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Everything You Need To Know About The Universal Studios Japan Express Pass

14 Mar 2019

Alicia Teng

Klook Travel Curator
Remember the rides and not the waits with the Universal Studios Japan Express Pass

Tired of waiting for hours on end, just for five minutes of fun? Universal Studios Japan (USJ) Express Passes are essential if you want to save time and pack the most fun into your day at USJ.

With a variety of passes available, figuring out which USJ Express Pass is best for you can be confusing.

Here’s a handy guide on all the things you need to know about the USJ Express Pass - from the different types of passes available, to which ones you should buy.

1. What is the USJ Express Pass?

The Universal Studios Express Pass is a separate ticket that allows you to gain fast-track entry to pre-selected attractions and rides in USJ.

This means that your wait times in the queues will be greatly reduced compared to the regular queues. Peak waiting times for popular attractions go well beyond three hours during peak seasons - even with some maxing out the 300 min wait time cap for the regular queue - so getting an Express Pass is a great way for making the most out of your holiday.

USJ Express Passes available for each day are limited, so make sure you book them early! Their prices vary from day to day as well - check the Klook USJ Express Pass booking calendar for exact prices. Do take note that certain attractions have designated time slots that are auto-generated.

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NOTE: The USJ Express Pass is an add-on item to your regular admissions ticket. You need to purchase both the Universal Studios Japan Ticket and the USJ Express Pass. Don’t forget to order your USJ admission ticket in advance!

USJ Express Pass Sample

Here’s an example of what your USJ Express Pass will look like when it’s emailed to you.

Scan the QR code on either your printed pass or the mobile pass at the attraction entrance to gain your Express entry.

The portion of your voucher indicates the attractions that your Express pass is valid for. Your designated time for entering the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is listed first, followed by a list of circled and starred rides. The circled rides are those with a designated time, while the starred rides indicate attractions that you have to choose between.

2. Who should buy the USJ Express Pass?
  • Those who wish to fully experience all of USJ in one day - esp the popular rides
  • Visitors headed to USJ during peak season (Golden Week end-April to start of May, Cherry Blossom season in Japan, June-August during Summer)
  • Families with fidgety children
  • Thrill-seekers who hate queues (i.e. if RIDES are your priority)
  • If you have other activities planned for after USJ on the same day. There’s a ton of things to do and see in Osaka - get the USJ 1 Day and Osaka Amazing Pass Combo for easy access to all of Osaka and entry to 30 of its tourist sites!
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3. Where and When to buy the USJ Express Pass

Book your Express Pass in advance through Klook. On busy days, the USJ Express passes often sell out before the park even opens. By booking through Klook, you’ll bypass this risk, and also save some money with Klook’s reduced prices.

We recommend booking your USJ Express Pass at least two weeks before you visit, and even earlier if you’re visiting during peak season to guarantee that you’ll be able to get enough passes - especially for larger groups and families.

If you are travelling together in a group, be sure to make your Express Pass bookings in one transaction to avoid receiving different time slots for each attraction.

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4. Which Express Pass to buy?

There are several different versions of Express Pass available, each with different attractions offered on them: USJ Express Pass 3, 4 and 7. The passes are differentiated by number of attractions that the pass is valid for.

USJ Express Passes

Express Pass Number Types Offered
USJ Express Pass 3 Standard, Minion Ride
USJ Express Pass 4 Standard, The Flying Dinosaur
USJ Express Pass 7 Standard, Backdrop, The Flying Dinosaur

Read on for a full breakdown of what you'll get out of each type of Express Pass.

USJ Express Pass 3

If you only want to see a few specific attractions, the USJ Express Pass 3 will suffice.

The Standard USJ Express Pass 3 includes Express entry to the Lupin the 3rd Car Chase XR Ride, which is a seasonal Universal Cool Japan 2019 attraction.

STANDARD - 48 Hour confirmation
  • A: The Flying Dinosaur (Time Designated)
  • B: Lupin the 3rd Car Chase XR Ride (Time Designated)
  • C. (i) Jurassic Park the Ride™ OR (ii) JAWS™ OR (iii) Backdraft™

NOTE:

  • A and B attractions are time-designated, please visit them at the time printed on your ticket.
  • The Flying Dinosaur guests must be between 132cm and 198cm to ride.
  • Lupin the 3rd Car Chase XR Ride guests must be at least 122cm.
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MINION RIDE - 48 Hour confirmation
  • A: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Time Designated)
  • B: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) Jurassic Park - The Ride™
  • C: (i) Terminatore 2:3-D® OR (ii) Backdraft™

NOTE:

  • A attraction is time-designated, please visit them at the time printed on the ticket
  • For Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, guests must be at least 122cm if unaccompanied, or at least 102cm if with a supervising companion
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USJ Express Pass 4

The Express Pass 4 is one of the most popular passes - giving you Express entry to four of the parks most popular attractions.

STANDARD - 48 Hour Confirmation
  • A: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D (Time Designated)
  • B: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Time Designated)
  • C: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) Jurassic Park - The Ride™
  • D: (i) JAWS® OR (ii) Terminator 2:3-D® OR (iii) Backdraft®

NOTE:

  • A and B attractions are time-designated, please visit them at the time printed on the ticket.
  • For Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, guests must be at least 122cm if unaccompanied, or at least 102cm if with a supervising companion
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THE FLYING DINOSAUR - 24/48 Hour Confirmation
  • A: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D (Time Designated)
  • B: The Flying Dinosaur (Time Designated)
  • C: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) Hollywood Dream
  • D: JAWS® OR (ii) Terminator 2:3-D® OR (iii) Backdraft®

NOTE:

  • A and B attractions are time-designated, please visit them at the time printed on the ticket.
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USJ Express Pass 7

The USJ Express Pass 7 is the most expensive out of the three options, but it’s a good choice if you’d like to gain Express entry to all the popular rides and are willing to fork out the extra money!

This Express Pass includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Timed Entry ticket.

STANDARD - 48 Hour Confirmation
  • A: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D
  • B: Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Time Designated)
  • C: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Time Designated)
  • D: Lupin the 3rd Car Chase XR Ride
  • E: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) JAWS™
  • F: (i) Hollywood Dream – The Ride OR (ii) Backdraft™
  • G: (i) Jurassic Park – The Ride™ OR (ii) Terminator 2:3-D®
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BACKDROP- 48 Hour Confirmation
  • A: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D (Time Designated)
  • B: Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Time Designated)
  • C: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Time Designated)
  • D: Hollywood Dream - The Ride - Backdrop (Time Designated)
  • E: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) JAWS®
  • F: (i) Hollywood Dream – The Ride OR (ii) Backdraft®
  • G: (i) Jurassic Park – The Ride® OR (ii) Terminator 2:3-D®
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THE FLYING DINOSAUR - 48 Hour Confirmation
  • A: The Flying Dinosaur (Time Designated)
  • B: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ in 4K3D (Time Designated)
  • C: Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Time Designated)
  • D: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Time Designated)
  • E: (i) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D OR (ii) JAWS®
  • F: (i) Hollywood Dream – The Ride OR (ii) Backdraft®
  • G: (i) Jurassic Park – The Ride® OR (ii) Terminator 2:3-D®
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5. How to use the USJ Express Pass

The easiest way to get your USJ Express Pass is to purchase it on Klook. Both printed and mobile voucher options are available.

The USJ park scanners will read your mobile voucher just fine - save the hassle of printing it out and just use it from your Klook app!

Head to USJ and start using your Express Pass!

Getting to USJ

USJ can be easily accessed by several modes of transport. Here are some of the best ways to get to USJ.

From hotel: Check with your hotel to see if they provide shuttle services to USJ By bus: 35-75 minutes from Kansai Airport and 45 minutes from Itami Airport By train: From Namba, take Hanshin Namba Line to Nishikujo (4th stop) then transfer to JR Yumesaki Line and get off at Universal City Station By ferry: Captain Line transfers people to and from Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium

The Osaka Amazing Pass includes unlimited rides on subway, tramway, and bus systems within Osaka, alongside entry to 30 attractions!

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6. Extra tips on using the USJ Express Pass
  1. Start early at USJ and get the major attractions out of the way first - to keep your express line waiting times as short as possible.

  2. Hit the seasonal attractions first, followed by the popular Express Pass attractions (Minion Mayhem, Flying Dinosaur, Hollywood Dream etc.). After you’ve gone on all your Express Pass rides, take your time to explore the park and queue for the non-Express pass attractions - the queues for most of these shouldn’t be too long.

  3. Remember to check the temporary closure dates for the attractions you plan to buy the Express Pass for, to avoid disappointment. Alternative attractions will be offered if the attraction you wish to see is closed, except for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and Flight of the Hippogriff™

Check out our full guide to all the USJ ride closures here!