The Cupnoodles Museum located in Yokohama, Kanagawa, is the museum that was opened to memorize Mr. Momofuku Ando, the person who invented instant noodles and later the famous Cup Noodles.
After entering the Cupnoodles museum, in the main hall, you will see a huge Cup Noodles sitting on top of the entrance.
On the side, you will find many products by the company that produces Cup Noodles, Nissin Foods.
Even though the company is mainly famous for producing instant noodles, it also have products such as granola and yogurt.
After a brief look around, go up the main staircase and start exploring the world of Nissin’s instant noodles.
The first room you will see is a exhibition room with ALL types of the instant noodles and cup noodles sold by Nissin since 1958.
The start of the instant noodles’ history was the Chicken Ramen (Chicken flavored instant noodles); it was the first type of instant noodle invented by Momofuku Ando.
You would be surprised by the number and varieties of the instant noodles!
You can also see the changes of the Nissin products throughout the years.
A lot of them are not being produced anymore, some where ones that we enjoyed eating when we were little, so it was interesting to look at each one of them.
After taking time in this exhibition room, you will continue to the theatre to watch a short film about the life of Mr. Momofuku Ando. They also provide headphones in different languages, do ask the staff before the movie starts.
You will learn alot about Momofuku after the film; one important thing to remember is that he never gave up even if he failed.
He lost all his money when he was 47 years old, and after many trial and error, in 1958 he started the business of instant noodles when he was 48. At age 61, he invented Cup Noodles and he continued working with passion until he died at the age of 96 in 2007.
Exiting the theatre, you will continue on reading about the history about Momofuku and Nissin.
This is the little cabin that Momofuku used to invent instant noodles.
After many trail and error, he was able to find a way to create instant noodles; for the taste to stay in the noodles, able to be preserved for a longer time, and be served simply by pouring in boiling water.
On the walls you will see more details about Momofuku’s life story.
At the middle of the exhibition, you will find a interesting object of Cup Noodles. There are some key words hidden in the object, such as creative, unique, and global.
Try and spot them all when you visit the Cupnoodles museum 🙂
During his lifetime, Momofuku continues to invent new products and improving his current products; the instant noodles were even able to become space food!
Towards the end of the exhibition, you will find a wall of people who have achieved amazing things because they didn’t give up; you can find the Wright brothers, Konosuke Matsushita, Mrs. Curie, Charles Chaplin, Galileo Galilei, Henry Ford, and much more.
Of course, the inventor of instant noodle, Momofuku Ando, is standing at the middle among the others.
It was really interesting to see the exhibition and learn about the invention and the history. From the life of Momofuku, we were able to feel his passion; and his beliefs are so strong and positive that would give you a pat on the back; the whole exhibition was very encouraging.
After the exhibition, we went on to the experience of making our own Cupnoodles at “My CUPNOODLES Factory“
Since the experience is very popular, it is recommended to pre-reserve your time slot especially on weekends.
The tickets of the museum entry and entry + experience is sold in Lawson convenience stores and on their websites Lawson Tickets (Japanese only).
You can also buy the tickets on the spot, but if the time slot you are wishing for is full, you may have to wait a longer time or purchase the ticket first and visit other places in Yokohama then return for your time slot.
To make your own Cup Noodles, you will have to first purchase a cup from the vending machine on the left hand side of the room.
After purchasing the cup, wash your hand to get ready to start!
Once ready, the staffs will direct you to an open seat for you to design your own cup.
There are different color markers for you to choose from.
And there is also a sample cup on each table for people who need some ideas.
I wish I am better at drawing…but since I am not an artistic person, I kept it simple….
Once you finish desinging your own cup, you will continue to the front of the room and wait in line for your turn.
The staffs inside the glass room will help you continue making your own cup noodle.
From putting the noodle to choosing your flavor and toppings.
You can choose 1 type of soup and 4 types of toppings.
From beginning to end, you will be able to see how Cup Noodles are made in the factories.
The staff will also be explaining the process for you to follow.
Once your own Cup Noodle is done and wrapped up with plastic covers, it’s all set to be put in the airbag to bring home!
Follow the instructions at the tables and put your Cup Noodles in to bring with you~
Other than the experience of making your own Cupnoodles at “My CUPNOODLES Factory,” there is another experience that is more suggested for younger children (Limited to 7 years or older, children 10 years or younger will need a 13 years or older person to join them), the “Chicken Ramen Factory.”
After making our Cup Noodles, we were hungry and ready for lunch, so we continue up to the 4th floor where you can find the Noodles Bazaar.
At Noodles Bazaar you can find famous noodle dishes from China, Indonesia,
Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Italy, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan.
And of course you will be able to try the famous Chicken Ramen made by Nissin and the Pasta dish
that was born in Japan, called Napolitan .
They are all in half sizes so the price is not too expensive either. The noodles and dessert dishes are all 300 JPY each.
The inside of the Noodles Bazaar looks like the food stands in southern Asian countries.
You will order you dish at the stand that you want and bring it to your seats to eat, it is like a food court system.
On that day we ordered Pho from Vietnam.
And beef noodle from China.
The chicken ramen stand looked really attractive as well!
we were very tempted to try the Cup Noodles Soft cream!! But we gave up because we had plans to go have desert somewhere else…will share our thoughts some day of we get to try this….😅
I should say, Japanese people often invent really “interesting” things…
On the same floor of the Noodles Bazaar, there is also a terrace where you can go outside and enjoy the nice view of the ocean.
Once finished looking around and enjoying the Cupnoodles museum, you can head to the museum shop to get some souvenirs to bring home with you.
There are many limited flavored Cup Noodles and special packages sold in the museum shop.
There are also other choices that may become nice presents for families and friends.
Not only enjoy exploring the museum itself, also spend some time to explore the museum shop and see all the interesting products!
- Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
- Access: Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station, 8 min on foot / Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station, 8 min on foot / JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station / 12 min on foot
- Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00) / Holidays: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, will be closed on the following day), year end / new year holidays
- Fee: Adults: 500 JPY / High school students and younger: free entry (Not including Experience or restaurant)
- Ohter Fees: My CUPNOODLES Factory experinece 300 JPY per cup / Chicken Ramen Factory 300 JPY for Elementary school students, 500 JPY for Middle school or above.
- Payment: Mostly cash only
- Website: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM (カップヌードルミュージアム)
- All Images: TabiScarp