We meant to go to Cup Noodles musuem last time we were here but this was an activity Rob wanted to do so I was trying to wait for him. Anyway, it never happened so we made a point to visit it this time! It’s a super touristy thing to do so we figured, it must be cool so why not?
It only costs 500 yen per person to enter the museum.
They give you a little history lesson on Cup Noodles, which began back in 1958. The museum has an entire room dedicated to showing people all the different packaging and flavors they released over the years. It was actually pretty impressive! There are a lot of multiples of the same thing to fill space but it’s still really cool.
There was also a room devoted to telling the history of Cup Noodles founders but it was all in Japanese so we didn’t spend much time in there. Rob did pose with Momofuku Ando & his wife, the Cup Noodle founders. Chikin Ramen was the original!
For an additional 300 yen per person, you can make your own personalized cup o’ noodles. We almost didn’t do this because it’s extremely popular and the lines was really long but in the end, decided this was half the fun so got in line anyway. It didn’t take all that long to get through the line.
You start by grabbing a ticket and then standing in line. When you reach the front of the line, they give you directions on what to do. They had some printed in English for us to read. After you have read the directions, you are lead to a machine where you insert your yen and it dispenses your empty styrofoam cup. They make you sanitize your hands, give you a lid and find you a seat where you can sit to customize your cup with decorations of your choice. Neither of us have a lot of artistic talent so ours are pretty basic but some of those people were amazing artists!
I think they offer classes where you can actually make the noodles but we opted out of that. I think that’s what those people are doing!
Once you’ve completed your personalized design of your cup, you get in line once more to pick your personalized flavor. All the noodles are obviously the same but you choose your broth and additional ingredients.
After the Cup Noodles museum, we just kinda hung out in the area. The museum is located right across from the waterfront and a famous amusement park. We grabbed a way overpriced beer and wandered around the mall, which had a heavy Hawaiian influence.
So, now we can check that off the list!
Update: it was about a week before I got around to eating my custonized Cup Noodle… it was delicious! I did such a good job. I’m sure they sell the chili tomato ramen back home but I don’t remember seeing it. It’s my new favorite broth, by far!