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Go on a Nighttime Sadako Tour at Universal Studios Japan

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USJ Sadako Tour

Universal Studios Japan is inviting guests to discover “The Seven Wonders of Sadako.” A new promotion tied into the Ring franchise and its central attraction Sadako Yamamura will bring guests to the park during nighttime hours for a unique horror experience. Called the Sadako ~ The Forbidden Online Park Tour ~, the USJ Sadako Tour event kicks off in Japan on November 25, 2022, running through December 5, 2022.

One thing to note about the USJ Sadako Tour is that it’s actually an online event. Participants join via their smartphone or PC rather than physically visit Universal Studios Japan.

Check out a teaser trailer for Sadako ~ The Forbidden Online Park Tour ~ below.

The tour is best seen as a combination of a livestream and group video call, where two to four participants experience the tour together (the system can support up to eight people, though). Participants join the Sadako tour via a livestreaming platform called Thumva. Once in a session, they can chat with each other and see each other on stream at the same time as the actual performance. The event involves active participation, so the participants will solve puzzles or have some agency in the performance, like if an escape room attraction were reformatted as an online event. Participants who use the LINE instant messaging app can also receive messages, clues, and other tips to enhance the experience.

The premise of the Universal Studios Japan Sadako Tour is that participants are visiting the park at night to uncover “The Seven Wonders of Sadako”, and then fall prey to the ghost’s unique video-based curse. With a time limit counting down the minutes before they die horribly, the guests must put their heads together and survive the terror.

The USJ Sadako Tours begin on November 25, 2022 and run through December 4, 2022 in Japan. Tickets cost 2,500 Yen (about $17 USD) per person.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino is Senior Staff Writer at Siliconera. He previously helped run Japanator, prior to its merger with Siliconera. He's also got bylines at Destructoid, GameCritics, The Escapist, and far too many posts on Twitter.