This is a continuation of my previous post about my experience in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you want to read the first part, kindly click the link below.
THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan was opened last 2014. Just like in Orlando, the park features a recreation of Hogsmeade Village.
Upon entering the park, you will see a replica of the Hogwarts Express. Unlike the one in Orlando, this one is not an actual train that operates.
The immensity of the crowd was unbelievable! Just look at that. You wouldn’t be able to walk straight without bumping into a single muggle!
That is why Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is implementing the use of timed entry tickets during peak times. Upon entering USJ, you still need to get your timed entry tickets at designated areas. Don’t worry though because these tickets do not require additional fees. This is merely their means to control the crowd. The tickets determine what time you’ll be allowed to enter the park. This rule applies unless you purchase the Express Pass or a travel agency package. For more information, kindly read Timed Entry Tickets to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Of course, there’s Honeydukes. Other shops and restaurants inside are Ollivanders, Zonko’s Joke Shop, and Flich’s Emporium.
There are only two rides inside the park — Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
Here’s something that Orlando doesn’t have — the Black Lake.
And because we weren’t able to visit Ollivanders at Orlando, we decided to pass the rides and devote our time in lining up at the shop. Man the line was long!
Be forewarned that the park’s main language of use is Japanese.
Here is my sister with the wand that chose her! She didn’t buy it though as it was extremely expensive. She took a picture with it instead. Hey, memories last a lifetime!
There are street performances like the Triwizard Spirit Rally, performed by the students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, and the Frog Choir Show of Hogwarts’ students.
One of my favorite parts of visiting WWoHP is that I get to drink and carry around my Butterbeer while I wander around Hogsmeade.
We bought the ones with the souvenir cups! Yay!
While I, on the other hand, bought this cutie little phone bling.
Albeit long lines and the language barrier, I still enjoyed my visit at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is probably the closest that I could get to the wizarding world, but don’t get me wrong because my hopes are still up — at the age twenty-three, I’m still waiting for that letter to knock on my doorstep. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!