TeamLab Islands, Lalaport Fujimi, Saitama – written in May 2015, last update June 2019.
Team Lab has made quite a name for itself in the last couple of years (2019). However, when they opened their first permanent shop in Lalaport Fujimi in 2015 it was virtually unheard of (pun intended). Team Lab Islands is a unique indoor play area that combines technology, projection mapping and art to engage children in creativity. Several of the interactive exhibition projection mapping play areas are based on the natural world and landscape.
teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.Source: Team Lab Official Website
TeamLab Sketch Aquarium
Little Miss 2 year old (2015) chases the turtle she coloured, in an aquarium of children’s art. This is a sketch aquarium where children colour pictures of sea life that are then scanned and projected onto a wall display. It is a virtual sea where the fish the kids coloured in can swim. Just one of the unique activities in the Fujimi Lalaport branch of Team Lab Islands, which has paved the way for new age children’s fun centers.
Hopscotch for Geniuses
My then 2 year olds (2015) favourite was the virtual stepping stone path you create yourself on a touch screen panel. They call the attraction “Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses”. You can choose which shapes and colours to make your stepping stones. When you are finished creating your stepping stones it is projected onto a simulated river and the kids have great fun walking on their own creations.
Illumination Ball Orchestra
The most physical activity is the Illuminated Ball Orchestra, where kids push along large balls that change colour and make music.
Sliding through the fruit field
Sliding through the fruit field is an attraction that was added a couple of years after Team Lab Islands opened. There is a rope net to climb up to the top of the slide. As you slide down music plays and the images change.
Other activities include tabletop touch screen panels where kids can make their own railroads. Another wall simulates various images according to movement. You can touch images to make them move or grow in size. When we were last there it was animals. They have two “little people” attractions, where you can influence the direction and activity of projected little people.
There isn’t a huge selection, but what they have really engages the children and time flies by for them if you just do a half hour plan. Personally, I don’t think the day plan is necessary. While the half hour flies by for them, it is just the right amount of time. More information and images available on their website.
TeamLab Islands Information
Opening hours: 10am t0 6pm, last entry 5.30pm
Cost: Children under 2 are free. 30 minute 500 yen. “Free pass” which can be used all day, you can come and go, 1200 yen. Please see the website for up-to-date information.
Parking: Lalaport parking for 4600 carspaces. FREE. Parking lots 6 and 7 third floor are close.
For information in English about the Team Lab products (not all of the products on this website are at Fujimi):