The Cup Noodles Museum is not just another museum that simply showcases the history of instant ramen. Opened by the Nissin Food Company, the Cup Noodles Museum, dedicated to instant noodles, cup noodles and its founder, Momofuku Ando, inspires creative thinking with its combination of quirky exhibits and hands-on workshops.
Start exploring the museum at the Instant Noodles History Cube, where you’ll get to see the visual representation of the growth of the instant noodles starting from Chicken Ramen.
Drop in to the Momofuku Theatre to learn all about Momofuku Ando, the man who created the world’s first instant Ramen, and the story behind that creation. While the show is in Japanese, translations in other languages are available, including English.
You’ll also find a faithful replica of Momofuku’s Work Shed, where the world’s first instant ramen was invented, a timeline of Momofuku Ando’s life and work, and six interactive boxes, called the Creative Thinking Boxes. The six boxes, each unveiling the key ideas that inspired Momofuku Ando’s thinking process, also aims to inspire you.
Photo credits Japan Here and Now
At My CUPNOODLES Factory, you can even customize your very own cup noodles, starting from designing the cup to choosing the soup and toppings. Another popular activity in the museum is making your instant chicken ramen from scratch at the Chicken Ramen Factory. Advanced reservation is required for the workshop.
If you have little ones in tow with you, swing by the CUPNOODLES Park, which is modelled after a cup noodles factory to give little ones the noodle’s point-of-view in the manufacturing process, starting from the making of the noodles to the packaging.
The museum also has a NOODLES BAZAAR where you can get a little tummy-filling done in the name of taste-testing. Designed to look like an Asian night market, the food court serves up a variety of noodle dishes from around the world, from Kazakhstan’s Lagman to Malaysia’s Laksa.
This five story museum in Yokohama is the second to be opened in Japan, the first being in Osaka.
Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum - https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/yokohama/
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
Wed - Mon: 10 am – 6 pm (last admission: 5 pm)
Museum is closed on Tue unless it’s a national holiday, then the museum will be closed the following day
Adult: 500 yen
High-school students and younger: Free
Chicken Ramen Factory
Adult (Junior high & above): 500 yen
Child (Elementary): 300 yen
My CUPNOODLES Factory: 300 yen/CUPNOODLES
CUPNOODLES Park: 300 yen/30 min slot
Half-size bowl: 300 yen/serving
Mini-chicken Ramen: 300 yen
Dessert: 300 yen
Juice: 200 yen
*Exhibits and attractions aside from the above-mentioned are free