Tokyo Day 14: The day we went up to Yokohama to visit the Cup Noodles Museum and Doraemon Museum.
I’m breaking this post into two parts. The first part will be on Cup Noodles Museum, while the second part will be on Doraemon Museum.
Being a NISSIN cup noodles lover, you can imagine my excitement to visit the Cup Noodles Museum. I always thought it was so cool that they have an entire museum built just for cup noodles. So even though the museum is a distance away from our hotel (over in Yokohama), I made sure to set aside a day to go down. Thankfully, the fiancé had completed his filming the day before; hence we got to visit the museum together.
While I was planning the itinerary for Tokyo, I came across someone’s recommendation to visit the Cup Noodles Museum and Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum (also known as the “Doraemon Museum”) on the same day, since they were along the way. So I started to research more about the Cup Noodles Museum and Doraemon Museum, including how to get there and their operating hours. I later found out that tickets for the Doraemon Museum are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance.
Purchase can be made at Lawson convenience stores within Japan using their Loppi automatic ticket machines. At the time of purchasing, you will have to select the specific entry date and time slot (10:00, 12:00, 14:00 or 16:00). Tickets for the next two mouths are on sale on the 30th of each month. It’s recommended to purchase the tickets early especially if you plan to visit during the weekends or school holidays.
We were lucky that we have a Japanese friend residing in Tokyo, who offered to help us purchase the ticket using the Loppi automatic ticket machines at Lawson convenience store. Everything on the screen is in Japanese so there’s no way we could do it ourselves.
Uploaded a video for those who’s interested to know the process.
Since our plan was to visit the Cup Noodles Museum and Doraemon Museum on the same day, we decided to visit the Cup Noodles Museum in the morning; and as such, got the 14:00 tickets for the Doraemon Museum. The operating hours for the Doraemon Museum is from 10:00 till 18:00, so we thought it might leave us with very little time if were to go at 16:00.
We left our hotel at around 09:00 that morning. From the nearest train station, Higashi-shinjuku, we first board the Fukutoshin line to Shibuya Station. From Shibuya Station, we then crossed over to the Tōkyū Tōyoko line and boarded the train to Minatomirai Station. We later realised that the train we got on was an express train (meaning the train will skip and not stop at every station) hence there was no need for us to alight at Yokohama Station to switch to the Minatomirai line.
We eventually alighted at Minatomirai Station. From Minatomirai Station, we then got on the Minatomirai line and took one stop to Bashamichi Station. According to the travel guide found on the Cup Noodles Museum website, it appears we could either alight at Minatomirai Station or Bashamichi Station. Either way, we would need to walk approximately 8-minute to get to the museum.
I realised it might sound very confusing, so I decided to draw out our route.
Looking at this map, the fiancé and I thought it looks nearer and easier to walk from Bashamichi Station; hence we chose to alight at Bashamichi Station instead.
Weather was kind of gloomy that morning.
Massive ferries wheel found across the Cup Noodles Museum.
(formal name: Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)
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 hours: 10:00-18:00, holidays excluded)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00). Close on Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year-end / new year holidays
Admission Fee: Adults – JPY500(tax included)
We reached at about 10:45 and immediately went to the counter to purchase our entry tickets. Each ticket costs JPY500, which is equivalent to around SGD6.35.
As we have to be at the Doraemon Museum at 14:00, it leave us with just 1.5 to 2 hours at the Cup Noodles Museum.
Upon entering the museum, we immediately headed straight to level 3 to get the coupon/ticket for My Cupnoodles Factory.
My Cupnoodles Factory is where you create your very own original cup noodles. From designing your cup to selecting your soup base and picking your own ingredients; everything is done over there.
If you plan to create their customised cup noodles, you will need to collect a coupon/ticket at the counter outside My Cupnoodles Factory. You may refer to the screen for the available timing, before telling the staff your preferred time. The staff will then issue you the coupon/ticket (no payment needed) and you’re supposed to return during the designated time to get into the factory.
We didn’t want to miss that since that was one of the highlights of this museum; hence we decided to collect the tickets before we visit the other parts of the museum.
Once we collected the tickets, we then went down to level 2 to begin our tour.
First up, the Instant Noodles History Cube.
All the packet noodles/cup noodles were arranged based on the year introduced.
Picture with one of my all-time favourite cup noodles!
Leaving the Instant Noodles History Cube, we then entered the Momofuku Theater.
At the Momofuku Theater, visitors get to look back at the history of instant ramen and get to know the story of how Momofuku Ando overcame great adversity to achieve inventions of worldwide importance.
As the show was in Japanese, we were each given a recorder so that we could hear it in English.
The show was very informative, and it was interesting to know the history behind the creation of instant ramen and how it led to the birth of cup noodles.
Momofuku’s Work Shed. The recreation of the work shed where Chicken Ramen, the world’s first instant ramen, was invented. “The message of this little shed is that even without any special equipment it is possible to create world changing inventions with just ordinary tools as long as there is an idea.”
The Momofuku Ando Story
Instead of trying to put the noodle into the cup, why not put the cup over the noodle.
After our tour at level 2, we then went up to level 4 for the Noodles Bazaar.
Here you will find eight varieties of noodles (Italy: Pasta / Kazakhstan: Lagman / China: Lanzhou Beef Ramen / Korea: Cold Ramen / Vietnam: Pho / Thailand: Tom Yum Goong Noodles / Malaysia: Laksa / Indonesia: Mie Goreng) that Momofuku Ando encountered during his travels in search of ramen’s origins. The bazaar is set to look like an Asian night market.
Next to each stall, you will find a machine like such for you to purchase your coupon. The price vary depending on what ramen you get and whether if you bought it with or without the drinks.
The first ramen we bought was the most basic/fundamental of all ramen – the chicken ramen.
Out of the eight available ingredients, you get to pick two to go along with your ramen.
The final product – Chicken ramen with roast pork and corn. JPY150.
It was such a tiny bowl! I think the idea is for you to try out as many ramens as possible; hence each bowl comes in a small portion.
Subsequently, I also bought the “Malaysia: Laksa” (JPY300) while the fiancé got a second serving of the chicken ramen.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to sample the other ramens as we had to rush down for My Cupnoodles Factory.
While we didn’t have to pay to obtain the coupon/ticket to enter My Cupnoodles Factory, we do have to pay JPY300 to get a cup through the vending machine.
After purchasing the cup, we were then asked to disinfect our hands with alcohol.
Then, wait for the staff to direct us to our seats.
Each cup comes with a transparent lid, and we were told not to remove the lid while drawing. (Since that’s where the noodles go, you certainly want to keep it clean.) Each cup noodles only have a shelf life of one month; hence we were also told to write down the date before we began our drawing.
Starting off with a blank canvas.
Colour markers were provided for us to use/decorate our cups.
I wish I have talent in drawing, but unfortunately, I don’t.
His on the left, while mine on the right.
Once we were done decorating, we then joined the queue to add in the noodles and ingredients to our cups.
Aside from creating your own outer packaging, there are two other steps in creating your very own cup noodles:
1. Select your soup – Chicken / Seafood / Curry / Chili Tomato
2. Choose your toppings (allow to pick four) – Shrimp / Cubic Roast Pork / Egg / Green Onion / Hiyoko-chan Naruto / Garlic Chip / Green Bean / Cheese / Imitation Crab / Corn / Kimchi / Dice Mince.
For soup, I decided to go with Chili Tomato, since that seems to be the most special among the four. For the ingredients, I had a hard time trying to pick out four for my noodles. Eventually, I decided to go with shrimp, imitation crab, corn and hiyoko-chan naruto.
As of right now, the cup noodles is sitting in my house, sealed and untouched. I thought of eating it when I first brought it home, but I sort of forget about it, and now it had passed its shelf life.
Right after we got back our sealed cup noodles, the next step is to pack them into the “air package”.
I tried but failed miserably trying to inflate the bag. In the end, I had to seek help from the fiancé.
For ease of carrying, strings were provided for us to tie around the edges so that we can carry them like so.
Back at level 1…
One last stop at the souvenir store before we left.
Compressed instant noodles
Bought this adorable memo pad that can be folded into a cup noodle.
It was a pity that we didn’t have more time to do our shopping slowly. We were running late, so I only had time to grab a few items, rushed to make payment, before we leave the museum. We eventually made it out of the museum at slightly past 13:00; and it was a mad rush trying to reach the Doraemon Museum at 14:00.
I’m sorry, but I’ll have to end this post here before it gets way too long. Will continue with Part 2 (visit to the Doraemon Museum) in my next entry.
Meanwhile, you can also check out the short video I created: