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インスタントラーメン発明記念館 The Instant Ramen Museum

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Other Osaka Area
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8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041, Japan
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Tuesday,New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/05/12

3 minutes is never too long to wait instant ramen if you know how it's made…

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The Cup Noodle has been keeping my tummy satisfied at study break. So, I was quite excited to hear that I can make my own Cup Noodles as well as learn about its history at the museum.

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is located in Ikeda, about 20 minutes by train from Umeda area. The museum itself is relatively small, but it offers several interesting experiences: informative displays, the ramen tunnel which shows more than 800 ramen packages produced by Nisshin Company and a cabin replica to explain Ando's major inventions, which are the first instant noodles in the world and Cup Noodle. The museum entrance is free from charge, and making your own Cup Noodles is ¥300(JPY) per cup.

Although Momofuku was a successful entrepreneur, the year before he invented instant noodles was when he had been going through great hardships. The local financial institution which he was in charge of a chairman went bankrupt in 1957. Ando ended up losing his money. However, it apparently ignited his passion to the invention. It was interesting to know how he made his idea into reality within a year.

The major highlight was making my own Cup Noodles experience. Here's what you do. First, draw pictures on the cup. Then, choose the types of soup and 4 scoops of ingredients out of 12 varieties. Apparently, there are over 5000 possible combinations like I can really make my own original one. Seal the cup and put it in a vinyl bag puffed with air so as not to be squashed. Ta - da!

Fun fact:
The museum is located in front of the house where Ando spent his life. The place where he did his experiments is a few blocks away.

Useful Tips:
- English / Chinese audio guide are available in the drama theater which shows the production process of Cup Noodles. (¥2,000(JPY) deposit is needed)
- Most of the things are written only in Japanese. Preferably go with Japanese speaking friends.
- Since I visited in the morning on weekday, it wasn't crowded. It gets really busy on weekends and holiday time, so be careful to give yourself enough time to make you own Cup Noodles. Starting by 3:00 (an hour before the museum closing) is preferable. The museum is closed every Tuesday.

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Date of post:2015/04/23

Do you know Momofuku Ando? He contributed his life to the development of Instant Noodle

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Do you know who invented Instant Noodle? Momofuku Ando devoted his life to develop the now worldly popular noodle by himself. This museum, located in Ikeda city, provides everything concerning instant ramen. He started his experiment at his home to prepare easy, quick and long-life food for hungry people since he experienced the World WarⅡ.

The museum provides not only information but motivation for discovery especially to young children.

There is an instant ramen work shop where you can make your own fresh instant noodles with advanced reservation. Also your special cup noodle is easily made by choosing your favorite ingredients.

When you get out of the museum, you are sure to be an expert and a big fan of Cup Noodles and their creator.

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