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~)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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:
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.
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
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.
5 minutes from the Minatomirai interchange of the Kanagawa Route 1 Yokohane Line
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