Odaiba, a man made island in Tokyo Bay is an ultra modern district popular for shopping, dining and entertainment. You’ll find shopping malls, cinemas, giant ferris wheel, entertainment complex and a couple of big name hotels in Odaiba. For shopping there are four major malls to choose from namely Aqua City, DECKS, Diver City and Venus Fort. Our main inclination visiting Odaiba is to experience ‘teamLab Borderless‘ dazzling digital art museum.
FREE ‘Tokyo Bay Shuttle’ Transport Ride.
Although it is possible to walk from one mall to the other, it’s not for those with sore feet or when the weather isn’t in your favour. The FREE ‘Bay Shuttle’ buses is your answer to getting around Odaiba. Operating at 20 minutes interval at selected bus stops, it will get you to your desired location comfortably and conveniently. You just need to wait for the bus at it’s respective stops to board. The stops (currently 10) and it’s travel direction is shown below.
Access To ‘teamLab Borderless’ From Odaiba Pier.
As we arrived Odaiba by cruise, the pier is close to Aqua City mall. We crossed over to Aqua City to catch the ‘Bay Shuttle’ bus and proceeded to Aomi Station stop behind Venus Fort mall. It’s 6 stops away and several minutes ride. This is just a stop for the ‘Bay Shuttle’ bus close to the station but not at the station itself. (To get to Aomi Station, you will require to take the overhead bridge slightly further down the stop).
Getting off the stop, walk into the rear of Nitori Store of Venus Fort mall. Walk across the store and find an exit towards your right which will take you to the main entrance of the mall at a circular atrium facing MegaWeb. Go up to 2F of MegaWeb and walk across the connection passage till you reach MORI Building where teamLab Borderless is located. It is well signposted and the passage way goes under the red ferris wheel to the entrance.
We bought tickets on-line here (choose English at top right) and you might as well do so as we’ve read tickets sell out fast. At ¥3,200 it isn’t cheap but chances of getting a ticket on the day of visit is slim according to teamLab site, as well as what we’ve read elsewhere.
What is teamLab Borderless ?
Actually it’s ‘MORI Building Digital Art Museum. EPSON teamLab Borderless‘. What a mouthful of long-string-words that doesn’t give you any clue whatsoever what it’s all about (except ‘Epson’). It is billed as world’s first digital art museum covering 10,000 sq meter space and utilising 520 computers and 470 projectors to create light display. In layman terms, we will say It’s a dazzling display of lights which we’ve never experienced before. There are large darken themed rooms within the building where lights are projected onto the walls and floor as well as onto yourself. Choosing words to explain this is rather difficult but the photos below might give you an idea.
Our tips for visitor is to purchase your tickets in advanced, wear flat shoes as some of the rooms are meant to have uneven surfaces, Budget at least 1½ hours to see all the displays and you won’t want to bring tripods, selfie sticks, big backpacks or probably your handbag too. Lockers are available if you want to store them. Wearing light cloths although not necessary, helps blend you into the display. Do take photos with people in the frame as it will add depth, dimension and some ‘sense’ to the photos.
It will be a little laborious to explain in-depth about the light display, as such please head over to teamLab & soranews24 website which details more about this. Briefly browse their contents and pictures to get an overview of what to see later and make a mental note of it so you won’t miss any. The rooms are dark, you’re awed, you follow the pack of peoples and weeks later realised you’ve missed something after seeing someone’s Instagram.
MegaWeb, Toyota’s City Showcase
After seeing teamLab’s light display, it’s mind boggling to think how technology has been used to create such an ‘artwork’. Thanks to the creative minds of the ‘artists’ who came up with this idea.
Heading out of MORI Building on your back, it’s no-brainier to drop by MegaWeb for Toyota’s City Showcase or in other words, showroom. You have to pass through it anyway and tickets are not required. For auto enthusiast, be prepared for more time to be spent here. The whole floor of 1F displays all models of Toyota automobiles.
MegaWeb is part of Palette Town complex and is an automotive theme park where you can explore everything Toyota. Start by wandering through the showroom and inspect the latest display models. Get inside the vehicle, feel the comfort of the seats upright or reclined. Pop up the boot and see whether it’s big enough. Try the switches, dials and gear shift whether it’s butter smooth. Pose and take photos of the vehicle as your heart content and NO security or showroom personnel will bother you.
Various Toyota models on display at Megaweb.
Getting Back To Tokyo.
Getting back into Tokyo is easy. Take the Rinkai Line at Tokyo Teleport station located within walking distance in-front of Venus Fort or take the Yurikamomi Line from Aomi Station just behind Venus Fort/MegaWeb.