How to buy USJ (Universal Studios Japan) tickets ONLINE (updated January 2018)

In this guide we will show you how you can buy in advance tickets for USJ (Universal Studios Japan). While we were planning our last trip to Japan we were concerned as we read that queues at the park entrance can be quite long and that Express Passes usually are sold out pretty soon. Then we came across this Chinese guide and we decided to give it a go (with the help of the Chrome translator). Fortunately, it all went well and we got our tickets for our visit to the park so we decided to create our own "how to" guide hoping it will be useful for anyone who is planning a visit to this wonderful park located in Osaka.

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We have to thank our friends Elisabet & Daniel, who visited the park after USJ changed its webshop in April 2015, rendering our guide incomplete. Now we finally can explain how to access your QR code tickets after the payment is completed. Thank you very much guys!

Update (August 26th, 2017): USJ has changed the way you sign up in its USJ Club, a mandatory requirement if you want to buy tickets. We have updated this guide accordingly.

We believe that our guide is quite simple, but if you find it hard, there is a great alternative: buy the e-tickets through USJ's official partner Voyagin. Voyagin could also be your last chance if you find out the Day Pass or Express Pass you want is sold out as they might still have some tickets left for your desired date. On top of being the only official partner of Universal Studios Japan that sells tickets on short notice, they also sell a VIP Wristband that allows you to:
  • access into the park before it opens.
  • skip the lines to Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • enter to HARUKAS 300 Observatory, the tallest building in Japan.

Disclaimer: English is not our first language so please bear with us ^_^ You can send us comments and/or corrections to our Facebook page, it will be very appreciated. 


STEP 0: Become a member of USJ Club.


We have compiled a little guide to help you join USJ Club. You need an account if you want to be able to purchase USJ tickets in advance. Go to the next step after you have completed the USJ Club Sign Up.


STEP 1: Go to Universal Studios Japan website.


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You have to check that you are in the Japanese version of the website. Don't select the English version as you won't be able to open its online ticket shop.

We strongly recommend you to use the Chrome's translator (if you are using that particular browser) in each step.


STEP 2: Open USJ's online shop.


Click the right top link.

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A pop-up may appear, you can close it safely.

Step 3: Open the calendar and choose a date.


Click the dropdown menu (the one with the calendar icon). A calendar will be shown (it may take some time to appear). You can select the date for your visit within the next three months.


In the calendar you can see the opening and closing times of each day and whether the Magical Starlight Parade will be held or not. In order to choose a date, click on the desired day (blue button) in the calendar and you will go to the next step.



Update: Which are the best days to visit the park? It's a hard question but we have found a japanese website that shows USJ occupancy forecasts. You will find a calendar, each day with a certain background color; the meaning is shown in a legend (the colours varies between white -a low occupancy day- and black -packed to capacity). We don't know it's accuracy but it's a good information anyway, mostly when you have to decide which Express Pass are you going to purchase.

Keep in mind that if the are no tickets left for the day you want to visit the park, your last chance might be Voyagin.

Step 4: Select the desired Studio Pass type.


After the date selection, scroll down a little bit the page and you will find a list of Studio Passes. In the next screenshot we have highlighted the 1 Day Studio Pass because we think it's the one that most of you will be interested in. You can use Chrome's translator to find out which Studio Pass fits you best.

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Under the Studio Passes you can find Express Passes and other special tickets. You will be able to add them to your shopping cart in a later step.

Step 5: Select delivery method (QR code ticket).


You have to mark the first of the checkboxes. It means that you'll receive your tickets as QR codes. You already have selected a date (step 3) so wait until the date automatically loads in the date selector but if the date doesn't load, select the same date again.

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Step 6: Select the number of tickets you'd like to purchase.


In this step you will select how many tickets you want to buy. For each kind (Adult, Child, Senior) select the desired quantity in the corresponding dropdown menu.

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Step 7: Add the tickets (Studio Pass) to the shopping cart.


After you have select the date, the delivery method and the quantity of tickets, you have to add them to the shopping cart clicking the yellow button.

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Step 8: Express Pass and other tickets selection.

WARNING: you can find two notes at the end of this step with important information related to the Express Passes ;-)

In this step, a list of different kinds of Express Passes and other tickets will be shown.  You have to select the one you are interested in by clicking the corresponding yellow button. You can use Chrome's translator to find out which ticket suits you best. You can find information about Express Passes in the USJ English website but make sure to check the information we have compiled about the temporary Express Passes in our "USJ's news and temporary attractions and its Express Passes" post.

The Express Passes available are the next ones:
  • (1) Universal Studio Express Pass 7 * The Flying Dinosaur (from January 26). It includes the following 7 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Flight of the Hippogriff
    • The Flying Dinosaur
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jaws
    • Choose one of the following: Hollywood Dream – The Ride or Backdraft.
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2:3D or Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • (2) Universal Studio Express Pass 7 * Hollywood Dream – The Ride (Backdrop)(from February 24). It includes the following 7 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Hollywood Dream – The Ride (Backdrop)
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jaws
    • Choose one of the following: Hollywood Dream – The Ride or Backdraft.
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2: 3D y Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • (3) Universal Studio Express Pass 7 * Final Fantasy XR Ride. It includes the following 7 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Final Fantasy XR Ride
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jaws
    • Choose one of the following: Hollywood Dream – The Ride or Backdraft.
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2: 3D or Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • (4) Universal Studio Express Pass 6 (until February 13). It includes the following 6 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jaws
    • EChoose one of the following: Hollywood Dream – The Ride or Backdraft
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2: 3D or Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • (5) Universal Studio Express Pass 4 * Standard. It includes the following 4 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Hollywood Drem - The Ride
    • Choose one of the following: Jaws, Terminator 2: 3D or Backdraft
  • (6) Universal Studio Express Pass 4 * Flying Dinosaur (from February 14). It includes the following 4 attractions:
    • The Flying Dinosaur
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Choose one of the following: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jurassic Park - The Ride
    • Choose one of the following: Jaws, Terminator 2: 3D or Backdraft
  • (7) Universal Studio Express Pass 4 * Winter Special (until February 13). It includes the following 4 attractions:
    • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Choose one of the followinge: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D or Jaws
    • Choose one of the following: Hollywood Dream – The Ride or Backdraft.
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2: 3D y Jurassic Park – The Ride
  • (8) Universal Studio Express Pass 4 * Final Fantasy XR Ride & Minion Ride (from February 14). It includes the following 4 attractions:
    • Final Fantaxy XR Ride
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
    • Hollywood Dream - The Ride
    • Choose one of the following: Terminator 2: 3D or Backdraft

When you click the "add to the shopping cart" button, you will go to the next step.

Screenshot of Universal Studios Japan ticket shop - delivery method selection

If there is no stock of the chosen ticket, an error message will appear. In that case, you can empty your shopping cart and start over.

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Keep in mind that some attractions may be temporary closed for maintenance.

NOTE 1: after adding the Day Passes to the shopping cart (step 7), in the next page only the Express Passes 7 appear. If you want to buy Express Passes 4 or some of the Express Passes that include temporary attractions you can switch steps 4 to 7 with steps 8 to 13 so you first add the Express Passes (steps 8 to 13) to your shopping cart and afterwards you can add the Day Passes (steps 4 to 7). There is also another way: after adding the Day Passes to your shopping cart, click the browser's back button until you go back to the step 4 page and then select the Express Passes you want.

NOTE 2: the "add-to-the-shopping-cart button" for some Express Passes (Express Jump Summer, Express Pass 4 and Express Pass 15th anniversary) doesn't appear in the step 8 page. You can find it in the info page for that Express Pass (click the button with the blue circle with a white '>' inside), and then scrolling down until the page bottom; there you will find the yellow button (the one with the shopping cart icon). Furthermore, there are two info pages for the Express Pass 4 and the Express Passes 15th anniversary, you can find the Express Passes until June 26 in the top button and the Express Passes from June 27th in the lower button.


Step 9: Express Pass (or other tickets) date selection.


You already have selected a date (step 3) so wait until the date automatically loads in the date selector. If the date doesn't load, select the same date again.

Screenshot of Universal Studios Japan ticket shop - delivery method selection


Step 10: Express Pass (or other tickets) delivery method.


As in step 5, mark the first of the checkboxes. It means that you'll receive your tickets as QR codes.

Screenshot of Universal Studios Japan ticket shop - delivery method selection


Step 11: Select the number of tickets (Express Passes or other tickets) you'd like to purchase.


Select the desired quantity in the corresponding dropdown menu. WARNING: turn off the browser translation. If the translation is on, the next step may not work because it won't load the time slots, so please turn off the browser translation BEFORE choosing the number of express passes you wish to buy.

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Step 12: Select the time slot for your visit to the Harry Potter's area (if appliable).


If your Express Pass includes a visit to The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter, then you have to select the most convenient time slot for your visit to the Happy Potter's area in the dropdown menu. After you have checked that the available time slots have been loaded in the dropdown menu, you can now turn the browser translation on again.

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If you click the button under the dropdown menu a new window will open. In this new window you can find a table with all possible time slots. Taking the Express Pass 7 as example, you can see five columns (don't mind the one with the arrow) corresponding to:
  1. Reserved time slot for timed attraction(s) (it depends on the Express Pass you have chosen, it may be The Flying Dinosaur, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride, etc.). If this column is empty, it means that you will visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first and then you will go to the timed attraction.
  2. Admission time for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (in blue)
  3. Reserved time slot for Flight of the Hippogriff. (in a lighter blue)
  4. Reserved time slot for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. (also in a light blue)
  5. Reserved time slot for timed attraction (s) - the same of column 1. If this column is empty, it means your assigned time-slot is prior to your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Step 13: Add your Express Passes (or other tickets) to the shopping cart.


After you have select the date, the delivery method and the quantity of tickets, you have to add them to the shopping cart clicking the yellow button.

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Step 14: Open your shopping cart.


You can keep adding tickets to your shopping cart repeating the previous steps. Once you have added all the tickets you are interested in, click on the shopping cart (the button in the top-right of the page).

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Step 15: Review of the shopping cart.


You can see now a summary of your purchase. You can edit the contents of your cart. Afterwards, scroll down and click the highlighted button in order to sign in into your USJ Club account.



Step 16: Login into your USJ Club accountFill out the registration form.


You have signed up for USJ Club in Step 0, haven't you? Now you have to enter your user ID (1) and your password (2) and click the button below it.





Step 17: Fill out our personal details


Now you have to check that your Name (1), Surname (2), Name in katakana (3) and Surname in katakana (4) aren't empty (these fields should contain the data you entered when you signed up for USJ Club). The katakana fields can be a little bit tricky, you can try using Google Translator.


Now you have to give a Japanese address, we advise you to use your hotel information These are the fields you have to fill:


  • (5) Mobile phone number
  • (6) Home phone number: it's enough with one phone number so we advise you to use the hotel number (e.g. 0312345678).
  • (7) Zip code: use the hotel zip code. It is an alphanumeric field (e.g. 0123456).
  • (8) Prefecture: select the hotel prefecture in the drop down menu.
  • (9) City: write down the hotel city.
  • (10) Address: write down the hotel address. It's a string of three numbers separated by hyphens (e.g. "2-1-33").
  • (11) It's something like the "house name"... you can leave it blank as it's an optional field.
Once you have entered all the required fields, click the yellow button. Don't forget to check the "Terms & Conditions" check-box. If you don't check it, you won't be able to continue. If there's any mistake, you will remain in this screen and the error(s) will be shown in a red square. In the next screenshot the wrong field was the email address, another field error prone is the Phonetic Name. We advise you to use the translator to find out where is your error in the form.

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Step 18: Fill out the credit card form.


The data collected in the previous form will be shown to you. Then you can select the payment method; options are: credit card or to pay in a Lawson store. You should choose the credit card option.
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Scroll down in order to enter your credit card information.

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The fields you have to fill out are the following ones:
  • (A) Credit card number.
  • (B) Expiration date.
  • (C) CVV.
  • (D) Payment method: single payment or "fragmented" payment.


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Once we have done it, you will be able to complete the purchase by clicking on the yellow button.

Screenshot of Universal Studios Japan ticket shop - delivery method selection

Warning - Starting from March 31, 2017, 3D Secure security protocol will be required for all credit card payments, for credit cards issued outside Japan.  If that's a problem for you, you can always try to buy your tickets at Voyagin.

Step 19: Confirm payment.


Scroll down in order to pay. First you have to check the three checkboxes (make sure that everything is right) and then the payment button will be enabled.

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Step 20: Access to your QR codes


After the payment is completed, you will end up in a page where you can find your reservation code.

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If you scroll down, you will find several buttons you can click to access to your QR codes.

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This is a Day Pass QR code:

Screenshot of Universal Studios Japan ticket shop - delivery method selection

And this is an Express Pass QR code:

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And that's all. Show your QR code at the entrance, the staff will scan it and they will let you inEnjoy your visit to USJ!! We certainly enjoyed it, as we explain in the chronicle of our day in USJ!




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We would like to remind you that if you think that our guide is not easy enough, you can buy the e-tickets at Voyagin. Here you can find a youtube video tutorial.

Feel free to send us any comment/information/correction you think can help anyone interested in buying USJ tickets to our Facebook page. By the way, we have compiled a little FAQ that maybe can help you. Thanks!