1. Galaxy & teamlab: Catching and Collecting in the Sea of Life
    Photo: ©teamLabCatching and Collecting in the Sea of Life
  2. ‘Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall’ teamLab
    Photo: teamLab, Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall © teamLab
  3. teamLab, Time-blossoming Flowers
    Photo: teamLab, Time-blossoming Flowers © teamLab

Where to see teamLab art for free in Tokyo

Public artworks from the digital art collective are dotted throughout Tokyo – here’s where to find them

Kasey Furutani
Kaila Imada
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Tsukiji outer market, Sensoji Temple and Shibuya Crossing are probably already on your Tokyo to-do list – but don’t forget about teamLab. While the art collective showcases its works all over the world, it's also got some must-see exhibitions in Tokyo including the massive teamLab Planets museum in Toyosu. Unfortunately, we bid farewell to teamLab Borderless in Odaiba this August, but it has plans to reopen in central Tokyo in 2023.

Need a bit more convincing before shelling out ¥3,200 for the museum entry? You’re in luck – Tokyo is also home to plenty of free public art created by teamLab. Here’s where to find these hidden teamLab pieces, from a ritzy Ginza department store to Tokyo Skytree. 

Discover more teamLab art in Osaka, Okayama and Kyushu.

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Free teamLab art in Tokyo

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Bulgari Serpenti Sparkle 2022 takes over the massive Bulgari Ginza Tower by lighting up the brand's iconic Serpenti snake icon, which you can manipulate with different colours and patterns through your smartphone.

To activate the installation, simply scan the QR code shown outside the building. From there, you’ll be led to this website where you can select your favourite colour or pattern to showcase on the massive Serpenti encircling the building. Once chosen, just swipe up and the colour or pattern you’ve chosen will be directly transferred onto the snake.

While it’s technically a part of teamLab Planets, this creation is completely free to see if you’re in Toyosu. ‘Universe of Fire Particles Falling from the Sky’ is a digital waterfall that changes its flow based on the viewer’s proximity to the art. The monolith features bright red and orange flames tumbling down, similar to volcanic eruption. Influenced by human presence, the waterfall changes as a person steps onto the floor panel and the shape of the flames change to create a ‘black absolute presence’ behind the person's feet.

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The Tokyo Skytree mural
Photo: teamLab, The Tokyo Skytree mural © teamLab

The Tokyo Skytree mural

You’ll find this teamLab-designed mural, made with techniques similar to those used in traditional Japanese screen paintings, on the first floor of Tokyo Skytree. Spread across thirteen monitors, this hand-drawn and digitally composed mural showcases Tokyo Skytree and its surroundings in a distinct style reminiscent of an Edo-era ukiyo-e (woodblock) print. Look closely and you’ll spot your favourite landmarks, including the Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River and Sensoji Temple, as well as some traditional city festivals and Japanese spirits. 

Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall
Photo: teamLab, Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall © teamLab

Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall

Ritzy department store Ginza Six is also home to a teamLab piece, ‘Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall’. The 11m-tall artwork is featured on a wall in the department store and displays a perpetually falling LED waterfall, a quiet, soothing compliment to the surrounding luxury shops. The artwork changes slightly in the morning and in the evening, so be sure to stop by before and after your shopping spree. 

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Time-blossoming Flowers
Photo: teamLab, Time-blossoming Flowers © teamLab

Time-blossoming Flowers

Located inside Kitte, directly across from Tokyo Station, is a continuously changing digital artwork depicting flowers growing, blooming and finally wilting – just like the circle of life. ‘Time-blossoming Flowers’ mirrors the seasonal changes in Japan's flora: you’ll see cherry blossoms in April, hydrangeas in June and pansies in October, amongst many others. The artwork also serves as a clock: every hour on the hour, you’ll see the flowers burst and fall apart. 

Flowers and People - Tokyo, A Whole Year per Year
Photo: teamLab, Flowers and People - Tokyo, a Whole Year per Year © teamLab

Flowers and People - Tokyo, A Whole Year per Year

A soothing sight inside the Tokyo Medical University Hospital, the piece ‘Flowers and People – Tokyo, a Whole Year per Year’ is an endless loop of pretty pink petals floating in a dark sky. Disguised as a regular painting in a frame, this digital artwork features different sets of seasonal flowers changing over the course of a year, a sort of compact version of teamLab Borderless’s ‘Forest of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn’. Do keep in mind that this artwork is inside a medical facility, and visiting a hospital purely to look at the art is not recommended. 

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