Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Last Saturday, we brought our kids and my bestie from Singapore to the Cupnoodles Museum in Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture).
Despite the huge crowd, we had an enjoyable time at the museum, especially at the Cupnoodles Factory. The museum has excellent crowd control. Everything is done systematically. We each bought a cup from a vending machine (¥300 tax included). After sanitising our hands with alcohol mist, we were directed to a table where we could take our time to doodle the cup. At the staff counters, we placed a noodle block into our inverted cup (by turning the crank anti-clockwise). We selected the soup flavour from four varieties and four toppings from 12 ingredients. Then, the staff sealed the cup with a lid, shrink-wrapped and dropped it off at the collection window. It was such a unique experience to see our one-of-a kind cupnoodles came to completion. The final step was to put each of our cup into special plastic bag, used air pump to inflate the bag and attached strings to it. Now we could walk around the museum with our instant ramen in style.
The museum’s pamphlet mentioned that the acceptance of reservations may end early when the number of applicants is high. In other words, the factory will not take in any more participants once it reaches its full capacity. Thankfully, we were able to participate even though we did not make any reservation. Nonetheless, please check their website for more information to avoid any disappointment.
There is a 90-minute cooking class that teaches how to make Chicken ramen. We did not join the class because it requires advance reservation. The participants look so cute with their yellow Hiyoko-chan bandanas, which they get to keep as souvenirs.
The museum’s food court has a nice Asian night market ambience. They served eight varieties of noodles that Momofuku Ando (the father of instant ramen) encountered during his travels in search of ramen’s origin. We each tried noodles from different countries. They were tasty.Best of all, we got to try the savoury ice creams in curry and soy sauce flavours. Of which, they are only available in this Cupnoodles Museum. I highly recommend this unique taste if you ever visit the place. :D
This is the man who created the world’s first instant noodles (Chicken Ramen; 1958), then the Cup Noodles (1971) and followed by the Space Ramen (2005). After watching the CG animated story about Momofuku Ando at the theatre, I learnt how the Japanese inventor would dedicated his entire life to creating food in extra-ordinary ways and of world wide importance. From the trip to the museum, we did not just take home a cup of instant ramen but inspirations and delightful experiences!
Children / Students (High School and Below): FREE
See Official Information Guide here.
Center Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 18:00 pm
(Last entry: 17:00 pm)
Closed on Tuesdays* (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day),
and on Year-End / New Year holidays.
*Please double-check the official website for closing dates.
Parking lot for 40 vehicles.
First hour is free with museum ticket purchase,
250 yen every 30 minutes after first hour.
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
See access on official website.