It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year! Universal Studios Japan is set to celebrate Christmas this year with festive entertainment, decorations, food, and merchandise. “NO LIMIT! Christmas” will take place from November 21, 2022, to January 9, 2023.
This year’s Christmas highlights include the return of the record-breaking Universal Studios Japan Christmas tree, an entertaining Christmas-themed dinner theatre show and the debut of Christmas decorations at Super Nintendo World for the very first time!
“NO LIMIT! Crystal Tree”
This year will see the return of the stunning Universal Studios Japan Christmas tree, which won the Guinness World Record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree for nine consecutive years from 2011 to 2019. The “NO LIMIT! Crystal Tree” will feature in the nightly “Spectacle of Lights” which will transform the New York area of the park with countless lights, music and projection mapping.
Super Nintendo World Christmas Decorations
Super Nintendo World will feature winter decorations for the very first time since it opened in 2021. Decorations will include snowmen inspired by Mario and Luigi, wreaths on Peach’s Castle and Christmas trees featuring familiar icons from the game as ornaments including superstars.
Universal Party ~The Showtime & Taste of Christmas~
Universal Party ~The Showtime & Taste of Christmas promises to deliver a dinner-theatre experience unique to the park, where guests can enjoy world-class entertainment while enjoying the Christmas-adorned venue, music, and special menu. The experience will be held at the Peacock Theater on select days during December and will require a separate admission ticket.
Hello Kitty’s Christmas Happiness with Happiness Brass Band
Fans of Hello Kitty can look forward to a limited-time show, Hello Kitty, the Happiness Brass Band, which will feature Hello Kitty in her favourite winter costume leading a brass band playing familiar Christmas songs. The show will be performed 3-5 times per day in the Hollywood area of the park.
Minion Happy Christmas Greeting
It’s not a special event at Universal Studios Japan without Minions dressing up in themed costumes! This year, guests can enjoy the Minions Happy Christmas Greeting show at the park entrance, featuring the infamous Minions dressed as trees, reindeer, and angels. Guests can also meet with the Minions at a special Christmas version of the Minion Hachamecha Greeting at Minion Park.
Universal Wonderland Christmas Dance A Long
Over in the Universal Wonderland corner of the park, young guests can see characters including Sesame Street and the Peanuts friends in limited-time Christmas costumes at the Universal Wonderland Christmas Dance A Long. The greeting show encourages guests to get into the Christmas spirit by dancing along to memorable Christmas music. Guests can even take pictures with their favourite characters.
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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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