Oodles of noodles — morning
When you come to Yokohama, be sure to bring a healthy appetite because this city truly loves ramen.
Your first stop should be the Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama (Shinko 2-3-4, Naka-ku). This museum is all about defying expectations and thinking creatively, in honor of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Food Products and the inventor of Chicken Ramen — the world’s first instant noodles — and Cup Noodles.
The austere lobby resembles the entrance of a grand art museum or a concert hall. Once inside, you can go through a fun, interactive exhibit that showcases the history of Ando’s creations, the Chicken Ramen and Cup Noodles, and how his products have been consumed all over the world (and even in outer space).
The museum also offers activities that will entertain visitors of all ages. At the My Cupnoodles Factory, you can create a one-of-a-kind cup of instant ramen for ¥300 per cup, picking everything from the design of the container to the flavor of the soup and its toppings.
If you’re interested in a more hands-on experience, join the 90-minute cooking tutorial at the Chicken Ramen Factory. Here you can make noodles from scratch, kneading, spreading and steaming the flour to create your very own freshly made instant noodles. The cooking activities are carried out in pairs. Be sure to make reservations in advance as spaces are limited and fill up quickly.
Keep slurping — lunch
Still in the mood for noodles? Why wouldn’t you be? Head to the museum’s Noodles Bazaar, where you can try out noodle dishes from eight different countries, including laksa from Malaysia, tom yum goong noodles from Thailand and Kazakhstani laghman. Those with more adventurous appetites should try the Cup Noodle-flavored soft-serve ice cream.
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