Super Nintendo World is opening soon at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka! While the grand opening has been delayed, we were able to attend its advance previews and soft openings. We’re sharing 100+ Super Nintendo World photos with you in this massive photo tour! The amount of detail and work put into this new interactive land is simply breathtaking.
The area is packed to the brim with rides, shops, a gorgeous restaurant, snack stands, and tons of interactive games called “Activities”. You’ll even find hidden Pikmin throughout the land!
Super Nintendo World Photos
- Peach’s Castle
- Bowser’s Castle (Mario Kart ride)
- Beanpole Mountain (Yoshi ride)
- Area Photos
Are you ready? Let’s-a-go!
The entrance to Super Nintendo World is located toward the back right side of the park, between Amity Village (JAWS) and WaterWorld. You can occasionally hear the sound effects coming from WaterWorld while you walk up the path to Super Nintendo World. But once you see those world-famous green pipes, you’ll truly feel like you’ve jumped right into a Mario video game!
After you’ve jumped inside the green pipe, you’ll be transported into Peach’s Castle! Once inside, you’ll hear the iconic music from Super Mario 64, one of the most popular Mario games in its 35-year history. The nostalgia is overwhelming! But nothing can prepare you for just how magical it feels to step through the castle doors into Super Nintendo World!
Bowser’s Castle (Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge)
Another iconic castle from the Mario franchise makes its way into Super Nintendo World! Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, the highly anticipated and innovative ride, is housed inside the castle.
The queue leading to the ride is full of fun details about what it’s like working inside Bowser’s Castle. We’ll have more photos of the queue later, so stay tuned for more updates!
Check out all the Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge merchandise.
Mount Beanpole (Yoshi’s Adventure)
Mount Beanpole first made its appearance in the hit 2013 Wii U game, Super Mario 3D World. It is now the centerpiece of Super Nintendo World and also houses Yoshi’s Adventure attraction.
The mountain is covered with world-famous Mario characters and items, including Goombas, Thowmps, coins, green pipes, and of course, a goal pole! Many of these figures move around, truly bringing the land to life.
Stores & Restaurants
There is currently one restaurant, two stores, and two snack stands in Super Nintendo World. Each theme is beautifully themed to different elements of the Mario video games. Kinopio’s Cafe and the 1UP Factory (with tons of Super Nintendo World merchandise) store may look small on the outside, but inside, they’re actually quite big! And of course, the outside of these stores and restaurants are stunning. Even the popcorn stand with its fun popcorn buckets is fun!
Super Nintendo World Area Photos
As for the rest of Super Nintendo World, there are tons of interactive elements and details that every Mario fan will enjoy! We recommend buying a Power Up Band (US$30), which is needed to interact with many of these games called “Activities”. To me, this is truly what makes Super Nintendo World so special!
So, what are you most excited for when Super Nintendo World opens? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to stay tuned to TDR Explorer for more updates in the future!
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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