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Make Your Own Instant Ramen At The Cup Noodle Museum In Yokohama!
Cup noodle, instant ramen, whatever you call it, these instant Japanese noodles are a hit around the world, and a staple meal for many busy people on the go. Learn more about these satisfying noodles at the Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum!
Written by Kazuki Tsuchido
It is not sushi nor shabu shabu but ramen that many think of when talking about foods that represent Japan. There are a wide variety of flavors, reasonable prices, and a very convenient cooking method - just add hot water and wait 3 minutes. This is why it is the dish for those on the go. But above all else, it's really tasty too!
If you'd like to learn more about the history of this delicious fast food, then a trip to Yokohama is in order. There you will find the Cup Noodle Museum, a unique center where you can learn all about cup noodle with your five senses.
Japan is the Birthplace of Cup Ramen
Did you know that Japan is the birthplace of cup ramen?
The first product was “CUP NOODLE,” which was put on the market by the Nissin Foods company in 1971, and has been a best-selling product ever since. It is said that Momofuku Ando, President of Nissin Foods at that time, got the hint when he went on an inspection tour to Europe and America in order to expand his business overseas. He was inspired by seeing locals eating Chicken Ramen, which was released in 1958, by breaking it into pieces and put them into a cup.
Today, cup noodle is enjoyed in countries around the world and has become so popular that some consider it to be “the greatest invention of the 20th century.“
Enjoy Learning with Your Five Senses
The Cup Noodle Museum has displays where you can experience different aspects of these noodles for yourself, including points on technological advances, and the history and passion towards Japanese cuisine that they have inspired.
There is a museum shop just near to the entrance. Sweets like cup noodle flavored manju (buns) and specialty noodles only available at the museum are sold here, making this the perfect place to find cup noodle-themed items for the ramen fan in your life.
I bought a ticket and went into the museum. There was a gallery on the second floor where you can learn about the many types of Nissin’s Cup Noodle and the history of Momofuku Ando’s career with his company.
I heard people saying, “I’ve eaten this one!” or “I've never heard of that kind before!" as they looked at the numerous packages on display.
As I looked around the exhibits, I learned a great deal about how instant ramen was born through the repeated trial and error and creativity of Mr. Ando. This museum is made to be understood easily by visitors of all ages, so there are not too many written explanations to worry about.
There is a food court on the fourth floor where you can taste noodles which Mr. Ando came across on his world trip. These come in half-size portions, so you can order a couple of different types and share them with your friends or family.
One of the Most Popular Sections! Make Your Own Cup Ramen
This is a place you should definitely not miss out on at the Cup Noodle Museum: My Cup Noodles Factory on the third floor. You can actually make your own custom cup ramen!
A reservation ticket must be purchased in advance as you will have to go at a specified time out of 15 time slots available. This area is always very popular and filled with many people.
You can buy your “my cup” (300 yen) here and decorate it as you like with the markers provided at each station. Once you've finished decorating it, head to the central counter.
There you will choose the toppings you want to add to your noodles. Items such as corn, cheese, and roast pork are available, as well as many other unique toppings too. There are over 5000 combinations possible with all the ingredients! You might find yourself having trouble choosing just what to add. In this area, you can also learn about how the noodles are added to the containers and how they are packaged as well.
The staff are very polite and helpful, and will give detailed explanations of how each step of the process works. If you are really stuck on what ingredients to choose, you might want to ask them for their recommendation. They'll be sure to set you on the right path in no time!
Next to that, there is an area called the Chicken Ramen Factory, where you can make Chicken Ramen noodles from scratch, and take part in other hands-on activities too.
As this is a very popular museum, we recommend visiting on a weekday when it is less likely to be crowded. You can also purchase advance tickets online, however please be aware that these may sell out in advance around major holidays and during summer and winter breaks.
Fans of ramen or instant noodles are sure to enjoy their time at Yokohama's Cup Noodle Museum, so please don't miss it!
Cup Noodles Museum
Address: Yokohama, Naka, Shinko 2-3-4
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:00)
Closed: Every Tuesday and the New Year holidays
Wi-fi: Not available
Other Languages: Available
Nearest Station: Minato Mirai Station, Minato Mirai Subway and Tokyu Toyoko lines
Access: 8 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
Admission: 500 yen (free for high school age and under), 400 yen for those with disabilities (proof must be provided) and a caregiver