The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 10th Anniversary Offerings at Universal Studios Japan


Universal Studios Japan is gearing up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened on July 15, 2014. To celebrate the special ocassion, Universal Studios Japan is offering a variety of magical experiences throughout the year.

Hogwarts Castle Walk

Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is famous for it’s extremely high level of detail, recreating iconic locations featured in the popular film franchise. Guests will once again have the opportunity to explore the magical halls of Hogwarts this summer with the Hogwarts Castle Walk returning for a limited time from July 15 to December 31, 2024.

Guests will be able to get up close to the large griffin statue that protects Headmaster Dumbledore’s office, the chatty portraits that line the high ceiling, and even statues that you can’t usually see. The experience is great for guests who wish to see the detailed queue without riding the attraction.

Death Eater – Hogsmeade Crisis

Come autumn, an omninous shroud of darkness will settle across the path into Hogsmeade Village. Guests will encounter a fierce battle between Death Eaters and villages as a a dark mark appears above Hogwarts castle. Additional details about the immersive experience will be announced at a later date.

Hogwarts Magical Night ~Winter Magic~

This winter, Hogwarts Castle will come alive in the evenings with with the return of Hogwarts Magical Night – Winter Magic after a five year hiatus. Magical spells will transform the castle with the help of projection mapping, with Meteorozynx covering the castle in snow, Lumos surrounding the castle in warm light and Lumos Maxima to light the Christmas tree. (Dates to be confirmed.)

Food and Beverage

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Universal Studios Japan is releasing two types of collectable premium Butterbeer mugs with the 10th anniversary logo, and will introduce a new plant-based Butterbeer.

Additionally, special Churitos inspired by the 4 dormitories of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will return after being offered for a limited-time in 2020. Guests can choose between Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, however only two flavours will be offered per day.

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Book Your Flight

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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.

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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.

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