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