Magical Creatures Encounter at Universal Studios Japan’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This spring, 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 greetings.

The new experience, Magical Creatures Encounter will be offered for a limited time from Friday, March 17, 2023. Guests will be able to meet four types of magical creatures from the Wizarding World, including a majestic Hippogriff, an adorable Pygmy Puff, a baby dragon that breathes smoke and the mischievous Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hippogriff Magical Lesson

In this exciting new character show, guests can learn how to interact with a Hippogriff, a half-bird, half-horse magical creature with a head like an eagle, a body like a horse, sharp claws, and wings covered in scales. Hippogriff Magical Lesson will be presented by students of Hogwarts on the performance stage 8-10 times per day, with each performance lasting about 10 minutes.

Hogsmeade Magical Creatures Meet

Elsewhere around Hogsmeade, guests can interact with other small magical creatures, including Niffler in front of Owls Post, a baby dragon next to Hogsmeade Station, and a pygmy puff next to Zonko’s “Mischief Shop”. The character greetings will be held 8 to 10 times per day.

New Merchandise

In addition to the new character greetings, new merchandise from the Fantastic Beasts series will be released this spring, including a drink bottle holder featuring a small twig-like magical creature called “Bowtruckle” featured in the films.

Source: Universal Studios Japan

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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 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.

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