Travel Diaries: Art meets technology in Tokyo

Flowers blooming in mesmerizing, ever-shifting patterns, waterfalls that part at the touch, and forests of dazzling crystal lights. The Digital Museum in Tokyo marries the beauty of nature with futuristic graphics to create a breathtaking, immersive experience.

Tokyo is a city that seamlessly integrates ancient shrines in the heart of a bustling metropolis and balances history with the rush towards the future. Nothing quite captures this balance like the Digital Art Museum in the Odaiba ward of Tokyo. The interactive museum transports you to another world, one that is full of magic and shimmering displays of light and sound. The powers of technology have been fully leveraged to create works of art that embody both the richness of Japanese history and culture and the countless possibilities for the future, all tied together by a sense of timeless beauty.

Tickets

A limited amount of tickets are sold each day at the museum, but I would strongly recommend buying your tickets 2-3 weeks in advance. You can purchase them here, and day passes cost 3200 yen.

Getting to the museum

The museum is located in the Mori Building in the Odaiba ward of Tokyo. It’s easily accessible by subway. Even lines for ticket holders can be quite long, so come ready to wait – we probably waited about 30 minutes.

Navigating the Museum

The museum has five main areas that are all connected, and a few exhibits will have lines since they are limited capacity. Because the displays change over time, it’s worth revisiting each room and feeling a completely fresh experience. Some of the rooms are intentionally difficult to find to create a sense of exploration.

My favorite exhibits were the Crystal Garden, which had dazzling dangles of LED lights, and the Borderless World, which felt like wading through a pool of water lilies. Just standing among these exhibits felt like I was in another world. Of course, the pictures you can take are also wonderful!

The one downside of my experience would be waiting in line for The Nest, an exhibit which suspends you in a rope net. Because of the nature of the exhibit, we ended up waiting in line for over an hour. The exhibit was phenomenal, but the wait was excruciating.

The Digital Museum reminded me that the future and the past, technology and art, are all balanced and part of each other.

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