May 20, 2019 at 6:03 am #5370
May 20, 2019 at 9:24 am #5371
I tried going to their Planets one in near the Toyosu Fish Market and found the same thing. There were 6 exhibits and only half were wheelchair accessible. Moreover, a power wheelchair was not allowed (due to weight restrictions of a bridge they used) and visitors would need to transfer to a manual wheelchair…
It made me upset enough to not bother with it.
From what I understand, Borderless is better. I’ll give them a call in a bit.
May 20, 2019 at 10:24 am #5372
OK, just got off the phone with TeamLab Borderless. They said that power wheelchairs are allowed. When you arrive, they can show you areas where you can and cannot go. In general, “Undo no Mori” (“Forest of Exercise”) cannot be accessed in a wheelchair, and there are a few places that have steps.
I pressed for the percentage that would be accessible, but they wouldn’t go that far.
Additionally, there is a discount for wheelchair users IF you have some form of ID indicating you are disabled.
I think our team member Mark will go check it out for you.
May 21, 2019 at 3:34 am #5379
May 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm #5380
I’ve just come back from Borderless. A few notes:
1) Floor Plan/Layout
The first floor has many installations that are technically divorced from one another, but it’s difficult to discern their boundaries due to dim lighting and a constant shifting of content. I’d say that a solid 65-70% of the installations are wheelchair accessible (at least, I was able to enter them using my Permobil Corpus F3).
The second floor can be reached via elevator and consists of a similar number of installations that are mostly geared toward children. I’d estimate that around 30% of them are wheelchair accessible. There is also a cafe that serves tea and ice cream.
2) Staff and Services
From the moment I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly English-speaking staff who helped me determine which installations I could visit in my wheelchair. The staff gave me a digital tablet, which ranked the accessibility of each installation on a three-point scale: ”Accessible,’ ‘Viewable,’ and ‘Not-Viewable.’
The staff also let me know that persons with disabilities can receive a 50% discount on admission so long as they provide proof of disability. This may be difficult for some foreigners, but I got the impression that the staff may be willing to look past regulations as they didn’t ask me to present my Japanese disability passbook.
The facility is a few minutes walking/wheeling distance away from Aomi Station in Odaiba. The route from the station to the facility is barrier-free and has tactile pavement for persons with visual impairments.
Inside the facility, there are multiple areas to sit and rest. There is also a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the first floor.
4) General Impressions
I really enjoyed my time inside Borderless, despite not being able to visit all parts of the facility. It was really cool being immersed in the art of the place, although my favorite part was sitting for a cup of tea at the cafe. While I expected an overpriced and poorly-flavored brew, I got a delicious cup of Yuzu tea with a surprise. The same lighting magic used throughout the facility is used to illuminate and animate the tea, turning it into an installation in-and-of itself. Frankly, I wish they’d open an entire restaurant using Borderless’s tech!
I’d be happy to answer any specific questions you might have. For now, here are some pictures!
May 23, 2019 at 1:00 am #5381
Thank you for this review – such great information! I’m glad you enjoyed Borderless and it is now officially on my to-do list while I’m in Tokyo.
Also, there is actually a Teamlab restaurant like the cafe. I’ve heard they have a two month waitlist though, and it’s a twelve-course fine dining experience so it’s ¥30,000 per person.
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