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Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo

I’m a Potterhead; there is no such thing as a denying it. I queued for every e-book on launch day and rushed to see every film on the massive display. I then re-read and re-watched all of them many occasions through the years, so it’s completely no shock that after I heard the Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo was open, I booked our tickets and headed alongside to test it out as quickly as potential similar to we did when Harry Potters Wizarding World opened at Common Studios in Osaka.

Let’s begin with an summary of the Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo and a few of our highlights from the day. We’ll drop some suggestions alongside the best way after which cowl different frequent questions on the finish. If in case you have a selected query, please skip on to that part utilizing the index.

That is an official Warner Brothers Studio Tour, which incorporates studio units, props, costumes, and data immediately from the cinematic manufacturing of the movies. It isn’t a theme park. There are some interactive actions, however no rides, and no characters are strolling round in costume. There are many guests in robes, although, and that’s OK right here, even inspired.

Attending to the Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo

The big footprint of the venue and park implies that the Harry Potter Studio Tour just isn’t situated centrally within the metropolis, however it’s simply accessed by prepare to Toshimaen Station. There are literally two Toshimaen stations, one on the Seibu Line (an above-ground prepare) and one other for the subway. Which one you arrive on will depend upon the place you might be beginning, however they’re subsequent to one another, and it actually doesn’t matter both means.

If you happen to take the Seibu Line from Ikebukuro, your Harry Potter journey begins earlier than you even get on the prepare. You’ll discover that the Ikebukuro station platform is embellished as Kings Cross and the Toshimaen Station as Hogsmeade. It’s a enjoyable contact in case you can construct it into your plan for the day, however it isn’t price detouring in case you can take the subway immediately from the place you might be staying.

It’s a really brief stroll from the station to the park gates, that are open from 8:30 a.m. The primary tour begins at 9 a.m. The encircling park has some nice statues of the basilisk and different characters, and strolling via the massive timber units the scene for what’s to come back.

The Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo expertise

We booked our tickets for the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour on-line with Klook as quickly as we confirmed our Tokyo dates and flights. Ticket gross sales are open for the present month and three months forward. It appears a very long time prematurely, however getting on to it as early as potential is one of the simplest ways to get the date and time that you really want.

We selected the 10am tour. We deliberate to reach about an hour earlier than our tour began however knew we had a 40 minute prepare journey to get there so didn’t wish to have to start out out from the resort too early. That will then make lunch on the half means level at an affordable time. It labored out fairly nicely.

Keep in mind to reach sooner than the time in your ticket. On the ticket time, you’ll begin the tour, which is completed in a bunch for everybody with that very same ticket time. The primary couple of tour sections are structured, however after that, you proceed at your personal tempo, and the preliminary crowd areas out.

The Entrance Lobby

While you arrive on the studio, you’ll stroll via the park to the principle constructing. There’ll most likely be a queue, however ours moved very quick. They test your ticket, and also you undergo a safety test, the place they could look inside your bag. Regular baggage and small backpacks can stick with you all through the day, however bigger baggage and baggage have to be checked into the cloakroom. We didn’t must retailer something, however it appeared a simple and streamlined course of.

You at the moment are within the entrance lobby. From right here, you may have a big open central area with seating, the queue the place you enter the tour, the present store, the Nice Corridor, aka the Meals Corridor restaurant and Frog Cafe, loos and the cloakroom handy in or gather gadgets. You’ll begin and finish your tour on this area.

The food hall and Frog Cafe all decked out in house colours
The Meals Corridor is the place you may get a full meal, or strive the Frog Cafe for a surprisingly respectable espresso and themed desserts
The gift shop at Warner Brothers Studio Tour Tokyo
The present store is accessible both earlier than or after your tour. You may deck your self out with a wand and wizarding robes or take house your personal field of chocolate frogs.

Setting the Stage

We don’t wish to give large spoilers right here, so we’ll hold to the knowledge needed to know the movement of the day and the amenities accessible so everybody could make any needed plans for his or her circumstances.

You’ll line up on the door forward of your ticket time, they usually’ll test the time in your ticket. Within the first part, you stroll via the citadel hallways, with posters from the films and wizarding photographs transferring and speaking throughout you. As soon as everyone seems to be assembled within the bigger room, an audiovisual presentation units the stage for the tour earlier than you progress via to the theatre and sit for the introduction. That is probably the one level you’ll sit down earlier than the midway level.

Whereas ready right here, they’ve QR codes to scan to get arrange for the interactive actions inside. Don’t fear in case you miss it; you are able to do it whereas in line for the primary exercise.

leaving the theatre
Ready to enter the Nice Corridor

The primary corridor

The Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo is split into roughly two halves, though we spent a bit longer within the first half.

Whereas you may get a digital information to put on round your neck to present you further info in English and a number of other different languages, it actually isn’t required for English audio system. The place the audio is in Japanese, there are English subtitles, and the knowledge boards present good English info. We have now used digital guides prior to now at varied sights and located them extra of a hindrance than a assist, so we skipped them this time.

The moving staircase at the Making of Harry Potter in Tokyo
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The Hogwarts transferring marble staircases zoomed overhead to indicate how they really labored. Though we noticed many alternative flights of stairs transfer within the film, solely one of many staircases on set really moved. The remaining was performed with a miniature mannequin staircase and inexperienced display filming to put the actors into the scaled scene.

Filming the crowd for Quiddich tower grandstand
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Whereas the studio doesn’t supply rides, it does have fairly a couple of interactive reveals that assist clarify how varied cinematic results work. One exercise is collaborating as a part of the group within the grandstands, cheering in your Hogwarts staff throughout a quidditch match.

Dumbledores office at the Making of Harry Potter
Dumbledores Workplace
Hogwarts library at The Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo
Hogwarts Library

Seeing the units up shut was additionally fascinating. The extent of element in what they curated, created and included to get the precise really feel they had been after was superb. One other favorite in right here was the potions classroom with all of the steaming cauldrons and the tiny potions bottles full of all types of dried leaves, liquids and plastic bugs.

As you weave in direction of the top of the primary half, you come to the Forbidden Forest. This part is extremely nicely performed with the flying automobile, Arigog, Hagrid and Buckbeak.

The Interlude

You exit the Forbidden Forest at Hagrids Hut, which is the pure break for lunch or refreshments. The Backlot is is the partially out of doors part and the one part the place you may have any concept what the climate is doing. We obtained a little bit of rain, however we nonetheless managed to see the whole lot and sit all the way down to lunch.

There’s indoor and undercover out of doors seating right here, and the restaurant is named The Backlot Cafe. The meals are sometimes British, suppose fish, chips and mushy peas, pies and chips, and many others., however there have been additionally some lighter snack choices. We had been completely satisfied to cease and sit down with a meal and the meals high quality was fairly good for what’s successfully a theme park. We discover this fairly persistently in Japan vs. at house in Australia.

Fish, chips and mush peas from the Backlot Cafe at The Making of Harry Potter
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You’ll additionally discover the ButterBeer bar. For us, it’s a necessary a part of any Harry Potter expertise. It’s only offered right here within the memento plastic tankard, so it is a little more costly and never very environmentally pleasant, as I think most of them nonetheless find yourself within the bin. It’s positively price attempting, although, and they’re nicely arrange with a station to clean out the cup if you find yourself performed and offer you a plastic bag to place it in to hold house. The drink is sort of a butterscotch creaming soda, very candy however fairly distinctively butterbeer.

You stroll behind Hagrids hut to see the detailed set inside, sit on Hagrids flying bike and sidecar, go contained in the Night time Bus, the home at 4 Privet Drive, play on the life dimension wizards chess board and take your picture on the Hogwards picket hall bridge. This looks as if a small space in comparison with the general web site however there’s fairly a bit to do and work together. For many you might be getting into smaller areas so you’ll probably must queue up for each though we perceive the day we went tickets had been offered out for many periods however the queues had been by no means that lengthy. If you wish to eat lunch too and get a Butterbeer you’ll spend a shocking period of time on this part.

The second corridor

Within the second half of the indoor part there are extra interactive picture opportunties, take house of video of you apparating via the flue community, get a photograph of you about to board the Hogwarts Specific and take a look at the inexperienced display expertise for a photograph of you flying over the streets of London on a brush.

The Hogwarts express
Get a photograph of about to board the Hogwarts Specific and stroll via the carriages and see key scenes from the prepare
Flying a broom over London courtesy of the green screen
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This part was additionally for these within the ‘how’ of the cinematic course of. There’s lots of element on how among the elaborate units are constructed, particularly the Ministry of Magic. The the Flue Community and the Ministry places of work give an perception into the artistic course of and the extent of creativeness, artwork, structure, engineering, and commerce talent which have to come back collectively for every set.

Ministry of Magic at Harry Potter Studio Tour in Tokyo
The fountain and places of work contained in the Ministry of Magic

One of many enjoyable interactive experiences on this part is utilizing flue powder to journey via the hearth community; it’s tremendous enjoyable and takes a video of you doing it linked to the QR code scan with the intention to obtain it later. Clearly we will’t observe path very nicely, so it’s hystirical however not fairly the seamless social media snippet they most likely imagined. Sorry guys. We most likely ought to have checked it earlier than we moved on,the queue was fairly brief so might simply have performed it once more to get it proper.

Diagon Alley set at Warner Brothers Studio Tour Tokyo
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The ultimate sections embrace a stroll via of the Diagon Alley set together with Gringotts the Wizards Financial institution, Ollivanders wand store and Flourish and Blotts. There are show circumstances alongside the partitions with props used within the motion pictures, you may think that any outdated little bit of paper will do as a prop however regardless of how small or briefly in body every merchandise that makes it on set is meticulously created to be on level.

Do I must e-book prematurely?

We extremely advocate reserving on-line as quickly as you realize your journey plans or when ticket gross sales open to your most well-liked date. The favored occasions e-book up quick, and entire days e-book out nicely forward of time. If you wish to do the tour whereas in Tokyo, you do must e-book forward.

View accessible dates and e-book your Harry Potter Studio Tour in Tokyo

The excellent news is that it’s nearly solely an indoor venue, so some moist climate isn’t an issue. Shopping for the tickets on-line doesn’t value extra, and in case you use a official ticket companion like Klook, you may e-book confidently.

How lengthy ought to I plan to remain?

They recommend permitting no less than 4 hours for the tour, however in case you plan to cease for lunch, queue to participate in among the interactive periods, and browse the numerous info boards, I might enable round 5 hours. It will depend on the person, however 4 hours ought to be thought of the minimal primarily based on our expertise.

Solely the very starting is time-gated. Your ticket entry time will get you into the primary corridor, the place everybody gathers to look at an interactive presentation that offers some details about the sights and units a couple of expectations. You’re standing for this part, after which that full group strikes to the theatre and sits to look at the introduction.

Afterwards, you enter the good corridor with the home and academics’ uniforms. Once more, you can be moved on from this room earlier than the subsequent cinema session finishes, however from there, it’s solely freeform, and also you management the pace at which you undergo the completely different sections.

If you may make it work, I’d advocate a morning tour. It begins to get so much busier by 11 a.m., beginning earlier provides you extra flexibility in case you discover you’re going via a bit extra slowly than you anticipated.

Is the Tokyo tour the identical because the one in London?

Each venues are underneath the Warner Brothers umbrella. The one in London opened first, and the one in Tokyo opened in 2023. They each spotlight the filmmaking course of, costumes, and props. The units and merchandise on the market are considerably related, though there are a couple of unique gadgets. It’s most likely not anticipated that you’d go to each places except you’re a tremendous fan, however there are a lot who will.

Is the Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyo price it?

In case you are a Harry Potter fan or have simply loved the films, I feel the studio tour is greater than price it. It is going to be a very memorable a part of your journey. Likewise, if you are interested in behind-the-scenes cinematography, set design, costumes, and sound, then this tour provides a improbable perception into what goes into making a blockbuster film just like the Harry Potter collection.

In case you are travelling with a Harry Potter fan however you aren’t actually one your self, then I feel it’s nonetheless price it. Watching their sheer pleasure and surprise at being immersed in Hogwarts and each little element is priceless, plus they’ll love you eternally for going with them.

We actually loved the tour. We felt it was good worth for what was fairly near a full days leisure, it coated a various vary of pursuits and there was so much to see and do.

You would possibly even think about going again to Ikebukuro on the Seibu line for a go searching and dinner so that you get to see each stations, it’s got a wide variety or retailers (together with my favorite Pokemon Retailer) and plenty of actually good locations to eat. It’s straightforward to get again to most elements of Tokyo from Ikebukuro within the night both on the Yamanote Line (JR) or the subway system.

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