Dear Curious and Creative, My two teenage sons and I visited the CupNoodles Museum the other day and absolutely enjoyed it. I have to admit I was quite surprised how entertaining and educational the entire museum was. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, but you can make your personalised cup and enjoy lunch as well. A great spot for all ages.
We first visited the 3rd floor CupNoodles Factory were we bought 300 yen plastic noodle cups, sanitised our hands and then coloured our personal cups. Once our works of art were complete, we wandered over to the noodle bar where we chose our flavoured powdered and four dried ingredients (I chose shrimp, egg, onion and fish cake). Once the noodles have been inserted with your ingredients, your cup is vacuumed sealed and shrink-wrapped to take home. It was quite fun, and we were all looking forward to eating our creations when we got home. You can also also choose to make Chicken Ramen, but you must reserve ahead for tickets. CupNoodle Factory you can walk-in.
We worked up an appetite making our noodles so headed up to the 4th floor to the Noodles Bazaar where you can purchase and eat eight types of global noodles. Quite tasty and a nice break in what feels like is a South East Asain food market.
Our last stop was the actual history hall that explains in detail about how Momofuku Ando invented first Chicken Ramen in 1958 and then CupNoodles in 1971. There is a very detailed timeline in English and Japanese, a 14-minute movie about his life and inventions (you can get a translation) and a life-size relics of the building he invented the noodles.
If you like ramen and/or invention, you will love the CupNoodles Museum. I highly recommend if you are heading to Yokohama to visit Chinatown or the Japanese Overseas Migrations Museum (which is on the same block as CupNoodles). Have fun!
CupNoodles Museum Details
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Open Times: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:00); closed Tuesday
Cost: 500 yen for adults (kids high-school and under free), 300 yen per person to make a CupNoodles
Access: 8 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; parking also available
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly
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