The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

So I’m a MASSIVE Harry Potter fan! This post is just a short piece about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka, and what you need to do in order to enter that section of the park.

You need to get a special timed entry ticket to enter this area of the park during busy periods.  Using the Loppi ticket machines found in certain convenience stores, you can reserve in advance a fast pass ticket booklet.  If you get the set of 5 or 7 fast pass tickets, these include entry to “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” inside Hogwarts. This will allow you entry into the Harry Potter area as well, and will let you queue jump the line for this attraction once you’re inside.

However when me and my friends went to USJ, it was a Sunday on a three day weekend in October during Halloween season! All these fast pass booklets were sold out!!! In this case though it is still possible to get a timed entry ticket into the Harry Potter area!

There are machines inside the park, around the entrance to the Amityville section of the park, where one member of your party can queue up with all of the party’s entry tickets, to select a time slot to enter the Harry Potter zone. We arrived around 8:30-9am and were still able to get an entry slot for around 10am! So if you arrive around the park opening time you should definitely be fine! I would say arriving in the afternoon could mean you miss out though.

You can enter between the times listed on your timed entry ticket, and once inside you can stay as long as you like, but once you leave you can’t re-enter the Harry Potter area. And I believe they only issue one timed entry ticket per person per day!

Even though it was really busy when we went I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! All the food available to buy inside is delicious!! One point is there is a very long line for the sweet shop, if you only want to buy Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans there is a small separate cart selling those.

Below are pictures, if you don’t want to see spoilers of inside the Harry Potter area, don’t scroll down!

The Hogwarts Express!
The Hogwarts Express!
Oishi Butterbeer!
Oishi Butterbeer!
In "The Three Broomsticks"!!
In “The Three Broomsticks”!!
Hogwarts!!!!
Hogwarts!!!!
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Queue for ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” going through the Hogwart’s greenhouses.

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Inside the Castle!
Inside the Castle!

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Waiting to enter the sweet shop!
Waiting to enter the sweet shop!

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The Ford Anglia
The entrance to Hogwarts!
The entrance to Hogwarts!
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