You may have recently read that I stayed at the New Otani Inn Yokohama. Walking around, I saw a bunch of people holding these Cup Noodles Airbags around their bodies and found out that there is a Cup Noodles Museum nearby, how awesome is that?
It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Sakuragicho JR Station on this little manmade island with some stores and a giant ferris wheel.
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
There was a nominal entrance fee of 500 hundred yen.
Telephone: General information: 045-345-0918 / Chicken Ramen Factory reservations: 045-345-0825 (Reception hours: 10:00-18:00, holidays excluded)
Museum hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Holidays: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year end / new year holidays
Admission: Adults: 500 yen (tax included) / high school age children and younger admitted free
If you have any interest in ramen, instant, or cup noodles, you’d probably enjoy the walk around. It shows you the history of Instant and Cup Noodles over the past 40 years and how it evolved into what we know today. You can see a wall of all of your favorite brands or others you’ve never seen around the world.
There’s also a short cute movie which you should definitely watch about Momofuku Ando, the creator of the instant ramen noodle. It’s clever and they even have English audio headsets for non-Japanese speakers. They do hail him as somewhat of a national hero which I thought was funny, but was a nice watch nonetheless. You could also see a replica of where Ando created the instant noodles.
There’s a few other exhibits around, but the best part is where you can make your own flavor of Cup Noodles and design your own cup! Make sure you make a reservation for a time to make your own noodles. You can call them for reservations or just get a ticket upstairs after you arrive. You pay 300 yen for a empty cup from the vending machine, then you’ll go to the coloring desk to color your own cups and make your own drawings, then you line up for the ingredients you want to add, the workers will shrink wrap it, and you can place it into the decorative airbag you can hang around your neck or body.