LET'S START! 始めましょう！
Hogsmeade in USJ only has one entrance, unlike the Orlando version. The entrance is quite well done and is especially enchanting at night.
Here, you don't just turn at the corner and see the gate of Hogsmeade. You have to pass through the forest, which really is a very interesting addition that builds up the excitement.
Here we are at Hogsmeade!
The street of Hogsmeade looks quite similar to its US counterpart, but the locations of the shops are rearranged to increase the capacity of certain popular shops.
Another major difference here is that this land does not have Dragon Challenge roller coaster. Although it might be disappointing for some guests, I actually find it to be an advantage theme-wise. Without the tracks, the land looks even more immersive and authentic.
The castle looks just amazing.
It is interesting that, here Forbidden Journey offers Universal Express (which usually sells out an hour before the park opens).
The castle walk-through and the ride are almost identical to the US versions. It is still one of the best rides I have been on.
However, there is one advantage here that makes it even better. This ride visuals are presented in 4K, and it is indeed very much clearer. I was truly wowed by the difference the resolution can make. But I believe Orlando will eventually have their ride upgraded with 4K.
I have also heard about a rumor saying that this version is not only in 4K but also in 3D. I would like to clarify that it is not a 3D ride.
There is nothing here that breaks the immersion, because unlike Islands of Adventure, there is no other land connected to Hogsmeade. (Well if you look really closely you can spot one thing from the image below that does not belong here : D)
Yes, Flight of he Hippogriff stays.
Butterbeer is very popular here as well.
Another addition to the land is the Black Lake.
Something is living beneath the surface... Intriguing...
Like I said just now, shops are rearranged. Here you will find Ollivanders at the other side of the street (the side with Three Broomsticks, instead of side with the Owl Post).
Ollivanders now has a wait time indicator.
However we did not enter the shops this time.
When exiting Ollivanders, you will be guided into a much bigger wand shop with much more wands (and people).
Here you can find both Honey Dukes and Zonko's. The former did not overtake the latter (I find this very interesting, considering that USJ is the only park that still has JAWS and Back to the Future).
Well since this is already very successful, maybe we will see Diagon Alley here in a few years too. But for now, visitors can't really aboard the train.
Given this land's attention to details, I can not understand why they did not bother to cover up the show building (picture below)! This is the only complain I have for this land.
"The Wizarding World of Hary Potter - Universal Studios Japan" is so beautiful and immersive, just like its counterpart in Orlando. It allows Asian visitors to experience the magic world without having to travel to the other side of the globe.
Thank you for taking this journey with me! How do you find this land? Please let me know at the comment section below.