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October 17, 2017

Visit Yokohama - Cup Noodles Museum



I centered our family trip to Tokyo around my kids and since we had some time after exploring Tokyo, I decided a day trip to Yokohama to visit the Cup Noodles Museum would be fun for them.  It took us about 40 minutes by train to get to Yokohama from Shinagawa.  It was a nice and scenic 10 minute walk from the train station to the Cup Noodle Museum.  The museum is also located near a huge mall (World Porters) and an amusement park complete with ferris wheel and roller coasters.

During planning, I had visited the website and learned that in addition to making your own cup noodle, you can also sign up for the chicken ramen classes.  However, it said you had to work in pairs and I wasn't sure they would allow myself and 2 kids.  Plus, the sign up is online in Japanese.  The reservations for the chicken ramen class sell out so don't expect it to be available if you didn't make a reservation.

The entrance to the museum is 500 yen for adults and free for children.  The cost of each cup noodles is 300 yen.  Once you pay your admission, you get tickets for a time slot for the My CUPNOODLES factory.  You get in line at the time designated on your ticket.  Once you enter the cafeteria, you purchase your cup noodles from a vending machine.  Next you'll cleanse your hands with the sanitizing spray.  You then get seated by the staff to a table where you decorate your Cup Noodle.  Be sure to stay within the red lines and write the date.  The noodles need to be eaten within a month. 

After you'r done decorating, you'll stand in another line to make your cup noodle.  You'll get to choose one of 4 soup bases: chili tomato, cup noodle, curry, or seafood.  Then you get to choose 4 toppings.  If you only want one topping, you can get 4 servings of it.  You'll then watch it get sealed and heat wrapped.  It was a very fun and creative experience for the kids.  They both enjoyed it and I highly recommend this activity. 










Afterwards, the kids played at the Cup Noodles Park.  The admission is 300 yen for 30 minutes and is very well organized.  The kids travel to each station clockwise so it's not chaotic like other playgrounds.  We also checked out their food court for treats, but if you can wait it out, go next door and visit the mall's food court for better selections.     
     

Cup Noodles Museum
2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan

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