|Please excuse my sleepy eyes XD|
After multiple cancelations finally I can visit Universal Studio Japan in Osaka. The main attraction here is 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' and 'Minion Park'! I'm one of Harry Potter fans, so this trip made me super excited.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to sleep and shower (hiks), it's all due to the schedule of my flight and our guide had set the schedule to USJ after landing so we didn't have time to take a rest.. :(
The nightmare for me was because I forgot to bring my contact lens, omg it's very important for me. But fortunately after from Universal I had time at Dotonbori, I got 30 minutes to buy contact lens at Donki.
Walking to the Universal Studios's gate was SO FAR. That day, somehow our bus driver parked our bus quite far from the entrance, like or not we had to walk far enough. Please note that I didn't sleep and haven't eat anything, I didn't have much energy to walk that far in high platform shoes.
I CAN SAY THE TICKET IS SOOO CUTE!!! MINION! It was quite hype at that times because the Minion attraction was just open in UNIVERSAL, even the Japanese people really excited.
Then the guide said something that broke my heart! He said we only have 3 hours to explore Universal, wtf? In 3 hours??.... what can I do in 3 hours... -_-
My Honeydukes.. why??
Without second thought, my sister and I rushed to the gate, took a map and quickly walk around the park to find our Hogsmeade.
There's one stuff that I really want here, it's a Popcorn container with Minion shape! And it was limited edition in King Bob form, SUPER CUTE, but I didn't get to have one because it was sold out. I thought I want to buy the original Minion form before I left the studio, but at that time I didn't have any time left..
My sister and I sprinted to Harry Potter attraction like there was a people chasing us, luckily no one cares and we didn't disturb anyone lol. Harry Potter is our main destination in Universal Studios, but we felt a little bit sad because we can't explore the whole place..
When I visit a Theme Park at least I have to spend 8 hours there, 3 hours.. just.. inappropriate. I want to explore all the attractions, buildings, take some photos, try some foods and shop some cute character stuffs!
But since we couldn't do that much, at least I can take some photos along the way :)
We are fans of Harry Potter, we read all the books and watch all the movies multiple times. We were sooo excited! Reading a map when you got a lot of distraction is not an easy task. We took the wrong way few times before we arrived at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, we almost passed by the main gate! But we heard a familiar music right before our ears, we both grinning while felt our blood jumping.
As I follow the narrow trail that leads to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we come upon the Ford Anglia, the Weasley family’s flying car. After following this path through the trees, pass through the entrance arch to enter the village of Hogsmeade, as the wizarding world appears before our eyes.
|Zonko's Joke Shop|
Three Broomstick, this place serves its speciality Butterbeer and traditional British dishes like Fish and Chips and Sherperd's Pie. I didn't get to try the food there, too bad. I didn't try Butterbeer as well because it based with soda and I don't drink soda.
If that doesn't matter for you, you should try Butterbeer when you visit this place and tell me what it tastes, I heard it's sweet!
|Owl Post and Owlery|
|Dervish and Banges|
|Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment|
|Owl Post and Owlery|
I love how they put so much effort for reproducing the world from Harry Potter stories on an overwhelming scale with a meticulous attention to detail! I can really immerse my self in the world that I imagined from the books and saw from the movies. I experienced a truly extraordinary journey to the world that brings so much happiness for me in my growth.
SHOPS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
1. Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, this store sells wizarding equipment like binocular, compass, robes, etc.
2. Jonko's Joke Shop, this shop overflows with an assortment of unique novelty items and jokes, including extendable ears for eavesdropping.
3. Honeydukes, a sweet shop loved by everyone, try their Chocolate Frog or Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans.
4. Ollivanders, the small dusty shop where you can get your wand!
5. Owl Post and Owlery sells stationery and writing implements, stamps and owl related toys and gifts!
6. Dervish and Banges, you'll find items such as Spectrespecs, Quiditch equipment, Hogwarts uniform and more here.
7. Gladrags Wizard Wear, this store features fashion items and clothes as well as accessories and jewellery.
8. Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods, here you can browse items from Argus Filch's collection of treasures, confiscated from students of Hogwarts. This is the place where you can get unique souvenirs from this world. Btw, I never know Argus Filch opened a store in Hogsmeade, lol. 8D
image from usj.co.jp
I enjoyed my time in The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, I felt like I really enter to the world of Harry and his friends! It brings out so much memories for me and my sister. We wish we could have more times here, we will come back to visit this place again in the future!
Below is the iconic feature of this attraction, I heard we can explore through the corridors of Hogwarts school and the classrooms, plus Dumbledore's office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. But I didn't enter the castle because my time is limited.
After I left The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we immediately rush to Minion Park to see what they can offer. The vibes is really different from Hogsmeade, in Minion Park everything is so cute and happy looking. You can see the mischievous Minions everywhere!
There're so many foods and goods in Minion shaped, if you love this little tiny yellow thing, you'll want all of them like I do. I didn't have the chance to queue and try all the foods, the line was so long and I only have 40 minutes left that time. I still wanted to visit 1 place... I have to see the freaking big Titan.
If you know ATTACK ON TITAN and love it, you'll be super excited just like my sister and I. I was amazed at the real looking Titan statue, it just amazing!
That Reiner statue was the last area I visited with my sister, this park offers so many interesting areas for us to explore like Universal Wonderland. Also a lot of live shows and rides we can enjoy.
Even though I only had 3 hours inside the Studio but I LOVE my experience so much and the short memories won't be forgotten. I hope I can visit this studio again in the future!
Btw someone asked me, which one is better USJ or USS? I think they're both amazing! It just USJ is more special because they have The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I think Japan is really lucky to be privileged to have their own Harry Potter world there.