Interested in art, digital technology, and interactive exhibits? If so, then teamLab Planets is perfect for you! I am not here to show you endless photos, because I believe you should go, be surprised and experience it for yourselves. I am here to share some teamLab Planets tips and tricks to help you cover everything in this insanely popular exhibit, help you navigate the space without a map and guide you on how to get the best photos. These tips will help you to make the most of your time there!
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The teamLab Planets exhibit has gained a lot of popularity since it opened, and both locals and tourists flock to this amazing museum all throughout the year. There is no teamLab Planets map and there are 5 main areas in this museum and there are multiple interactive exhibits in each one. It can almost be overwhelming and confusing since it’s dark and spacious.
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Tip #1: Give yourself enough time to experience everything
How much time do you need to spend at teamLab Planets? Well, you paid the money, so why not get the most out of it?
When I went, I didn’t have anything else planned for the day which worked out for the best. I assumed it would take about 2 hours to do the whole thing, but I was wrong. There isn’t a time limit, so I took my time.
It takes roughly 4 hours to experience all of the exhibits. Just when you think you’re done, you turn around another corner and find something new. There are even some hidden along walkways, up staircases or behind curtains. Be on the lookout!
Tip #2: Go on a weekday and get there early
If weekdays are an option for you and your schedule, this is my #1 suggestion for you! I went on a Monday and got there around 12 p.m. (only 2 hours after opening time at 10 a.m.) and still had a 45-minute wait to get in. Luckily, it went by fast. I do recommend getting there about 9:30 or 10 a.m. to ensure the quickest and easiest access to the attraction.
If you have work, school or busy schedules, it may be hard to do this, so weekends might be the only option for some people. This is perfectly okay and don’t stress out over it! My only advice to you is to get there early, especially on Saturdays, the busiest day. Although opening time is same throughout the week, I recommend getting there 9:30 a.m. at the latest to avoid as much waiting time as possible.
The benefit to being one of the first groups to enter is that there won’t be crowds of people standing in the way for pictures or long wait times for attractions within the museum, so you can get the best, non-photobombed photos at teamLab Borderless!
Be aware that the entrance line is mostly outdoors, so if the weather isn’t looking too great, bring along weather-permitting gear such as umbrellas or raincoats.
Tip #3: Go through the exhibits more than once
If you’ve already gone through the exhibits and seen them once, why would you need to go again? This is what I wondered, until someone told me to go through the exhibits again, and I am SO glad they did.
Each exhibit is unique as it is already. However, the scenes, patterns and colours change regularly. What you may have viewed the first time might be different the second time! Take your time and enjoy the full experience.
Some exhibits have waiting lines and you might not have time or want to come back for a second time and line up all over again. However, if you see that the line is quite short, or there’s no line at all, then it would be great to check out the exhibits again. There are also quite a few exhibits with close to no waiting time, so those are definitely great exhibits to visit more than once.
Tip #4: There is no re-entry
Here is another teamLab Planets Tips for you! Although your ticket says “Day Pass”, there is no re-entry. You won’t be able to enter once, go out and get your friends, then enter again. To enter again, you would need to get a new ticket and you would have to line up all over again.
So make sure you have everything you need, everyone in your group, before entering teamLab Planets.
Tip #5: Make sure to eat first
Food isn’t sold inside teamLab Planets, nor are you allowed to bring any food inside. Not even gum, candy or small snacks are allowed. It is so important to keep that in mind since you will most likely be spending more than 3-4 hours here. Since re-entry is not allowed, make sure to enter with a full stomach.
You can only drink bottled drinks or drinks with caps on them. However, you are not allowed to drink inside the exhibition areas, but only in the rest areas. There are vending machines inside the resting areas so you can purchase bottled drinks there. We had sips of water when waiting in line but that’s probably the most you can consume in the exhibition areas.
Tip #6: Map at teamLab Planets
You’re probably wondering, why can’t I find a single teamLab Planets map? Well, the concept of teamLab exhibitions is to convey the idea of a museum with no maps. Without a map, teamLab wants you to explore by opening curtains, turning around random corners, checking into small corridors. It sounds confusing but it is surprisingly refreshing not staring down at your paper map and wandering around with your head down.
Although there is no teamLab Planets map, there are signs that show you the direction of how to get to different exhibition areas. There is also staff on sight, so when in doubt, you can ask them to guide you.
Tip #7: Don’t wear skirts or dresses
When I went to TeamLab, I noticed the sign that said no skirts or dresses but I ignored it. I wore a skirt and regretted it. Many exhibits, there are mirrors on the walls and floors, along with LED crystal strands dangling from the ceiling. If you are wearing a skirt or dress, especially short and flowy ones, it is quite likely that you will flash someone.
Don’t ignore this teamLab Planets tip or you might have an uncomfortable time. If you want to wear that beautiful white dress for your Instagram, we suggest you wear a long, flowy dress or skirt, so no one can see up your dress. You can also wear shorts under your skirt or dress (that’s how Japanese girls do it), to avoid people from seeing your underwear.
Tip #8: Wear white
If you’re wondering about how to get the best photos at Teamlab Planets, then pay attention!
This is a special tip for those of you wondering how to get the best photos possible. During your time at teamLab Planets, you will come across countless projections. If you come in white clothes, the projections will allow you to blend right into the exhibitions. Just stand in front of the walls and the projections will show on your clothes.
Especially in areas such as Infinite Crystal Universe, Expanding Three-dimensional Existence in Transforming Space, and other exhibitions where the projections rapidly change with various colours and patterns, it is beautiful to have those reflected on your outfit.
Tip #9: Enjoy Odaiba area
A lot of people come to Odaiba just to visit teamLab Planets, and they then head back into the city centre. There are actually a lot of fun and exciting things you can do in the area. After your time at teamLab Planets, why not hang out in this area?
This is not a tip to enjoy teamLab Planets but I believe it is quite important to tell you. Some of the most famous sights that people come all the way to see in this area are the massive Gundam and the Statue of Liberty. At night, you can get a beautiful view of the rainbow bridge here. There are countless shopping malls and delicious restaurants.
If you are tired and want to rest a little, after your time at teamLab Planets, you can visit Odaiba Oedo Onsen. It’s a popular onsen for people to visit. With the entrance fee, you get to put on a yukata, traditional Japanese wear, and head to their garden and enjoy their foot bath. They have a Japanese-style food court where you can taste all kinds of traditional Japanese food as well as Japanese alcohol.
This is probably one of the most interesting teamLab Planets tips for you and we hope it helps! Since you’ve made your way out here to Odaiba, why not enjoy this area and enjoy as many activities as you can!
Lastly, HAVE FUN during your time at teamLab Planets and enjoy one of everyone’s favourite places in Japan! Hope you were able to figure out the best time to go to teamLab Planets, how to get the best photos, and how to navigate the exhibits without a map. Have an amazing time at teamLab Planets!