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Stepping into Tokyo’s digital age

Wade knee deep through digital water. It’s surprisingly relaxing…

By Michiyo Seko
Tokyo Guide

 

Digital art at teamLab planets, Tokyo

Visiting the capital’s bay area is like seeing a miniature model of Tokyo where anything goes. Forget the traditional time warps of Kyoto and Hiroshima, this experience highlights futuristic Japan and its constantly changing landscapes.

We start at teamLab Planets, a museum where you can completely immerse yourself into the world of art created with digital technology. Guests can wander through four exhibition spaces filled with installations and two ‘gardens’ interacting with the artwork. Wade knee deep through digital water with holographic koi swimming on the surface, or lie on the floor beneath a canopy of 13,000 epiphytic orchids. It’s surprisingly relaxing. People have even said it relieves them of their jetlag!

Riding the futuristic Yurikamome Line to your next stop is a fun way of getting from A to B. The train is essentially driverless and feels closer to sitting on a slow-moving rollercoaster than an actual train. The views of the Tokyo skyline as you cross the 800m Rainbow Bridge are wonderful. You can also see the scatter of green islands beneath, originally built as fortresses in the 19th century.

At the Museum of Emerging Science, the boundary between artificial intelligence and reality is blurred. You can meet moving and talking robots and learn more about our universe in a 3D theatre. If you’re an anime fan, we head to the Akihabara district to see otaku ‘geek’ culture in abundance with figurines, manga and all the merchandise you could think of as well as many themed cafés, in one of which we’ll take repose.

During this experience there’s no doubt you’ll get to see something completely new.

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Alfred & Michiyo Seko

Michiyo started guiding international guests in 2014 and has since guided diverse clients around major Japanese landmarks. She is passionate about exploring her home country, highlighting its diversity from the lush nature surrounding her home south of Tokyo to the city’s futuristic features. Beyond central Tokyo, she can accompany guests to hidden gems such as museums, hiking trails and onsens (hot spring resorts).
Michiyo Seko

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.

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