‘Universal Cool Japan’ 2023 Information

Universal Studios Japan will host “Universal Cool Japan” From February 17, 2023, to July 2, 2023. The popular seasonal event brings together some of the biggest names in Japanese Pop Culture and features limited-time merchandise, food, and VR attractions.

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The 2023 Universal Cool Japan lineup will feature the return of the popular Conan the Detective, SPY x FAMILY and Monster Hunter franchises which were highlights of the 2022 season. Additional information regarding offerings for the limited-time event will be released in the coming weeks – be sure to check back for more!

SPY x FAMILY Secret Mission

SPY x FAMILY Secret Mission” promises to be an interactive and immersive mystery-solving rally & live entertainment show where you can get the real spy experience.

Guests can enjoy two different exciting experiences. The experience starts with a mystery-solving rally in which guests will act as new WISE agents on a top-secret mission to decipher secret codes hidden inside the park. Guests who have deciphered the codes will then be treated to a live entertainment show.

Detective Conan: The Escape ~ Prologue of Black Iron ~

© 2023 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Production Committee © SCRAP

“Detective Conan: The Escape” is a walk-through type real escape game featuring a completely original story linked to the upcoming movie in the Detective Conan franchise, “Detective Conan: Black Iron Fish Shadow.” Guests are invited to explore a museum and use their detective skills to solve mysteries.

While joining forces with the “AI AGENT” who will gradually become a powerful partner, Conan, Haibara, and Okiya will communicate with each other and work together to overcome the pinch of desperation.

The attraction will be located at Stage 18, located near the entrance of the park. A separate ticket is necessary for this attraction (3,600 yen). Tickets go on sale on December 19, 2022, at Universal Studios Japan WEB ticket store, Lawson ticket (WEB only), and ticket booths.

Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant

© 2023 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Production Committee © SCRAP

From February 17 to June 4, Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant will offer guests a super-exciting entertainment restaurant experience, where guests will help solve a mystery while connecting with characters from the franchise. The great detective of the west, Heiji Hattori, and his childhood friend, Kazuha Toyama, will make their Universal Studios Japan debut at the mystery restaurant.

Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant will be presented at Lombard’s Landing in the San Fransisco area of the Park. A separate ticket is necessary for this attraction (6,000 yen for adults & 2,600 yen for children under 12). Tickets go on sale December 19, 2022, at the Universal Studios Japan WEB ticket store.

Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream The Ride-Extreme Test Drive

© 2023 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Production Committee © SCRAP

During the event period, the Hollywood Dream: The Ride coast will offer Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream The Ride ~Extreme Test Drive~. Guests can experience the thrills of riding the coaster at high speed while being encouraged by the voices of Conan and Haibara. A separate ticket is not required to experience this attraction overlay.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR Walk


Monster Hunter World: Iceborn XR WALK will continue to be offered for the Universal Cool Japan 2023 season. The highly immersive virtual reality experience opened in the Spring of 2022 and has proved to be a highly popular attraction. Guests will wear advanced VR equipment to experience the attraction, including VR goggles, hand trackers, and a backpack that includes a small computer. You’ll also hold a model weapon that will be used to fight off the giant monsters in the game.

Are you excited about Universal Cool Japan 2023? Let us know!

Images courtesy of Universal Studios Japan

© Tatsuya Endo / Shueisha, SPY x FAMILY Production Committee
Gosho Aoyama “Detective Conan” (serialized in Shogakukan “Weekly Shonen Sunday”)
© 2022 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Production Committee
TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios.

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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

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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