DIY your own cup noodles at Nissin Cup Noodle Museum

Making my own cup noodles at the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum was one of the most anticipated activity and place of visit in my recent trip to Tokyo since the trip was for my cousin and I had planned most of the itinerary around her preference.

Along with my Japanese friend Dolphin-san, the three of us head down to Yokohama (which is also Dolphin-san’s hometown) and spent an afternoon there learning about Nissin Cup Noodle’s history, how the inventor came to solve a problem (isn’t almost all inventions were there to solve a problem) to now being a coverted favourite food of many people worldwide (including myself, guilty~)

Approaching Cup Noodles Museum

Approaching Cup Noodles Museum

The Cup Noodles Museum Building

The Cup Noodles Museum Building

Giant Cup Noodle Paper Lantern

Giant Cup Noodle Paper Lantern

Cup Noodle Art Sculpture

Cup Noodle Art Sculpture

Inside the Museum

The museum itself consist of an exhibition gallery, the Momofuku theater that shows how the inventor Momofuku Ando invented instant noodle and his experience of creating the Nissin brand, the “My Nissin Cup Noodle Factory” area where you get to DIY your instant cup noodles and the top level which sells other types of ramen around the world as well as the famous Instant Noodle soft serve ice cream.

I did not manage to take a slow walk within the galleries, which was quite a waste; as we were rushing to meet our time for the DIY noodle session.

Inside the Inventor's hut

Inside the Inventor’s hut

Display of instant cup noodle cup design

Display of instant cup noodle cup design

My fail selfie inside the display gallery

My fail selfie inside the display gallery

DIY Nissin Cup Noodles

The highlight of the trip would definitely be the DIY customised instant cup noodle experience. Each participant will only be allowed to buy one cup each.

The staff tried very politely to tell us that (I was lucky to have my Japanese friend with us to ask them in Japanese) and seeing that there were soooooooo many other Japanese there as well, we decided to just stick to their rules.

Queuing for our turn to make our DIY cup noodles!

Queuing for our turn to make our DIY cup noodles!

The process was pretty simple by following everyone else. First dispense a cup from the vending machine, wash your hands then the staff will direct you to an empty table where you can start decorating the cup.

Cup Vending Machine

Step 1: Cup Vending Machine

Step 2: wash your hands

Step 2: wash your hands

Step 3: Decorate your cup!

Step 3: Decorate your cup!

The exciting portion of the experience was we got to choose the ingredients that goes into the cup. We got to mix and match the soup base and the toppings in the cup to make our very own unique flavour.

Since I love Seafood flavour soup, I took the seafood flavour soup and other toppings, which you can check out on my Nissin Cup Noodle Review video.

Step 4: Choose your ingredients!

Step 4: Choose your ingredients!

Check out the whole Nissin Cup Noodle DIY experience in this video I have created!

 

Chicken Ramen Workshop

There is also another workshop that specifically made Chicken Ramen, which was the first product created by Mr. Momofuku Ando. That Chicken Ramen workshop needed upfront reservations which I only found out later on. Thus it is not covered in this post.

However, if you wish to register for the Chicken Ramen workshop, you can call them
Chicken Ramen Factory reservations: 045-345-0825 (Reception hours: 10:00-18:00, holidays excluded)

It was mentioned in the brochure that it has an online reservation route, but I could not find it, so get your hotel concierge to give them a call is the safest bet.

It is a 90 minutes workshop with 8 timeslots throughout the day:
10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 1:15pm; 2:00pm; 2:45pm; 3:30pm and 4:15pm.

 

Here is the review on my customised Nissin Cup Noodles!

Besides the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum, Dolphin-san also took us around Yokohama bay area which has many other interesting sights and shopping, which I will try to cover them all in another blog post. Thank you Dolphin-san for showing me and my cousin around Yokohama!

 

Overall

I definitely want to head back there again. The whole experience was definitely fun and I got to bring home a DIY cup noodle made by myself!! As we did not spend a lot of time (since we were there in the late afternoon, I want to go back and slowly walk through the museum and spend more time slowly exploring the exhibits. Despite the language barrier and the heavy Japanese crowd inside the museum, I still wanna go again. I also want to try the Chicken Ramen Workshop!!! It is a interesting place not to be missed in Yokohama!

 

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM (formal name: Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan
Telephone: 045-345-0918
Museum hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Holidays: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year end / new year holidays
Website: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english

Admission to the Museum:
Adults: 500 yen (tax included)
high school age children and younger: Free

Chicken Ramen Workshop:
Junior high school and adults: 500 yen (tax included)
Elementary School children: 300 yen (tax included)
Participants will receive a Hiyoko-chan souvenir bandana.

DIY Nissin Cup Noodles: 300 yen per cup.
You pay for it at the vending machine, not at the reception counter.

 

How to get there:

Map of Nissin Cup Noodles Museum

My route:
As it was Dolphin-san who took us around, we took a train from Shinjukusanchome station to Yokohama station and walk towards Nissin Cup Noodle Museum, after a few other stopovers in between.

I will not discuss further on how my route to get there because it was pretty complicated and the routes changes with time because of the different trains along that line.

It is best to refer to a real-time train guide or even google maps (they have pretty accurate public transport guide) to maneuver your way down to Yokohama.

 

By Train:
8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station
12 minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station

 

By Bus:
Near to the Tourist spot round-trip bus Akai kutsu bus Kokusaibashi CUPNOODLES MUSEUM-mae stop
3 minute walk from the Minatomirai 100 yen bus World Porters stop
*The Minatomirai 100 yen bus runs only on weekends and holidays.

 

By car:
5 minutes from the Minatomirai interchange of the Kanagawa Route 1 Yokohane Line

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “DIY your own cup noodles at Nissin Cup Noodle Museum

  1. Danessa Foo

    Wow! I didn’t know such a factory exists… and that queue line, haha!
    Your customised cup noodles looks too cute to be eaten, the chick fishcakes are adorable!!

  2. Fred

    Too bad I didn’t know about this noodle museum. Who would have thought this was such a popular tourist destination. Will try to go there if we go to Tokyo again.

  3. Elizabeth O.

    This is such a fun experience, no doubt about it. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to make your own cup noodles. I don’t really like eating processed food and the like, but cup noodles is something that I used to enjoy. It’s definitely worth giving a try especially since it’s a rare experience.

  4. Leke Awonuga

    It’s obvious your country is blessed with varieties of fun destinations. That’s a first on the customized cup noodles.

  5. nicol

    ive heard about this and i want to go one day. who doesn’t love nissin cup noodle??? hahaa

  6. Leke Awonuga

    Creamy nice and that’s a first on a customized cup noodles. Sound like a good strategy for branding.

  7. roch

    This is such a unique event to participate and attend to. We definitely need more inspiring designs of Nissin cup noodles. Those with character faces look so cute.

  8. phyliciamarie

    That looks super fun! I’ve always loved Nissin Seafood Cup Noodles, so I might make my DIY one with that soup base. It really looks like a instant noodle fan’s happy haven.

  9. Alina Popescu

    A whole museum dedicated to cup noodles sounds really interesting. I love the DIY activity they have and I agree with you, attending the ramen workshop would have made your trip better. I’d like to try that myself when I visit Tokyo.

  10. Shub

    So much fun to see the actual operations that go behind the scene for a noodle factory. Glad that you got an opportunity to explore it. Your DIY noodles look perfect.

  11. Bhushavali

    Noodle musuem??? Make your own cup noodles???? That’s incredible.. Very interesting. I love cup noodles. Survived college days with it!!

  12. Amanda Love

    My daughter would love to tour this museum. As a matter of fact, so would my son. They love these noodles and my daughter calls it her college food.

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