Took a trip to the Rāmen Museum, located in Yokohama!!! This is a MUST GO place for all rāmen lovers, and for those who want to try authentic Japanese rāmen! One-day admission price is only ￥300 per person (adult) and ￥100 for Children & Seniors. You can also a 3-month pass for ￥500 or a 1-year pass for ￥800!!!
LOVED the design of the museum entrance...rāmen bowls lined up to greet you!! The museum opened in 1994, March 3rd...almost 20 years!
Parking available!! First 30 minutes is free if you show your admission ticket.
The official name of the museum is Shinyokohama Raumen Museum. In the old days, 'u' would be used instead of a 'ー' in Romaji!
Swirly designs everywhere! These swirls are supposed to represent the なると(naruto)'s on rāmen! They are the pink and white swirly fish cakes that are usually on top of noodles in Japan.
The museum has two floors. This is the floor below the ground floor - it is designed to be old-age Japan!
Everything is designed exactly how they were in the old days. There's even this police man (an actor) who walks around who keeps the city safe!! He was super friendly and such a funny guy.
Japanese candy shops!! Bought this 水あめ (mizu ame - water candy) for only ￥50. Nostalgic flavour!
Here are the NINE famous rāmen shops from across Japan! These rāmen branches from Kyūshu to Hokkaidō were specifically chosen to represent the distinctly different and authentic flavours across Japan.
Could not get all pictures due to the lines, but the nine rāmen shops are Toride, Ikemen, Kamome, Sumire, Ganja, Shinasoba-ya, Genkotsu-ya, Ryushanhai, and Komurasaki. The shops do change from time to time, and they previously had Ide Shoten, Keyaki, Hachiyaand Fukuchan.
Time to TRY THE NOODLES!!! But wait - there are rules! The most disappointing rule was that each person must order at lease one bowl of RAMEN to enter the shop. It cannot be a small side dish, drink, or rice-dishes. Which means that if you are traveling in a group and not everyone wants noodles at the same shop, you can't go in together and have to split up.
You will first need to purchase your rāmen from one of these vending machines. Then there is usually a line, especially for the popular shops, and a shop staff will check your order tickets to confirm each person is ordering at least one bowl of rāmen. We waited for about 20 minutes during lunch time.
Each shop is pretty small - fits no more than 20 people.
Mini Miso Rāmen, ￥550
Mini Chāshū Rāmen, ￥750
Mini Tonkotsu Rāmen ￥550
Ganja's soup is famous because instead of the usual pork-based broth, they use fish!!
Komurasaki is famous for their spices, using a pork bone based broth (tonkotsu) and a ton of garlic!! Their chāshū was exceptionally delicious!
Though all the sizes above are called 'mini', the bowls are still pretty big. It's a pity that one person's stomach can only fit around two mini rāmens!! They should reduce the serving size & price so that visitors can try a wider variety in one visit!
On the ground floor, there is a souvenir shop!
Description of the museum's own special rāmen!
Types of regional rāmen from all over Japan!
The best part of the souvenir shop was that you get to CREATE YOUR OWN RAMEN!!!
There are five steps to creating your own rāmen, including choosing your own soup base, style of noodle, and toppings!
They are all pre-packaged (gourmet instant noodle style)!
Then here's the green room where you can dress up (yes - they have costumes!) and snap a shot for the cover of your rāmen package!
Final product will look like this!! Makes such a funny + yummy gift!!