea, and Hard Rock Cafe. There were also local restaurants that specialize in sushi, ramen, omu-rice, udon, katsu, Japanese spaghetti and more! Japanese convenience stores, souvenir shops, and international retail brands such as Claire’s were also in the area. Yes, Universal City Walk actually has everything! We were impressed!
We had dinner, at this udon restaurant where a lot of people were lining up at. Just because it seemed like everyone wanted it… So of course we wanted it too. Haha We were quite impressed with the quality of the udon they had, as well as the variety of different tempuras they specialize in. It was a build-your-own set meal type of a dining experience. And each dish or tempura piece adds up to the cost of your total bill. It’s definitely an interesting type of “fast food” service. Don’t forget to “clay-go” or clean as you go!
That was day 1 of my #janeenadventures in USJ in a nutshell! Stay tuned for other Osaka blog and vlog posts soon! Whichever comes first! For the meantime, visit and subscribe to my channel by clicking here!