With Golden Week fast approaching, now is the time to begin planning activities that will keep you occupied during the week-long holiday.

Whilst many of us crave a break from the hustle and bustle of work life, the reality is that when Golden Week actually arrives we sometimes feel overwhelmed at the seemingly infinite time off we’ve been given. Pre-covid we might have considered booking a flight to whatever destination in Japan we want to tick off next, but since the start of the pandemic travel has been somewhat frowned upon and an emphasis has been put on valuing outdoor activities that can be enjoyed near home.

If you’re based in the Kanto area and are looking for a filler to provide some easy entertainment this Golden Week, perhaps you might like to consider spending some time at Yokohama SEASIDE CINEMA 2022.

Yokohama’s SEASIDE CINEMA is the largest outdoor theatre event in Japan, and offers a number of films at four separate outdoor venues around Yokohama Bay from the 1st to the 5th of May 2022.
The event itself is a nod of appreciation to the city’s former glory as one of Japan’s leading “Cinema Cities”.

We’ve included an introduction to each venue and its screenings below.

THEATRE RED BRICK - Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Theatre

At the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a large screen has been installed on the lawn of the Red Brick Park which overlooks the observation area of Minatomirai’s famous night view.
The venue has a variety of seating arrangements available, for example there are box seats that can be used by up to 4 people, and reclining chairs for individuals.
This particular venue is recommended for friends, couples or the whole family.

A selection of 5 “Special Feature” Evangelion films will be screened at the venue during the event, so this is not to be missed by any fans of the mecha anime production.

Screenings – from 19:00 each day

Sunday 1 May 2022 – TV animation "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (5 selected episodes)
Monday 2 May 2022 – "Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Introduction"
Tuesday 3 May 2022 – "Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Destruction"
Wednesday 4 May 2022 – "Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Q"
Thursday 5 May 2022 – "Shin Evangelion Movie Version"

Seating Prices (tax included)

Pair seat (2 people) with one drink – 4,400 yen
Reclining chair (1 person) with one drink – 1,980 yen
BOX seat (Up to 2 people) – 1,980 yen
BOX seat (Up to 4 people) – 2,750 yen

THEATRE MARINE & WALK - Marine & Walk Yokohama

If you like the idea of watching a movie with the white noise of waves crashing along the shore in the background, then this is the venue for you. THEATRE MARINE & WALK is conveniently located near a selection of food stalls and shops, which means you can enjoy dinner and a show during any one of the screenings.
The venue will be screening 5 not-to-be-missed masterpieces from both Japan and overseas.
Whatsmore, this venue is completely free-of-charge, though reservation is recommended to assist in keeping crowds to a minimum. Also, top tip – the venue doesn’t have seating, so it is advised that visitors bring their own cushions and rugs to sit on when watching a movie.

Screenings – from 18:45 each day

Sunday 1 May 2022 – "Story of My Life / Little Women" | USA
Monday 2 May 2022 – "American Utopia" | Broadway Recording, USA
Tuesday 3 May 2022 – "Summer of 85" | France & Belgium
Wednesday 4 May 2022 – "Cassette Tape Diaries / Blinded by the Light" | United Kingdom
Thursday 5 May 2022 – "We Made a Beautiful Bouquet" | Japan

THEATRE BAY QUARTER - Yokohama Bay Quarter

Yokohama Bay Quarter Shopping Mall is the next venue on the list and will be focusing on screening Spider-Man movies. Tickets for this venue cost 500 yen.
Quick note – THEATRE BAY QUARTER will only be running until the 4th of May, with no show scheduled on the 5th.

Screenings – from 18:30 each day

Sunday 1 May 2022 – "Spider-Man" | 2002
Monday 2 May 2022 – "Spider-Man 2" | 2004
Tuesday 3 May 2022 – "Spider-Man: Homecoming"| 2017
Wednesday 4 May 2022 – "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" | 2018

THEATRE WORLD PORTERS - Yokohama World Porters Multi-level parking lot rooftop

If you’d like to enjoy a movie from the comfort and privacy of your own car, you can head on over to the rooftop of the multi-level car park at Yokohama World Porters on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May.
At the venue, a selection of animated movies have been chosen that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Entrance costs 3,300 yen per car, with tickets available to purchase from the ticketing site.

Screenings – from 19:00 each day

Monday 2 May 2022 – "Encanto" | 2021
Tuesday 3 May 2022 – "Movie Sumikko Gurashi Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko"| 2021
Wednesday 4 May 2022 – "The Boss Baby: Family Business" | 2021

Tickets for Yokohama’s SEASIDE CINEMA 2022 can be purchased and reserved through the official event website.
*In the case of rain, storms or natural disasters the events will be cancelled for safety reasons.
*Event-goers are expected to adhere to the venue’s antivirus initiatives which includes the wearing of masks, disinfection of hands and the measurements of temperatures.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.