Are you a big fan of Ramen? Then why not try visiting this Museum devoted to the most ubiquitous Ramen Noodles. While having its origins in China, Ramen noodles haa remained one of the sought after late-night snack, quick in-between food, and overtime or emergency food around the country. And it still continues to evolve over time. And as good as it can be, it has been called one of the most popular dishes in Japan, serving not only the the locals but also foreign visitors.
Having said that, this first in the world Ramen museum, located in Shin-Yokohama district of Kohoku-ku, Yokohama has been opened since 1993. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum shows the 40-year product history of Ramen Noodles, as well as the founders’ creativity, passion and perseverance, by displaying its 3,000 packages of cup noodles over the past several years. The Museum has also its re-creation of Mr. Momofuku’s humble research facility where you can make your personalized cup ramen dish out of 5,460 to choose from.
The Ramen Museum consists of three floors: the ground and two basement floors. After you’ve reached the entrance you see the well-stocked gallery of Ramen noodles, their origina, their transition over time, and their modern times. Exhibited on that floor are the cups, chopsticks and other utensils uniquely arranged and pleasing to the eyes.
And on the basement floor, you will find an old Japanese street scene where selected Ramen shops are available side by side. You can indulge yourself with some good ramen while enjoying a pretty old atmosphere which can give you a nostalgic and fun feeling of th 50’s. On the 2nd ground floor, you can find a Picture-story event held every day for both children and adults to enjoy, plus a good old experience of Japanese pop-culture.
The Museum is easily accessible to everybody which takes 5 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station. Be there with a hungry belly. Itadakimasu!