There are many travel agencies that sell Universal Studios Japan (USJ) tickets. But be wary… USJ can nullify tickets sold from unauthorized sellers.
Some scammed visitors…
In this article, I am going to list down only the authorized resellers to get your Universal Studios Japan tickets from, without getting ripped-off.
How much is Universal Studios Japan Ticket?
|Type||Ages 12+||Ages 4-11||Ages 65+|
|1-Day Studio Pass||¥7,400|
(or 66 USD)
(or 46 USD)
(or 60 USD)
|2-Day Studio Pass||¥14,700|
(or 132 USD)
(or 89 USD)
Why you shouldn’t buy tickets at the gates?
Because it’s the worst option. The park opens between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. And a pool of people will usually be in line as early as 7 a.m. just to buy the tickets.
I was surprised that in a country where everyone is perpetually connected to the internet, so many still rely on ticket booths. So, since the ticket booths are out of the equation, where should you buy your USJ tickets?
Or perhaps a better question may be: Where can you buy Universal Studios Japan tickets in advance?
Let’s dive in!
Compare Options to Buy Universal Studios Japan Tickets for 2019
|Policy||Nonrefundable||Nonrefundable||7 days prior||Nonrefundable|
|Ticket flexibility||Valid for 3-6 months||Valid for 3-6 months||(This is a package tour)||Must on the date printed|
Voyagin was the first travel agency website to offer Universal Studios Japan tickets online. They are an official seller and recognized by Universal Studios Japan. In fact, you can buy all types of Universal Studios Japan tickets from their booking website, such as Studio Pass, Express Pass, and VIP Wristband.
Since buying USJ tickets almost always require Japanese language skills, Voyagin serves as arbitrator between foreign customers and USJ. To ease your worries, you can also check the USJ website and check that Voyagin is on their list of Official Sellers. So, yes, they are a legitimate park ticket seller.
Even more discount if you use their May Sale coupon codes:
- Get US $10 OFF with a minimum spend of US $150: MAYSALE10
- Get US $25 OFF with a minimum spend of US $300: MAYSALE25
- Get US $40 OFF with a minimum spend of US $450: MAYSALE40
- Coupon is valid until May 31, 2019.
This is perhaps the best deal for families who are arriving at Universal Studios Japan from Tokyo. JAPANiCAN is also an official seller of USJ tickets as it is a subsidiary of JTB Corporation, which is the largest Japanese travel agency in Japan.
However, their online website doesn’t sell individual USJ tickets. They only sell package deals. And if you’re residing in a country with a brick and mortar JTB, then you can get your tickets through their office.
Their Universal Studios Japan Package includes:
- A round-trip bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka
- Hotel accommodation
- 1-day Studio Pass
Klook is another official seller of USJ tickets. Similar to Voyagin, Klook is a travel concierge startup company based in Hong Kong. They also have a mobile app with a nice interface to easily book any tours or tickets from them. The downside with Klook: If you encounter any problems with your ticket, they don’t have immediate phone support. This can pose quite an inconvenience to some should problems arise during or after the booking process.
4. Lawson Convenience Stores
If you are already in Japan, you can get your tickets from the LOPPI machines at any Lawson Convenience store, which are nearly as plentiful as 7-Elevens in Japan. The LOPPI machine has an English option, but halfway through you might find some complications like the L-code.
Here’s the website that will show you how to do it. If you are still confused, you can always ask help from a Lawson staff. The only thing you need to consider before purchasing from the LOPPI machine is that the ticket is not flexible. Meaning, you must use the ticket on the date printed.
It is always a better option to book directly with the official website of Universal Studios Japan. That’s because you won’t have to deal with service fees of travel agencies. In addition, when you pay using your credit card, you’ll be charged with the fair amount of your bank’s currency exchange, which always has a better rate. But the biggest caveat here is the booking page is all in Japanese and will require help from a Japanese friend.
Final Verdict and Recommendations
I can only recommend two ways to get your tickets:
- From an Authorized online travel agency: either Voyagin, Klook, or JAPANiCAN. Or,
- Universal Studios Japan official website.
If you lack Japanese skills or don’t have a set schedule, definitely go with Voyagin or Klook. They provide flexible tickets where it’s valid for 3-6 months from the date of purchase.
Personally, I got my USJ tickets from Voyagin.
Lawson is okay. But keep in mind: You must go on the date printed on the ticket.
Ultimately, it’s really up to you which you find convenient booking your own. Once you’ve bought your tickets, I also recommend reading my complete guide to Universal Studios Japan, Osaka.