Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Opens In Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has opened its new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. Actors Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch were in Japan to meet and greet fans earlier this week, performing a mock “Revelio” spell to unveil Hogsmeade village.


Featuring many of the same rides and zones found in its Orlando counterpart, visitors are greeted by the Hogwarts Express, billowing steam at Hogsmeade Station under the shadow of the iconic Hogwarts castle towering above. The rooms and corridors of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (including Dumbledore’s Office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom) can be explored within the castle, together with the signature Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and its cutting-edge 4K imaging technology.


Outside, the Flight of the Hippogriff mini-coaster swoops and dives past Hagrid’s Hut as visitors explore the shops and entertainment of the village. These include sweets shop Honeydukes, wand-makers Ollivanders, Dervish and Banges, Zonko’s Joke Shop and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, popularly frequented by the students of Hogwarts. A refreshing pint of butterbeer awaits at the Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head, before visitors mail home a Hogsmeade postcard at The Owl Post, unique to the Japan site with a live owl.


The streets and laneways of Hogsmeade village set the stage for vibrant entertainment by the Hogwarts choir and their singing frogs. Representing the 4 Hogwarts houses (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw), they perform a range of familiar wizarding songs. Joining them are students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang who arrive in a colourful procession for the Triwizard Tournament, demonstrating their skills and craft.


Universal Studios Japan becomes only the second location for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after the attraction’s worldwide debut in Universal Studios Florida last year. Opening hours may vary according to season, with tickets starting from JPY 6,980 (USD 69) for adults and JPY 4,880 (USD 48) for children aged 4 to 11 years old.


For more information, visit www.usj.co.jp.

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