I’ve been to Tokyo’s Narita Airport two times on the way to other places in Asia but have never had the opportunity to leave and go explore Japan. I am sure that I will get there at some point!
I love bizarre and off-beat museums. I just read about a few of museums in Japan dedicated to an odd topic: Ramen
The museums are:
- Cup Noodles Museum – an interactive museum designed to stir the creativity and curiosity within every child and provide a rich educational experience. Learn about Momofuku Ando- founder of Nissin Food Products & inventor of Chicken Ramen- the world’s first instant ramen. You can also gather the knowledge that inspires invention & discovery and find the creativity within you by seeing, touching, playing, eating and having fun. Address:2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan Telephone: General information: 045-345-0918 / Chicken Ramen Factory reservations: 045-345-0825 (Reception
- Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum – established in 1994-first ramen museum in the world, The museum is designed to conjure images of Tokyo in the 1950s, when Ramen became wide spread. You will not only learn the history of ramen, but also experience the lifestyle of the day. They have eight ramen vendors inside the museum representing different areas from Sapporo to Fukuoka. Can’t eat that much? Don’ worry. All the vendors are happy to serve a small portion so you can try as many as possible. Address:2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
- Instant Ramen Museum – opened in 1999 by Nissin, commemorating the place as the birthplace of Cup Noodle. Visitors can make their own cup noodle or try making “Chicken Noodle” (reservation is needed) just like the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama. Address: 8 25, Masumi-Cho, Ikeda-Chi, Osaka 563-0041 Tel:-072-752-3484
Hopefully I will get to Japan in the near future and get to learn about and eat some Ramen!
***Some of this info is from the Japan Official Tourism site.