How to watch five films for under ¥6,000

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Let’s be real – nobody is happy paying ¥1,800 to watch a movie, even if it is on a big screen. Besides, you at least need a little spare cash for coke and popcorn, right? Here are eight regular discount offers that will help cut your entrance fee down to around ¥1,000, so you could effectively watch our entire list of top latest releases (see below) for the price of two whole chickens from National Azabu (yes, also very expensive).

FIRST DAY

Every first day of the month is discount day at all cinemas in Tokyo, with movie tickets going for just ¥1,100. 

CINEMA DAY

Few major cinemas like to celebrate ‘Cinema Day’ when tickets are typically priced around ¥1,000 to ¥1,100. Note that it’s held on different days depending on the cinema, so be sure to check their websites before you head out. 

LADIES' DAY

Sorry guys, you’re home alone on Wednesdays from now on. Ladies, mid-week you get treated to movies for ¥1,100. Although a few cinemas do offer a Men’s Day discount, it’s not as widespread. Shame.

COUPLES’ DAY 

And the men are back. Head to the ticket counter with your significant other and let them know you’re a couple to receive a discount. Unfortunately, since Tokyo is still lagging behind on gay rights, same-sex couples don’t qualify for this offer (yet!). This offer is available on the 22nd of each month at all 109 Cinemas.

MARRIED COUPLES’ DAY 

Don’t let anyone tell you there aren’t benefits to being married. Although, to get this particular discount, one of you has to be over 50 years old. Show your ID at the counter and you’ll receive the special price of ¥2,200 for the two of you.

LATE/FIRST SHOWS

Begin or end your days at the cinema and you’ll likely save some cash. The very first show of the day as well as some shows after 8pm are priced at ¥1,300 at most major cinemas. Popcorn for breakfast doesn’t sound so bad.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FRIENDSHIP 

Any day, any time, high-school students can watch films for just ¥1,000. Only groups of three or more students are eligible for this discount and ID is required.

HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY/FRIDAY 

Cinemas in Tokyo enjoy celebrating random days of the week, giving you an opportunity to watch movies for ¥1,000. Check out your local cinema’s website to see which day they’ve decided is worthy of a discount.

 

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