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Sneak Peek! teamLab Borderless Opens February 9 in New Tokyo Location (2024 Guide)

Sneak Peek! teamLab Borderless Opens February 9 in New Tokyo Location (2024 Guide)

Date published: 6 February 2024

teamLab Borderless reopens on February 9, 2024, in its new location at Azabudai Hills. With the closing of its previous Odaiba location in 2022, this new spot is bigger and better than ever before. Here, we explore its array of interactive rooms that stimulate the senses.

Table of Contents
  1. What to Expect
  2. What to Bring
  3. Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour
  4. Rock where People Gather
  5. Sketch Ocean
  6. Light Sculpture
  7. Infinite Crystal World
  8. EN TEA HOUSE
  9. New for 2024
  10. Other Rooms to Explore

What to Expect

What to Expect

If you have never been to a teamLab museum before, you’re in for a treat. In fact, the word “museum” doesn’t really do it justice, as each room is full of lights and interactive artworks unlike any other exhibit.

To give an overview, teamLab Borderless is a series of rooms that are all interconnected. The rooms are mostly dark, but with bright light displays projected onto the walls and floors. You can interact with the moving displays with your hands and feet, or simply by standing near them.

The idea of teamLab Borderless is to create a space without boundaries, or borders, if you will. So many of the artworks interact with each other or move to other rooms. The rooms engage your senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch.

What is the Difference Between teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets?

The themes and displays of teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets are very different. But in terms of preparation for what to wear, teamLab Borderless does not require you to take off your shoes or walk in water, like teamLab Planets does.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Although you don’t need to bring anything particular to enjoy teamLab Borderless, here are some things to bring to get the best photos and have the most comfortable time possible.

Clothes
  • Plain black or white clothes work best. White will show up better and allow patterns to form on your clothes, whereas black will allow for nice silhouettes and contrast.
  • A long, flowy skirt or dress is good for elegant poses with the displays.
  • AVOID short skirts and dresses as there are some rooms with mirrored flooring!
  • AVOID heels to not damage the mirrored floors.
Camera
  • As the display rooms are quite dark, a DSLR with the widest lens and lowest F stop possible is best (note that flash photography is prohibited).
  • Avoid bringing monopods, tripods, selfie sticks and the like, as they are not allowed inside.

Finally, note that strollers are not permitted; while teamLab Borderless is an exciting place for families, strollers must be left in the luggage room.

Now that you know how to prepare yourself, let’s take a look at some of the exhibits themselves.

Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour

Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour

At teamLab Borderless, there is no set route, but this is the first area that you will find yourself in.

As you walk in you’ll be enveloped in a floral smell, and see that the walls are adorned with flowers that bud, bloom, and wither in cycles as they float by.

If you stand near the flowers they will bloom more in that area. But if you touch or step on them, they will wither and the petals will scatter.

The images you see are not pre-recorded, but are images that are rendered in real time based on the interactions between people and the artwork.

Rock where People Gather

Rock where People Gather

In the next room you will find a large artificial rock. This area goes through different artworks, allowing for different interactions.

One display is the “Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement,” where ripples on the floor follow your footsteps.

Another part of the display is the crows that fly between different artworks in other rooms. These mythical crows are Yatagarasu, an important element of Shinto mythology. If you are standing on the rock when these crows fly by, they will form flowers and scatter their petals.

Photo Tip
  • Instead of standing straight at the top of the rock, try dynamic poses interacting with the crows or looking at the displays. Have your friend in the right third of your photo looking out to the rest of the display on the left for something more artistic.

Sketch Ocean

Sketch Ocean

From the Rock where People Gather onwards, you’ll find there is a lot to explore without a defined route. One of the areas you will come across is the Sketch Ocean.

This quirky aquarium-like room is filled with entirely unique fish. That is because they have each been designed by a guest, like yourself.

Draw your own sea creature design and scan it to see it pop up and swim around the room.

If you touch a fish they will swim away. Look out for the bag of gold, too, as it will produce bubbles and gold stars!

Light Sculpture

Light Sculpture

One of the most mesmerizing rooms is the Light Sculpture.

The room cycles through many different displays, some colorful, and some not.

All displays here are experiential, and not interactive... Except for one. That is “Light Evaporating with People.”

We were lucky enough to enter the room during this interactive moment. If you are, too, then look for the place where the rays of light cross and hold out your hand. The room will go bright in a burst of light.

Infinite Crystal World

Infinite Crystal World

When it comes to teamLab pictures, the Infinite Crystal World is one of the most iconic rooms.

This room is made up of an array of LED lights that come together to make art, a bit like pointillism.

Photo tip: Look up, look down, look all around to find interesting angles using the LED lights.
Photo tip: Look up, look down, look all around to find interesting angles using the LED lights.

Although the lights in this room don’t interact with movement, the theme can be changed by using the interactive panel to choose a “star.” With this, or at the whims of the teamLab Borderless world, the colors and atmosphere of the room will change.

EN TEA HOUSE

EN TEA HOUSE

Part-way through the museum you’ll find EN TEA HOUSE, where you can have a cup of tea or a green tea ice cream. These both create their own seemingly magical artworks, too.

Flowers will bloom on the surface of your tea. When you move the cup, the flowers will stay behind, and start to bloom further on the table, then scatter their petals. In the meantime, an entirely new set of flowers will start to bud and bloom in your tea once again.

The flowers here are based on the real-world seasons, and when ice cream is placed on the table, branches will grow instead of flowers.

New for 2024

Universe of Fire Particles Dissolving

Universe of Fire Particles Dissolving

A new area for 2024, the Universe of Fire Particles Dissolving is one of the most immersive and exciting yet.

This room feels intense and a little trippy as you walk in and are greeted by steam and warm colors. The light, steam, and air all seem to merge into one as you walk around trying to adjust your eyes to the scene.

But the images that form in this room are formed based on the focus of your eyes, and show that focus is dynamic and ever-changing.

Microcosmoses - Wobbling Light

Microcosmoses - Wobbling Light

A room full of mirrors and orbs of light, the Microcosmoses room feels like a cosmic dream of travelling bowling balls.

The mirrors with contrasting light and dark make its depth almost impossible to comprehend, feeling something like the universe expanding before you. This is part of teamLab’s Cognitive Sculpture series, in which the artworks exist in the cognitive world rather than the physical one.

Bubble Universe

Bubble Universe

Although it has similar orbs of light to the Microcosmoses room, the Bubble Universe room is much brighter, and in a way, simpler.

If you stop and stand next to a light sphere, its light will slowly grow, and other orbs nearby will start to light up, too.

This is one of the most picturesque areas for photos, as the orbs light up the room in a way quite different to any of the other rooms.

Photo Tip
  • Instead of avoiding the light orbs and looking for a clear path, use the light orbs to your advantage to create interesting effects (and to block out other people in the background!)

Other Rooms to Explore

Other Rooms to Explore

With such a spacious location and 50 artworks in total (some of which rotate through the same room), it’s safe to say that there is a lot to explore at teamLab Borderless.

Even if you visit the same room twice, you will never see the exact same artwork, and sometimes it will be drastically different. That is all the more reason to continue exploring and looking for new rooms you might not have noticed before.

To keep some of the mystery, here is a peek into some of the other rooms and artworks you might find while exploring.

Reversible Rotation - Black in White
Reversible Rotation - Black in White
Walk, Walk, Walk: Free Infinity
Walk, Walk, Walk: Free Infinity
An Existence Without Center or Boundary
An Existence Without Center or Boundary

But as you explore, you’ll notice that elements from one room blend into the next, and even the corridors are full of interactive art and unique displays. So let your body and mind wander through the world without boundaries at teamLab Borderless.

Photography and text: Cassandra Lord
・Model: Julie Gozali (Instagram @juliexjapan and @omunomu on YouTube)

  • teamLab Borderless: MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM
    森ビル デジタルアート ミュージアム:エプソン チームラボボーダレス
    • Address Azabudai Hills Garden Plaza B B1, 1-2-4 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    • ・Hours: 10 AM – 9 PM (* Last Entrance one hour before the closing time.)
      ・Closed: 1st and 3rd Tue; Feb 20, Mar 5, Mar 19

Written by:

Cassandra Lord

Cassandra Lord

Cassandra Lord is a British journalist specialising in food, travel, and culture, and has been in Japan for five years after studying Japanese at Edinburgh University for four. With a year of experience as co-editor for LIVE JAPAN, Cassandra has since transitioned to freelance writing, contributing to a variety of platforms including The Japan Times and Tokyo Weekender. During her time in Japan she has visited 25 prefectures, with a goal to eventually visit all 47. She also manages her own YouTube channel, "Cassandra Lord", which is dedicated to all things related to Japanese culinary culture. She also works as a translator and photographer. Website: https://cassandralord.com/. YouTube: @cassandra_lord. Instagram: @incassieskitchen.

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