CupNoodle Museum

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One of the most beloved foods in all of Japan is the simple cup of noodles. It’s something I was familiar with before our move, so I’d put off a trip to the museum in Yokohama, saving it for a rainy day. That was a mistake.

This museum is AWESOME. I went with a friend, and our visit skipped around quite a bit from the museum’s normal order of things. We bought our tickets and went straight to the make-your-own-cup floor, where we promptly sat to coloring our styrofoam (CupNoodle, please change that material!) cups.

Some of us were better decorators than others…

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We went on a weekday and the place was packed. You reserve a time slot to make your CupNoodles (yes, it’s cup noodles, not cup *of* noodles) and join the rest of Japan on the third floor.

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If you are extra on-the-ball, you can reserve a tour to actually make your own NOODLES from scratch, not merely your own cup of made-by-somebody-else noodles. I still think this would be an amazing group outing – if I can remember to book months out!

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Sadly, we only made cups of the pre-made noodles. Which was still amazing, just not *peak* amazing. You can choose four from a variety of toppings for your CupNoodles.

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I think we chose well.

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This is the face of someone who can’t wait to eat their delicious cup.

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You can take your CupNoodle home in its very own airpack. Which makes a convenient weapon…

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Or a stylish bag…

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Once we had our CN’s in tow, we started the museum over from the bottom, where we learned all the good stuff. Like how once upon a time, CupNoodle only came in a few flavors…

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But luckily times have changed!

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Known as Mr. Noodle for inventing CupNoodle, Momofuku Ando was a beloved international figure, famous and influential enough worldwide that the New York Times wrote him an obituary. Sidenote: they belatedly wrote one just recently for the woman who invented the chocolate chip cookie, an equally life-changing invention. 

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There’s plenty of CupNoodle memorabilia to take home, too!

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We had such an awesome time, I ended up taking several new friends who hadn’t visited yet there too. There’s an epic playground for kids 3+ and a CupNoodles bazaar, where the noodles are served in a variety of international ways.

It’s a great place to spend any day, be it rainy or otherwise! Weekends are breathtakingly busy, so I’d recommend a weekday and booking tickets advance if you can!

More information on the legendary CupNoodle museum (in Yokohama) is here!

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