Saturday, July 30, 2016

How To Go To Universal Studios Japan Hotel Keihan Universal Tower From Kansai International Airport

Philippine Airlines flight PR0408 Manila - Osaka (KIX) departs at 14:05H and arrives at Kansai International Airport at 19:10H. Flight time is approximately 3 Hours & 45 mins. 

A peak of the hot meals served onboard

Keep in mind that Osaka time is one hour ahead of Manila. 

Softbank WiFi Rental is located at the arrival lobby. Rate is Php 450/day. 

To take the train: From the arrival lobby (1st floor), proceed to "Kansai Airport Station" which is located on the 2nd floor.

Since we had heavy luggage, taking KIX Airport Bus proved to be much convenient and hassle-free. 

Bus stop at the Terminal 1 is located on the 1st floor

Timetable for Universal Studios Japan and Universal City Walk Osaka where Hotel Keihan Universal Tower is located. 

As seen from above, bus departs Terminal 1 at 21:10H and arrives Universal City Walk Osaka at 22:28H roughly an hour and 10 mins travel time.

Fare one-way is 1,550 yen. To make it a no-brainer conversion to PHP, just divide the amount by 2. And the PHP counterpart is a little less than that (Php 713). For full list of time-table and fares, click HERE.

Just a few steps away from the bus stop is Hotel Keihan Universal tower. The night gleam was right on astounding. 

At 138 meters and 33 stories tall, the hotel is the tallest Official Universal Studios hotel in the area. 

The staircase was a grandiose welcome to hotel guests. Take the lift to 4th floor to the main lobby and reception area.

Superior Quad Room Non-smoking. Php 14,000/night depends on high/low season and take into consideration if weekends.

View was really stunning at night. You can see Universal Studios and the surrounding well-lit bustling Universal City Walk from your room. How cool can that be? It was surreal.

Just outside USJ park gates is the Universal City Walk, is a shopping mall with multiple official Universal hotels and restaurants and shops including stores selling Universal Studios merchandise and various Osaka souvenirs. GAP Outlet store is on the ground floor. The Takoyaki Museum is located on the mall's fourth floor. 

There is also a branch of Lawson's convenience store perfect when your tummy grumbles at the wee of the night.

Nestled in the heart of Bay Area, a view of the surrounding Hotel Universal Port.

Beautiful mornings are made of this! Featuring the 31st floor S-PARK Spa with a sauna, jet bath and ho-spring baths with city views. I think I died and went to Onsen heaven.

The reason for staying in a USJ Partner hotel? It was a weekend and we were worried not being able to get passes to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ( WWOHP) since the theme park will be packed with early birds.

True enough, look at the queue from my hotel room at 07:00H! Park opens not until 09:00H. Partner USJ Hotel Guests have a separate Early Bird Entry at 0830H. 

In case you don't want to wake up too early, you can opt to stay in a nearby hotel or you might want to purchase Express Pass tickets on top of your regular Entrance Tickets. 

Admission price: Adult 7,400 JPY. Kids 4,980 JPY. Senior Citizens 8,420 JPY. Should you wish to skip the long lines on the major rides and guaranteed WWOHP timed ticket entry get the Express Pass Tickets. It's like shelling out 2x the price at 12,450 JPY. A major burn on the pocket if you are paying for a group. 

Hotel Keihan Universal Tower's generous breakfast buffet spread

Everything is sooo Kawaii! Look at these colorful plates with 9 division. There's really something about Japanese and how their attractive food presentation.

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