WAN­DER­LUST

While Ap­pari­tion is still out of the ques­tion for Mug­gles, you can fly to Osaka and ex­pe­ri­ence this en­chant­ing world for a day.

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Con­sider this your Mug­gle day pass to the Wizard­ing World.

8:30 a.m.:

Alo­homora! The gates to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Ja­pan, home of the Wizard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter, are un­locked, and your mag­i­cal jour­ney can be­gin. Don’t waste pre­cious time lin­ing up for tick­ets at the venue—it’s best to pur­chase tick­ets in ad­vance through the park’s part­ner web­sites. Go to (usj.co.jp/e/travel) and use Klook to book your tick­ets. You can also get an Ex­press Pass to skip the lines.

If you ar­rive early, chances are you can go straight to the Wizard­ing World. (When you see the Weasleys’ Ford Anglia parked by some trees, you’ll know you’re on the right path.) Dur­ing peak sea­son, how­ever, or if you want to come back in the evening, you may need to se­cure a free Timed En­try Ticket. Once you en­ter Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, sim­ply pro­ceed to Cen­tral Park, se­lect the time you want to en­ter the Wizard­ing World, and get your timed ticket.

9 a.m.: Go straight to Hog­warts Cas­tle and get in line for the Harry Pot­ter and the For­bid­den Jour­ney ride. Don’t fret if the lines are long be­cause you can ex­plore the cas­tle while wait­ing.

Stroll along the Her­bol­ogy gar­den, see the De­fense Against the Dark Arts class­room, ob­serve the mov­ing por­traits hang­ing on the walls, pass by the Gryffindor com­mon room, and take a peek into Dum­ble­dore’s of­fice. The tour preps you for the thrilling ride that will have you run­ning through the For­bid­den For­est, play­ing a game of Quid­ditch, and bat­tling gi­ant spi­ders and De­men­tors with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, all in the span of five min­utes. You’ll def­i­nitely feel like part of their mag­i­cal crew—even if they’re all speak­ing in Ja­panese!

11 a.m.: After your death-de­fy­ing jour­ney, walk over to the less in­tense mini roller coaster, the Flight of the Hip­pogriff, where Buck­beak will take you for a ride around the pump­kin patch and Ha­grid’s Hut.

12:30 p.m.: Feel­ing fam­ished? Join your fel­low wizards for lunch at the Three Broom­sticks, a tav­ern in Hogsmeade Vil­lage. Have a glass of hot or frozen But­ter­beer and en­joy a Bri­tish meal, such as fish and chips or shep­herd’s pie. If you’re look­ing for a drink with a kick, head next door to Hog’s Head, a lit­tle pub that serves spe­cially brewed draft beer.

1:30 p.m.: After lunch, go on a leisurely stroll around Hogsmeade. With rooftops per­pet­u­ally cov­ered in snow, the vil­lage shops have all the things that ev­ery as­pir­ing witch or wiz­ard needs. Buy your own wand at Ol­li­van­ders (or get a replica of Harry’s and Volde­mort’s wands), grab some sweet treats at Honey­dukes (are you brave enough to taste all of Ber­tie Bott’s Ev­ery Flavour Beans?), and stop by Zonko’s to get Ex­tend­able Ears and Puk­ing Pastilles (per­fect for prank­ing your friends).

If you want to prac­tice us­ing your new wand, be on the look­out for ar­eas where you can ac­tu­ally try your hand at magic!

2:30 p.m.: When you get tired from all the walk­ing, sit by the stage to catch a per­for­mance by a group of Hog­warts stu­dents and their tal­ented croak­ing frogs. You might even see the Beaux­ba­tons and Durm­strang stu­dents demon­strat­ing their skills at the Tri­wiz­ard Spirit Rally. Some­times, Hog­warts stu­dents also prac­tice their spells, and if you’re lucky, you might get cho­sen to as­sist them.

From the tow­er­ing Hog­warts Cas­tle by the lake to the nooks and cran­nies of Hogsmeade Vil­lage, ev­ery cor­ner of the Wizard­ing World is truly mag­i­cal— not to men­tion Instagram-wor­thy. And while you can’t catch a ride home on the Hog­warts Ex­press, you can def­i­nitely take a com­mem­o­ra­tive photo by the fa­mous train as a sou­venir.

Bonus hour: If you want to see a dif­fer­ent view of the Wizard­ing World, come back in the evening to see Hog­warts Cas­tle all lit up. From 5 p.m. on­wards ev­ery day un­til Novem­ber 5, you can watch the Ex­pec­to­pa­tronum night show, where Hog­warts stu­dents bat­tle it out with De­men­tors. Check out (usj.co.jp/e/thewiz­ard­ing-world-of-harry-pot­ter/night­show2017) for show sched­ules.

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