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Osaka – Japan’s second largest city needs no further introduction. Besides being a food haven, with many sightseeing spots and places for cultural and historical visits, it has its own fair share of entertainment as well, with Universal Studios Japan located strategically in Osaka City.

As the attractions and entertainment in the theme park are based on Hollywood and Disney movies, one of the interesting ones is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located on the far right of the studio map after the main entrance.

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There are three major areas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, namely the Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade, and the Hogwarts Express.

If you are a fan of Harry Potter’s movies or books, you are sure to love this place. You can even dress up like a student of Hogwarts (you won’t be the only one doing that) and immerse yourselves in this fantasy land. But if you are not particularly a fan, there are still many enjoyable and entertaining attractions to see and do here.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was constructed with meticulous detail to make the fantasy story to come alive, so you can be expect to be awed by buildings that looks pretty awesome up close. Right after the entrance, you will see the Hogwarts Castle from a distance.

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At the Hogwarts Castle, there are the Moving Portrait Corridor and The Portrait of the Fat Lady. This is where you can explore Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. There is also a 4K3D ride attraction here called the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which is optional for visitors. Outside castle grounds, there is another ride attraction called the Flight of the Hippogriff.

For more information, on the castle walk and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, visit

Frog Choir.

As you walk towards Hogsmeade, and you will come across street entertainments, namely the Wand Studies, Frog Choir and Triwizard Spirit Rally. There will be Hogwarts students practising their magic (Wand Studies), a choir performing harmony with talented frogs (Frog Choir), or you can even watch and cheer on a colourful procession of students (Triwizard Spirit Rally).

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In Hogsmeade itself, there are plenty of things to shop and look at. If you want to buy souvenirs, this will be the place to do so.

  • Zonko’s Joke Shop (joke and toy shop)
  • Honeydukes (sweet shop)
  • Ollivanders (wand shop)
  • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment (magical supplies store)
  • Owl Post & Owelry (Hogsmeade stamps and stationary)
  • Dervish and Banges (Quidditch equipment and more)
  • Gladrags Wizardwear (fashion items)

There is a new attraction here called the Wand Magic. You can try casting spells here, and a staff from the theme park will be there to assist you. You will need to speak slowly and wave your wand. If you want to buy a wand, you can do so at the Ollivanders.

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The third major location in this Harry Potter theme park is the Hogwarts Express, which is near the entrance. You can get yourselves a commemorative photo taken here with the train carriage at a fee.

Besides these three major locations, there is a castle show called the Expecto Patronum Night Show. Here you could see the Dementors fly along the castle. Do check out their event days here. The performance starts 30 minutes after sunset until the park closes.

Travel Tips

1. Food and Beverage

Located behind the main street of Hogsmeade, the Three Broomsticks is the place you can sit down and fill your tummy after half a day’s walk. You can also buy the popular Butterbeer here or at Hog’s Head, just adjacent to the Three Broomsticks. Butterbeer is a non-alcoholic drink and hence is suitable for adult and children.

You can refer to the map here.

2. How to make the maximize your time

It is recommended to buy the Universal Studio’s Express pass, so you could save much time and enjoy your day. Besides that, it might get overcrowded, depending on which season you are going there. However, these passes are sold in limited quantity and might sell out quickly.

Find out more here.

3. Ticket purchase

1 Day Studio Pass: 7,600 yen (adults), 5,100 yen (children), 6,830 yen (seniors)

2 Day Studio Pass: 12,800 yen (adults), 7,982 yen (children)

For more information, click here.

4. Opening Hours

Varies according to month. You can check here:

5. Useful websites

Universal Studios Japan |

Universal Studios Japan’s Page for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter |

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