As I’ve mentioned, my sister is a huge Harry Potter fan. Our trip to Universal Studios Japan was really just for her to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Of course, she did her research well and she learned that during peak seasons it may be difficult to get into the attraction without a timed ticket. Since we were in Osaka during April (Japan’s peak season for tourists), she bugged me incessantly to buy advanced tickets for us. Normally, this would’ve been a piece of cake. Just go online, purchase the tickets then we’re done! However, in USJ’s case, you can only buy tickets online from its Japanese website, not the English version. Local tourist agencies in Manila don’t sell them as well. So what’s a girl to do? Get resourceful! Luckily, I have a friend who knew how to read Japanese and was kind enough to walk me through the entire process of purchasing tickets online. We were on the phone for 2 hours, I kid you not. But at least I got the tickets for us, plus Universal Express 5 which would allow us timed entry into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s most famous attraction, Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey.
So the day for us to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter a.k.a the best day of my sister’s life finally came. The attraction is better than what I expected! And to think, I’m not even a Harry Potter fan. I kept bugging my sister to explain who is who and what is what. It was a Harry Potter crash course. LOL! I was in awe. I’m sure you saw my delight on all the snaps I posted on my Snapchat. Personal highlights for us include wandering around Hogsmeade, experiencing the Hogwarts castle through Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey, watching the Ollivanders’ show where my sister was chosen by the wand (the wand knew who’s the biggest Potterhead in the room. I now believe in the wand), and most of all, drinking the most delicious non-alcoholic frozen butter beer. Check out my photos below and enjoy this journey with me! I included a few photos from other attractions as well.