Universal Studios Japan is known for partnering with outside companies to bring temporary new experiences to the park. Whether through the annual Cool Japan event or through virtual reality overlays such as STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride, there is always something unique happening at the park. This year, Universal Studios Japan announced that last year’s Detective Conan World will return for a second (and hopefully full) run from March 12 to August 29 this year, and they’ve got some interesting additions, delicious treats, and adorable merchandise to accompany!
Like last year, this year’s event is linked to the release of Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bulletwhich was originally scheduled to be released in April last year, but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire event is tied to an original story linked to the film and features the involvement of the mysterious Akai family from the series.
The popular mystery-solving entertainment rally Detective Conan Mystery Challenge returns this year in an expanded location, a special story-based soundtrack will be added to Hollywood Dream — The Rideand Guests can have a Mystery Restaurant experience this year.
Detective Conan Mystery Challenge
In the Detective Conan Mystery ChallengeGuests enjoy a story set in the days before the events of the latest movie. The ending, in particular, features a live show full of suspenseful action, with appearances from several of Detective Conan’s characters. This year’s event has evolved with the expansion of location and scale, as well as the addition of more live actors and the enhancement of projected imagery and special effects to create an ultra-realistic world of Detective Conan exclusive to Universal Studios Japan.
Guests must solve mysteries and puzzles in the park, which will provide a full and immersive experience where guests are the detectives themselves! Only guests who solve the mystery will be able to experience the final show, which will be held at the Palace Theater in the New York area.
Detective Conan X Hollywood Dream — The Ride
Experience a special “story coaster” at Universal Studios Japan, if Hollywood Dream — The Ride merges with the world of detective Conan. Join Conan and Shuichi Akai in a thrilling chase, experienced realistically by merging with the roller coaster attraction. This is a carry over from last year, although the theme song has been updated for the new movie. Note: This is not available on Hollywood Dream — The Ride — Background.
Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant
An annual tradition, the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant has reappeared this year. As always, guests will enjoy the detective experience of finding the criminal in the restaurant with Toru Amuro and Masumi Sera, the youngest sister of “Akai Family”, while enjoying a luxurious meal. Guests can also take photos with Toru, Masumi, and Sonoko Suzuki during intermission. The story goes that Jirokichi Suzuki announced the games of the World Sports Festival and invited guests to the park. But when a special set of jewels to be revealed goes missing, the characters and guests must try to figure out what happened to them!
Universal Studios Japan also unveiled the restaurant’s menu, starting with the specialty drinks. From left to right, you’ll see High School Girl Detective (kiwi and green apple), Cool Kid (berry soda), Triple Face (white soda), and Deduction Queen (mango and strawberry).
There are two courses to choose from. The first is the roast beef course, which comes with a poached egg and mashed potatoes.
Guests can also opt for the fish course, grilled flatfish served in beets. Both courses come with a welcome drink, a plate of hors d’oeuvre with foie gras terrine and dried fruit canape, trout and salmon tartare with caviar and avocado and crab pie, and a mango mousse and cheesecake jelly for dessert.
New this year is an extra cost starter with an aged angus steak and Scottish salmon mi-cuit for an extra ¥500 ($4.67).
Children also get their own delicious set with the welcome drink, potato soup, a canapé with egg and tuna, hamburger steak, fried crab claws, potatoes, rice and mango mousse and cheesecake.
There is also a special item to take home, a mystery cake. An envelope in the box helps willing guests to distract the taste of the cake. This is only available in the restaurant for ¥1,600 ($14.95).
Tickets can be purchased on the Universal Studios Japan website for ¥5000 ($46.72) for adults and ¥2600 ($24.30) for children. Unlike the rest of the event, the Mystery Restaurant will only run in Lombard’s Landing until June 13.
At Beverly Hills Boulangerie, guests can try Subaru Okiya’s special pot pie plate, which also includes a pastrami beef salad and a soft drink.
Also at Beverly Hills Boulangerie there is a Caramel & Apple Mousse themed on Conan’s iconic blue coat.
And finally, there’s the Coffee Break, a dessert inspired by the Akai’s favorite coffee drink. With kahlua and milk flavors and coffee jelly, this is sure to be a favorite for the adults visiting the park.
At the churro cart for Stage 22, the milk caramel Detective Conan churro debuts this year!
In addition, the Beef Stew bun will also make its debut at food carts.
Meanwhile, at Lombard’s Terrace, the popular pancakes (lemon tart and coffee chocolate, respectively) sold last year are back for guests to sample.
Universal Studios Japan offered a sneak peek at a few merch items coming for the mini-event, with reportedly about 50 new items in total on their way to the park!
All of these exciting offerings are coming to Universal Studios Japan from March 12 to August 29, except for the Mystery Restaurant which ends June 13. Are you a fan of Detective Conan and feel like visiting Universal Studios Japan? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!