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“Surreal experience”
Review of Cup Noodle Mueseum

Cup Noodle Mueseum
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Ikeda
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.
Reviewed December 17, 2013

Some people had cancelled and we were offered the chance to make our own ramen. Normally you have to book 2-3months in advance. It was a crazy surreal experience - we were rushed up the stairs to the kitchen and spent the next 1.5 hours furiously mixing and kneading to make noodles from scratch, doing a bit of colouring in of our custom designed packets while the noodles were cooking - bizarre and funny, it was a highlight of our holiday! We also made our own combinations of pot noodle and saw the 200 plus types of instant ramen noodles Nissin made over the years.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

went on a monday morning.. the place was already full of kids, very crowded. The waiting time for make your own cup noodle is 30min average as told by the staff, it is located at the end of the hall on the ground level and just queue up. However, it was so crowded that they decided to open the upper level. The experience is same. Draw picture on the cups, go to the counter to choose your ingredient, packing etc, the only difference is the cup is not from the vending machine, the staff just give you the cup upon payment. As advised, the noodle should be consumed with 1 month from the day of production.

1  Thank SSMiffySS
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

It's only a short train ride to Ikeda area from Osaka station. It is about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the train station.

Inside you will find an exhibit of the history of instant noodles on the left wall. Centered of the space is a replica of the home of the inventor of instant noodles Mr. Momofuku Ando. To the right shows some of the tools used. There is an original vending machine for cup-o-noodles. There are interactive games to play (They are all in Japanese so I didn't bother with them).

Walking past the museum are leads you to the make your own Cup-O-Noodle factory. It is 300 Yen to purchase the cup from the vending machine. Then you make your way to the designing area to decorate your cup however you want. Then you make your way to have you choose your soup type and ingredients. They then seal your cup for you and shrink wrap it too. They also provide you a blow up bubble carrying pouch.

There is also ramen making class available on the second floor. You do need to sign up for reservations ahead of time. As always, I recommend you call or ask your hotel concierge to see if they are open before venturing out there.

1  Thank Johnny C
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Entertaining and a lot of fun for adults and children alike. History of instant noodles, make your own noodles and package (tons of fun), and a display full of different instant noodles all over the world. Even if you don’t like ramen noodles, this is still a neat place to visit and to take a lot of fun vacation pictures. Best part – the gift shop is full of fun things to buy as keepsakes.

1  Thank e_moshun
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The right name for this place is infact called the "Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum" - was wondering why I couldnt find any listing for that.. so its just called the Instant Ramen Museum here.

We had a week in Osaka and took a train ride from the Osaka train station to Ikeda - by express train, it takes about 20mins. the normal train is slightly longer, about 30 mins but it was fine for us as we got to see more of osaka and the trains are very clean. wasnt as packed as what one would experience in tokyo.

from the ikeda station, its about a 7 min walk to the museum.
look out for a red signs with the yellow bird which are placed along the roads to help.
the train station attendent didnt speak english but handed us a smal piece of info that was intended to help us (see photo).

arrive EARLY if you want to meet the crowd - there is a queue to "design your own ramen" and the classes for the Chicken Ramen are mostly booked out. we had tried and were told it was full - when we arrived, they must have a dropout and were delighted to get into the 11am class. the Ramen making class is conducted 100% in Japanese so we didnt understand anything - still, we just watched and followed along. It was SO much fun for 1.5 hours and the class was very well organized. I enjoyed it as much as my 5 year old.

we arrived just before 10am... with the museum tour (quick), design your own ramen (less crowded but still had to queue).. and the chicken ramen class... we left the Museum around 12.45pm.. by then, there was a LONG line of people getting into the museum

certainly worth a visit!

7  Thank Ping_Singapore
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