See the latest hits at the movie theater underneath Godzilla
New movie in town? Come see it in Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, where you can see the latest hits. Toho Cinemas is one of the bigger movie theater chains, and the one in Shinjuku Kabukicho has the Godzilla on towering above it. (We saw Frozen 2 here! English, with Japanese subs.)
What’s it like to watch a movie in Japan?
The Japanese theater experience is much like the rest of the culture – polite and considerate so that no one bothers anyone else. You’ll find that most people will stay until the credits finish rolling, and there’s no talking amongst the viewers. They’ll also tell you to eat quietly. While all this can be a bit unsettling, just sit back and enjoy the film.
What language are the movies in?
If the movie you want to see is not made in Japan, it’ll typically be in the original language with Japanese subtitles (“jimaku” 字幕). They might also have a Japanese dubbed version (“fukikae” 吹き替え), so watch out if that’s not what you want!
How much do tickets cost at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku?
Regular prices for adults is 1,900 yen, with discounts for college students (1,500 yen), high school students & younger (1,000 yen), and seniors (1,200 yen). If you go on specific days, you may also get a discounted ticket – for example, every first day of the month is 1,200 yen.
See their full pricing chart here.
Concession Stand & In-Theater Snacks
And finally, the food! You can get some interesting flavors of popcorn, or try out their rainbow churros. Each color tastes different. The payment here was cashless only, which means you can use your credit card or Suica. Very convenient.
Basically, if you want to catch up with the newest hits, Toho is probably your best bet. If Shinjuku isn’t a good spot for you, there are also branches in Hibiya/Ginza, Roppongi, Shibuya, and Ueno, just to name a few. You should probably check the schedule on their site (search by movie), since each location will have different films playing. Have fun!