Universal Studios Japan is known for its ever-rotating schedule of limited-time events. While the last few years have seen reduced offerings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are big plans for 2023, with special events, attraction overlays and more scheduled throughout the year.
Universal Studios Japan usually confirms event dates a few months in advance. Where details aren’t confirmed yet, we have linked to last year’s events for reference. We’ll be sure to update the page as additional details are announced!
No Limit! Parade
While not an event per-say, Universal Studios Japan’s new daytime parade, “No Limit! Parade,” is finally set to debut on March 1, 2023, after numerous delays. The parade will mark the debut appearance of Super Mario Bros and Pokémon in a parade at Universal Studios Japan.
Universal Cool Japan 2023
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.
Doraemon XR Ride Nobita and the Utopia of the Sky
Universal Studios Japan will offer a limited-time attraction Doraemon XR Ride ~Nobita and the Utopia of the Sky from February 23 to September 3, 2023, to commemorate the release of the film “Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia”.
Universal Easter Celebration
Spring is just around the corner, which means it is almost time for the “Universal Easter Celebration” at Universal Studios Japan! The limited-time event runs from March 10 to July 2, 2023, featuring exclusive merchandise, food, and entertainment.
Jujutsu Kaisen: The Real 4-D
JUJUTSU KAISEN: The Real 4D debuted last year as part of a collaboration with the immensely popular Japanese manga and anime series. Due to guest demand, the limited-time attraction has been extended until July 2, 2023.
Magical Creatures Encounter
From March 17 to December 31, 2023 guests visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan will have the opportunity to interact with new creatures from the Wizarding World for the very first time, with the introduction of brand new magical character encounter offerings.
Halloween Horror Nights
From Early September to Early November 2023, Universal Studios Japan gets spooky with Universal Halloween and Halloween Horror Nights. The popular Halloween event features a spooky selection of horror mazes, entertainment, family-friendly entertainment, and character greetings. Exact dates TBA.
Universal Studios Japan will get into the holiday spirit from Mid-November 2023 to Early January 2024. The Universal Studios Japan Christmas event features festive entertainment, decorations, food, and merchandise.
Universal Studios Japan New Years Eve Countdown Event 2024
Universal Studios Japan will once again host its exciting New Year’s Eve Countdown event on December 31, 2023, and promises lucky attendees a night they will not forget!
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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.
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-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 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.
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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