DMM Planets – Art by teamLab

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'Ultra-technologists' TeamLab are renowned for their large-scale art installations that make use of the latest computer modelling techniques to create some seriously impressive visual experiences. Now teaming up with Fuji TV and sprawling e-commerce business for their biggest digital blast so far, the world-conquering unit are setting up an enormous labyrinth inside Odaiba's futuristic Fuji building, inviting you to stroll freely through an interactive world of flowers, crystals and giant koi carp. We're fully expecting this one to get at least as crowded as Nihonbashi's notorious Art Aquarium, so if you've got a little extra cash, consider opting for one of the 'priority tickets' (¥3,500, children aged 6-15 ¥2,000). 


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Hm, I'm another John M, it seems!

Anyway, Mary P and the other John perhaps understate the heavy-handedness of DMM's ticketing process. You will have to do the following (as of 25 Aug 2016)

1) Create a user account

2) Specifically buy points from DMM's system to charge to that user account you did not want in the first place (or hand over credit card information, which by itself is not unreasonable)

3) Download DMM's app to receive the tickets (no PDF / e-tickets)

So, buyer beware. The event appears to be fun, though.

A bit of a trial to get in, but ultimately worth it. I tried to buy priority tickets to avoid the line (given it was 35 degree weather), but the online process was clumsy and finally impossible. Finding the place amid the onslaught of "summer-fun" commercialized venues was not easy. Had to ask about 10 different yellow shirted staff along the way. After buying the day-passport, waited in the slow, snaking DMM line for 20" before entering the black box. Like John M, I won't describe the rooms other than to say that it is indeed enjoyable, even amidst a crowd. Heads up: You have to take your shoes/socks off and one of the rooms involves wading in knee-deep water. Also, one of the rooms has a mirrored floor, so women in skirts may find it disconcerting that people around them have an up-skirt view! Yikes.

This was my first experience with Teamlab after hearing a lot of great reviews, and it definitely exceeded expectations.  For this particular exhibit, getting there and getting inside for ex-Pats can be quite an experience.  First, you have to buy tickets for the Fuji TV carnival (or whatever it is called), and then find your way to the carnival and then to this exhibit.  Then, listen to 15 minutes of instructions before you get inside - and then get yelled at for not following instructions you couldn't understand in Japanese.  But, ok, my bad - i should know Japanese if I'm here, so guilty as charged.  OK, enough of that - once you walk in - there are a series of rather magical experiences i don't want to describe in any detail - it's best if you're completely surprised at every stop (there are four or five).  It's a combination of lights and visuals and a few other surprises.  I took my six-year-old and we both loved it.  And, it's a fantastic way to get out of the heat.  By the way, you can buy advance tickets to avoid the line - which is a good idea if you can afford it.  But, man, what an experience to do that - you have to sign up for some service, download an app, and then order - all in Japanese.  So, a little Japanese makes the process of all this a lot easier, but it is well, well worth everything.  Highly recommended.  This works for all ages.