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Universal Studios Japan will reopen on June 19 – but only for Kansai residents

Sorry, Tokyo – Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will limit its reopening to Kansai residents only for now

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner
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As Japan has lifted its state of emergency, the country’s amusement parks are also preparing to reopen with a number of new safety precautions in tow. One of the first theme parks to resume business is Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka, which plans to reopen in three phases.

During the first phase, all annual passholders from Osaka prefecture can visit the park during a special pre-opening event between June 8 and 18, but advance registration is necessary. The second stage, between June 15 and 18, opens the park up to all Osaka residents who purchase special advance tickets. Then, on June 19, the final phase begins as the park reopens to visitors from beyond Osaka.

Even though June 19 is the park’s official reopening date, the final phase still limits entry to Kansai residents from Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama prefectures. Ticket booths at the park won’t operate; to enter, you’ll either need to be an annual passholder, or purchase a ticket for a designated date in advance. Advance tickets will be available from June 4 on USJ’s official website.

Before your visit, make sure to read up on USJ’s new safety measures, including the implementation of Osaka’s new prefecture-wide contact-tracing app that uses QR codes.

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