Tokyo is home to a great many museums and one of the quirkiest and most dynamic is the city’s digital art museum. MORI Building Digital Art Museum: TeamLab Borderless opened in summer 2018 and provides an immersive and interactive experience that has to be experienced to be believed.
Getting to the Digital Art Museum
MORI Building Digital Art Museum: TeamLab Borderless is located in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, located on a man-made island which features a variety of entertainment activities and shopping locations. To reach the area, travel on the Yurikamome train line to Aomi.
The line is privately owned and cannot be used with a JR Pass so you will need to buy a ticket to travel on it. The line starts at Shimbashi station which links to both the Tokyo Metro and JR lines. The journey is an experience in itself as it’s a driver-less train (like London’s DLR) and goes across the Rainbow Bridge providing some stunning views.
How to get tickets for the Digital Art Museum
Tickets need to be bought in advance on the museum’s website. You simply choose the day, not the time, so you may find you have to queue when you arrive but the queues move fairly rapidly. The museum does close for two Tuesdays a month and tickets are released a few months in advance.
Visiting the Digital Art Museum
Visitors with luggage are asked to leave it in the lockers on entrance to the building as once inside, baggage would be a hindrance in certain rooms. Trainers are also advised, especially as on the first floor you are not allowed to visit if you’re wearing high heels.
Once you’re granted access to the main museum area you are free to wander through in any order, and explore in any way you see fit. Secret doors can be found to take you through to other areas of the building and see different exhibitions.
Many of the exhibitions involve projections, and some of these travel through the building so you may find something new in a room you have already visited.
My highlight was one of the most striking areas, a large room that features LED lights hanging from the ceiling and mirrored floors and walls. Visitors are asked to make their way carefully through the lights without touching them, to reach a large open section. The colours of the room change and at points, the sound of rain pouring fills the area to create something quite magical.
Upstairs, is the Athletic Forest which is a giant playground for kids and big kids. In some parts the floor is bouncy, in other areas it features projections of animals and plants on the floor that you can interact with. There are areas to climb and play on for visitors of all ages and there’s also a giant slide with visitors encouraged to let go and really enjoy themselves.
Overall, MORI Building Digital Art Museum: TeamLab Borderless is worth making time to visit while you’re in Tokyo. It’s unlike any other art museum and is full of surprises which make it a real talking point; somewhere to be seen to be believed.
Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Toyko. Tickets 3,200 JPY (about £22) – borderless.teamlab.art/
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