Wild about Osaka’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

Unlike the rest of warrior packed Japan, Raffles beloved Ninja seem to be a little thin on the ground in Osaka. Maybe it is because we’re not looking hard enough (a good ninja isn’t easy to spot), or maybe it is because they’ve been vanquished by all the wizards. You see Osaka is also home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to which Raffles and Sugarpuff have just received their acceptance letters.

Actually, they just got tickets to Universal Studio Japan and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which I purchased at the gate after queuing with the rest of the Muggles… but I digress. We’re here for a little hocusey pocusey action of the Potter kind and Raffles and I are as excited as a golden snitch at a Quidditch final.

But before reach Hazza and his pals, we get to explore the rest of Universal Studios and it becomes quickly apparent that there’s more than Hogwart’s brand of sorcery to be found in this magical place.

Sugarpuff is soon under the spell of the one and only Hello Kitty in her retina-searing palace of pinkness.

Hello KItty at Universal Studios Osaka

She hangs out with Spidy!

Hanging with Spidey at Universal Studios OSaka

And makes some funky new friends!

Making new friends at Universal Studios Japan

But, in case you were wondering what magic really looks like, I’d say the pure unadulterated joy on her face as she doles out the cuddles to the cast of Sesame Street is pretty much the most enchanting thing I’ve ever seen.

Pure unadulterated Joy at Universal Studios JapanSnuggling at Sesame StreetBut Raffles is wild about Harry and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which we reach by following a winding path through a forest past the wreck of the Weasley’s Flying Ford Anglia, is his Hogwarts fantasy come to life.

The Weazleys Flying Ford Anglia at The WIzarding World of Harry Potter

From the cobbled streets of bustling Hogsmeade to the slanted buildings coated in magical puffs of dazzling faux snow, the attention to detail makes it all feels very, very real.

Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Japan

So real that I even find myself sharing my toilet cubicle with Moaning Myrtle, whining away, albeit in Japanese.

We sip on Butterbeer (imagine liquid butterscotch topped with cream).

BUtterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Osaka

We explore Zonko’s Joke shop and the Owl Post Office.

The Owl Post

Pop in for fish and chips at the Three Broomsticks tavern.

The Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios Japan

At Ollivanders we stop to stock up on wands.

Wads of wands  at Ollivanders Wizarding World of Harry Potter Osaka

And at Honeydukes we fill our gobs with Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans.

HOneydukes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan

My little pothead is so excited he’s soon flying without the assistance of a broom!

Flying without the need of a broomstick at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

We scrape our jaws up off the ground at the awe-inspiring sight of the Black Lake and the towering spires of Hogwarts.

Hogwarts at Universal japan

Inside we head follow the hallways past bickering portraits to Dumbledore’s office and even bump into Harry, Ron, and Hermione themselves in the Defence Against Dark Arts classroom.

The bickering portraits of Hogwarts at Universal Studios Japan

Well at least holograms of Raffles’ Hogwarts heroes, who, like Moaning Myrtle, are (understandably) fluent only in Japanese. So we know not what they are gibbering about! But the kids are excited anyway!

A 4D visual rollercoaster has us ducking as Golden Snitches swoop past our heads and we brave a ride on the family-friendly Flight of the Hippogriff mini coaster, something I, being a non-coaster kinda gal who prefers to keep her Butterbeer in her belly, could have happily skipped!

Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Japan

After our huge day of Hogwarts hijinks we’ve worked up an appetite and the kids have decided in honour of Harry that they want “Japanese Golden Snitches” otherwise known as Takoyaki, for dinner!

So under the spell of Harry and those addictive octopus balls that we’ve conjured up a recipe for Japanese Golden Snitches, which you can find here. Enjoy!

23 Comments on Wild about Osaka’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  1. Christine
    August 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm (10 months ago)

    That looks like so much fun! I laughed at the pictures talking in Japanese. It makes sense, but spoils the authenticity somewhat!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm (10 months ago)

      It was a little quirky but… when in Japan!

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  2. stuntman
    August 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm (10 months ago)

    Wow, that looks sooo cool!

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  3. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    August 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm (10 months ago)

    What a buzz, I’d be leaping for joy too – I have a thing for movie sets, they are quite magical aren’t they. That look is indeed pure joy xx

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm (10 months ago)

      The sure are, Em. But anywhere my kids have smiles that big is magical to me x

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  4. Oyster
    August 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm (10 months ago)

    How fun!!! I’ve been to the one in Orlando, Florida. I love how much detail they go into!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm (10 months ago)

      The detail is mindblowing

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  5. Anna
    August 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm (10 months ago)

    Freaking awesome! I wanna go

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm (10 months ago)

      Completely Freakin’ Awesome, Anna

      Reply
  6. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
    August 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm (10 months ago)

    I always learn something new from you guys! I always thought that there was only one Harry Potter world in Florida but now I know that I can go to Osaka too for a fun HP experience! Happy dance 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm (10 months ago)

      And it’s fabulous Lorraine! xx

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  7. Shan@FortyUp
    August 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm (10 months ago)

    We were there in January, not sure who had a better time the kids or me!!! The lines were massive which might have been all too much if we hadn’t all been so darned excited!!!!!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm (10 months ago)

      We were lucky we didn’t get too many big lines when we were there in July. But even when there were lines they were worth it! SO much fun x

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  8. Kerryn
    August 10, 2015 at 9:37 am (10 months ago)

    I love Harry Potter and had no idea this placeeven existed. I have to go to Japan

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm (10 months ago)

      There’s one in America as well!

      Reply
  9. Ruth
    August 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm (10 months ago)

    I didn’t know there was one of these in Osaka. I adore your daughter’s face while hugging the different characters.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks Ruth It only opened late last year. But it is marvellous!

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  10. seizetheday20
    August 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm (10 months ago)

    Wow – that looks amazing. I didn’t even know there was a “real” Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! What an incredible place for kids – and adults! 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm (10 months ago)

      Totally “real”! And I confess to having had as much fun as the kids 🙂

      Reply
  11. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    August 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm (10 months ago)

    My kids hate those giant dressed up characters which is such a shame because they get all excited about them just to cringe when they get close. Oh well. That is such a great reproduction of Harry Potter’s world, how fabulous!
    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust this week.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      August 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm (10 months ago)

      I understand totally. This was the first time ever Sugarpuff wasn’t too afraid for cuddles. I think she was swept up in the magic. xx

      Reply
  12. Kate
    September 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm (9 months ago)

    Cousin is completely jealous. So is aunty come to that.

    Reply

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