Halloween Horror Nights 2023 at Universal Studios Japan

Halloween Horror Nights 2023 is back at Universal Studios Japan from September 7 through November 5, 2023! There are a few brand-new experiences and the return of fan favourites. Here’s what to expect for Halloween Horror Nights 2023!

Halloween Horror Nights is included with your day ticket to Universal Studios Japan and happens every day and evening. See our YouTube video from last year to learn how Halloween Horror Nights works.

In addition, a family-friendly version of the Halloween event happening simultaneously during the day is also included in your day ticket. Be sure to check out our article covering all the Halloween merchandise, and for more information on tickets, see our guide to Park tickets at Universal Studios Japan.

Here’s what you need to know for Halloween Horror Nights 2023 at Universal Studios Japan!

Quick Summary

Here’s a quick summary of dates and hours for the houses and attractions. See the sections after for details on each attraction.

Street Zombies Horror UP!ParkwideSept 8 – Nov 5, 202318:00 – Park Close
Zombie de DanceParkwideSept 8 – Nov 5, 202318:00 – Park Close
Chucky’s Carnival of Chaos ~Chucky’s Bloody Festival~ Stage 18Sept 8 – Nov 5, 202310:00 – Park Close
Sadako’s Curse ~Dark Horror Ride~Space FantasySept 24 – Jan 8, 2024Park Open – Park Close
Biohazard ™ The Extreme + Horror UP! *Palace TheaterSept 8 – Nov 5, 202310:00 – Park Close
Universal Monsters: Legend of Fear Horror UP!Stage 22Sept 8 – Nov 5, 202310:00 – Park Close
Ado × Hollywood Dream – The RideTBDPark Hours
* Biohazard The Extreme requires a numbered ticket which you’ll get through the USJ app or at a kiosk (location not known yet)

Street Zombies Horror UP!

From September 7 – November 5, 2023, Zombies will take over the streets of Universal Studios Japan! This year will feature the largest number of zombies ever and promises even more unpleasant groans, zombies killing each other, and the roar of chainsaws!

Zombie de Dance

The super popular Zombie de Dance will be offered from September 7 – November 5, 2023. The festivities, hosted by Hamikuma, the Lord of Darkness, will feature zombies dancing together.

Chucky’s Carnival of Chaos – Chucky’s Bloody Festival

Chucky is back with a brand-new experience called “Chucky’s Carnival of Chaos ~Chucky’s Bloody Festival~” restricted to guests 15 years and older from September 7 – November 5, 2023. Chucky hosts a carnival where you’ll find yourself in a shocking hellscape. You’ll wear 3D glasses while going through the experience!

Sadako’s Curse: Dark Horror Ride 

From September 24 through January 8, 2024, Space Fantasy is transformed into the horrors of Sadako from The Ring. “Sadako’s Curse: Dark Horror Ride” takes you into pitch-black darkness to escape Sadako’s curse in this new limited-time horror coaster. You’re deprived of your sight and ride through darkness. During this time, Space Fantasy The ride isn’t available.

Biohazard: The Extreme + Horror UP!

Biohazard: The Extreme + returns with a “Horror UP!” version that’s been upgraded to be more terrifying than before. Note that you’ll need a numbered ticket which you’ll get once you’re inside the park and done through the USJ official app or a kiosk.

Universal Monsters: Legend of Fear Horror UP!

The iconic Universal Monsters Legends of Fear returns with a “Horror Up” version. It is based on the highest satisfaction rate of the legendary maze at Universal Orlando Resort for their Halloween Horror Nights.

Ado × Hollywood Dream – The Ride

Songs by singer “Ado” will appear onboard the popular Hollywood Dream The Ride! There are no further details, but we’ll update you once we know more.

Universal VIP Experience Group Tour ~Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour~

Experience the ultimate Halloween Horror Nights with an exclusive R.I.P. Tour. Skip the lines and enjoy a dedicated guide who will escort you through the park and attractions. The tour includes a spine-chilling Zombie Greeting and access to the Special Viewing area for “Zombie de Dance” where you can dance with terrifying zombies. Plus, you’ll receive a limited edition gift of the popular “Hamikuma.”

Note: Please contact Universal Studios Japan directly to ask if any tours are available in English.

Halloween Horror Night Express Pass

Special Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes are available now to shorten your wait at select attractions and include your timed entry into Super Nintendo World! They’re available through the Universal Studios Japan ticket website. See our Express Pass guide for details on how to buy them.

Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass 7 ~Thrill & VarietyUniversal Express Pass 4 ~Horror Night & Variety~
Attractions Included:Includes one-time priority entry for the following 7 attractions:

・Chucky’s Carnival of Chaos ~Chucky’s Bloody Celebration~
・Universal Monsters ~Legends of Fear~
・Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge
・Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
・The Flying Dinosaur
・The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – The Ride 4K3D
Includes one-time priority entry for the following 4 attractions:

・Mario Kart ~Koopa’s Challenge~
・Chucky’s Carnival of Chaos ~Chucky’s Bloody Celebration~
・Universal Monsters ~Legends of Fear~
Starting Price:¥10,800¥7,800

Information and photos provided by Universal Studios Japan.

More on Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan Guidebook

Are you planning a trip to Universal Studios Japan? If so, you need our digital guidebook! Our guidebook is the most comprehensive resource available, covering everything you need to know about the park, including Super Nintendo World, Express Pass, hotels, restaurants, attractions, shows, seasonal events, and more! With our guidebook, you’ll be an expert on Universal Studios Japan before you even set foot in the park. You’ll know what to expect, where to go, and what to do. You’ll also be able to avoid the crowds and make the most of your time at the park.

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Book Your Flight

I 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 often in Japan. You’ll sometimes stumble on cheap flights to Kansai International Airport.

Buy Your Shinkansen Tickets (Bullet Train)

Getting around Japan by the world-renowned 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 and have 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 a fantastic hotel 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, a must during your visit.

Buy Your Tickets & Express Pass

In advance, save time and stress by buying your tickets and Express Pass for Universal Studios Japan.

Stay Connected

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 can never predict. Whenever I travel, I always budget for travel insurance to protect myself. I’ve used it, 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

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  1. kelly

    Hi 🙂 I check your posts every year for HHN at all different locations, this year I;m finally going to Japan! the last missing puzzle piece. I however cant find any express tickets for halloween horror nights? Their website also only has regular tickets avaialble until oct 10. I am going the end half of october, do you know when they are due to release? I simply cannot go without an express ticket lol! Thank you, Kelly!

  2. Catherine

    Klook has just added halloween tickets.

    But they have 3 different ones for 4 rides – but no details of what is included in them (they do for the 7 ride version.
    USJ doesn’t have any of the halloween express tickets on their site i could see.

  3. Dani

    As a Sadako fan, I am so excited to check out the Sadako ride when I go to USJ. Also can’t wait to see what merch will be offered this year. Thanks to Chris and the entire TDR team for all their hard work.

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