Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama – A Complete Guide
There's no better place for an instant noodle connoisseur than Yokohama's Instant Noodle Museum. Learn the history and have some fun at this highly original museum.
Momofuku Ando (1910-2007) was the founder of Nissin Food Products and the father of instant ramen. Having invented the world’s first instant noodles in 1958, he continued to dedicate his life to innovation and creativity in the world of food. The Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama has taken over Momofuku’s mantle, aiming to pass on his approach and boundless creativity to the next generations.
Aside from these lofty goals, the Cup Noodle Museum is a whole lot of fun. Let us introduce you to some of its best features.
The museum is a five-story building filled with interactive displays and workshops presenting the history and creativity behind instant noodles. Some workshops, however, do require reservations and extra fees.
10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Tuesdays and New Year Holidays
500 yen (extra cost for workshops and activities)
Exhibitions and Workshops
Instant Noodles History Cube
With an impressive 3,000 items on display, the History Cube provides a comprehensive and enlightening introduction to the company from its inception to the present.
The Momofuku Theatre showcases a lively animation telling the tale of how Momofuku was able to overcome adversity and invent the world’s first instant ramen.
Momofuku’s Work Shed
An exact replica of Momofuku’s work shed where he invented his first prototype. The humble shed and rudimentary tools inside are a great inspiration to any budding inventor.
The Momofuku Ando Story
A showroom of images and illustrations about Momofuku’s life and work.
Creative Thinking Boxes
A play area in which to learn about Momofuku’s creative process through the lens of his six key ideas: newness, taking hints from all around, nurturing an idea, looking at every angle, opposition to the status quo and never giving up.
Chicken Ramen Factory
A fun workshop where visitors are given the chance to make ramen by hand. To take part, reserve a place (at least 15 minutes in advance) at the front desk or beforehand over the phone or online. Fees for elementary school aged children are set at 300 yen and 500 yen for everyone else.
My Cup Noodles Factory
The most popular workshop at the museum, the Cup Noodle Factory is where you’re given the opportunity to design your own cup noodle packaging and choose your favourite toppings. Entry costs 300 yen and you can reserve a place at the front desk.
Cup Noodle Park
A children’s playground inspired by the cup noodle manufacturing process. Through play, children can learn the process from production to distribution. Kids can enter for 300 yen.
Restaurant and Shop
An instant noodle food court located on the third floor of the museum. Designed to resemble an Asian night market, here you can sample noodle dishes from around the world. Served in small sizes, take the opportunity to sample a variety.
Before leaving, don’t forget to visit the museum shop. All the cup noodle merch you could ask for, including limited edition cup noodle packaging to take home.
Map & Access
There are three stations within walking distance of the museum: Minatomirai and Bashimachi stations on the Minatomirai Line or JR Sakuragicho Station.
The Yokohama Akai Kutsu bus can take you from Minatomirai Station and Sakuragicho Station to the museum. The bus timetable is available here.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Osaka
If you find yourself in the Kansai area, check out the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. The sister museum of the Yokohama branch, it has similar exhibitions and workshops for you to enjoy.
9:30 – 16:00 (last admission 15:30)
Tuesdays and New Year Holidays