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, located in Osaka, is one of six Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by , which is wholly owned by NBCUniversal (as of 2017). The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it also contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. The park opened on 31 March 2001. Over 11 million guests visited the park in its opening year, making it the world's fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million milestone at the time. Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. Most visitors are Japanese tourists and tourists from other Asian countries such as South Korea and China. It is also very popular among Western tourists and expatriates. In 2005, Goldman Sachs became the largest shareholder in Universal Studios Japan. Various events were held in the year 2011 to celebrate the park's tenth anniversary, by which time a total of 88 million guests had cumulatively attended the park. There were 700,000 annual passport holders in June 2012 and in the 2012 fiscal year, 9.75 million guests visited the park. During the 2013 fiscal year, Universal Studios Japan received 10.5 million guests. Various factors contributed to this growth in 2013, including the opening of the backwards roller coaster "Hollywood Dream – The Ride – Backdrop" in March, and the "New Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D" in July, which installed new 4KHD technology, which proved to be popular among the younger generation of visitors. The family area "Universal Wonderland" which opened in March 2012 also attracted many families. Recent installments include limited-time attractions such as "Biohazard - The Real" and "Monster Hunter - The Real", both based on popular video game franchises, and "One Piece Premier Show", which is based on the popular anime series, providing attractions based on entertainment worldwide. On 15 July 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a themed area based on the blockbuster ''Harry Potter'' film series, opened to the public. The popular ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, was revamped to play in 3D only 10 months after its opening as the first ride of its kind in the world. With a total investment of 45 billion yen, the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the park is projected to have an economic ripple effect of 5 trillion 60 million yen over the next 10 years in Japan, and anticipates many visitors from both Japan and overseas. On Monday, 29 October 2012, Universal Studios Japan greeted its 100 millionth visitor since its opening in 2001. According to the 2014 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, Universal Studios Japan is ranked fifth among the top 25 amusement/theme parks worldwide, attracting 11.8 million visitors in 2014, 16.8% more than in the previous year. On 27 February 2020, Universal announced a closure of the park until 22 March 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, they have extended the closure to 31 May 2020, and delayed again until 19 June 2020.


Studio ticket prices


Studio one day passes start at ¥7,091 (¥7,800 with tax) for adults and ¥4,910 (¥5,400 with tax) for children. Seniors (65 years or over) start at ¥6,455 (¥7,100 with tax). Studio two day passes start at ¥14,000 (¥15,400 with tax) for adults and ¥9,546 (¥10,500 with tax) for children. It depends on the day you enter the park.


Licensed properties included at Universal Studios Japan


Like other Universal parks, Universal Studios Japan does not limit itself to attractions based on Universal's owned-library. It has licensed other franchises from different studios for some attractions. Some examples include: * ''Attack on Titan'' (Kodansha, Wit Studio) * ''Beetlejuice'' and ''Harry Potter'' (Warner Bros.) * ''Death Note'' (Shueisha, Madhouse) * ''Detective Conan'' (Shogakukan, TMS Entertainment) * ''Final Fantasy'' (Square Enix) * ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' (Square Enix, Bones) * ''Gin Tama'' (Shueisha, Sunrise) * ''Godzilla'' (Toho) * ''Hamtaro '' (Shogakukan, TMS Entertainment) * ''Hello Kitty'' (Sanrio) * ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure'' (Shueisha, David Production) * ''Lupin the Third'' (Futabasha, TMS Entertainment) * ''My Hero Academia'' (Shueisha, Bones) * ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' (Khara) * ''Nintendo'' properties * ''One Piece'' and ''Dragon Ball'' (Shueisha, Toei Animation) * ''Peanuts'' (Peanuts Worldwide, LLC.) * ''Resident Evil'' and ''Monster Hunter'' (Capcom) * ''Sailor Moon'' (Kodansha, Toei Animation) * ''Sesame Street'' (Sesame Workshop) * ''Spider-Man'' (Marvel Entertainment) * ''Terminator'' (The Halcyon Company) * ''Yo-kai Watch'' (Level-5)


Lands and attractions


The park is large. The attractions are arranged in nine areas of the park. A tenth area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opened on 15 July 2014 with its flagship attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The area was modeled on the areas of the same names at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. There are also attractions that are not in the United States and are unique to Universal Studios Japan, such as Black Lake and Hogwarts Express Photo Op. An eleventh area, Super Nintendo World, opened on 18 March 2021.


Hollywood


Themed to Hollywood. * ''Shrek 4-D'' * Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic * Sing on Tour * ''Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show'' * Hollywood Dream – The Ride * Space Fantasy – The Ride


New York City


Based on the city of New York City, New York. * The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Ride * ''T2-3D: Battle Across Time''


San Francisco


Based on the city of San Francisco, California. * Backdraft


Minion Park


* Despicable Me Minion Mayhem * Freeze Ray Sliders


Jurassic Park


Inspired by Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film franchise of the same name. * Jurassic Park: The Ride * The Flying Dinosaur


Amity Village


Inspired by Steven Spielberg's ''Jaws''. * Jaws


Universal Wonderland


Universal Wonderland is a section aimed at children and families. Opened in March 2012, it contains three themed sub-zones including Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty's Fashion Avenue, and Sesame Street Fun Zone.


Snoopy Studio


Based on the ''Peanuts'' comic strip. * Snoopy's Great Race * The Flying Snoopy


Hello Kitty's Fashion Avenue


Themed to Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise. * Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream * Hello Kitty's Ribbon Collection


Sesame Street Fun Zone


Based on the children's television series ''Sesame Street''. * Elmo's Bubble Bubble * Abby's Magical Party * Moppy's Lucky Dance Party * Big Bird's Big Nest * Grover's Construction Company * Bert and Ernie's Wonder-The Sea * Sesame's Big Drive * Big Bird's Climbing Nest * Abby's Magical Tree * Abby's Magical Garden * Water Garden * Cookie Monster Slide * Ernie's Rubber Duckie Race * Elmo's Little Drive * Big Bird's Big Top Circus * Moppy's Balloon Trip * Elmo's Go Go Skateboard


WaterWorld


Based on Universal's 1995 film of the same name. * Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


* Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey * Flight of the Hippogriff


Super Nintendo World


* Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge * Yoshi's Adventure: An omnimover attraction where guests board a Yoshi and ride around Super Nintendo World.


Former attractions


* Motion Picture Magic - When the park first opened in 2001, the attraction 'Motion Picture Magic,' hosted by director Steven Spielberg, occupied the building that currently houses the attraction Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic. The attraction, originally designed by experience designer Bob Rogers and the design team BRC Imagination Arts, provided a tribute to the Universal Studios brand of motion pictures. During the show, the theater transformed into a multi-screen presentation and when the show ended, the main screen raised to present a real motion picture set in which the audience would cross through as they continued through the attraction show building. * E.T. Adventure has been replaced by Space Fantasy – The Ride. * Monster Make-Up has been closed. * ''Back to the Future - The Ride'' has been replaced by Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. * Animation Celebration has been closed to make way for Playing with Curious George.


Western


The Western Area, and with it, The Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show and the ''Animal Actors'' show, were revamped to become Land of Oz in 2006. This involved completely re-theming two live shows, one restaurant and a number of retail facilities. * The Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show was a live stunt show based upon a wide variety of Universal's Western films. Opening on 31 March 2001, in the Western Town section of the park, the show featured several cowboy-themed actors surviving death-defying stunts, shootings and explosions. The show closed in 2006 and has since been replaced by ''Wicked''.


Land of Oz (closed in 2011)


A former section at Universal Studios Japan, which was based on L. Frank Baum's ''Wizard of Oz'' book series. It was later replaced by Universal Wonderland section. * ''Wicked'' - This was an abbreviated one-act version of the musical, presented in Japanese. * ''Toto & Friends'' - This was an animal trick show, featuring dogs, birds and other trained animals. * Magical Oz-Go-Round


Characters


Much like with the previous Universal parks, USJ has characters both from Universal and third-party companies. USJ has the Japanese license to use the ''Sesame Street'', ''Peanuts'' and Sanrio characters, and alongside many others.


Current characters





''Peanuts''


* Snoopy * Charlie Brown * Linus van Pelt * Lucy van Pelt * Schroeder * Sally Brown


''Sesame Street''


* Elmo * Zoe * Cookie Monster * Bert * Ernie * Grover (Rare) * Big Bird (Rare) * Count von Count * Abby Cadabby * Moppy (A ''Sesame Street'' character specifically created for USJ)


Sanrio


* Hello Kitty, Mimmy, her Family and Dear Daniel


Nintendo


* Mario * Luigi * Princess Peach * Toad


Other


* Woody and Winnie Woodpecker * Fievel from ''An American Tail'' * Beetlejuice * The Pink Panther * Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots * Pinocchio, Gingy, Three Blind Mice and The Big Bad Wolf from ''Shrek'' (Rare) * Poppy and Branch from ''Trolls * Gru, Dru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, Vector and the Minions from ''Despicable Me'' * Spider-Man * Emmett "Doc" Brown and Marty McFly from ''Back to the Future'' * ''Jurassic Park'' Dinosaurs * Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike from ''The Land Before Time'' * The Cast of ''Waterworld'' * Bruce the Shark from ''Jaws'' * Frog Choir * Hogwarts Conductor * Triwizard Spirit Rally * Crash Bandicoot (Rare) * Spyro the Dragon (Rare)


Celebrities


* Marilyn Monroe


Former characters


* Chilly Willy * Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale * Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Sallah, Marcus Brody, Henry Jones, Sr. and Mutt Williams from ''Indiana Jones'' * Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, C-3PO, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Yoda and Admiral Ackbar from ''Star Wars'' * E.T. * Charlie Chaplin


Awards


In 2011, USJ's Christmas tree was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most illuminated Christmas tree in the world having 260,498 lights. * The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride ** 2001 Screamscape Ultimate No.1 Favorite Overall Non-Coaster Thrill Ride ** 2002 Theme Park Insider World Best Theme Park Attraction * Animation Celebration ** 2002 THEA Award (presented by TEA) WINNER in Attraction * ''Peter Pan's Neverland'' ** 2007 THEA Award (presented by TEA) WINNER in Event Spectacular * The Gift of Angels ** 2009 Big E Award, Best Overall Production, (presented by IIAPA) WINNER in the category "Best Overall Production, More Than $2 Million" * Hollywood Dreams Parade ** 2009 Big E Award (presented by IIAPA): Honorable Mention in the category "Best Overall Production, More Than $2 Million" * Space Fantasy – The Ride ** 2011 THEA Award (presented by TEA) winner in Outstanding Achievement


Attendance





Official hotels


There are five official hotels at or near the park: * Hotel Keihan Universal City * Hotel Kintetsu Universal City * Hotel Keihan Universal Tower * Hotel Universal Port * Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan


Incidents


In November 2004, a 35-year-old woman from Osaka Prefecture suffered nerve damage in her right wrist, affecting the use of two of her fingers. This occurred when her hand got stuck in a safety bar of the E.T. Adventure attraction as an employee pulled it down to secure it.


See also


* Incidents at Universal parks * Tourism in Japan


References





External links


* {{NBC Universal Category:Amusement parks in Japan Category:Theme parks Category:Buildings and structures in Osaka Category:2001 establishments in Japan Category:Entertainment companies established in 2001 Category:Tourist attractions in Osaka Category:Amusement parks opened in 2001