Day 02 Plan- Visit Universal Studios Japan
- Highlight: One Piece Restaurant, One Piece Premier Show!
Since my friend and I were fans of One Piece and USJ had special shows for OP, we HAD to make a reservation for the restaurant and buy tickets for the show - even though it's in full Japanese. Our plan was to sit whatever rides we could > go to our restaurant reservation > continue rides > One Piece premier show.
Otaku Alert: There's a Jump Store along Universal City Walk towards USJ so do check it out!
One warning: the wait is reallyyyyyyyy long for each ride, we waited about 2 hours for the Spiderman ride. If you're the type who really likes rides (since i totally hate them all), I think it would be wise to invest in a express pass since you're going already anyway, and the queue is wayyyyyyy shorter!
Since our highlight was the show and restaurant, let me blog about that first before I talk about the theme park itself, lol. I think this post will get too lengthy so let's put a read more here (i hope it works, I've never used it before)
1. One Piece Premier Show / Restaurant Whatnot
2. USJ tickets whatnot
3. Photos and Park whatnot
(you can tell my priorities)
One Piece Premier Show/ One Piece Restaurant:The tickets and everything has to be bought online, so you have to go to their Japanese website and look out for the opening period and timing so you can start booking, etc. You will need an account - with a Japan address - you could create one first, or one later when you purchase tickets, doesn't matter. We used the hotel's address since we don't live in Japan.
- Their current Spring/Summer'14 event page is here: http://www.usj.co.jp/onepiece/5th/spring2014/?area=bann1.
- The Sanji Restaurant details are here: http://www.usj.co.jp/onepiece/5th/spring2014/food/
- The time-slots and availability of the One Piece Premier shows are here: http://www.usj.co.jp/onepiece/5th/spring2014/show/ticket.html
- The page to purchase show ticket is here for now: http://www.usj.co.jp/premiershow/ (ワンピース・プレミアショー 2014)
It will be good if you have someone who knows a bit bit of Japanese to help you look through those pages and whatnot, since we really struggled when we booked our tickets. And note that the Premier Show is not on everyday, those dates that are white are the days where they have a show so please plan carefully and buy the right tickets!
We bought S1
Seats that are the first few rows on any other blocks will still get splashed by water a little but for the experience, it's totally worth it. You get to see them upclose, and at the end maybe even get a chance to get a hi-five from them! I sat at the aisle so I managed to get a shake with everyone - 'cept Luffy (urgh much sad).
The show is in FULL Japanese but don't worry, even as someone who is superrrrrrrrr laoya in Japanese, I understood their plot and story since it's very very simple YET VERY ACTION PACK. Holysheet. Nami is super hot. Ace is SUPER hot. And Luffy is SUPER CUTE. Yup. It's really exciting and really really really worth the money.
Lots of stunts, lots of effects - best of all, lots of feels /drowns in tears.
About Sanji RestaurantSanji Restaurant is one hell of an experience. It's in 100% Japanese and all the interaction as well so it's better not to freak out at anything while you're there, lol. There's time slots for this so make sure to book a slot you're comfortable with and arrive 10-15mins before the slot to go to the counter to get your orders taken before you head in!
When you're in, you'll be served the appetizers, and then characters will come out and do their greetings while your main gets served. All the greetings are 100% in Japanese so I think if you can't understand anything, just smile and nod - basically half the time Sanji is either hitting on you, or hitting on you (unless you a dude, he probably would be smart enough to avoid that awkward moment)
At the end of the sessions, it will be photo-taking time! You get your chance to take a photo with the cast, and if you're not sure when to move, don't worry! The staffs will come over and get you to join the queue. Lol. Warning though, I have no idea how our photos on our own camera turned out SUPER blurry, but thank god they sell you their version of the photos anyway (which you are not obliged to purchase) so yeah.
Here comes photo!
It's cool to see all the Characters and they really smile and visit every table! Get your camera ready as they will stop for you to take a photo together, 'cept Luffy who kept running around (in character yo) and I couldn't catch a photo at all.
And let me just mention how hot Nami is, again.
Back to USJ whatnot.
USJ Tickets Whatnot / Location, etc.
Photo and Park WhatnotI'm a fan of architecture and whatnot, so tbh the only thing that attracts me in a theme park is their buildings and details in their buildings... I'm really not a ride person... But either way, we took the Spiderman ride - 4D and cool short ride - and then spent the other time walking around instead since time wasn't on our side.
I bought shitload of stuff in USJ - mainly One Piece t-shirts and biscuits and stuff. But I totally think they're worth it (weak laughs). I never realized how I really liked Snoopy tbh, until I stepped into USJ and had to resist every urge to buy tons of snoopy home l o l
If you're a Hello Kitty fan, they have a small shop that sells everything Kitty as well, so bless your wallet.
I would recommend that if you have time and like theme park a lot, you can just spend 2 days here and have a great time exploring the place, sit all rides and have a blast!
The next day's schedule is Osaka Castle + Cherry Blossom viewing + Umeda! Much excite - one of my favourite days tbh.