|Exterior of the museum|
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To get to either museum from Tokyo you will likely have to take a train south from Tokyo and transfer to another line to get to the closest station to either museum. The museums aren't very close to each other either. If you're doing both museums it'll probably be best to make it a day trip to see the Yokohama sights too.
- Read my personal travelogue post where I visit both museums in one day. With directions from Tokyo.
- Nissin Big Cup Noodle Extravaganza
- Tasty Nissin Instant Ramen - Deluxe Versions
- The Original Chicken Ramen - A Taste of History
Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum
|1950s central court of the ramen museum|
Even better is the central court with fair games and real ramen shops from across Japan that have been invited to set up here for 6 month stretches. You can sample ramen from across Japan and the food court is often crowded. This is a very yummy museum.
Official Website: http://www.raumen.co.jp/ramen/
This museum is near a subway station but isn't easy to find unless you know the location or follow the instructions on their website. It isn't too hard to find, I actually misread the instructions myself, but by backtracking, I found it easily the second time. It is 5 minutes on foot from Shin-yokohama Station (JR Tokaido Shinkansen, JR Yokohama Line, and Yokohama City Subway line). Print off the page and follow the walking directions on their website here.http://www.raumen.co.jp/ramen/so_froms.html
|Actual ramen shop in the museum - there are 6 shops.|
Nissin Raman Museum in Yokohama
This museum is a twin of the first museum in Osaka and is also known as the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of Nissin Cup Noodles and just opened up in 2011. I previously blogged about the pop culture of cup noodles here.
I haven't been to this museum but would love to see all the previous varieties of cup noodle and the whole process around making cup noodles. One of the highlights of the museum is the shop/exhibit where you get to create you own instant cup noodle as a souvenir that you can take away and eat or give to a friend.
The link below shows an aerial view of the island that the museum is on, but is old enough that this brand new museum opened in 2011 is not in the picture. The museum would be to the left of the big red building to the right of the ferris wheel. yokohama-minato-mirai-aerial-panorama
Official Website: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html
・8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
・8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station
・12 minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station
Other Tokyo Anime / Otaku Highlights Worth Visiting
- Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe in Akihabara
- Gundam Front Mini-Theme Park in Odaiba (with another Gundam Cafe)
- Tokyo's Fantastic Kiddyland Toy Store
- The First Evangelion Store in Harajuku
- Pokemon Store in Hamamatsucho
- Tokyo's Theme Cafes
- The Ultra-tall Tokyo Skytree!
- Sweets Land, Character Street, and Ramen Street at Tokyo Station
- Yokohama Ramen Museum and Nissin Cup Noodle Museum
- The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka