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Osaka: Cup Noodles Museum

Located at 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda City in Osaka Prefecture, Cup Noodles Museum (カップヌードルミュージアム 大阪池田is a very educational and interactive museum perfect for all those noodle lovers out there. Also called Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, this is actually one of the two Cup Noodles Museums in Japan. The other one is located in Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture. 

Built in 1999, the Cup Noodles Museum was built in the city dubbed as the birthplace of instant noodles. It was in a little shed at the backyard of Momofuku Ando's house in Ikeda City that the first instant noodles were created on August 25, 1958. It took Momofuku Ando an entire year of research and trial and errors to create what is now one of the most popular food in the world. 
Cup Noodle Museum

Formerly The Instant Ramen Museum
Museum hours: 9:30AM -4:00PM
The museum is free admission

Contact number: 072-752-3484

Welcome to the cup noodle museum
Let's check out the Momofuku Ando and the Story of Instant Noodles

Check out the Magical tables
Visit the Cup Noodles Drama Theater
Learn about Hiyoko-chan
Momofuku Ando's bust
Some of his personal stuff displayed at Traces of Momofuku Ando

I would love to talk more about the life of the Father of Instant Noodles and the history of the cup noodles but I think visiting the museum is a much better way of learning about this. The museum has detailed historical information complete with interactive visuals that would surely make you a "cup noodle historian" in just a day. 
The recreation of Momofuku Ando's shed
The tools that helped bring the instant ramen to life

You would also see a recreation of the little shed complete with the tools and ingredients used by Momofuku Ando when he created the first instant noodles. After checking out the shed, walk a few meters to discover the Momofuku Ando and the Story of the Instant Noodles section of the museum. You'd see rare objects and photos from the period of Momofuku Ando's life. You would surely enjoy the interactive walls of this section in the museum.

Design your own cup... My CUPNOODLES Factory

Now after learning about the history of the cup noodles, the next perfect thing to do is design your own cup noodle packaging and create your personal cup noodle flavor at the My Cupnoodle Factory which is also inside the museum. In order for you to do this, you have to pay 300 yen per cup. I highly suggest that you try this one out. 
The Instant Ramen Tunnel

Gotta love the displays

Another part of the museum is the Chicken Ramen Factory on the second floor of the museum. Here, you can experience first hand how to make your own noodles. A 500 yen participation fee is charged for the experience. Aside from the memories, participants will receive a Hiyoko-chan (Chicken Ramen mascot) souvenir bandana. Please take note that if you belong to a group of 20 people or more, reservation is required. 
Check out the souvenir shop

Ella got her own Hiyoko-chan

Lastly, before leaving, don't forget to buy some souvenir in the souvenir shop. 
This place will be fossilized in your mind forever
Thanks, Mr. Toshi

I love you My Cup Noodles.

I got to visit the Cup Noodle Museum during the first day of my 22-day 2018 Japan trip. I totally enjoyed learning about the history of one of my favorite foods. My family also enjoyed creating our own cup noodle packaging. Overall, this place is highly recommended for all those noodle lovers out there.

Getting there:

The Cup Noodle Museum can be reached by train. Ride the Hankyu Takarazuka Line and board down at Ikeda Station. It is approximately 20 min. ride from Hankyu Umeda Station via express train.

The museum is approximately 5 min. walk from the Masumi-cho Homen Exit.

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  2. I never heard about Noodle Museum! Thanks for sharing that!

  3. This looks amazing! Especially because I'm a noodle lover myself, I'd probably just add this to my wanderlust buketlist.
    Great post, I certainly just became hungry!

  4. This looks interesting- and yummy! I'll have to check it out if I ever make it that way.

  5. Who knew there was a ramen museum?! Definitely sounds like a must see in Japan!

  6. Thank you for sharing such a fun day out

  7. So cool, didnt know they had a museum for noddles!

    1. Well, this is Japan, they have a museum for almost everything.

  8. All about noodles. Interesting. This will definitely be on my travel list.

    1. I would love to see that you have visited this place in the future.

  9. Nice! What a incredible trip! I love Japan! lucky you! I hope I will go there someday! thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow, it sounds to be a great place. Thanks for sharing your experience! Osaka is really a great place.

    1. It really is. =) I would surely come back for more someday.

  11. Wow there is seriously a museum for everything out there. I think the design your own cup feature would be my favorite.

    1. I agree. Japan is fond of creating museums. Anyway,I do hope you get tovisit the Cup Noodle Museum somwday soon.


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