Momofuku Ando dedicated his life to thinking about food in creative and new ways. In 1971, upon seeing how Americans broke up his first invention [instant chicken ramen] in cups, pouring hot water over them, Ando invented Cup Ramen. Ando single-handedly invented the instant ramen industry and probably helped many of us stave off hunger during our college and single adult years.
Yokohama’s Cup Noodles Museum, dedicated to the man and his invention, opened in 2011 and is one of the most popular museums in the Greater Tokyo Metro region. Visit the Minatomirai area of Yokohama on a weekend and as you walk from the famous Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel to the Red Brick Warehouse, you will see dozens of children and adults carrying plastic handbags containing cup noodles.
What they are carrying are the very own cup noodles they created at the museum.
A fully interactive museum with great exhibitions, facts and attractions, one of the best things about visiting here is that guests can create their own cup noodle flavor.
With over 5,400 different flavor combinations you can create, visitors will find that creating a flavor of cup noodles is as fun as creating a drink combination at Sonic.
From my personal visit there, I can tell you that this museum is very fun. I enjoyed World Noodles Road where you can sample noodle varieties from around the world from Vietnam and Indonesia to Italy and Singapore, in a setting that reminds of many of the night markets you’ll see throughout Asia.
If you’re in the Yokohama area, visit the great Cup Noodles Museum and create your favorite ramen flavor.
How to get to the Cup Noodles Museum
The most central station is Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line. It is located in the basement level of Queen’s Square and is only two stations from Yokohama Station. If you’re coming from Shibuya, you can take the Minatomirai Line direct (get on the express train).