If you’re like me, and have never visited Japan before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised from the moment you step out of the airport. Every single person you meet is super friendly and understanding of tourists that do not speak Japanese very well. There is a procedure for everything, and no matter where you visit throughout the country, you’ll never be short of things to do and see.
My partner Russell and I have been in Japan for three days now! We landed at Haneda Airport on bright and early on Tuesday morning, and after stepping out into the four degree weather, our Japanese adventure began. Coming from summer Australia, where we have had an average daily temperature of 38 degrees celcius (100 degrees fahrenheit), experiencing such cold temperatures was a shock to the system!
We spent our first two days in Japan, exploring the city of Yokohama. If you’re looking for a relaxing place to start your Japan adventure, I’d highly recommend checking out Yokohama. Compared to cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, there isn’t a whole lot to do. But it’s a great place to get a feel for the country, language and culture.
VISITING THE CUP NOODLE MUSEUM IN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN!
Yesterday on our first full day in Japan, we headed to the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. (You can check out their website, here). If you’re not sure what the Cup Noodle Museum is, it’s essentially exactly what it sounds like! You walk in to a gigantic room, with a huge cup of noodles on the ceiling, purchase your entry fee and head up some stairs into the museum itself. You’ll learn all about the history of cup noodles, how they’ve changed over the years, and all the cool designs that have been released since they began manufacturing the delicious snack food.
But the coolest part about the Cup Noodle Museum, is the fact that you can design and create your own cup of noodles. Seriously. It’s a thing. You can leave Japan having designed your very own, one of a kind, cup of instant noodles. How cool is that!?
Here’s a basic run down of how the process works.
STEP ONE: CUP DESIGN
When you purchase your entry ticket downstairs, you can select a time to create your cup of noodles. You’ll get a time bracket of around 20 minutes to do so. When it comes time to start the process, you’ll be given an empty cup and asked to sanitise your hands with alcohol. You’ll then be given a lid for your cup, and shown to a table with a ton of different coloured textas. This is where you let your creative juices flow! You can literally draw and write anything you like on your cup. The sky is the limit. The more creative you are, the better! You’ll definitely feel like a kid again, that’s for sure.
STEP TWO: SHRINK WRAP YOUR CUP
Once you’ve created your noodle cup masterpiece, you’ll then line up to begin the filling of your cup! The first step is adding the block of dry noodles. I’m not entirely sure how they do this, but regardless, it’s awesome to watch. Once your dry noodles are in your cup, you then move onto the fillings. Here, you get to choose one flavouring and four toppings! I opted for the regular cup noodle flavour, and four servings of spring onion. Russell got the same flavouring, with spring onion, corn, shallots and some random topping that neither of us have any idea what it is!
Next, the super friendly cup noodle staff will shrink wrap your custom designed cup. Again, I have no idea how they do it, but it happens in an instant. They put a plastic wrap around the cup, then it goes through some sort of oven looking machine to stick it to the sides of your cup! It really is an awesome process.
Once your cup has come out of the cute little noodle oven, you’re left with this!
To stop your cup from crushing when you leave the museum, you get given a bag that you can inflate like a balloon. However, if you’re like me and don’t inflate the bag properly, the cup will just fall out. I just popped the balloon bag and kept it as a souvenir!
There you have it. If you’re ever in Yokohama, and are looking for something different and fun to do, definitely check out the Cup Noodle Museum! It’s super close walking distance to the main train station, plus there are a ton of shopping malls close by too. I suggest making a day of it, you won’t be short on things to do!
Have you been to Yokohama or the Cup Noodle Museum before? Tell me in the comments below!