The ultimate immersive experience! Explore the new area at teamLab Planets in Toyosu, Tokyo!
Located in Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo, teamLab Planets TOKYO has been consistently popular since it first opened in 2018. As part of their new expansion, the “Garden Area” was opened to the public on July 2, 2021. Of course, we had to experience it for ourselves!
There are two art exhibits in the newly opened Garden Area—“Floating Flower Garden: Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One” and “Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms—Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset.” With the addition of the Garden Area to the already existing Water Area, the area has evolved into a “garden that unifies flowers and the museum in the water.”
The “Floating Flower Garden” is covered entirely with mirrors, and there are over 13,000 orchids of various shades on display. The scent of flowers pervades the space, making you feel as though you have stepped into a world with a 360-degree view of flora. teamLab has even created the world’s only blue moth orchids, which have also been unveiled for the first time on July 8 (Thursday). They will be on exhibit for about one month. It is strongly recommended that you take a plunge into this floral universe and relish the unique atmosphere far removed from our day-to-day lives.
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Next to the flower garden is the expansive moss garden. Here, you will be met with a carpet of moss and egg-shaped objects called “ovoids.” It is a work that employs sunlight, and part of its allure is how different it looks during the day and after sunset. A sea of clouds hangs over the area during the daytime, and the ovoids reflect their surroundings to create a science-fiction-like world. After sunset, the ovoids create a captivating atmosphere by releasing light to produce the “solidified color of light,” a hue that is difficult to describe in words.
Of course, you can also still visit the existing Water Area.
My favorite work is “Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers,” where a myriad of flowers is shown throughout a domed, planetarium-like space. If you lie down, a hypnotic sensation will wash over you, making all of your everyday worries dissipate into thin air.
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Every corner of the facility is meticulously arranged. Even the material of the floors varies with each area, allowing you to appreciate the diverse textures. Each area also has a different smell, such as the scent of flowers, or space (!). It is truly a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed with all of our five senses. It is safe to say that teamLab Planets TOKYO is the only place on Earth where you can get a whiff of space. The smell is said to have been recreated with the help of an astronaut.
It’s hard to keep our eyes off of teamLab as they continue to create new works of art!
The entire facility can be explored barefoot. Artworks range from those made entirely of mirrors to those in which adults will find themselves knee-deep in water, so our advice when visiting is to take care of your clothes.
Address: teamLab Planets TOKYO, 6-1-16 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute walk from Shin-Toyosu Station (Yurikamome, Rinkai Line), 10-minute walk from Toyosu Station (JR)
*The information herein is as of July 2021.