Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. The ramen museum is just about 5-8 mins. walk from the Shin-Yokohama Station.
This is the world’s first food-themed amusement park established in 1994 with the concept “the one-stop place to enjoy the flavors of this national dish from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane”.
On the first floor, you’ll find the ramen shop where you can bring home ramen from all over the country, even various goods like chopsticks, bowls, and utensils special to the ramen trade. You can also make your own original brand of ramen at the “My Ramen” booth.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum transports you back to Japan’s 1950s era. Visitors can explore a replica of some streets and houses of Shitamachi, the old town of Tokyo, below its two basement floors.
There are eight ramen restaurants, each features a ramen dish from a different region of Japan. The shops change from time to time to showcase the variety of ramen throughout the world.
How to order?
Outside each restaurant, there’s a vending machine where you place your order. Like how all vending machine works: deposit your yen, select your meal, grab your ticket and give them to the host. The machines are entirely in Japanese but they do have laminated menus in other languages.
What are the ramen shops?
One of the ramen shops we tried was Nidai-me Genkotsu-ya. Nidai-me means “second generation” of Genkotsu-ya. The “Golden soup”, where pork bone, chicken bone, tough, fatty cuts of tuna and konbu (kelp) go into the soup at Genkotsu, and the resulting color is pure gold.
The master of this ramen shop, the late Mr. Minoru Sano, has been nicknamed “The Ramen Demon”. He traveled all over Japan, and with great scrutiny, brought together over 30 ingredients of the highest nutrition. This is the other ramen shop that we tried and the ramen that I liked more. So flavorful!
We aren’t able to try it all due to limited time and limited tummy space. haha! Anyhow, here are some of the ramen shops in the museum.
Along with restaurants, there is an old-style bar called Izakaya Ryoji, where visitors can smoke and grab some drinks.
- Go to the museum on an empty stomach. You don’t want to go all the way there just to eat one bowl. Go prepared and fulfill your purpose!
- Order their small-sized ramen. Yes, they do have it in a half portions so you can try most ramen shope. Although for me that portion still feels like a full serving.
- Each adult is expected to order at least one bowl of ramen when dining in the shop.
- Keep an eye on the shops with the longest line. In Japan, the longer the line means the better the food they serve.
It is a delightful recreation, but honestly, it is best to visit only if you’re spending more than 5 days in Tokyo. So you can also spend the day around Yokohama.
How to get here?
Take the F line from Shinjuku-sanchome Station. (around 50 – 60 mins travel)
Business Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Fee: Adult (13 or older) – ¥310 ; Child (6 to 12) & Seniors (60 over) – ¥100
Website: Shin-Yokohama Ramen museum