Modelled after sister parks in the US, 'USJ' bursts with Hollywood movie–related rides, shows, shops and restaurants. Top billing goes to the ¥45 billion (!) Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a painstakingly recreated Hogsmeade Village (shop for magic wands, Gryffindor capes and butterbeer) plus the 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' thrill ride through Hogwarts School.

Wizarding World admission is by timed ticket. Leaflet maps and signage are in English, though narrations and entertainment are in Japanese.

Long queues are common at the park's major venues (1½ hours, or more, is not unusual for the Harry Potter ride). To shorten waits, USJ offers a variety of express passes that allow you to bypass queues, at an (often significant) extra charge; check the website.

Rumoured to be in the works for 2020 is a Nintendo-themed attraction.

To get here, take the JR Loop line to Nishi-kujō Station, then switch to the JR Yumesaki line for Universal Studios (total trip ¥180, 15 minutes).