Japan is a great place to find interesting and unusual museums. Japan has not one, not two, but three famous museums dedicated to noodles. They are the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, Cup-Noodles Museum in Yokohama, and the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka.
Each museum is different to the others, and you can get a taste for some of the many different types of ramen and instant noodles that are popular in Japan.
Perhaps the most well-known of the three, the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum (sometimes referred to as the Yokohama Ramen Museum) features a large food court decorated to look as if you’re outside in the evening in a 1950s Japanese food district. The found floor has a number of small ramen restaurants where you can either order full-size or small size ramen dishes. First you choose the restaurant that you would like to eat at, and then you purchase a ticket for your chosen meal at a ticket machine outside the restaurant. If you want to try more than one, order the smaller ramen dishes. Once you have enjoyed your ramen, there is a cafe which sells Hokkaido soft serve ice-creams, and a shop selling retro Japanese candies. Upstairs you will find the souvenir shop and some ramen displays, and you can even put together your own pack to take home and make your own customised ramen with.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum Website
The Cup-Noodles Museum in Yokohama has four stories of interactive attractions and displays relating to the history and significance of instant ramen. You can see over 3,000 examples of instant noodle packaging, the Momofuku Theatre, a replica of Momofuku’s work shed where the first instant ramen was created. You can eat noodles, and you can even create your own packet of instant noodles.
Cup-Noodles Museum Website
Like the Cup-Noodles Museum, the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is dedicated to instant noodles. While the two restaurants above are located in Yokohama near Tokyo, the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is in Osaka. You can learn about the history and significance of instant ramen and its creator, Momofuku Ando. Like the Cup-Noodles Museum, you can learn to make fresh ramen, and you can also make your own customised Cup Noodles package to take home.
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