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Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Saitama
Population
6,938,004

TeamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest

A soothing melody echoes through the woods at teamLab’s newest permanent installation in Saitama.

  • COVID-19 Info: All visitors are asked to wear masks and use the supplied plastic gloves inside the exhibit. For more updates, check the official website https://www.teamlab.art/e/acornforest/
If you thought the projection mapping art experience of teamLab: Borderless in Odaiba was cool, imagine experiencing it outside in a serene forest. Enter teamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest, in Saitama’s Higashi Tokorozawa Park.

With a gentle nudge or breeze, each ovoid emits a calming sound that permeates throughout the forest.

Though this one doesn’t focus on immersive projection mapping as Borderless does, the interactive installation is where nature makes art come to life. Egg-shaped, silver pods called ovoids are spread throughout a small section within the park and with a gentle nudge or breeze, each ovoid emits a calming sound that permeates throughout the forest.

TeamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest

Photo by: Heidi Sarol Soak it all in.

The interactive installation only takes up a small portion of the expansive park but it is still very much worth going to. Visiting during the day vs. night will yield a completely different experience.

Night and day

During the day, the eggs that are sprawled throughout the hilly landscape reflect the color of the forest floor and surrounding nature. While loosely following the path, move at your own pace in order to truly immerse yourself within the calm, natural atmosphere. Listen closely to how the melody of the ovoid chimes blends seamlessly into the sounds of nature, creating a dreamlike atmosphere.

TeamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest

Photo by: mkst_ph We don’t know about you, but our dreams are always filled with multi-colored alien eggs.

To avoid the crowds, go on early weekday afternoons—there’s a high chance you’ll have the exhibit all to yourself.

In the evenings, the forest transforms into a colorful light show. Each tree is individually lit and as the light pulses, it seems as if the forest is coming to life right before your eyes. The ovoids are also set up to emit different lights to match the melody.

Whether you choose to visit during the day or at night, make sure to check out the Tokorozawa Sakura Park located next to it. Owned by the publishing company Kodokawa and Tokorozawa City, this complex houses a modern shrine, cafes, an anime museum, and even an anime hotel.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Daytime: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Nighttime:  6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets: ¥500 for adults on weekday afternoons; ¥600 on weekend afternoons; ¥1000 on weekday evenings; ¥1200 on weekend evenings (¥200 discount for Tokorozawa residents,  ¥100 discount if purchased online)

In case of bad weather, the exhibit might temporarily close, please make sure to visit the website for updates. If closed, tickets will remain valid for three months.

Official website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/acornforest/

How To Get There

Address

Higashi Tokorozawa Park, 3-chōme-9 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023, Japan

By train

It’s about a nine-minute walk from Higashi-Tokorozawa Station on the JR Musashino line.

Where To Stay

Tokorozawa Park Hotel
  • 3-5 Higashisumiyoshi, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, 359-1124 Japan
  • ¥9,600 - ¥12,800
  • 4.57/5 (1,120 reviews)
  • 3.7 km
Kumegawa Wing Hotel
  • 1-15-6 Sakaecho, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo, 189-0013 Japan
  • ¥7,920 - ¥15,840
  • 3.83/5 (655 reviews)
  • 6.2 km
Hotel Livemax Saitama Asaka-Ekimae
  • 2-6-9 Honcho, Asaka-shi, Saitama, 351-0011 Japan
  • ¥6,375 - ¥44,200
  • 3.73/5 (192 reviews)
  • 7.9 km
Wakoshi Tobu Hotel
  • 4-7 Honcho, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0114 Japan
  • ¥8,300 - ¥34,400
  • 4.71/5 (483 reviews)
  • 9.3 km

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