Universal Studios Japan has its first-ever Demon Slayer event from September 17, 2021, through February 13, 2022. There’s a VR Demon Slayer ride, merchandise, restaurant, snacks, and an immensely popular popcorn bucket designed after Nezuko.
Here’s a close-up look at the Nezuko Popcorn bucket that’s available now at Universal Studios Japan. I’ll also give you tips on how to get one, if you’re visiting the park, and suggestions on how to buy it from overseas. There’s also Demon Slayer merchandise available at Universal Studios Japan!
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Demon Slayer Popcorn Bucket
Universal Studios Japan takes its popcorn buckets seriously, much like Tokyo Disney Resort. When Universal announced the Demon Slayer event, I wondered what popcorn bucket would be available. I’m happy that they did not disappoint.
The Nezuko popcorn bucket is one of the best buckets from the park in recent memory. They’ve even done a talking Chocobo bucket when they had the Final Fantasy event a few years ago. The Nezuko Popcorn bucket is ¥3,700 (US$35).
Everyone else thinks so, which is why the popcorn bucket has been selling out every day since its release.
Tips for Grabbing the Nezuko Popcorn Bucket
If you’re visiting Universal Studios Japan between now and February 13, 2022, here’s what you need to know to have a chance at picking up this popcorn bucket! I also explain how it works in our Demon Slayer video below.
Get to the Park Early
If you want any chance of getting the popcorn bucket, you’ll need to get in line at the front gates at the park at least 60 mins before the park opens. If the park opens at 9 AM, you better be in line by 8 AM (ideally 7:30). The reason for this is the park almost always opens 15-30 minutes before the official park opening time.
Expect to wait between an hour to two hours once you get in line for the popcorn bucket.
The line for the popcorn bucket gets cut off once it reaches a certain number of people. Most days, Team Members cut off the line before 9 AM. That means, if you come to the park right at the opening, there’s a slim chance you’ll get one.
Most days, the popcorn bucket sells out before 9 AM.
Since the event runs until February 2022, there’s a chance the line won’t be as intense in a few months.
Where to Line Up
Once you get into the park, continue straight until you see the line on the right. The popcorn stand is after the Shrek 4-D theatre. You won’t miss it.
How Many Can You Buy?
The popcorn buckets are limited to one per person, and there are no exceptions. You’ll get the popcorn in a separate bag, which is great cause I never use my bucket for actual popcorn! The popcorn is Plume and Honey, which isn’t too bad.
How to Buy the Nezuko Popcorn Bucket Online
The borders to Japan as still closed to tourists, and it’s impossible to predict whether or not they’ll reopen before the Demon Slayer event finishes. While you can’t officially buy the Demon Slayer bucket online if you’re willing to pay a premium, you can buy it online.
I want to preface this with, we’re not personal shoppers, and we can’t buy anything on your behalf. We’re providing information for those who do want to buy the bucket online. Since the buckets are tough to get, expect prices to be high.
The easiest way to buy online, but also the most expensive, is through Amazon Japan. Some sellers may ship overseas, but not all of them do.
Another method is to use a proxy shipper (a few that I’ve found are White Rabbit Express, Buyee, & Neokyo) to buy the popcorn bucket from sites like Mercari, Yahoo Auctions, and even Amazon Japan. Prices here start around ¥10,000 and go up from there.
I’ve never used any of these proxy shippers, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!
More on Universal Studios Japan
Book Your Flight
I personally use Google Flights & Momodo to find affordable flights. Another great way is to sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights to get notifications of cheap fares, which happens a lot to Japan. You’ll sometimes stumble on cheap flights to Kansai International Airport.
Buy Your Shinkansen Tickets (Bullet Train)
Getting around Japan by the world-renown bullet train, known as the Shinkansen, is incredibly fast, reliable, and affordable for visitors. You can travel from Tokyo to Osaka in just over 2 hours. Get the JR Rail Pass to save a ton of money on the bullet train for your trip.
Book Your Hotel
Universal Studios Japan has affordable accommodations that are steps away from the Park with easy access to Osaka. I recommend checking prices through Booking.com followed by the hotels directly. Sometimes you’re able to score some incredible deals. Here’s a short list of hotels at Universal Studios Japan I recommend.
- The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan – You’re directly in front of the Park gates and have instant access to Universal CityWalk Osaka. The rooms are gorgeous, with restaurants and even a Lawson (Japanese convenience store).
- The Singulari HOTEL & SKYSPA – Attached to the train station is this simple hotel fantastic for those who want a comfortable, clean, and stylish place to sleep. After a long day at Universal Studios Japan, the rooftop sento (public bath) is excellent for unwinding and relaxing.
- Hotel Universal Port – This is an excellent hotel for the Minion fan in your family, only a 5-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan. It also boasts the largest breakfast buffet in Japan, that’s a must during your visit.
Buy Your Tickets & Express Pass
In advance, save yourself time and stress by buying your tickets and Express Pass for Universal Studios Japan.
Universal Studios Japan only offers free wi-fi at the entrance to the Park. That’s not enough to stay connected and share your day with everyone back home to give them FOMO on Instagram. Here’s how you can stay connected while travelling in Japan.
- Pocket Wi-Fi – If you’re travelling with a group or have multiple devices, this is your best and most affordable way to stay connected to the internet. Pick up and drop off at the airport. Easy.
- Japan SIM Card – If you have an unlocked phone and need a Japanese phone number, this is the best and easiest way.
Get Yourself Travel Insurance
While travelling aboard, having travel insurance protects you against injury, cancellations, illness, and other things you’re never able to predict. Whenever I travel, I always budget for travel insurance to protect myself. I’ve used it in the past, and I’m so glad I had it. My recommended companies are SafteyWing and World Nomads for travel insurance.
Learn More about Universal Studios Japan
Don’t forget to study our in-depth destination guide on Universal Studios Japan for more information on this beautiful park in Osaka.
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