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TOHO Cinema: a cinematic experience in Japan

Recently, I was able to go watch one of my favorite movie series in a cinema here in Japan. Being my first time experiencing this, I found it more than necessary to share what it was like to go to the movies in Tokyo!

Mochigum

Mochigum

Published on 21 Jul, 12:00

While most of us might be thinking that going to the movies isn't that different from going to the movies in our own hometowns, I would like to differ. I used to think that the experience of going to watch a movie here in Tokyo wouldn't be any different than back in Mexico.

Ticket machine for TOHO cinema.
Ticket machine for TOHO cinema.

But I was wrong, there are lots of details that make these two events feel completely different and it all starts with how you buy your tickets. While I do recommend that you buy your tickets in advance just so that you can do everything in time and assure your place in the cinema, you can always just buy them in the cinema itself.

Now, the cinema that I decided to go to is called TOHO cinema and it's located in Kinshicho. I had purchased my tickets online and when I arrived, the first thing that I noticed were the machines that were in front of the cinema. Back in Mexico, this way of purchasing tickets isn't that common, so you can imagine how starstruck I felt when learning that this is the most convenient and common way to buy your tickets for a movie here in Japan.

Snack bar next to the store with movie merchandise.
Snack bar next to the store with movie merchandise.

While it is possible to buy your tickets at the window with an employee of the cinema, I noticed how most of the people preferred to just go straight to the machines. It really made a difference, it felt much more organized and felt like the process was faster. Once you get your tickets, you've got to take the elevator and go to the floor where your movie room is.

There was something that also caught my attention once we got to the floor we had to get to. The floor in which we were sent to had about three movies that were being projected. So, right next to the snack bar where you can buy popcorn, sodas, etc. was a little shop where you could buy merchandise of the movies that were being screened.

This really caught me off guard since back in Mexico it's not common at all to have a little merchandise shop inside of the cinema. I thought this was really smart and honestly couldn't resist to look at all the products that they were offering.

Spider-man: no way home calendar with a food coupon.
Spider-man: no way home calendar with a food coupon.

There was something very specific that stuck with me the day that I went to the movies. I had gone to watch the new movie "Spider-man: no way home” so I was extremely excited as I was lining up to enter the room. As the line moved on and our temperature was being checked for safety reasons, I noticed that we were being given something.

I thought that maybe it was instructions on what to do in case of an emergency, the safety precautions that were being taken because of the pandemic or something of the sort. But not at all! What we had been given was a one-page calendar with the movie's theme! I was so surprised at this pleasant gift, it really made the whole experience feel more personal.

TOHO Cinema: a cinematic experience in Japan

While going to the movies can be a little bit pricey - I still think its something that you should do at least once when you’re living here in Tokyo. The price is totally worth it - with the amount of things that you can get from just going to the movies and the fact that it's a much more pleasant experience with how convenient the services are in the building, I think it's more than worth the price that you end up paying for the event.

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Mochigum

Mochigum

Japanese/Mexican 24 year old woman who just moved into Tokyo to try to pursue her career while re-discovering and re-connecting with her roots as she does so.

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