Yokohama. Venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup final, home to the biggest China town in Asia (outside of China!), and the place to go for Cup Noodles!
A bit like Bond, we arrived by boat. Unlike Bond, our mission for ‘Cup Noodles’ had started.
We headed along the front and a scene from Yokohama’s version of Hitchcock classic ‘The Birds’ awaited us.
The view from Osanbashi Pier, graced recently by the likes of Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
And we’d finally made it to noodling heaven. Maz, sporting a new look fringe, could hardly contain her excitement!
Once inside, it’s best to start your tour with a quick 10 minute video outlining noodling history. A surprisingly interesting watch (no, not being sarcastic. It IS!). Instant noodles were invented in Japan in 1958 by Momofuku Ando. Genius.
After the video you can head upstairs for a pre-booked half hour slot where you can make your own ‘Cup Noodle’.
After paying a mere Y300 for your cup, you head to a table where pens of all sorts of colours are there ready for you to design your cup.
Happy with your design? Then head to the processing line. First stop, get your cup filled with noodles. Six turns of the wheel and in they pop!
Now to choose your flavours.
Errr….4 to choose from. We figured out several from the katakana / pictures, but some were, and still are, a complete mystery. I’d originally hoped to compile a fry-up breakfast-flavoured concoction. But alas, bacon, beans and hash brown flavours were not available.
Ingredients chosen (doesn’t it look appetizing?!). Off to be sealed ready to take home.
And there you have it, a tasty customised ‘Cup Noodle’. I literally cannot wait to eat mine, and nor can Maz judging by the look of sheer delight on her face.
We headed back into the museum part of the building. It contained various historical artifacts, as well as funky art pieces.
And that was it. A great little trip and a bargain at Y800 all in. We headed to the nearby Yokohama Landmark Tower in time for sunset, rising 69 floors in 40 seconds – one of the quickest lifts in the world!
Yokohama Stadium, home of the BayStars baseball team. We plan on going in April once it warms up a little. Oh the beer girls…..
The sunset behind Fuji and it was a perfect way to end a great day of sightseeing and noodling.
Yokohama is an awesome place, much more chilled than Tokyo, despite the two cities basically merging into one giant metropolis. We will definitely go back to the Noodle Museum again!