Rejuvenate in the heart of Tokyo at a healing planetarium
If you’re seeking a comfortable spot to relax and rejuvenate in Tokyo, a healing planetarium might be the perfect answer. Three new planetariums in the city have been reborn as healing planetariums, offering an immersive experience of sight, sound and smell. Aside from gazing up at the stars, they offer a variety of themed screenings based on the natural world, which differ depending on the planetarium.
In this article, we’ll introduce each of the three planetariums, together with their uniquely designed seats and the experiences they offer.
What is a healing planetarium?
While you may have experienced a planetarium show before, have you been to a healing planetarium? Their unique screenings are ideal if you’re seeking a comfortable place to relax after exploring the busy streets of Tokyo while gazing up at our universe or pristine natural settings.
Healing planetariums display visually impressive natural scenery that ranges from the starry night sky to idyllic island views and even the bottom of the ocean. They’re accompanied by calming narration and tranquil music as the story of each theme is presented. A subtle but pleasant aroma is infused into the air to add to the experience and changes depending on the theme or planetarium. In addition, there are specially designed seats where you can completely lie down and enjoy uninterrupted views of the experience above.
Planetaria Tokyo, Yurakucho
Experience the beautiful starry night sky in the middle of the city at Planetaria Tokyo, which opened in 2018. Aside from its Multipurpose Digital Dome Theater, the facility also features a Planetarium Dome Theater (Dome 2) where their healing planetarium is screened. Be immersed in the night sky and the miracle island of Aogashima during “The Milky Way, Island Healing”, which is currently being screened. The facility also features a Sound Dome that boasts the latest in 3D sound and faithfully replicates the sound of the wind, the waves and the city.
Guests can opt for their premium “Ginza Seat (Galaxy Seat)” for 4,600 yen (two people) for the ultimate in comfort, with a Nishijin weave of gold and silver thread. For an adults night out, why not experience the Live SCT Planetaria. If features theater and live performances amidst the high-resolution night sky, with drinks and snacks available from Bar Planetaria and Cafe Planetaria. If you love the aroma used during the shows, it’s also available for purchase in the planetarium.
Tenku, Tokyo Skytree
Tenku, Tokyo Skytree
If you’re after somewhere to relax after sightseeing in bustling Asakusa, stop in at the Tokyo Skytree’s Tenku planetarium. Gaze up at the majestic night sky and its shining stars or be healed by cobalt blue seas and pristine nature where there’s no sign of humans.
Live in the DARK -W
For the ultimate experience, opt for one of the three “Mikazuki Seats” (“Crescent Seats”) for 4,400 yen (two people), each of which is uniquely made and allow you to lie down and experience the projection without disturbance. The Tenku planetarium also offers a special screening each Friday, LIVE in the DARK -w / Quartet, where you can experience a realistic night sky accompanied by a live string quartet (“Crescent Seats” cost 8,000 yen for two people).
If you’re in Ikebukuro, then the Manten planetarium at Sunshine City is the place to head, with vivid scenes recreated thanks to their six laser projectors that were upgraded in June 2018. The themes are changed regularly and include “Milky Way & The Moon” where you can see these two universal wonders meet accompanied by the voice of Aimer and the music of Haruka Nakamura.
The healing effect is heightened with the aroma of British-made Neal’s Yard Remedies being infused throughout the space. Opt for their “Yuki Seat” (“Snow Seat”) for 3,800 yen if you want to feel like you’re lying on the clouds or their “Shiba Seat” (“Lawn Seat”) for 3,500 yen, which were added in June 2018.
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- Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten in Sunshine City
- Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 3-1-3 Sunshine City World Import Mart Building Rooftop
Healing planetarium guide
Healing planetarium guide
If you want to experience one of Tokyo’s healing planetariums, check the program schedule ahead of time as the themes change regularly and everyone has a different taste and interest. Also, be aware that planetarium shows and healing planetarium screenings take place alternately, so take note of the timings beforehand. Ticket prices depend on the show and seat selected, with no admission charge for pre-school children.