Halloween Horror Nights is back, back, back again at Universal Studios Japan! Returning for the first time since 2019, the terrifying event runs from September 10 to November 7, 2021. This year’s event includes a new haunted house, a horror theater show, street zombies, and more!
Please note that due to the ongoing global pandemic, admission to the park will be extremely limited. Guests are encouraged to buy a dated 1-day pass well in advance. For those who have an Annual Pass, you are required to make a free advanced reservation, subject to availability.
Halloween Horror Nights
Gegege No Kitaro: The Real -Haunted Abandoned Village-
Step into a haunted abandoned village from the hit horror manga, Gegege No Kitaro! This brand new haunted house is located at Stage 18. A free numbered ticket is required for entry.
Sherlock Holmes -Cursed Rose Sword-
You’ve been invited to a cursed movie set, which turns out to be the scene of a horrifying murder! This brand new horror theater show is taking over the Universal Monster Live Rock n’ Roll show. A free numbered ticket is required for entry.
No Halloween Horror Nights is complete without street zombies! This year, five new zombie zones will take over the streets of Universal Studios Japan, including Cyber Monster Boulevard, Creepy Circus Road, Killer Cutie Avenue, DJ X Psycho Street, and DJ X Death Square. The zombies come out every night at 6:00 PM until the park closes.*
This map shows which areas of the park will be overrun by zombies:
*In case of rain or extreme weather, the zombies may move locations or stay at home.
RA-TAT-TAT Dance Returns!
If you experienced Halloween Horror Nights in 2019, you know just how addictive Sandamine J Soul Brother’s song “Rat-Tat-Tat” is! At night, zombies will break out into dance, encouraging everyone to sing and dance along with them to “Rat-Tat-Tat”. And throughout the day, you can listen to the song on Hollywood Dream: The Ride!
Kid-Friendly Halloween Events
NO LIMIT! Time – Halloween Festa
Dance along with characters from The Peanuts, Sesame Street, and Minions at this fun and exciting show in held daily at Gramercy Park! Characters and performers will dance along to J-pop idol group NiziU’s song “Festa”, and a special Halloween song by the group made just for the show! Check the daily park schedule for daily showtimes.
Wonderland Season’s Joy – Halloween Version
Meet characters from the Minions, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty, and The Peanuts dressed in cute Halloween costumes! The socially distanced character greetings are held daily at Universal Wonderland.
Trick or Treat!
Elementary school students and younger can go up to crew members wearing a pumpkin pouch and “trick or treat” their way to some candy! Held daily around the park from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Food & Merchandise
There will be plenty of spooky food and merchandise sold throughout the event! We’ll be sharing more details about them in the coming days, so stay tuned!
All images and information from the Univeral Studios Japan website.
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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 yourself 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 shortlist 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 and have 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 great to unwind and relax.
- Hotel Universal Port – For the Minion fan in your family (I’m looking at you Mom and your Minion memes you share on Facebook) this is a great hotel 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
Save yourself time and stress by buying your tickets and Express Pass for Universal Studios Japan in advance. The less time you spend in line buying tickets the more time you have to enjoy everything in the Park!
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 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 had to use it in the past and I’m so glad I had it. My recommended company is World Nomads for travel insurance.
Learn More on Universal Studios Japan
Don’t forget to study our in-depth destination guide on Universal Studios Japan for even more information on this wonderful park in Osaka.
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