TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo, Japan

TeamLab is a huge visualisation and digital art museum in Tokyo Japan. TeamLab is a work of artists, programmers, animators, engineers, architects, musicians and graphic designers. They combine their talents to create interactive works which look magical.

TeamLab has actually two installations in Tokyo, Japan: Borderless and Planets. We visited Borderless, it is way bigger than Planets. Borderless museum is more than 10,000 square meters with digital art that are constantly changing and interacting with spectators.

1. It’s a maze, take your time

I highly recommend researching before going to TeamLab how many rooms it has and what kind of rooms. We almost skipped the whole second floor. The whole space looks like a maze and because it is dark around some rooms are quite hard to find. The main rooms are:

Lamp forest

It’s probably the most popular room, which you will see on social media. This room is pretty for sure, but what you don’t see from the popular pictures is that you have to wait in line. We waited for around 40 minutes (and that’s really not a long waiting time) and we spent like 2 minutes in the lamp forest. Mostly you just try to make as many pictures as possible in those couple of minutes and you don’t really have time to admire.

Lamp Forest in TeamLab
Lamp Forest in TeamLab

Athletic forest

It’s the whole second floor of the building, a huge area with different interactive digital art. A huge field with floating visualisations and some art on which you can climb and have fun.

Athletic forest
Athletic forest

Waterfall

It’s like in the middle of the whole space, connecting other exhibitions. A beautiful and huge waterfall with interactive walls around it.

Waterfall
Waterfall

Floating nest

It’s literally a floating nest. Space looks like a planetarium, you enter the room lay on the nest and watch flying birds and other lights on the ceiling. Under the nest, it’s an empty space, so you float on the nest like 5 metres above the floor.

Crystal room

It’s a room filled with hundreds and thousands of LED lamps. It looks a bit like Cold queen palace.

Crystal room
Crystal room

2. Waiting in lines

We were waiting for every exhibition for more than 30 minutes. I was so happy that I took my Kindle it helped to wait in lines easier. But trust me this waiting time was really nothing, we were there early. TeamLab opens at 10 o’clock and we already been there at 11 o’clock so there were not really a lot of people. But if you go during the day I can guarantee that your waiting time will be way longer. In some blogs, I read that people were waiting for every exhibition for 90 minutes.

3. Buy a ticket in advance and be there early

We were so happy that we did it and I can’t stress this enough that you have to do that if you want to skip some waiting in queue time. Here you can check the tickets online. The thing is that if you don’t have a ticket you have to wait in line to get a ticket and after that, you have to go way back to another queue which is usually outside the building and wait again. From buying a ticket online you save like an hour of waiting in a line. So just buy it!

4. Wear comfortable shoes

In some rooms, it’s actually not allowed to wear high heels, you can even rent shoes there. Also, in the floating room if you wear sandals you have to put those in the bag which TeamLab employees will give you. Just wear sneakers and you will have no problems

Visualisations in TeamLab
Visualisations in TeamLab

5. I don’t recommend wearing a dress

Yes, wearing a dress will look beautiful in the pictures, but… there are sooooo many mirrors on the floor. Trust me many people will see your underwear if you will wear a dress. Maybe try a longer dress or just wear some pants to feel fully comfortable. Also, in the athletic forest exhibition, there are some places where you can climb.

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TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo, Japan #toyoupiter
TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo, Japan #toyoupiter

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