Friday, January 12, 2018

Yokohama - Cup Noodles Museum

The next stop after Kamakura was Yokohama and the Cup Noodles Museum. 

This is the Yokohama Bay Bridge, a two-level suspension bridge which connects Yokohama to Tokyo. 

I couldn't get over the amount of vehicles that were being transported at this port. 

Not sure if they were coming or going, but choke, yah.


I tried to get a good photo of all the cranes in the bay, but this is the best that I could do. 

This giant ferris wheel is part of Yokohama Cosmoworld, an amusement park right across from the Cup Noodles Museum. It takes 15 minutes for the ferris wheel to complete a full rotation and offers a wide view of the area. Too bad it wasn't on our itinerary. 

To be honest . . . Cup Noodles Museum? . . . they built a museum about Cup Noodles? I couldn't understand the attraction.

The ground floor was huge and spacious with lots of breathing room . . . unusual, I thought.

It was a different story upstairs in the My Cup Noodles Factory where you can create your own packaging. So this is where the crowd was. Aha!

This is the History Cube which tells the story, via displayed package samples, of the growth of inventor Momofuku Ando's instant ramen . . .

from 1958 . . .

to present day. 

This is the Noodles Bazaar where for 300 yen each, you can sample noodles from around the world.




We got noodles from Italy, China and Indonesia. Tasted just okay.

It was good to experience the museum since I'd never been there before. I found it pretty amazing to see how busy (and profitable) such a common-themed (boring) tourist attraction could be. But . . . and I think you know this already . . . once is enough.


Anonymous said...

I used to eat cup noodles in my younger days...but now no can. But like you I don't understand the "attraction" to see a museum on Instant Ramen. Unreal the amount of cars! I used to like the ferries where in my youth, but now no can handle...motion sickness. LOL


jalna said...

LOL, Izsmom. Once me, Leslie and Erick (the Photog) rode a ferris wheel thinking we could get good shots from up high of the fairgrounds. Trying to take pictures while going up and down in a swaying seat made me so nauseous. I feel seasick just thinking about it. And yah, I think that whoever created the Cup Noodle Museum could probably market just about anything successfully.

Mokihana said...

Love the photos!!! Playing catch-up on your blog.

And yeah, unreal the amount of cars!

jalna said...

Howzit, Moki!!

Cloudia said...

Really interesting. See, Hawaii people get this...

Anonymous said...

j: oh you found the breeding grounds of Cranes and little trucks. Mystery solved! That museum is indeed spacious for Japan but kinda meh to be a tribute to cup of noodles...not the most mysterious of all things in the universe but the savior of broke and hungry college students -N

Chet Colson said...

We visited the museum prior to embarking on the Diamond Princess to Hokkaido.Yup,don't understand the attraction,too.We ate at the food court,I had Thai,not bad for a tourist trap.

Honolulu Aunty said...

Choke! Too high, too many cars, too much ramen for me.

K and S said...

one station from where we live is where the inventor lived, so we also have a cup noodle museum. I agree once is enough, but we usually take people who visit us to see it, so we’ve been there more than once:)

jalna said...

Amazing yah, Cloudia.

True dat, N!!

Chet, very successful tourist trap!

LOL, Aunty.

Kat, I watched a documentary about the inventor. It was interesting.

Leslie's pics said...

glad i never went!!! The ramen museum was junk too!....ugh! I'm lucky I didn't hurl on that ferris wheel. That was baaaad.

jalna said...

Les, I'M lucky you didn't hurl on the ferris wheel.

Kay said...

I recognize that bridge! What a fun museum!
I wrote about the false alarm for Monday's post. Did you go into your closet?

jalna said...

Kay, I had somewhere to go and decided that since no sirens came on, that it was a false alarm and just went on my way.

DNakamaru said...

Looks like a cool place to me!

jalna said...

Dean, it was crowded so I think that a lot of people thought so too!