Tokyo, a city that never sleeps. The city lights shine colorful and bright until late at night, meaning you will hardly ever see a beautiful starry sky in Tokyo. But that’s okay! At “Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO” in Yurakucho, the beautiful Milky Way and the stars are always waiting for you!
Wish upon a shooting star
The planetarium “Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO” has some areas which you can enjoy completely free of charge without buying tickets. After entering the planetarium, turn left to visit the shooting star area.
Here, you can make a wish upon a star. Each time a meteor is detected by a real-time meteor observation system, a virtual image of the meteor is projected onto the wall.
Lie down and look at the starry sky!
“Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO” has two dome theaters. “DOME 1” features high-definition videos of up to 8K quality. This theater is used for showing all kinds of exciting works that are not strictly bound by the framework of the planetarium.
“DOME 2” is a planetarium dome with a stereophonic sound system. By using several video projectors and a spherical projector together, Konica Minolta’s theater can reproduce a beautiful and realistic looking starry sky.
A major feature of “DOME 2” are the sofa seat-like premium seats called “Galaxy Seat”. The special sofa seats are available in two varieties: for two people, as well as for one person.
I watched the movie “Starry Globe – A journey of the stars around the world”. Images of various countries in the world and the starry sky which you can (or would) see there are projected onto the entire dome.
The narration is by Yūki Kaji, a famous Japanese voice actor, who also played a role in “Attack on Titan.” Many movies featured at “Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO” use narrations and music by famous people. You can feel that a lot of effort went into the productions.
Some of the works even use aromas for a relaxing scent (perfectly matched to the movie) inside the theater. Others also come with narrations other than Japanese, like English, Chinese, and Korean, so please check the official website if you are interested in their multilingual movies!
Visit the super kawaii shop and cafe
Don’t miss the shop and cafe! The shop has a wide selection of star-themed or space-themed products, including a lot of original goods and collaboration goods.
Also, the food and drinks of the planetarium’s cafe are too cute to be true! They are very instagrammable and look great in photos, but they also taste amazing! My recommendation is their donuts that come with an icing looking like a starry sky. Delicious!
“Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO” is a very entertaining facility with the latest technology. I saw a lot of couples, groups of friends, and parents with children at the planetarium. It seemed like everyone was really happy so you can definitely say that this is something for every age group! So head out and visit this planetarium full of entertainment to get a glimpse of the starry sky in Tokyo!
Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO
9th floor of Yurakucho Mullion, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/HbYEkAnWb3LbnNLd9
Nearest stations: Yurakucho Station, Ginza Station, Hibiya Station, Ginza-itchome Station
*A mask must be worn during viewing. (If you do not have a mask, you cannot enter.)