Noodle is one popular food for Asian people, including the Japanese. Even more, the instant noodle product, which is popular world-wide, was actually the result of work by a Japanese-Taiwanese man called Momofuku Ando (1910-2007) which was the founder of Nissin Food. Are you interested to know more about the journey of instant noodle? Let’s come around to Cup Noodles Museum on Yokohama.
Understanding the history of instant noodle in Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Amongst noodle culinary lovers, especially the ramens, Yokohama city is such a special place as there is a food theme park at this city which is the first in the world with ramen theme. But this ramen museum is not the only museum dedicated for noodle culinary. There is another museum that you must visit if you love all about noodles, it is Cup Noodles Museum.
At a first glance, Cup Noodles Museum seems like a museum which is dedicated specially for noodles inside a cup. But actually this Cup Noodles Museum is more of a museum with the purpose to open up the visitor’s mind about history and facts regarding the production of instant food.
This museum was also designed interactively with various interesting displays and activities that are enganging the visitors, so anyone will never get bored spending their time here at this museum.
By the way, Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama was the second instant noodle museum to open in Japan, because the first Momofuku Ando Museum, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, has been opened in Osaka before the one in Yokohama.
Interesting Things from Cup Noodles Museum
The theme of “instant noodle museum” might have raised your curiousity and makes you wanna visit this museum, because, who would have though that there will be a museum taking instant noodle as their theme? Moreover as in Indonesia, instant noodle is considered as common culinary (sometimes it is even used as side dish for rice) and is rather not considered as a product of creative thinking. But before visiting this museum, first let’s find out what are the interesting things of this museum.
Cup Noodles Museum is a 5-storeys building. On each level, there are exhibitons and displays with various themes. Visitors come from the first floor, and on that level there is a Museum Shop that sells various merchandise with Cup Noodles Museum theme.
On second floor, there you will finally see the various displays and exhibitons related to the developments of instant noodles. Also you will get to know more with Momofuku Ando’s personality. One of the most eye-cathing display on this level is Instant Noodles History Cube.
This spot showcases more than 3000 product packages, neatly organized to provide the illustation regarding the development history of instant noodle which started with the first package of instant noodle in world, the Chicken Ramen.
The next evolution of instant noodle was made into a cup container (also created by Momofuku Ando), up to the latest product of instant noodle which can be enjoyed in space. Your knowledge regarding instant noodle will definitely increase by visiting this spot!
Other facilities that you can find on second floor is Momofuku Theater which is located next to Instant Noodles History Cube. At this all-red-colored theater, visitors can watch various CG animations that shows the history of instant noodles, as well as giving the images of how Momofuku Ando can find this idea to create the instant noodle product and the fisrt noodle inside a cup. The film is in Japanese, so you better wear the headset which will provide explanations in English.
As mentioned before, on this second floor you will be taken to get to know better with Momofuku Ando’s personality, the founder of instant noodle. To learn more about who is Momofuku Ando, please move on to the spot of The Momofuku Ando Story.
At this spot, you can learn a history of life of Momofuku Ando which is showcased on a 58-meters-long wall. The display is featured with various supporting iluustrations. Unfortunately, these displays are showcased in Japanese language. Only the big titles are given translation in English.
And, to complete the introduction of Momofuku Ando, you can visit the replica of the hut where Momofuku Ando worked at while being on the proccess of creating Chicken Ramen, the first instant noodle in the world. It is said that Ando worked day and night and only slept for a few hours a day to make his creation perfect.
The hut is very simple and is featured with basic neccessities without advanced noodle maker machine like what they use for now. After seeing this hut replica, the visitors are expected to learn the lesson from a determined struggle of Momofuku Ando; that a great product comes from a brilliant idea, instead of advanced and modern machines.
The Momofuku Ando Story and the replica of Momofuku’s work shed is located nearby the spot of Creative Thinking Boxes. If you are curious of what is the key in order to create various creative product just like Momofuku Ando did, please visit this spot.
At this place, there are 6 keys of creative ideas by Momofuku Ando, showcased on several attractive displays completed with important quotations. Those 6 key ideas are: to find something completely new, to search clues on every places, to pop up an idea, to see everything from various perspective, and to not getting satisfied with common things, and to not give up.
If the second floor showcases a lot of personality of Momofuku Ando and the history of instan noodle development, then you will experience the joy of tourism on Cup Noodles Museum by visiting the third floor and so on. On the floor, there are 2 huge facilities that will take the visitor to actively engange into various activities, such as Chicken Ramen Factory dan My CUPNOODLES Factory.
Have you ever wondered of how is the proccess of producing an instant noodle? You will find the answer by visiting the spot Chicken Ramen Factory. You can even try to make instant noodle at this zone, if you make the reservation beforehand.
Each session is 90 minutes long (there are 8 sessions a day, starting from 10.15 to 16.15), and during that time, you will be taught of how to make noodles, starting from proccessing the wheat flour, to the step of drying it with hot-oil drying method. The cool part is, you can take home the instant noodle you made at this session.
If you wanna make instant noodle, you can make the reservations from 3 months prior your desired date or you can also make the reservation on the D-day (availabity depends on the spots remaining). Oh and, to join this program, you also have to register with a friend (as this program is practiced in pairs) and there will be extra charge separated from the entrance ticket to the museum.
Meanwhile, My CUPNOODLES Factory is a facility where visitors can create their own flavor variant of instant noodle. To join this program, visitors need to register first. If there is a slot remaining on each session, you can join this unique program. But before that, you need to buy a cup noodle first on a vending machine (300 yens/cup, including tax) and you also need to sterilize your hand first.
The adventure of creating a variant of original flavor starts by designing the cup as we desire, continued by putting the instant noodle inside the cup. After that, you can choose 1 kind of soup out of the 4 kinds of soup available, added it with 4 toppings out of the 12 choices of topping available, and create the combinations as you like! After the proccess of choosing flavor is finished, you can pack the cup noodles inside a unique air pillow package and bring it home as a souvenir. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
Level 4 has other fun, especially for visitors who come along with kids (aged 3 years old up to elementary school). At this level, there is CUPNOODLES Park, a playing ground designed with attractive interactive concept because the game rides are designed similarly to a production proccess of instant noodles, from the making proccess to the packaging proccess. By paying 300 yens, kids below 3 years old up to elementary schoolers can freely imagine how it feels to be instant noodle inside this 30-minutes ride.
And, what is a instant noodle themed museum without having a foodcourt that sells everything about noodles? That is what you will find on the foodcourt area of Cup Noodles Museum, Noodles Bazaar. This foodcourt was designed with thematic concept, similar to the atmosphere of streets in Asia at night, with trees and lamps.
The foodcourt sells 8 variants of noodles that Momofuku Ando ever tried when looking for an original taste of ramen. There are 8 kinds of noodles sold at this foodcourt that came from various countries, such as pasta (from Italy), lagman (Kazakhstan), and even mie goreng from Indonesia!
This fourth floor becomes the closing level to explore by visitors of the museum because on the fifth floor, there is only the office of The Ando Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Momofuku Ando; and there is also an event hall.
Nonetheless, although there are only 4 floors that visitors can really explore, it might take one whole day for you to really enjoy the atmosphere and facilities of this museum, especially for you who wanna try making noodles on Chicken Ramen Factory and make your own desired variant of noodle flavor on My CUPNOODLES Factory.
The location of Cup Noodles Museum and the access to reach there
Are you interested in visiting Cup Noodles Museum? To get to this museum, you can walk for 8-12 minutes from Minatomirai Station <google maps > or from Bashamichi Station (both are via Minatomirai line) < google maps >, or 12 minutes of walk from JR Sakuragicho Station <google maps >.
This museum is located on Minato Mirai district, one of the popular central business district in Yokohama. When visiting this museum, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the atmosphere at Minato Mirai and visit some other facilities on that district, will you!
Name: Cup Noodles Museum (or Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum) < google maps >
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001
Telephone: [general information] 045-345-0918, [reservations for Chicken Ramen Factory] 045-345-0825
Operational hours: 10.00-18.00 (last ticket sale is at 17.00), close every Tuesday (or the next day if Tuesday is a national holiday), and the year-end holiday period.
[Museum] 500 yen* (adult), free entrance for kids up to high school students.
[Chicken Ramen Factory] 500 yen* (middle school students and above), 300 yen* (elementary school students)
[My CUPNOODLES Factory] 300 yen* (for 1 cup of noodle).
I hope it is useful!
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