The CupNoodles Museum is one of our families favorite places to visit when in Yokohama. It is surprising how entertaining and educational the museum is. 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 recommend visiting the 3rd floor CupNoodles Factory to buy 400 yen plastic noodle cups first, sanitise your hands and then color your personal cups. Once your works of art are complete, wandered over to the noodle bar where you choose your 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’s super fun, and you will want to rush home and eat your creations. You can also also choose to make Chicken Ramen, but you must reserve ahead for tickets. Make sure you make reservations to visit the CupNoodle Factory due to COVID precautions.
After you work up an appetite head 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. (This area was closed the summer of 2021 due to COVID precautions, but should reopen soon!)
The last stop is 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 (google maps)
Hours: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:00); closed Tuesday
Admission: 500 yen for adults (kids high-school and under free), 500 yen per person to make a CupNoodles
Access: 8 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; onsite parking available
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly
Yokohama is a great place to play with your family!
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