Today is the day we go to Universal Studios and I’m so excited! We walk the 15 minutes to Kyoto station and along the way we drop into 7-11 to pick up some breakfast to eat on the way to Osaka. We come across the strangest thing, bananas. Not any bananas but ones in plastic packaging. It’s like these bananas don’t come with their own natural packaging?! And the eggs and oranges!
We hadn’t pre-purchased our tickets, so we needed to line up when we got there. It really didn’t take long to buy our tickets, maybe 20 minutes, but then it took another 30 minutes to scan our tickets and get through the gate.
After we get inside the park, we make a bee-line for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I need to pick my jaw up as I am just so amazed by it. Diagon Alley is so much better than I imagined it would be, and Hogwarts is mind blowing for a Harry fan, like me.
I get Kate to go on the Flight of the Hippogriff with me. The line is short and moving really quickly until we get to the front of the line and then the ride brakes down! We wait over half an hour for it to be declared ok and then we hop on. The ride takes all of about 30 seconds and then it’s over! Not to worry, it’s still fun.
Afterwards, we get some Butterbeer. Warm for me and cold for Kate. Mine tastes really yummy, although a little bit sweet. Kate’s cold Butterbeer is not nice at all and we end up throwing it out.
We then wander around the park a bit until we come across the Jurassic Park ride and we figure since the line is short, we may as well go on it. Considering it’s a cool day, there’s probably a really good reason why the line is short… and of course not knowing what the ride is like, we get wet!
I really want to go on the Flying Dinosaur, I’d even watched some YouTube videos before we left for Japan so I knew what it was all about. Kate decides it’s not for her, so I jump in the single line and I only have a 15 minute wait. During this time, Kate rides the Jurassic Park ride three more times and she now declares it her favourite ride. Anyway, the Flying Dinosaur is even better than I thought it would be. It’s awesome.
I did read that these parks are famous for their popcorn in Japan, so when we walk past a Minions popcorn stand, we can’t help but be curious about the chocolate banana flavoured popcorn. It was delicious!
We wander around a bit more and go on a few more rides and then the evening parade commences and we take a break to watch it.
Then we decide it’s getting quite cool and we decide we’ve had enough… but not before I get Kate to have a photo with Elmo and co!
We make our way back to Kyoto and decide to find somewhere to have dinner. Underneath Kyoto station is a shopping centre called CUBE. We find a ramen restaurant and we settle in for dinner. Chicken for Kate and pork curry for me.
Dinner is so good and we figure since we’re still out and about we might as well go across the road to Kyoto Tower and check out the view. Those who know me know I love fairy lights, so you can imagine my delight in seeing the city lights that seem to go forever. They are so pretty and mesmerising.
And then, after one very long and tiring day, we shuffle back to our apartment and sleep really soundly as we’re both exhausted.