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teamLab’s approach towards the world without borders charmed the hearts of many dreamers which they are able to do all the impossible things that one can only imagine. Previously, teamLab has taken the world by storm when they opened up an out-of-this-world digital museum called teamLab Borderless. The exhibition has attracted millions of visitors within a span of one year due to its impressive and interactive digital artworks. Then, last year, another teamLab’s interactive museum was opened in Toyosu and unlike the teamLab Borderless, this exhibition, unfortunately, doesn’t intend to stay permanently. It is set to run until Fall 2020. Before this new exhibition ends, you need to go to teamLab Planets so you won’t miss the experience.

What You Need to Know About teamLab Planets Tokyo

In order to fully enjoy every space and artworks, you need to spend at least two hours here, that is when it’s not packed with visitors. We recommend you to visit teamLab Planets during weekdays in the evening where there are only a few people in the exhibition. The waiting time can be quite long especially during the holidays or weekends. Some can reach up to one hour which is a waste of time.

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Next, don’t forget to download teamLab Exhibition App on your phone so you can interact with the artworks. In contrary to teamLab Borderless, teemLab Planets allows the visitors to modify the digital artworks to make their experience more stimulating. There is also a WiFi provided in the museum, so just use the WiFi to download and use the app.

Most of the rooms inside this museum require visitors to soak their feet in the water. Yes, you read that correctly. Furthermore, some of the rooms have a mirrored surface. Therefore, we advised you to wear shorts or any pants that can be rolled up to your knees and avoid wearing skirts.

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Lastly, be mindful that this museum has dark and confined rooms plus, extreme usage of bright lights. Please make sure that you have a good health condition, both mentally and physically to avoid any unwanted incidents.

What to See Inside teamLab Planets Tokyo

In total, there are seven main artworks inside the museum.

1. Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity

This artwork is where you will be interacting with hundreds of digital koi fish and colourful flowers inside a knee-length pool. The koi fish will burst into a flower if they touch your feet or if you touch them. The flowers you see in the pool change every season and if you visited any of teamLab’s past exhibitions, they will strongly explain to the visitors how each of their experience varies every time they come to interact with the artworks.

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2. The Infinite Crystal Universe

Walk amongst a perpetual number of crystals inside this floor to ceiling mirrored room. The lights came from various parts of the room and at some point, you will feel as if you are floating in space. You can control the artwork in this room by using the teamLab Planets application on your phone. Select the elements inside the room, drag and release the elements, then watch how it projects across the room. The more people navigate the elements, the more immersive it will be.

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3. Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers

After you have dipped in the water and stand in a room full of crystals, it’s time for you to sit or lie down to see flowers float, whirls and dance. Uniquely, the flowers projection is not pre-recorded or looped, but they are rendered continuously in real time. Here, you can see flowers bloom, wilt and grow repeatedly. You can add butterflies inside the projection, using the app.

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4. Expanding Three-Dimensional Existence in Transforming Space – Flattening 3 Colors and 9 Blurred Colors, Free Floating

This room truly suits its name because there are so many colourful and huge balloons! The balloons will change its colours when people touch or walk past them. This art is similar to the one in teamLab Borderless, except you will see twice the amount of balloons in teamLab Planets. There are 12 main colours here and each of them depicting Japan’s nature’s state such as morning sky, twilight, spring maple and more.

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5. Waterfall of Light Particles at the Top of an Incline

This room was an earlier work of Shikoku, Waterfall of Light Particles – Deep in the Mountains of Shikoku. You will enter a pitch black room and the only thing that leads your way is a light water trail. The water trail will direct you towards a cascading waterfall at the end of the room. It is believed that the room creates a sense of tranquillity once the visitors reached the waterfall.

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6. Cold Life

In a small corner of the exhibition, you can sit and witness teamLab’s Spatial Calligraphy work. They will show a projection of butterflies, flowers, and plants dancing around intricate details of the brushstroke.

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7. Soft Black Hole – Your Body Becomes a Space that Influences Another Body

This room is where you will be walking in a dark room filled with a huge black cloth spread on top of a soft cushion-like floor. You need to walk across the room by balancing your body and wherever you set your foot in, you will sink. teamLab explains that this room is where you will be fully aware of your body mass and that our bodies have the ability to change space. So, take your time to get across the room as it is very enjoyable.

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teamLab Planets Tokyo

Address: 6 -1-16 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan

Operating Hours: 9:00AM-10:00PM

Admission Fee: ¥2,700 (Adults aged 18 and above), ¥2,200 (University students), ¥1,500 (Children aged 13 to 17), ¥800 (Children Aged 4 to 12), ¥2,000 (Senior aged 65 and above)

Closest Train Station: Shin-Toyosu Station



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