I haven’t been writing on my blog for a while, because I only have a few weeks left and so many things I still want to do, so writing kind of felt like wasting my time. But today I decided that it is also a waste of my blog if I don’t keep writing until the end of my stay in Japan. So from today I’ll try to post more often again, starting with today’s trip to the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama.
Yokohama is a city about 30-45 minutes (depending on which train you take) south of Tokyo. I’ve been to Yokohama before, but today I decided to visit the city again for one specific reason: the Cup Noodle Museum.
There’s an actual ‘museum-section’ with some information on the history of Cup Noodles, a display of all different kind of cups they produced over the years and a silver statue of the man who started it all. They even have a cup-noodle-shaped arty piece on display. This area is worth walking around for about 5 minutes and it seems to just be there to be able to call the building a museum. The main attractions of the museum are the foodcourt and the My Cup Noodles Factory.
We started at the foodcourt, being a really nice fake market square with small food stands. Every stand sells noodles from a different country around the world (there’s even spaghetti from Italy) and there’s this great concept where you can buy small portions for 300 yen, so you can try two or three (or more if you’re hungry) different kind of noodles. After trying some Japanese, Vietnamese and Indonesian noodles I decided to go for dessert as well. There are some normal dessert options, but I couldn’t resist trying the weird Cup Noodles softcream, being normal softcream but with toppings that you would normally find in a cup of Cup Noodles. Interesting to try, but extremely disgusting.
After lunch we went to the My Cup Noodles Factory, where you can buy an empty cup and then draw whatever you want on it. After the drawing you can choose your noodles and own mix of toppings. The cup will be sealed as if it were a real Cup Noodles cup and can be taken home as a souvenir. Although this part of the museum is really crowded and you only get a limited amount of time to draw on your cup, it is the most fun part.
In short; the actual ‘museum-section’ of the museum is not that interesting, but the Cup Noodle Museum is definitly worth a visit for it’s other attractions!