|USJ Park Entrance|
I don't even have a good excuse for that D:
But I went, and now I can share..! I'm a theme park junkie, so I may ramble a bit :3
USJ is super easy to get to because it has it's own train stop on the JR line called Universal City Station. Unfortunately, this particular line is is only accessible from the Nishikujo Station, and even though we were coming from Namba, it still took us about 40 minutes. Kind of ridiculous, and only fed to my distaste for the JR train system (I'm a real Kintetsu girl at heart ♥).
Here's the access webpage, which also lists how long the train rides are, however they don't take into account wait times, which were 15 minutes at some stations.
Universal Studios Japan
We also chanced upon this monkey show.
I don't know what types of tricks he was up to since I just snapped a photo and moved on. ;)
My friend and I were totally hyped upon seeing the huge globe. She's a Cali native, so she's got the Cali Studio experience.
Our excitement easily overpowered the rest of the peeps in our group.
W♥K Tumblr though, so you can catch them all there..!
This was near the ride Hollywood The Dream. I don't really get the theme, and as far at roller coasters go, this is.. not really scary, BUT I loved choosing music to listen to for the ride..! I picked The Beatles, Kohei went with Bon Jovi (so Japanese) and Lisa ended up with Eminem. But since we were screaming and shouting the whole time, it really didn't matter in the end anyway. :P
ALSO, I've had a lot of people recommend riding this ride at night because it offers a spectacular view of the city and bay area. Will do on my next trip :)
Note: You have to stash your bags and loose items into a locker before you get in the ride line, You'll need a 100 yen coin, but you get it back after you reclaim your items. ;)
I did feel natsukashii though, and almost a little homesick. :'\
Talk about natsukashii..!! I remember seeing this in the movie theatres, and freaking out and hiding behind the chairs. Scared sh*tless. Cue more homesickness. Lol
A kind of surreal thing about going through all these rides was listening to the Japanese dubs. For some reason, I just thought they would keep it in English, or at the very least have subtitles..? But, no. It's full on Japanese to American movie contact. You've been warned.
There were no shots of Samuel L. though, dang! I kind of wanted to hear his Japanese dub :D
Anyway, Backdraft is an attraction, and really only gets interesting toward the end. It is pretty cool how they're able to coordinate all the accidents and explosions inside the factory over and over again though.
After Backdraft, it was time to go Back to the Future..! Now I actually did get on this ride back in Florida, scare sh*tless again, but mind you, I was only 7 :P
The Delorean is always a good photo.
I had a friend in H.S. with that car. Coolest guy who is now some Navy pilot. See?! Delorean has powers.
I think our clothes were still wet in this photo from JP (totally a bad call on my part D: ).
Anyway, this was snapped inside the Space Fantasy swag shop. That was a good ride, probably a slight rip-off of Space Mountain, but still fun in it's own special way. Definitely a close second after Spidey.
Look at that lovely sunset..!! I love sunsets ♥ I think I've said that a few times already..
My wallet was also crying tears. Tears of pain and sorrow. An entree at that Hard Rock will run you about 2000 yen, desserts are 1000 yen and drinks staring around 540 yen. So for Shota and I, we ended up paying about 9780 yen. Yeah.. won't be able to go back there soon.. UNLESS they have a lunch special :DD Icanhaz??
For more park info, check out the English USJ site here or the Japanese site here.
Entrance fee is 6200 yen for adults, 4800 (under 5000, I forget the exact amount) for students who buy their tickets at the Lawson conbini outside the park..! :)