This Planetarium in Tokyo Is Specifically Designed for Exhausted Adults
Time for rest and relaxation underneath the stars.
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO
9/F, Yurakucho Mulion, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda District, Tokyo
How to get there: It’s a 3-minute walk from the Chuo or Ginza exits at Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line; a 3-minute walk from the D7 exit at Yurakucho Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line; or a 1-minute walk from the C4 exit at Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line.
Check out the official site for the fees and timetable (time table in Japanese only).
Konica Minolta Planetaria TOKYO, one of Konica Minolta’s planetariums that opened last December, launched a new “Galaxy Seat” that has become popular in Japan’s social media. Why would they create such a comfortable and sleep-inducing seat in a place where you are supposed to enjoy the view of the stars? Let’s find out!
The design of the seat’s with the orrery (the clockwork model of the solar system) in mind.
Planetaria TOKYO is Japan’s first planetarium with two dome theaters, the multi-purpose dome theater DOME 1 and the planetarium DOME 2. The Galaxy Seat is a premium seat only available at DOME 2. The normal seat is available for ¥1,600, and the Galaxy Seat Single is available for ¥2,100, the Galaxy Seat Pair for ¥4,200.
The seats were designed by the custom furniture shop, Minerva. Unlike normal seats, the Galaxy Seats are couch-style seats which are inspired by the oldest orrery’s beautiful curve. A premium fabric from Kyoto is used, and the gold and silver stitches illustrates a galactic surface.
The Galaxy Seat Single’s cushion allows for a comfortable position to observe the stars. You can also adjust your position with the cushion. Each seat has a partition, so you can relax just as if you are in a private room.
Can you imagine sinking into the Galaxy Seat Pair with a date?
According to Konica Minolta, the Galaxy Seat was designed for those who are tired from the daily grind. This is because the concept of Planetaria TOKYO is to provide a “planetarium entertainment for adults.”
With clear guidelines that impose silence in the planetarium (the staff will even ask those who are loud to leave), this place was designed thoroughly on the adults’ taste and style, which is different from the other planetariums that are more popular for families. Not only for a view of the beautiful stars, the Galaxy Seat is designed to consider a nap as a form of relaxation.
The Galaxy Seat Single that looks cozy enough for a nap.
The reason behind these services came from the other planetarium that Konica Minolta operates. Premium seats are available in Planetarium Manten at Ikebukuro Sunshine City and Planetarium Tenku at Tokyo Sky Tree Town®, but the prices here are set based on the Pair Seats. However, Konica Minolta found that among the users of these pair seats, there were a certain number of individuals who came for relaxation. The seats were not only for couples and friends. Because of the demand of adult-style relaxation they decided to allocate the new Galaxy Seat Single in the planetarium.
Konica Minolta's latest projector Cosmo Leap Sigma is in the area of single Galactic Seats.
Other than the Galaxy Seat, Bar PLANETARIA (DOME 1, available on Fridays) which provides alcoholic drinks and Café PLANETARIA’s original cocktails allow for one to enjoy the stars with drinks. You don’t need to be a fan of stars to enjoy the Galaxy Seats. Everyone is welcome to visit anytime to experience the new planetarium.
Provided by Tokyo Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (4 March 2019)