The most #instagrammable place in Tokyo
If you have an Instagram account, you’ve mostly likely seen a friend or influencer post colorful photos of one of these digital art museums
With multiple locations across Japan, Team Lab’s Tokyo Art Exhibits are the most popular and accessible. Here’s our quick overview of what you can expect without getting into too much of the experience as its definitely more fun to go with less info so you can be delightfully entertained.
Borderless: Artwork without Boundaries
The Borderless art exhibit is now a permanent fixture on Odaiba, located on the eastern part of Tokyo. This exhibit lets you wander, explore and interact with fully immersive digital artworks that are projected onto the walls, floors, and ceilings throughout the building. Some artworks will flow or follow you from room to room while others come to life as you touch or move into its space.
Beyond just looking there are interactive areas where you can climb, jump, and touch and move through as you experience a colorful world that is ever changing around you.
You may need to reserve tickets up to a month in advance as this is one of the more popular museums. You can find tickets available to purchase in English on websites like Voyagin, if the direct purchase is not available.
Generally, the weekends are packed and crowded which may dilute the experience for you. If you are able to go during a weekday morning or evening, you may have a more enjoyable experience and space to wander and take your #selfies.
Its generally better to book tickets in advance as tickets can sell out on popular days. You can reserve your tickets ahead of time in English at Voyagin
Planets – Body immersion through water
The Planets digital art museum is also located on Odaiba just a few short train stops away from the Borderless exhibit (walking not recommended on a hot day).
The Planets museum is a slightly different experience from Borderless. Here, you’ll be guided through each gallery/room on a one-way path to view the exhibits. The Planets museum’s theme is movement through water (not pictured) and you will be required to remove your shoes, socks, and baggage at the entrance into lockers provided.
While you don’t need to arrive in your swimwear, it is advised that you wear shorts and short skirts for the ladies as you can be up to knee deep into the water in some areas. For those arriving unprepared, there are rental/borrowable shorts that you probably don’t want to use… so be prepared! Other parts of the exhibit will include beautifully mirrored floors that may expose some hidden areas of your body if you’re wearing a skirt, dress or shorts so plan accordingly.
Make sure to take your time and enjoy every exhibit as you come across them as the Planets Experience is a one way path and you will not be able to return to previous rooms. The entire experience can be enjoyed quickly in 30-40min if you pass through quickly or 1.5 – 2hrs if you stay and take your time through each exhibit
Book your tickets for the Planets Exhibit in advance via Voyagin