‘Universal Cool Japan’ 2024 Guide

Universal Studios Japan will host “Universal Cool Japan” From March 1 to June 30, 2024. The popular seasonal event features collaborations with popular entertainment brands like “My Hero Academia,” “Detective Conan,” and commemorates the 20th anniversary of “Monster Hunter.”

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My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia: The Real 4-D

This year’s Universal Cool Japan lineup is se to feature My Hero Academia: The Real 4-D, promising an intense experience of hero-villain battles at a grand scale. The one-of-a-kind attraction features 3D imagery and special effects including water splashes and haptic vibration. The show will be offered from March 1, to August 14, 2024.

“My Hero Academia” is currently being serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump” (Shueisha). The series has a cumulative circulation of over 85 million copies worldwide and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2024.

My Hero Academia Food and Drink

During the event, Beverly Hills Boulangerie will be home to limited-time My Hero Academia food and drink offerings, including a hearty cutlet sanwich set, and Todoroki’s “half-chilled, half-burned” fromage blanc, while a My Hero Academia themed food cart will offer a limited edition churro and a Bakugou mapo meat bun.

My Hero Academia Merchandise

Beverly Hills Gift store will feature adorable headbands themed to My Hero Academia characters, including Bakugo Katsuki, Izuku Midoriya, Uraraka Ochako and Todoroki Shouto.

Detective Conan World

Detective Conan the Escape: 1 Million Dollar Prologue

This year will feature the return of Detective Conan at Universal Studios Japan with Detective Conan the Escape: 1 Million Dollar Prologue, a limited-time authentic mystery-solving adventure. Participants will be fully immersed in the event as they join a special quiz show recording, only to be startled by an explosion. Now, guests must collaborate with Conan and his friends to unravel the mystery and rescue Sonoko.

Detective Conan the Escape: 1 Million Dollar Prologue will be offered from March 1 – June 30, 2024. Please note that a special ticket is required to experience the attraction. Click here for details.

Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream the Ride

Fly in the sky with Conan and Kid on Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream the Ride: Troubled Transport Plane (Private Jet). During your ride on Hollywood Dream, you can hear Conan and his friends’ voices as you zip through the attraction.

Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant

Guests wishing to further immerse themselves in the world of Detective Conan can enjoy an immesive dining experience at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant. The limited-time dining option will be available at Lombards Landing and offers authentic live music, delicious food and a mystery!

“Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant” tickets will be sold by lottery and sold to the general public. Click here for more information regarding tickets for this limited-time dining experience.

In addition to the immersive dining experience indoors, Lombard’s Landing Terrace will also offer limited take-away options including a Detective Conan Seafood Curry Bread Chowder and a Smoky Berry Tea.

Detective Conan Merchandise

It’s not a special event with fun merchandise! A number of Conan The Detective items will be available, including kawaii stuffed toys of Dakitsuki, a deck of cards shoulder bag, and an acyrlic pen stand.

Monster Hunter 20th Anniversary “Monster Hunter USJ Festival”​

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK

To celebrate the “Monster Hunter” series’ 20th anniversary, the popular attraction “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK” makes its return! The 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.

“Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK” Ticket Information

  • Ticket price: ¥1,980 including tax
  • Sales locations: Universal Studios Japan WEB Ticket Store, Lawson Tickets (WEB only), Ticket Booth
  • Sales start: December 22, 2023 (Friday) 12:00

Monster Hunter Seriena’s Restaurant

In addition to the Monster Hunter attraction, Universal Cool Summer will offer a brand-new dining experience, “Monster Hunter Seriena’s Restaurant,” where you can enjoy dishes prepared by Serena and Astera including the infamous “Monster Hunter Meal.”

The interior of Lost World Restaurant will be reimagined and promises to offer an immersive experience that can only be experienced at the park. Guests can enjoy a special “Let’s go on a hunt!” Plate with an array of meat, and a dessert inspired by the mythical ancient dragon Ivelcana.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Event

In addition to Universal Cool Japan, Universal Studios Japan will be hosting an exclusive collaboration with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, featuring the revival of a popular VR roller coaster experience, special food and beverages, and additional surprises. The event will run from February 1st, 2024, until June 9th, 2024. Check out our article covering the limited-time event!

Are you excited about Universal Cool Japan 2024? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Universal Studios Japan

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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

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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