Japan is filled with an abundance of unique, weird and wonderful things to see and do. One of these unique activities, is the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. Before arriving in Japan, we researched the things we wanted to do in each city that we were visiting. After the first day of research, our list was already quite long.
Yokohama was going to be the first stop on our month long Japanese adventure. Compared to bigger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, there isn’t quite as much to do in Yokohama. But if you’re looking for a relaxing place to start your journey through Japan, we definitely suggest including Yokohama to your itinerary. It’s a great introduction to Japan, giving you a feel for the country, language and culture.
One of the most unique things we did during our time in Yokohama, was visit the Cup Noodle Museum. We made our very own cup of noodles and learned all about the history of instant noodles in Japan and across the world. These delicious snack treats have been around for a long time and have been growingly popular worldwide.
Table of Contents
- Cup Noodle Museum Quick Information
- What is the Cup Noodle Museum?
- Cup Noodle Museum Location
- Cup Noodle Museum Admission Times
- Admission Fees & My Cup Noodles Factory Cost
- Creating your own Cup of Noodles
- Step One: Purchase your cup
- Step Two: Design your cup
- Step Three: Fill your cup with noodles and flavouring
- Step Four: Shrink wrap your cup
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Cup Noodle Museum Quick Information
What is the Cup Noodle Museum?
The Cup Noodle Museum is essentially exactly what it sounds like – a museum for cup noodles! Inside the museum you’ll learn the history of instant noodles, where they originated from and how they are made today. It’s an awesome experience, and there are even a few interactive areas within the museum which are a lot of fun for kids.
The main attraction, of course, is the My Cup Noodle Factory. Here you’ll be able to create your very own cup of noodles, from designing the cup yourself to shrink wrapping your masterpiece. We’ll tell you how the process works a bit later in this post.
Cup Noodle Museum Location
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
The Cup Noodle Museum is located in Yokohama, Japan. Yokohama is less than an hour away from Tokyo by train. Train travel is the best way to explore Japan, given the fact that their train system is world class. You’ll need to get off the train at Sakuragicho Station, cross the road and walk towards the giant ferris wheel. Don’t worry, it’s super easy to find.
Once you’re on the same side of the road as the ferris wheel, walk around it until you find this building:
That’s the Cup Noodle Museum! It’s a very large, obvious building so even if you get lost, just keep an eye out for the building itself and you should be fine. Otherwise, just ask somebody! Japanese locals are very friendly, and will go out of their way to give you directions.
Cup Noodle Museum Admission Times
The Cup Noodle Museum is open daily from 10am until 6pm. Due to the length of time it takes to create your own cup of noodles and browse through the museum, the last admission each day is at 5pm.
The Cup Noodle Museum is closed on Tuesdays and over the New Year period. If a national holiday falls on a Tuesday, the museum will be closed the following day instead. Opening times and admission days may be subject to change, so be sure to check the Cup Noodle Museum website closer to your visit, to avoid disappointment.
Admission Fees & My Cup Noodles Factory Cost
Entrance to the Cup Noodle Museum costs 500 yen for adults. Children in high school or younger have free admission. To create your own cup of noodles, it costs 300 yen. This includes your blank cup, textas to design it, plus the filling and shrink wrapping stages.
Creating your own Cup of Noodles
Step One: Purchase your cup
Once you’ve purchased your Cup Noodle Museum entry ticket, you’ll either be given the next available time slot or choose a time that works best for you. That’s when you’ll be able to create your very own cup of noodles! Each person or group is only allowed 20 minutes to complete the process, in order to keep the line moving.
You’ll be given a blank, empty cup of noodles and asked to sanitise your hands with alcohol. Next, you’ll get a lid and shown a table with different coloured textas. This is where you can let your creative juices flow!
Step Two: Design your cup
The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating and designing your cup of noodles. You can draw, write or design anything you like, and the more creative, the better! On the cup itself, there’s even a place to write the date. This is a cool added touch, especially if you’re keeping the cup afterwards as a souvenir from your trip to Japan!
Step Three: Fill your cup with noodles and flavouring
After you’ve designed your cup, it’s time to fill it! The first step is adding the block of dry noodles. We’re not sure how they do this, but it’s awesome to watch. Once the noodles are in your cup, you’ll be asked to choose between a range of fillings. You can choose the main flavour of your noodles, plus four different toppings.
I went with the regular cup noodle flavour and four servings of spring onion, because I’m boring like that. Russell got the same flavouring as I did, plus spring onion, corn, shallots and some other mysterious topping.
If you’re wondering how I got this awesome photo, the staff at the Cup Noodle Museum are certainly up with the times, and offered to stop while I took photos throughout the process. Maybe that’s because I had a huge DSLR camera around my neck, but we loved the fact that I could get take photos during each stage.
If the person filling your cup of noodles doesn’t give you the opportunity to take photos, be sure to ask and I am certain they will be happy to do so!
Step Four: Shrink wrap your cup
Next, the person filling your cup will move onto the shrink wrapping process. It happens in the blink of an eye, and is pretty awesome to watch. Again, we have no idea how these next stages are done, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless.
After putting a plastic wrap around the completed cup (lid and all), it then goes through what looks like an oven. The oven then smoothes out all of the edges, giving you a finished product that looks like it’s been bought straight from one of Japan’s famous convenience stores.
Don’t forget to take photos during each stage of the process. It’s fun to look back on and it’s also a great story to tell once you arrive home from your Japanese adventure. Almost everything in Japan is super unique and quirky, and creating your very own delicious treat at the Cup Noodle Museum is nothing short of unique!
Once your cup of noodles has come out of the oven, you’ll be left with this final product! To stop your cup from crushing once you leave the Cup Noodle Museum, you’ll be given a bag that can inflate just like a balloon. Put your cup of noodles inside the bag and use the special pump to protect your creation. However, if you’re like me and don’t inflate the bag correctly, your cup of noodles will just fall out.
If this happens to you, pop you cup out of the bag and keep both as a souvenir! My protective bag lasted about 5 minutes, and both of our cups of noodles are sitting in our house, with no damage whatsoever.
If you’re ever in Yokohama, Japan and looking for something different and fun to do, check out the Cup Noodle Museum. It’s within walking distance of Yokohama’s major train station, plus there are a ton of shopping malls nearby too. We recommend making a day out of it, to fully experience one of Japan’s most underrated cities.
Have you been to Yokohama or the Cup Noodle Museum before? Did you create your very own cup of noodles? Tell us in the comments below!
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