One of the more popular foods in Japan is ramen. It’s so much so that when Japanese go abroad one of the many foods they crave is ramen. There are numerous styles and flavors of ramen in Japan. An adventurous soul could buy a Japan Rail Pass and travel all over Japan tasting the various flavors of ramen each prefecture or city has to offer. For those that don’t have the time and money to go on such a trip there is one answer…the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.
Yes there is a museum dedicated to this wonderful Japanese dish. It’s not what you might think though. It is not a traditional museum where you can’t touch the exhibit. Instead they encourage you to not just touch the exhibits but to take a bite!
Before you go and start munching on the plastic or rubber food models let me explain more what this place actually is. The Sin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a more like a food-theme amusement park. It is here that you can enjoy numerous ramen flavors from at least nine regional areas in Japan. For the vegetarians our there no worries they even have a vegetarian menu.
After filling up on ramen why not enjoy the other attractions at the ramen museum.
Have a ramen lover at home? The Museum shop is sure to have a souvenir even for the most discerning ramen lover.
Enjoy a slot-car race in one of Japan’s disappearing old pastime. You can rent and race slot cars. It’s a perfect distraction for kids or even a fun date.
Experience Dagashi (old-fashioned Japanese sweets) in the Yu-yake Shoten.
Tired from all the ramen or Dagashi-ya take a rest in this laid-back café reminiscent of old Japan.
The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum provides a whole day’s worth of entertainment. So drop on down for a culturally fun filled day. Happy eating.
Adult (13 years and older): 310 Yen
Children (6 to 12 years old) and seniors over 60: 100 Yen
Children (under 6): Free