TeamLab Planets: an immersive art dreamland

Maybe you’ve heard about TeamLab Planets from Instagram, but perhaps, you don’t really know what it is. Neither did we. So many people had tried to tell us what it was and what you experience there. Most say ‘its an interactive art exhibition’, which, doesn’t even do it justice. We’ve now visited Teamlab Planets about 3 times each and it never disappoints.

What is the experience like?

Firstly, when you arrive, you are asked to take off your shoes and socks and roll up your pants/skirt to above your knees…what? How is this an art exhibition? (If you don’t have pants you can roll up, you can rent shorts there.)

The route takes you through a variety of distinct ‘artworks’ that are all ‘body immersive,’ meaning, you are entirely immersed in the artwork. It’s hard to pick a favourite part, but the highlights are the Infinite Crystal Universe Room, the Drawing on the Water Surface room and the Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers room.

While in the exhibition, you lose complete attachment to the outside world, as you are completely immersed in the artwork. Some sections involve wading through water, leading yourself through a maze of what seems to be infinite light and laying in a room full of projections and mirrors so the room seems infinite.

It is truly a wonderful experience, that could only have been created by a genius. Fortunately, there is actually nothing stopping you from going around again. So, we did! Just a quick run this time. We marvelled at the rooms once more before leaving.

Teamlab Planets is set to close at the end of 2023, so if you’re coming to Tokyo this year, definitely put it on your list!

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