Universal Studios Japan Yearly Pass Offer

As I mentioned in my previous post, Universal Studios Japan are running a special offer for their yearly passes (until 31st Jan). They are called the Gold Pass and the Platinum Pass. They let you get into the attraction park as many times as you like for a year but there are some exception dates for the gold pass. There are no exceptions for the Platinum Pass.

Here are the prices (regular prices are in square brackets)

  • Gold Pass Adult: 11500 Yen [22000 Yen]
  • Gold Pass Children: 8200 Yen [16000 Yen]
  • Platinum Pass Adult: 17300 Yen [28000 Yen]
  • Platinum Pass Children: 11500 Yen [20000 Yen]

Since USJ haven’t bothered to update their page on their English site, here are the days you can’t use the USJ Gold Pass in Japanese. You can only order online if you can understand Japanese, so the best way is probably to go there directly or to ask a friend who can to order for you.

Rant about USJ (Universal Studios Japan) English Site

This was going to be a short post about the special offer of yearly pass tickets of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) but incredibly their site is so poor I feel like ranting a bit.  (I’ll post details of the offer in a separate post)

  • First of all, they don’t mention the offer on their English site at all.
  • Second, their info seems not to have been updated for at least a year.  For example the regular price is still listed as 18,000 Yen not 22,000Yen.  More importantly there are some exception dates but the English version is still  last year’s info  vs the Japanese up-to-date info.
  • Third, you can’t actually buy the tickets on-line unless you use the Japanese site.
  • Bonus sad points are the information pages for the special events and attractions.  Example, this is the info page for Universal Valentine in English vs Universal Valentine in Japanese.

I can’t believe an organisation with the money and resources like Universal Studios are building such disfunctional sites for their non-Japanese speaking customers.

If you feel similarly please leave a comment or pass on a link to this post to friends.

Places around the Hyatt (reply to email question)

I got an email asking about places around the Hyatt are within walking distance (apart from the ATC and WTC). I can’t find the mail so I thought I would post my reply here.

The only places I can think of are the Outlet Shops, the bird park and the Wine Museum. There are also some events that are held at Intex just on the doorstep of the Hyatt. Close but not walking distance are the places around Osakako (Kaiyukan, Suntory Musuem with IMAX cinema and the big ferris wheel.

If anyone has other suggestions, please leave a comment on this post.  Thanks!

Merry Christmas!

I would just like to wish every who reads this blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  (even if you are working today) (like me) :p

Osaka Immigration Office Moving

Only 5 more days until Christmas and you know what that means, right? It means that the Osaka Immigration Office (actually called the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau) is moving. It is moving to the Nanko area, and the closest station will be Cosmosquare on the Chuo Subway Line. I tried to find a site with details in English but couldn’t. So I went to the immigration office and picked up a leaflet and scanned it in. The PDF is below and it is about 1.5MB in size. (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese) Tell me if there are any problems with opening it.

PDF of New Osaka Immigration Office

Anyone know when the swings will be back?

A couple of months back, all the park swings in Osaka were taken away because of safety issues.  There had been accidents involving the swings and although safety checks were promised they weren’t carried out.  After another accident and a public outcry, all the swings were taken away for checks.  Word at the time was that they wouldn’t be back until every one was checked for defects.  That was sometime in the summer, so does anyone have any idea when they are due to return?