Japan / Tokyo

Interactive Magic: My Adventure at teamLab Planets Tokyo

teamLab Planets Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind digital art museum where visitors become part of the art. I was intrigued by the concept of walking through water, merging with blooming flowers, and interacting with digital koi fish. Recently, I had the chance to experience this extraordinary place, and it was an adventure I’ll never forget.

Located in the Toyosu area, teamLab Planets Tokyo is easily accessible by public transport. To make the most of your visit, I recommend booking the tickets online a couple of weeks before and arriving early to avoid the crowds.

Upon entering, I was immediately struck by the sense of stepping into another world – a world where art, technology, and nature converge.

Infinite Crystal Universe

One of the most mesmerizing rooms was the Infinite Crystal Universe. Surrounded by mirrors and countless LED lights, it felt like I was floating in an endless galaxy of stars.

The lights change in colours, and brightness while dancing with the background music. Walking through Crystal Universe feels like a maze and not knowing what the next corner brings, makes the experience deeply personal and immersive.

Expanding Three-dimensional Existence in Transforming Space

This exhibit played with my perception of space. The ground and walls seemed to move and transform as I navigated through the area filled with huge spheres
of light. These illuminated spheres change colours when touched or when people move through or push them.

Since the spheres are freely positioned within the collection of sphere elements that make up the three-dimensional space, people recognize it as existing three-dimensionally and part the spheres entering into the three-dimensional existing space.

People move through the spheres and enter the space. When the spheres change colour, the space itself shifts between a collection of spheres forming a three-dimensional space and a flat colour wall.

Floating Flower Garden

Among the many awe-inspiring exhibits, the Floating Flower Garden stood out as a breathtaking experience. As I entered the space, I found myself surrounded by a sea of real, blooming flowers suspended in mid-air. The flowers descended gently, enveloping me in their delicate beauty. The scent of the blossoms filled the air, creating a serene and almost ethereal atmosphere.

Moving through the garden felt like a dream. The flowers reacted to my presence, rising and falling gracefully as I walked among them. It was as if I had stepped into a living, breathing painting. The gentle sway of the flowers and the soft light filtering through them made this exhibit a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. It was a perfect blend of nature and technology, showcasing the harmony between the two.

Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers

Stepping into this room was like entering a dream. Digital flowers blossomed all around me, creating a serene and otherworldly environment. The flowers seemed to fall gently, enveloping me in their beauty.

Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People

Next, I waded through a shallow pool where digital koi fish swam around my legs. As I moved, the fish scattered and transformed into flowers, creating a constantly changing artwork on the water’s surface.

Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms

The Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms was a tranquil and captivating space. This outdoor installation featured moss-covered spheres that emitted soft light and gentle sounds as I approached them. The spheres seemed to pulse with life, creating a harmonious interaction between nature and technology. Walking among them felt like stepping into a microcosm of a living, breathing ecosystem.

Tips for Visitors
  • Before entering the exhibits, put your belongings into a locker to help you move freely and fully enjoy the immersive experiences. Remember, teamLab Planets Tokyo is a shoes-off museum, so be prepared to remove your footwear.
  • Allocate at least two to three hours to explore thoroughly. Since you’ll be walking through water, it’s best to wear shorts or pants. You can easily roll up or bring a change of clothes to get the best pictures with the exhibits.
  • Due to the many reflective surfaces, if you’re wearing a short skirt, consider wearing inner shorts for comfort. Following these tips will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

teamLab Planets Tokyo left a lasting impression on me. The way art, technology, and nature intertwined was truly magical. Each room offered a unique experience that engaged my senses and sparked my imagination. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an immersive and transformative adventure.