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“Not very informative, seemed more for kids and families”

Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
Ranked #19 of 555 things to do in Yokohama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We open 365days. Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum was founded on March 6th, 1994 as the world's first food-themed amusement park. From the start, our concept has been to be the one-stop place to enjoy the flavors of this national dish from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane. To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we've expanded on the Japan-wide concept to being one that covers areas worldwide, delivering even more of the attraction and fascination of ramen to one and all. Our nine ramen shops are showcased in a street-scape replication from the year 1958, Japan. It was in this year that the world's first instant ramen was invented.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Visiting a friend in Yokohama, we'd read about this museum so she took us there to check it out. What I liked: the old-time street reconstruction, the old time candy & novelty shop, eating ramen, and that's about it. What I didn't like: crowds of kids and families in the too-small, too hot hallways, lines in front of most of the "restaurants," the fact that so many of the restaurants had the same menu anyway, and most of all, there were no exhibits that were actually informative. It was not worth the subway ride since there isn't much else to see in this neighborhood anyway.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I don't feel that this can pass as a museum.

It has some ramen stalls. A little 50-ish display. That's it. I would like to really really see how ramen is made.

This is too small to do all that. Granted, being Japanese means everything is done nicely. Just not informative, in my opinion.

Thank Vuvie
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The ramen museum is one destination that I always looking forward to going to again. Entering the museum is an experience in time travel, going back decades to old time Tokyo.

There are several freshly made ramen vendors. The selection and ordering process can be a bit complicated for foreigners, yet everyone is friendly here and if you ask politely, people are certain to help you out. There are guidebooks available in many languages too.

Usually you can opt for either a huge bowl or a smaller "half" size, which is nice if you are planning to try a couple different styles.

Plan on spending quite some time here. It isn't a place to be rushed. Often weekend evenings the place will be packed with young men and women out for a cheap yet fun date.

I have been here countless times and even helped to convert several of my Japanese colleagues into fanatics over this place.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Museum part is tiny but go downstairs and you enter a different era. Has a '50's feel to it which makes it look like a small town from that time. Very detailed. Lots of Ramen to eat.

1  Thank pitgirl70
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

It is called the ramen musuem, but the musuem portion is a small section of the gift shop. I don't think anyone lingers on the first floor too long. The second floor is a reproduction of a Showa era town which has little ramen shops sprinkled about. It is beautiful and there's lots of little details hidden that make it special. It turns out that, when the musuem isn't overloaded with people, that the shop keepers/security guards, staff, etc are all playing characters which really steps up the value of this place. However, during the busy season of Japanese Golden Week (a series of national holidays in May), they mostly stop all of this and the little town becomes a huge line of waiting. I imagine in the summer time, it is equally crowded. We waited over 45 minutes for a bowl of ramen. No way to sample more than one, for sure. But, it was quite good.

2  Thank lana190
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