Japan is filled with unique activities and things to see and do. One of those activities, is the Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum! Before we arrived in Japan, Russell and I did a lot of research on everything there was to do, in each of the cities we were planning to visit. After a couple days of research, this list was long. Yokohama was going to be our first stop on our 4 week adventure through Japan!
There isn’t quite as much to do in Yokohama, compared to more well-known cities in Japan. However, if you’re looking for a relaxing place to start your Japanese adventure, I highly recommend including Yokohama on your itinerary. It’s a good place to begin your time in Japan, to get a feel for the country, language and culture.
So what is there to do in Yokohama? Visit the Cup Noodle Museum, of course!
A day at the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan
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 didn’t know this awesome (very Japanese) activity existed, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You walk into a large lobby, with a life sized cup of noodles hanging from the ceiling.
Purchase your entrance fee, and head up some stairs into the museum itself. You’ll learn about the history of cup noodles (hint: they’ve been around for a long time!), how they’ve changed over the years, and the cool designs that have been released since they began manufacturing this delicious snack food.
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!The history of cup noodles is so interesting! You can learn all about it & design your own… Click To Tweet
Here’s a quick run down of how the process works:
STEP ONE: CUP DESIGN
- After purchasing your entry ticket, you’ll either be given the next available time, or have the chance to select a time, to create your cup of noodles.
- You’ll only have around 20 minutes to create your cup of noodles. It’s done this way to keep things moving, especially during busy, peak times throughout the year.
- First, you’ll be given a blank, empty cup and asked to sanitise your hands with alcohol.
- Next, you’ll be given a lid for your cup, and shown to a table with different coloured textas. This is where you let your creative juices flow!
- You can draw, write and design absolutely anything on your cup. The more creative you are, the better!
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 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.
Then, 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’re 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!The Cup Noodle Museum is one of the best things to do in Yokohama. Here's how it works!… Click To Tweet
Have you been to Yokohama or the Cup Noodle Museum before? Tell me in the comments below!
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