A new era has just begun in Tokyo city! The latest attraction called MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless has reached one-millionth visitors since its first opening in June 2018. The ethereal universe of interactive digital arts has drawn people all over the world to come and experience arts in an unconventional way. The museum is located next to the famous Ferris wheel in Odaiba.
The whole concept was developed and designed by a group of ultra-technologists, teamLab. Their idea was to combine a world where there are no limitations between human and nature. Inside the museum, artworks are smeared across every inch of the room in order to create a psychedelic and surreal effect. Unlike any other museums you’ve ever visited, here, visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the arts.
Floating Nest. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
The five main areas in the museum are Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps and EN Tea House. There are over 50 artworks to be seen, so let’s get to know some of the famous digital arts here.
Following its name, the Borderless World is where you will see artworks move in free motions and by following people’s responses such as touch. Several artworks available in this area are Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather, Memory of Topography, Spirits of Flowers and others.
Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
The Universe of Water Particles is where the water will continuously fall from the top and visitors will act as rocks. If they stand or touch the flowing water, the water will then change its course.
Memory of Topography. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
In Memory of Topography, you will enter a room filled with knee-length artificial plants. You will see patterns of flowers, leaves and insects changing every second. The movement will be modified every time you move around the digital field.
In this area, you will be exposed to the three-dimensional universe of where you can make anything happen. Most of the artworks here will test your physical abilities and cognitive-thinking skills.
Multi Jumping Universe. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
This artwork is like a giant trampoline. Designed with a galaxy-like universe filled with clusters of stars, visitors can jump around while watching the cosmos bursts into stardust. At some point, a giant black hole will appear on the floor to consume all the stars. Then, it will reset and form a new universe.
Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
The Inverted Globe is the perfect activity for children to improve their thinking and creative skills. In a world of never-ending construction, visitors can plant houses, railway tracks and buildings to create a small town. If you put two houses together, the art will automatically build a road to connect these two places. You can also stop a river flow by placing a rock on top of it.
The future park consists of interactive artworks that are very surreal. Visitors can enjoy Sketch Aquarium, A Musical Wall where Little People Live and Sliding Through the Fruit Field.
Sketch Aquarium. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
The Sketch Aquarium enables people to colour a picture of any sea creatures the room provided. Once it is coloured, scan the drawing and you will see your creature appear on a huge aquarium. You can tap on the fish to watch it swims around and you can even feed them by using a virtual food bag. This artwork can be enjoyed by both adults and children as it is very fun.
Other than that, do you want to see little people jumping and entertain you? In A Musical Wall where Little People Live, they already attached a few magnetic objects like mushroom, trees and stairs on the wall. To see those little people, you can rearrange the objects according to your likings and watch them jump around inside the wall. Moreover, there is also music coming out of the wall whenever those little people jump and move.
A Musical Wall where Little People Live. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
Forest of Resonating Lamps
From this photo, The Forest of Resonating Lamps looks like floating lanterns on a night sky. It is actually light shades and they are made from Venetian glass. There are four main rooms and each filled with different light shades and elements such as Fire on Ice, Snow and Metropolis. Spreads across the room with hundreds of these, this artwork is an Instagram-worthy shot.
When a person stands close to the light shade, it will brighten up and transmit the light to other lamp shades, creating a continous flux.
Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Metropolis. Image Source: teamLab Borderless
EN Tea House
Most people recommend visiting the tea house on your last visit because this is like a resting area after you have gotten tired from all the jumping and taking photos. Here, you can order tea and also watch flower blooming in your cup.
When the server pours the tea, a digital flower will quickly appear in your cup. Each month, they will change the flowers, so you won’t see the same flower twice. The flower will disappear once your tea runs out. Each cup of tea costs 500 yen.
Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup. Image Source: teamLab Borderless.
Since MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless has become a widespread phenomenon, expect this place to be super crowded. If you don’t want to visit early, you can go later in the evening as it is less crowded than in the mornings. In addition, people usually spend around three to four hours here. Don’t be surprised because there are a lot of artworks that you need to check out.
The museum doesn’t allow any big luggage, worrying it might disturb people’s movement especially when the area is insanely dark. Alternatively, you can store your luggage at a coin locker outside the museum. The rules apply to strollers as well. You can take as many photos you want inside the museum as long as you don’t use monopods, selfie sticks, tripods and other similar items. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes because you will be doing a lot of walking.
Image Source: Truly Tokyo.
Moreover, some artworks tend to be overcrowded, therefore you might need to queue up before entering the room. Pregnant women and people on wheelchairs are advised not to go to Athletic Forest due to their body conditions. Lastly, upon entering, you have to present your identity card and passports. If you failed to comply with these rules and regulations, you will be asked to leave the museum instantly.
You can purchase admission tickets at teamLab Borderless’s official website, Lawson, 7-Eleven and Eplus. Buying tickets on the day of your visitation is not encouraged because it might be sold out.
Other than that, you are good to go! Experience the world of digital arts at MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless, Tokyo.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00AM-7:00PM (Weekdays), 10:00AM-9:00PM (Weekends)
Admission Tickets: ¥3,200 (Adults aged 15 and above), ¥1,000 (Children aged 4 to 14), ¥1,600 (Disables)
Contact Number: 03-6406-3949
Closest Train Station: Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line)