Here’s Why You Should Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka

Say goodbye to the Muggle world with these attractions.

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Any Harry Potter fan will not miss out on a chance to check out this park at the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. After all, it has everything to make you part of the entire wizarding experience! Here are 10 reasons why your trip will be even more special.

Drink Butterbeer at Hog's Head.

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Ever wondered how butterbeer tastes like? Then you better make your way at Hog’s Head to find out. Cold Butterbeer is served all year round, but you can try their limited-edition offerings during summer (Frozen Butterbeer to stave off the heat) and winter (Warm Butterbeer to keep you all cozy). The Three Broomsticks offers Butterbeer as well, but be prepared for long lines, while Hog’s Head barely has any. Ssssh, better not let anyone else in on this secret. 

Go on a Forbidden Journey with Harry.

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Experience what it's like to ride on top of a magical broom while whizzing through the Whomping Willow or the bone-chilling Dementors in this extraordinary attraction. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey takes you in an immersive journey throughout the wizarding world, in a one-of-a-kind ride that has been bagging awards for years.

Get your wand at Ollivanders.

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Itching to cast spells? Make a beeline for Ollivanders, and let your very own special wand choose you. Ollivanders, just like in the books, offers a wide array of choices—you might even spot the legendary Elder Wand here! What’s even better is that the Magic Wands allow you to cast spells as you take a stroll around Hogsmeade. How cool is that?

Ride a Hippogriff.

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Ever wondered how it’s like to ride a giant eagle with a horse’s body? The Flight of the Hippogriff will put all your questions to rest. This roller coaster ride will give you a great view of Hagrid’s Hut, as well as other attractions in the park.

Know the best Instragrammable spots.

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Make sure you don’t leave the park without snapping photos of famous spots, such as Arthur Weasley's crashed Ford Anglia at the Forbidden Forest, the Hogwarts Express (if you’re lucky enough to spot the conductor, he will gladly take a photo of you), the archway to Hogsmeade at the park entrance, the Black Lake, and a breathtaking view of Hogwarts from the Three Broomsticks.


Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Go around the magical halls of the famed wizarding academy while waiting for your turn at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Take a look inside Dumbledore’s office, sneak into several classrooms, and marvel at the moving portraits by the hallway.

Sample sweets at Honeydukes.

Brave enough to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans? For those who are feeling less adventurous, you go for chocolate frogs (don’t worry, they’re the non-leaping kind), which you can also bring home to your friends as souvenirs.

Suit up at Dervish and Banges.

And by “suit up,” we mean donning your very own Hogwarts uniform. Drop by for interesting finds that you will never find in any Muggles department store, such as Spectrespecs and Quidditch equipment.

Send a one-of-a-kind letter.

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Write a letter and send it with your very own Hogsmeade postmark by way of the Owlery and Owl Post. The shop also sells various stationery and owl souvenirs, so if you’re a fan of Hedwig, you better include this in your itinerary!

Get front access to the street shows.

Check out Hogwarts students practicing their spells (if you’re lucky, you might even get to join them, too!), the frog choir belting out remarkable tunes, and the extraordinary Triwizard Spirit Rally at various times throughout the day. Better keep your eyes peeled for these street performances!

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