On our recent visit to Japan we visited the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama. If you are a parent and traveling with kids, you need to plan kid friendly places to visit, so that they are not bored. Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama was recommended by my blogger friend Jen.
We took a day trip to Yokohama from Tokyo by JR line and reached in less than half an hour. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. It has many attractions like the Chinatown, botanical gardens, Yokohama port and museum, cup noodles museum, amusement park, aquarium, zoo and a harborfront.
To reach the museum
You can reach the Cup Noodles Museum by train, taxi or bus from Yokohama Central.
Museum timings and fees
The museum is open from 10:00am-18:00pm.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Fees: Adults-500 yen
Kids aged 0-15 years are free
About Cup Noodles Museum
The Cup Noodles Museum is an enjoyable and interactive museum that shows the history of instant Ramen noodles through the museum’s many exhibits and a short film. It was opened by Nissin Food Company, whose founder Momofuku Ando invented the world’s first instant Ramen noodles in 1958. The Yokohama museum was the second cup noodles museum to open in Japan, the first museum is in the city of Osaka.
Some of the interesting areas to visit in the museum are:
•Momofuku’s Work Shed
•The Momofuku Ando Story
Making our own cup noodles was the highlight of our visit. By paying 300 yen per person, we can create our own cup noodles. We got to design of our own cup, select our favorite soup from among 4 varieties and 4 toppings from 12 ingredients. Not only did the kids enjoy this activity, we adults had fun doing it. The best part was to eat our creation.
Those interested can also take part in a session to make chicken Ramen by hand. Starting with kneading, spreading and steaming the wheat flour and then drying it with hot oil drying method. You need to make advanced reservation for this and pay extra money-300 yen for kids and 500 yen for adults.
The museum also offers a paid play area called CupNoodles Park.
Noodles Bazaar was another attraction in the museum that we loved. The Noodles Bazaar has an ambience that is like an Asian night market. It is the place to enjoy the noodle culture that has spread to every corner of the world.
We ended our museum visit by going to the museum shop to buy some souvenirs.
If you are a kid or an adult, it is definitely worth visiting the Cup Noodles Museum. It was a good and fun learning experience.