Universal Studios Japan’s new daytime parade, “No Limit! Parade,” finally made its grand debut on March 1, 2023, following several delays. The parade marks the first time Super Mario Bros and Pokémon have appeared on a float at Universal Studios Japan parade.
The addition of Super Mario Bros and Pokemon characters to the parade is an exciting development that builds upon the opening of Super Nintendo World in 2021 and the announcement that Pokémon will be coming to Universal Studios Japan in 2023. The parade serves as the beginning of this thrilling new collaboration.
The world’s first Mario Kart-themed float made its debut at the “No Limit! Parade” in Universal Studios Japan, featuring Super Mario Bros characters. The Rainbow Road float showcased Mario, Luigi, Toad, Koopa, Yoshi, and Princess Peach alongside a group of dancers to excite the crowd during parade stops, where the parade transformed into a dance party.
The Pokémon float features large Pokeballs and an extensive collection of Pokémon, including Charizard, which flaps its wings and emits smoke, a dancing Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Squirtle, and many more. Confetti and bubbles will be featured heavily throughout the parade to add to the party atmosphere.
The parade features a wide range of dance music, from 1960s rock numbers to 2020s EDM, to create a dance party atmosphere. “Super NO LIMIT! Time” features parade stops along the route, where entertainers invite guests to dance around the floats.
The “No Limit! Parade” features a diverse range of characters, in addition to the iconic Super Mario Bros and Pokemon characters, the parade features a plethora of beloved characters from Hello Kitty, Sing!, Minions, Sesame Street, The Peanuts gang, and many more.
Whether it’s the lovable Minions or the timeless Peanuts gang, guests can experience the joy of seeing their favourite characters come to life and share the spotlight with other iconic characters.
Park guests wishing to have the best viewing experience can purchase a separate ticket for the “NO LIMIT! Parade Special Viewing Area”. Pricing for the viewing area starts at 1,300 yen.
This is the first daytime parade since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the park to halt its parades. Though the park has reopened (twice), the popular Universal Spectacle Night Parade has not returned. There also were no Halloween or summer parades this year, although last summer saw a scaled-down version of the summer parade.
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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-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 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.
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.
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