TeamLab Botanical Garden in Osaka
The newest museum from teamLab art group: TeamLab Botanical Garden Osaka
The teamLab Borderless, opened more than four years ago in Tokyo, was the first museum created by the technologist art group TeamLa and the world’s first digital art museum. Since its opening it was immediately a great success, and one of the most popular places in Tokyo among locals and tourists.
Unfortunately, due to the world situation, Japan decided to close its borders for more than two years, and although in October 2022 it reopened them and tourists can come to Japan again, the teamLab Borderless closed in August 2022. The good news is that they are working on a new teamLab Borderless, larger than the old one, in a new location for Summer 2023.
For those who are planning their trip to Japan before the opening of the new teamLab, there is good news as well. The teamLab Borderless is not the only museum of the group in Japan! The first museum was so successful that despite the pandemic, the teamLab group has continued to open temporary exhibitions and permanent museums in different parts of the country.
In Tokyo there is the teamLabs Planets and outside Tokyo there are two museums, teamLab Forest Fukuoka and teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka.
For those of you who may have heard of teamLab but don’t know many details yet, teamLab is an ultra technologist art group. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animator, mathematicians and architects work together to create an incredible and beautiful digital art museum.
In this article I will introduce you the teamLab museum in Osaka, teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka!
teamLab Botanical Garden in Osaka
teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is the most recent opening of the teamLab group, and one of the most different in concept. Both the two teamLabs in Tokyo and the teamLab in Fukuoka are in enclosed spaces, with rooms created for them. But the teamLab in Osaka is in an open-air park!
Nagai Park is one of the largest urban parks in Osaka, with a total of 240,000-sqm in the center of the city. The park was opened in 1944 and includes facilities such as a baseball stadium and a huge long center. There is also Nagai Botanical Garden, an open-air botanical garden. In 2022 Nagai Park underwent a renovation project and as part of that project, a new teamLab has been built inside the botanical garden. The new teamLab uses the natural elements of the park to build a new digital museum concept!
The exhibition is based on teamLab’s art project Digitized Nature, which explores how nature can become art without harming it. They have made other similar exhibitions in the past, but always on a temporary basis. This is the first permanente teamLab museum with that theme and it’s also the first designed for nighttime exhibition. During the day is a beautiful botanical garden, and at night is transformed to an art space.
The teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is the perfect place to finish after a day of sightseeing in Osaka city, and before going to enjoy the nightlife. Let’s see more about the wonderful experience that teamLab Osaka offers to its visitors!
Sculptures of Dissipative Birds in the Wind
This area is one of the most popular and spectacular of the museum. As they explain on their own website, the giant sculptures reflect the energy of the environment, mainly the birds flying around. When the birds are flying, it affects the energy of the place, such as the wind. If the birds are not flying around the sculptures, they will turn back to normal and disappear into the darkness.
Resonating Microcosms in the Common Camellia Garden
The ovoids that change color when touched are one of teamLab’s most famous recent works. They were first used in temporary outdoor exhibitions, and have now become a classic in museums. In the teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka they have a camellia garden filled with ovoids that transform from day to night and change color, divided into three areas and each area has its own peculiarity.
Floating Resonating Lamps on Oike Lake
In the Oike Lake we found autonomously floating lamps that change color when they notice the presence of people nearby or when the wind blows. Then the light of that lamp spreads to nearby lamps, as they resonate with the same tone.
If there are no people nearby or no wind blowing, the lamps blink slowly.
The teamLab Botanical Garden has a total of 6 areas with various works of art that mix in with the flora and fauna of the garden, making a beautiful digital art while respecting and protecting the animals and plants living there.
Amazing, isn’t it? The teamLab museums are definitely one of the hottest attractions today and a must in your list of things to do in Japan!!
In the past the teamLab Borderless was often sold out. Osaka is along with Kyoto, the second most touristic city in Japan so I recommend to buy the tickets in advance. You can buy the ticket for the teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka online at their official Website!
-teamLab Botanical Garden
Access: 10-12 mins walk from Nagai Station (Osaka Metro Midosuji Line/JR Hanwa Line)
Weekdays 18:00–21:30 *Last entry at 20:30
Tickets: 1,600 yen (Adult)/ 500 yen (Elementary & Junior High School Students)
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/botanicalgarden/
Hope you liked it! Osaka is one of the most funnies cities in Japan, with a wide variety of activities, delicious food and a lively nightlife. If you want to know the best things to do in the area, or other teamLab activities available now in Japan, check out these articles too 🙂