How to visit teamLab Planets and teamLab Borderless in Tokyo

One of the highlights from my 2 trips to Tokyo was visiting Teamlab exhibitions. I enjoyed them so much that I visited both exhibitions twice!

teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets ended up being one of my most beloved memories from Tokyo: we had so much fun! It’s not just a place to take beautiful photos and cool videos.

You’ve probably seen a bunch of instagram photos taken in Teamlab exhibitions: Tokyo and Singapore are the most popular ones but you can find them all over the world! But believe me when I say that pictures don’t make Teamlab justice.

Teamlab exhibitions are different from any other art exhibitions I’ve ever visited. They’re body immersive and transcend boundaries through digital art, creating ultra subjective spaces and changing the relationships among people.

 Teamlab Borderless Tokyo
Keep reading and discover everything you need to know before visiting Teamlab in Tokyo!

Where to find teamLab exhibitions

You will find teamLab exhibitions all over the world:

  • teamLab Borderless, Tokyo
  • teamLab Planets, Tokyo
  • teamLab Botanical Garden, Osaka
  • teamLab Future Park Okinawa
  • teamLab Supernature, Macao
  • teamLab Forest Fukuoka 
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • teamLab Borderless Shanghai
  • teamLab Future Park, Shenzhen
  • teamLab Massless Beijing

Upcoming exhibitions, yet to be completed and opening dates to be announced:

  • teamLab Museum Kyoto
  • teamLab Borderless Jeddah
  • teamLab Borderless Hamburg
  • teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi

Useful info before you visit any teamLab exhibition

If you’re planning to visit these exhibitions during your trip to Tokyo, keep this in mind:

  • Book your tickets in advance as they’re often sold out.
  • Take into account that you’ll possibly have to wait in line a few minutes before getting inside.
  • Download the Teamlab app before visiting so you can interact with the artwork!
  • You can leave anything in the lockers before entering the exhibition, just take your phone or camera with you.
  • Getting photos without others is not an easy task. Don’t get frustrated about it and enjoy the visit!
  • Once you’re in you can stay as long as you want.
  • Using a monopod, tripod, or selfie stick, is not allowed.
  • The sites feature dark areas and strong lights.

About the teamLab app

Before you visit any teamLab exhibition, make sure to download the teamLab app on your phone. It’s available for iPhone and Android and you can use it in both Tokyo exhibitions .

  • In teamLab Borderless, you can use the app in the Crystal World room: swipe up on a character and the world contained within it will be released into the space.
  • In teamLab Planets, you can use the app in 2 rooms: in the Crystal Universe, swipe up on a star and it will change the exhibition space; in the Floating universe of flowers, you can release butterflies into the space; and the fire.

How to visit teamLab digital art exhibitions in Tokyo

There are 2 teamLab digital art exhibitions in Tokyo: teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets.

 

teamlab Borderless and teamLab Planets

teamLab Borderless used to be the most popular one. You’ve probably seen on instagram some eye-captivating shots, in a room full of dreamy lanterns or under the most incredible waterfall that almost looks like a painting. Believe me, reality is even more incredible than pictures!

teamLab Planets was not as famous as teamLab Borderless but I somehow liked it even more. The experience was way more immersive, it was far from crowded as not as touristy as Teamlab Borderless. Besides, you won’t miss any exhibition as you have to follow a path.

Whatever the case, I highly recommend visiting both, if possible.

Here’s what you can expect from both exhibitions!

teamLab Borderless

teamLab Borderless is expected to reopen on January 16, 2024.

teamLab Borderless is a world of artworks without boundariess, a museum without a map created by the art collective teamLab. Artworks move out of rooms, communicate with and even influence other works, in a 10,000 square meter space.

teamLab Borderless is about discovering a new world, exploring with intention and getting lost at the same time. The artwork continuously changes in the presence of people, creating a new relationship between the people and the world.

There are secret rooms behind curtains and secret dark corridors: make sure to explore every single corner and remember: there are no borders!

The rooms at teamLab Borderless

These are the rooms in teamLab Borderless – I missed a few even when I visited twice!

  • Flower Forest
  • Crystal World
  • The Forest of Resonating Lamps: you usually have to wait 30 minutes in line and are granted access to the room for just one minute!
  • Athletic Forest
  • Memory of Topography
  • Black Waves
  • Weightless forest of resonating life
  • Animals of flowers
  • The nest
  • Light shell and vortex
  • En Tea House

The new teamLab Borderless will include these new rooms:

  • Bubble Universe: Physical Light, Bubbles of Light, Wobbling Light, and Environmental Light – One Stroke
  • Flowers and People – Megalith Crystal Formation
  • Black Waves – Megalith Crystal Formation

If you don’t want to miss any room, save this list and ask politely to the staff where to find these rooms: they will help you with indications.

teamLab Borderless tickets

On sale from January 16th, 2024.

When to visit Teamlab Borderless

Teamlab Borderless is a permanent exhibition.

Opening hours:

  • Yet to be announced.

Give yourself at least 2 hours to visit Teamlab Borderless. Because of its popularity it’s a bit crowded and you’ll have to wait in line if you visit early in the morning. I’d recommend going before closing time.

Location

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless, Azabudai Hills Garden Plaza B B1, 1-2-4 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo

How to get to teamLab Borderless

You can easily get there in public transport.

  • Direct connection from Exit 5 of Kamiyacho Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
  • 4 min walk from Exit 2 of Roppongi-Itchome Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)

teamLab Planets

teamLab Planets is a museum where you walk barefoot, getting to feel different textures and sensations – including walking on water!

It features 4 big exhibition spaces and 7 works of art. The artworks are based on art collective teamLab’s concept of “Body Immersive”. Our bodies get immersed in the art, and the boundaries between viewer, art and other visitors become ambiguous.

Unlike teamLab Borderless, in teamLab Planets there’s a path that you need to follow, so you won’t get lost and you cannot miss any of the rooms.

Things you need to know

Some of the surprises at teamLab Planets:

  • You will be barefoot.
  • You will have to walk in very dark rooms and corridors.
  • Water levels can rise up to knee height.
  • Areas of the site are mirrored, so there’s a possibility of your underwear reflecting if you’re wearing a skirt or a dress (there are shorts available if you want to wear them).
  • It takes around 2 hours to visit the whole exhibition, but you can stay as long as you want.

The rooms at teamLab Planets

All the rooms in teamLab Planets have a detailed explanation. These are some of the rooms you may encounter.

  • Soft black hole – your body becomes a space that influences another body
  • The infinite crystal universe
  • Drawing on the water surface created by the dance of koi and people
  • Expanding three-dimensional existence in transforming space
  • Floating in the falling universe of flowers
  • Floating Flower Garden: Flowers and I are on the same root, the garden and I are one

teamLab Planets Tickets

When to visit teamLab Planets

This exhibition will be open until 2027 due to its popularity.

Opening hours:

  • Working days: 10 am – 10 pm (last entry at 9pm)
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 9 am – 10 pm (last entry at 9pm)

As in Teamlab Borderlesss, you need a minimum of 2 hours to visit the whole place.

Location

Toyosu 6-1-16, Koto-ku, Tokyo

How to get to teamLab Planets

It’s easy to get to teamLab Planets on public transport. It’s just 1 minute away from Shin-Toyosu Station (via Yurikamome line) or 10 minutes walking from Toyosu Station (via Yurakucho line)

teamLab Borderless vs teamLab Planets – which is better?

If you’re wondering which teamLab is better in Tokyo, here are my thoughts.

As I’ve said, I recommend visiting both. They’re just 10 minutes away from each other in the Yurikamome line so it’s really easy to do so!

If you cannot visit both exhibitions and you’re still debating which one should you visit, here’s my 2 cents.

  • Both exhibitions are different. Teamlab Borderless is more about discovering, while teamlab Planets is more about feelings. So that’s on you!
  • If you’re planning to take instagram pictures, Teamlab Borderless will be challenging. The instagram photos you see from instagram influencers with nobody around are only possible with a special press pass before opening times. They are very difficult to recreate otherwise, being nearly impossible in the lantern room and the waterfall. However, it’s quite easy to take photos in teamLab Planets as it’s not as crowded.
  • There are some rooms that are similar in both spaces, but most of them are different and so are the experiences and feelings. Borderless’ Crystal room is smaller than the one in Planets, but Planets doesn’t have anything like the waterfall or the lanterns room.
  • teamLab Planets is slightly cheaper.
  • teamLab Planets opens until late, so you can visit after a whole day visiting Tokyo’s main spots!

If you have to choose only one, I’d recommend you visiting teamLab Planets, mostly because it was less crowded so it was easier to enjoy. We had so much fun visiting and we were in awe with its beauty. We didn’t care at all about running out of battery in our cameras – it was actually a blessing. We were playing, laughing, feeling completely immersed in the artwork. I confess I even got emotional in the last room, where I was laying under the falling universe of flowers. It was so much beauty to handle, and also the perfect closing for our last day in Tokyo.

Now let me know: which one would you choose?

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3 comments

  1. This really sounds like an Instagrammers dream 😛 But also a low key photographers like me! Such a cool thing to experience, I’d love to visit either one of these exhibits!

  2. I loved your post about these two Teamlab, thank you for the important information.
    I have some questions please:
    – what time did you go to the exhibitions? What time do you recommend to go less crowded of people.
    – only planets is in barefoot? I’ve seen some comments that the smell is terrible, even there was a place with water to reduce the problem, it seems that was difficult.
    Thank you for your reply.

    1. Hi! I went late at night every time, I think it’s the best option in my opinion! Planets is barefoot, and I’ve heard people talking about the smell but I didn’t feel it in any of my experiences there – I’ve been there multiple times. Honestly I think it’s just something some people made up to create more engagement or something! The water is part of the exhibition, because it’s about feeling textures and elements, they didn’t add it to “reduce the problem”. I believe you will enjoy it 🙂

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