Digital Art Museum Tokyo – Prepare to enter another world, another dimension! As you get into the Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, it’s like you’re being carried away into a sublime digital universe. I was a bit skeptical when I got there to be honest because it is an attraction that has lately become very popular. But I must say I was absolutely blown away! 🙂
So I really recommend you add this attraction to your list of things to do in Tokyo. It’s really exotic and the change of scenery is guaranteed if you are used to visiting Japanese attractions.
Let’s get right into this! Here’s everything you need to know about the Digital Art Museum as well as some practical advice as far as booking and transportation are concerned.
Digital Art Museum Tokyo – What It Is
Before telling you about the museum itself, let me quickly tell you about teamLab, the museum’s creators. teamLab is actually an art collective that organizes exhibitions everywhere around the globe to share a very interesting perspective on the world through art, a world they depict as a borderless planet. Many references to nature permeate the works of teamLab, a nature they think is the ultimate symbol of unity in the world. The group also think that the digital world has an important role to play in the art of the future, and therefore aim to reinvent the artistic experience through technology.
Another rather innovative aspect of their work is the fact that the viewer is an integral part of it thanks to the reflections and movements it projects. But many of the works are also interactive so if, for example, you touch the back of a frog that’s on the wall of the Digital Art Museum, it will turn around to see what’s happening! 🙂
No need to bore you with longer explanations though, nothing can show you what to expect of the Digital Art Museum better than a video! By the way, I’d like to thank my friend Keiko who accompanied me to the museum and agreed to appear in the video. 🙂
Isn’t it magical?
As you can see, there are several rooms of different sizes. Some are huge and easy to find, others are smaller and somehow hidden. And there’s a reason behind everything you’ll discover there! The goal is to get you to be as active as possible and that you explore every corner of the museum even if you get lost sometimes. Also, don’t forget to visit the second floor, it’s huge! And we almost missed it.
Time-wise, I read here and there that it takes 2 hours to visit the whole museum but I recommend you devote something like half a day (around 4 hours) to make the best of this attraction.
Digital Art Museum Tokyo – Booking
I usually buy tickets to all the activities I’m interested in (in Japan) through Voyagin. They often offer interesting discounts and I have never had any problems getting my tickets from them. I also went through Voyagin to book my Mario Kart tour in Tokyo and my Sumo training session in Ryogoku. Usually, they also have more tickets available when official websites are sold out, which was the case when I bought tickets to the Digital Art Museum.
To buy your tickets, go to this page and select the date and the number of tickets. After the payment, an e-mail will be sent to you containing your ticket and a small QR code. No need to print it, just save it on your phone and scan it at the museum. Remember to set the brightness of your phone to its maximum so that the QR code is scanned properly.
The ticket you will be provided with can be used all day long so you can stay there as much as you want within the museum’s opening hours of course. The museum is open from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and until 9 PM on weekends.
Digital Art Museum Tokyo – How To Get There
Keep in mind that the Digital Art Museum is located in Odaiba and not in Roppongi! There is another Mori Building in Roppongi, that’s why people sometimes get confused about both places but ignore this one and head to Odaiba. To go to the museum, there are two train stations nearby: Tokyo Teleport and Aomi.
To check your route from the departure station, feel free to use Hyperdia. For example, here’s the trip I took from Shibuya:
Tips To Keep In Mind
Last but not least, here are some practical tips that can help you make the most of this great experience:
- Book as soon as possible. The Digital Art Museum has become a super popular attraction so try to get your tickets as soon as possible!
- Visit the museum in the morning. There are many more visitors in the afternoon so do your best to visit the museum in the morning instead. Ideally, you’d want to get there around 9:30 AM, that is half an hour before it opens, if you don’t want to wait in line. For your information, we got there at 10:30 AM and waited in line for around half an hour.
- Try to visit the museum on a weekday. For the same reasons mentioned above, make it a weekday to avoid crowds. In general, there is more or less the same number of tourists on weekdays as during the weekend, although much less Japanese people visit it because they work on weekdays.
- Dress in white. Try to wear white or light-colored clothes when you visit the museum. It’s actually to get better reflections of the lights on them.
- Visit the rooms more than once. The projections in the same room change depending on when you visit it. So don’t hesitate to visit a room more than once!
- Take your children with you. There are plenty of activities designed for children so make sure to take them with you, they will love it. For example, in one of the rooms, you can draw something that will come to life on the wall. Maybe you’ve been able to see mine in the video!
YES, I know, I suck at drawing! 😀
I think I told you everything about the Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. By all means, visit it if you get the chance to, it’s a unique and life-changing experience. 🙂
If you have questions about things I did not cover in this blog post, feel free to ask them in the comment section. I usually answer comments in less than 24 hours.
Peace and love, fellow travelers, and see you around for new adventures! 😉