The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade Arch front

Be spellbound in a realm of magic at Universal Studios Japan’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Welcome to the Wizarding World – Hogsmeade Village

Known as the Harry Potter Theme Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a major themed zone in Universal Studios Japan. This zone opened in 2014, just two years after Universal Orlando Resort built the original. There are some differences in Japan: there are no Dragon’s Challenge roller coasters, and Hogwarts Express does not operate as a transport. Both Hogsmeade Villages share similar shops, eccentric charm, and two rides – all inspired by the Harry Potter film universe.

Japan’s version of the Wizarding World tweaked the surrounding environs of the Hogwarts Castle – adding in the Black Lake, and a themed walkway to get to Hogsmeade Village. The audio in the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction is dubbed in Japanese. Shows involving live actors, such as Ollivander’s and the Triwizard Spirit Rally, are performed bilingually.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Stone Circle gateway

Hogsmeade is far away from the park’s central lagoon, and can only be accessed via this Stone Circle. Doesn’t it look familiar?

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Through the Forest 2

The path leads into a forest, where familiar motifs from the Harry Potter films stream in.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade Arch

A few minutes in and finally we see – the entrance to Hogsmeade Village.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade overview

In this area are several shops selling unique Harry Potter-themed merchandise and food. There is also the Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hog’s Head bar. A pushcart vending Butterbeer and the whole area would make any fan of the books and films go giddy – the level of detail is simply astounding. The theming was quite unprecedented for a Universal Studios Park, and Japan built a perfect copy.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station

The Hogwarts Express is one of the highlights here. Complete with steam and sound effects – and a ‘real’ train conductor!

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade Hogwarts Express Train Conductor

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express Hogsmeade Station

You could even head inside the “station” for a photo opportunity inside a Hogwarts Express cabin. Charges apply. No free photos here.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Cabin at Hogsmeade Station

Talking about photos. This Wizarding World is quite a big series, so I’ve decided to split it into 7 parts for your enjoyment. The good news is that all 7 parts are already written so there will be no long delay between them.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade overview 3

In the upcoming posts, we’ll be touring the restaurant and shops, before making our way to Hogwarts Grounds. The remaining 6 entries will all be published by end of September 2017.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade overview 2

Tip: Time Entry Ticket to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World is a very popular area in Universal Studios Japan and sometimes the park would temporarily limit entry when the area becomes congested. Timed Entry Tickets will be required to enter Hogsmeade Village when the area reaches its capacity limit.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade Entrance Sundial Garden

The Stone Circle/ Sundial Garden functions as a holding area when entry is limited – there’s actually a queue area hidden between the trees.

Universal Studios Japan - Timed Entry Ticket for Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Visitors can obtain free Timed Entry tickets at the park on their day of visit. Tickets are distributed at the Central Park area, where timeslots will be available for selection.

Alternatively, the Timed Entry Tickets can be obtained in advance as a package for tickets sold by travel partners or promotions. It is also included in certain types of Universal Express Passes.

Universal Studios Japan - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade view towards entrance

Wizarding World Series
Stay tuned for the next part as we explore Hogsmeade!

Subscribe to dejiki.com or Like our Facebook page for notifications of updates:

, , , , , , ,

4 Responses to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

  1. Novan August 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    I went to both of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and LA, and I have to say that the one in LA looks exactly like this. Orlando’s WWHP does not have Hogwarts Express parked next to the front gate of Hogsmeade (well, it’s because they HAVE the train). In my opinion, the placement of Japan’s WWDW is better, because Hogsmeade at Orlando and LA are in between the another park themed areas. Apart from that, I hope that Comcast can buy the majority shares of Universal Studio Singapore so they can build WWDW right there.

    Anyways, can’t wait for the upcoming post! I’ve been reading you blog since a couple of years ago. Keep up the good work!

    • Dejiki August 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words – yes, stay tuned for the rest of the posts covering Wizarding World, and hopefully other theme parks in the region!

      Definitely agree with what you’ve shared. LA’s Wizarding World is the third one to be built, so it’s quite similar to Japan (they’ve learned a lot since the first in Orlando). As for the Comcast buyout, it’s something that many local theme park fans are hoping for.

  2. Jeremy August 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Great post and photos as always. Will you be doing posts focusing on the other zones of USJ?

    • Dejiki August 8, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Jeremy, Thank you for your kind words – Yes, there will be photo tours of other zones in USJ as well. Given the editorial lineup, they are likely to be out after I’ve finished covering HHN in Singapore – stay tuned!

Leave a Reply

Back to Top