What thing comes into your mind when you hear the place museum? Perhaps some displayed artifacts tightly sealed in a glass box? While that is conventionally true, a museum in Yokohama sure knows how to think outside of that typical glass box.
About a 5-10 minute walk from Shin- Yokohoma Station, the famously called Ramen Museum does not only provides you the food of knowledge about ramen but literally serves it to you as well. Ramen, as we generally call it noodle comes with a long and rich history from countries in the northern part of Asia and is a great influence in the food culture here in Japan.
The museum is built in an underground base 3-floor building; the ground floor which serves as the main entrance and souvenir shop while the first and second basement floors as the main museum area.
What made this place so unique is how it replicates the old Japan back in the 40’s to 60’s. Walking in makes it look like a town within a town. The attention to detail is truly amusing that each corner is a reference from how Japan was like before.
But the main attraction in the museum is without fail the ramen shops. There are 9 particular ramen shops originating from various cities and prefectures all over the country. Note that each shop should be payed separately including a separate entrance fee. That may sound like much but experiencing the ambiance of the museum itself and being able to access all the authentic taste from each type of ramen is a sure bang for your buck.
Depending on the days but it does get crowded on the weekend and lining up for a couple of minutes is inevitable but hey, that also gives you a chance to take a break and digest in between bowls. For some desserts, you should check out old sweet shops that sell nostalgic treats from your childhood. Most especially, a sundae cone or two from the museum’s old style cafe called Kateko.
Being one myself, the opportunity to see a period from the past is like living my old soul’s dream not to mention with an added extra feeling of satisfaction and replete from a classic bowl of goodness.