Universal Studios Japan Admission and Safety Guidelines Changes in July

Universal Studios Japan has announced changes to its admission restrictions and safety guidelines throughout the month of July. Starting July 10, 2020, people from more regions of Japan will be allowed entry into the park. From July 20, 2020, there will no longer be any residency-based restrictions on admission.

The park has also updated its guidelines on social distancing on rides, and has expanded its “mask-free zone”.

Admission Changes

Currently, only residents of Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga & Wakayama Prefectures) and those with a valid Annual Pass are allowed entry into the park. From early July, these restrictions will start to ease.

  • From July 10, 2020, Annual Passholders and people living in the following prefectures who purchase a Studio Pass will be allowed entry:
    • Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga & Wakayama Prefectures)
    • Tokai (Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu & Mie Prefectures)
    • Hokuriku (Ishikawa, Fukui, Niigata & Toyama Prefectures)
    • Shikoku (Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi & Tokushima Prefectures)
    • Chugoku (Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori & Yamaguchi Prefectures)
  • From July 20, 2020, there will no longer be any residency-based restrictions on admission. People living in any prefecture in Japan will be allowed to enter the park.

Tickets will go on sale from July 6, 2020, from 2:00 PM JST on the official online ticket store. Ticket booths at the park will be closed until July 19, 2020. Those who wish to enter the park before July 20, 2020, must purchase a ticket in advance.

Safety Guidelines Changes

In mid-June, a “mask-free zone” was set up in the park near the lagoon. Here, guests are allowed to take off their masks while practicing safe social distancing.

©Universal Studios Japan

In early July, the first floor of Lombard’s Landing will be opened as an indoors “mask-free zone”. The area will be well air-conditioned and can be used to escape the summer heat.

From July 1, 2020, all ride vehicles will be filled to capacity. When the park reopened, only every other row was open, but now every row will be open. Masks will still be required for the duration of the attraction.

Super Nintendo World Delayed

As previously reported, the highly anticipated opening of Super Nintendo World has been delayed. The new land was supposed to open before the Tokyo Olympics, which was previously going to start on July 23, 2020, before being delayed until 2021. Universal now plans to announce a new opening date sometime this Fall.

Before You Go

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Japan continues to have strict travel restrictions to enter the country. We recommend postponing your trip until next year. For those living in Japan, make sure to check with local government advisories on the safety of traveling between prefectures.

More Things to Do in Tokyo

My recommendations for things to do in and around Tokyo! Plan a day at the Hello Kitty theme park, Sanrio Puroland, and an afternoon at the popular TeamLab Planets TOKYO. Take a tour around Tokyo with the convenient hop-on and-off bus. Spend a rainy afternoon inside Japan’s largest indoor theme park, Tokyo Joyoplis, near Tokyo Disney!

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