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[Osaka] Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン): Where Hollywood Magic Meets Japanese Innovation

Universal Studios Japan: Where Worlds Collide in Cinematic Splendor

Universal Studios Japan (USJ), situated in Osaka, is the third theme park established by Universal Studios and the first outside the United States. Opened on March 31, 2001, USJ replicates the layouts of Universal Studios Florida and features attractions from Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, alongside unique offerings. Spanning 54 hectares with eleven themed areas, the park is owned by USJ LLC, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal.

USJ incorporates popular attractions from Universal Studios in the U.S., such as Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Back to the Future. Visitors can enjoy Hollywood blockbuster attractions, parades featuring characters like Minions, Snoopy, and Sesame Street, and popular rides including Hollywood Dream/Backdrop, The Flying Dinosaur, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Key attractions include Super Nintendo World, inaugurated on March 18, 2021, featuring the Mushroom Kingdom and rides like Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem offers a 3D ride and Freeze Ray Sliders for ice racing, while The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – The Ride 4K3D takes visitors on a 3D journey through New York City.

As a cultural icon in Japan, USJ blends American movie influence and characters with Japanese creativity and technology. The park caters to both domestic and international audiences by incorporating local elements in food, merchandise, and language.

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