Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Christmas @ Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of Japan's most popular amusement parks. There aren't really any thrill rides, but it has all the movie-themed rides that make it fun! I spent my last Christmas there and its was a fun time. The park was extremely busy especially during the Christmas and New Year's holidays in Japan. You will be surprised that the parks packed with lots of Japanese rather than visitors, they really embrace USJ and have made it the busiest theme park on earth. So better pick your day carefully though.

There are two types of passes available: 1-day Studio Pass (includes admission to all attractions) & 2-days Studio Pass (includes admission to all attractions for 2 conservative days). To avoid waiting in lines at popular attractions, you could always consider purchasing a Universal Express Pass Booklet at the park when you go. But it’s not cheap to buy.

The best ride I had was The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and I almost queued 2 hours for it but it's really worth it. It is a indoor thrill ride that combines 3-D special effects, live action and state-of-the-art, 12-passenger ride vehicles that put you right into the thick of the action. You’ll need 3-D glasses for this incredible simulated ride as you follow Spider-Man on a fun-filled adventure high above the city. I totally fall in love with Spiderman after the ride.

You can also enjoy variety of exiting theme rides and shows inspired by world famous movies, animations and much much more, such as Terminator 2, Space Fantasy, Shrek's 4-D Adventure, Sesame Street 4-D Move Magic, Back To The Future, Jurassic Park & etc.

USJ has numerous events and parades that occur during the day. In Christmas, there is always a Christmas-themed parade featuring floats based on Hello Kitty, Peanuts, Shrek and Sesame Street, and the dancers are even wearing outfits depicting the Sesame characters' signatures.

I really enjoy visiting the Universal Citywalk especially shopping for those unique and unusual merchandise that I won't see elsewhere. But if you're looking for something made in Japanmake sure you check the labels. Of course "Made in Japan" just got more expensive than "Made in China."

 Snoopy Cup O Noodles : Cute?!

Well, this was truly an amazingly fun day of standing in lines and enjoying some fun rides. I am glad that I managed to see four attractions during the 9 hours visits. But I need even more time for shopping! ;P


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