For those who are planning your trip to Japan and are having difficulties in deciding whether to head over to the cup noodles museum or not, I hope this post comes in handy! Also, if you’re expecting to read about the DIY cup noodles experience here, no, it’s not in this post because we arrived slightly too late for that and they only have limited cups everyday. Nonetheless, we did quite enjoy our experience in there, and the following post will cover everything besides the DIY cup noodles, which was what we went there for.. ):
Take note that the opening hours of the museum is from 10am to 6pm everyday, and is closed on Tuesday. We arrived at 4pm and the cup noodle activity ran out. So.. I would suggest arriving earlier in the day if you want to experience that!
Honestly, the museum was quite a pain in the ass to get to. Literally. Because we had to take a pretty long train ride from Ginza to get there. Ginza to Shinbashi to Yokohama then to Sakuragicho station. Don’t worry, always trust your google maps on this one! Check out how to navigate around Japan here! This was the station we alighted at. Super pretty skies. The museum is located 1.1km away from the nearest station. So that makes a 15-minute walk.
The walk will be pretty enjoyable. Why? Firstly, there is a mall in the middle of your route, where you can take a break or do some shopping. Secondly, and most importantly, the sights and sounds you’d experience during the walk is worth every effort. Take a look at the following: Isn’t this the prettiest sight ever. Can you imagine yourself walking down here during spring and looking at sakura, assuming there will be here? Otherwise this is pretty breathtaking and calming as well. Yup, just across the road from the museum is an amusement park, which seems like it’s for kids. I’m not too sure but you can always go and check it out.
And before we knew it, this appeared in front of us. WE ARE HERE AT THE MUSEUM! Just in case you need the road name or something. OOOH SO EXCITED. BECAUSE THIS WAS BEFORE I WAS TOLD THAT I CANNOT MAKE MY OWN CUP NOODLES. The entrance.
The entrance fee to the museum costs 500 yen (~S$6). I didn’t know there was a fee to enter. Everything else required the entrance ticket. So.. Only the souvenir shop was free to see see look look. And of course you don’t go all the way there to see see look look at the shop. The DIY cup noodle activity and other workshops and food all require extra charges.
Here are our tickets and guide book.
The museum has 3 levels for you to explore. One of which being the exhibition, the other is for the activities and workshops, and the last one is where the “food court” is.
We skipped the workshop level because I was still sore about not being able to make my own cup.
As Explodingbelly, of course I came in for the Noodles Bazaar.
The entire place was designed to look like a night market, which explains the dim lighting and cute little stores. They’ve got 8 different stalls, each serving different “cuisines” using INSTANT NOODLES.A pretty fun experience, except that you have to order your food using the vending machine which has their menu in Japanese. Anyhow press to try your luck and waste your money. Each dish is priced at 300yen (~S$3.65). Japanese stall – the usual instant noodles where you can pick and choose your ingredients. 300 yen would get you just 2 choices. There are pork ,cheese, carrots, etc etc.
They even have a laksa stall. Here’s where you get the most quirky dish. CUP NOODLE FLAVORED ICE CREAM. Curry flavored or shoyu flavored for you? We got the curry flavored one!This was it, served in a super cute take away cup. It was well.. An acquired taste. It tastes exactly like the curry powder we put into our cup noodles in the ice cream form. The toppings are the freeze dried accompaniments that comes with instant noodles. Sweet savory combination which was pretty… Interesting, I’d say. DO TRY! They also have Pho, Korean noodles, and beef noodles!
I ordered Mee Goreng. Hey look, quite legit hor. My order ticket. And here’s my plate of mee goreng being prepared. Got shrimps some more hor. There you go. Taste wise it wasn’t as authentic as we would like, but it was still pretty delicious! And it’s only 300 yen! Our teabreak. And the bowl of soup with noodles is from the first stall I mentioned where you get to pick and choose your ingredients. And of course, I couldn’t get enough of my curry ice cream. I mean.. the idea of it. It was honestly bearable when you eat it with the ingredients. But having the ice cream on its own was a bit eeky. It’s like curried vanilla ice cream.
I thought the experience to the museum was a pretty interesting one although I didn’t learn as much about the cup noodles as the museum intended to. But it was pretty cool to see how innovative these Japanese can get by churning out so many different dishes just using the ingredients from our usual instant noodles.
Hope this post has helped you in some way or another to decide on whether to pay a visit here or not! Otherwise, you’ve experienced almost the entire museum through my lens. That’s good enough, I suppose!
How to get there?
Japan, 〒231-0001 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, 中区新港2−3−4
Directions mentioned in post.
Monday to Sunday (Closed on TUESDAYS): 10am to 6pm
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