Day 4 of our trip had an ambitious plan involving a visit to the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama Chinatown, and Ikebukuro.
Since I took a ton of photos, I’m splitting it up into multiple posts. This one will only cover the Ramen Museum.
The train ride to the Shin-Yokohama Station was a long one with too many stops and train switches. It was only afterward that I realized I could have taken the Shinkansen directly there since I had a JR Pass anyways. >_<
The Ramen Museum was a few blocks away from the station, so it was a relaxing morning walk.
I noticed that many of the urban areas in Japan have really wide sidewalks.
The museum is mostly underground, with the top floor being used as a souvenir shop where you could buy packaged ramen.
There were nine different ramen shops representing various areas of Japan famous for their local ramen. I initially thought I would be able to sample all nine since it stated that “small bowls” were available at all the shops.
However, the small size was still a substantial amount of food and I was completely full after trying out four shops. In fact, I had to force myself to finish the last bowl.
They did a really impressive job recreating the feeling of being in a past era.
Some areas didn’t have much lighting.
Outside of each ramen shop was a vending machine where you chose what you wanted and bought a meal ticket. You would then hand them your ticket and be seated inside.
Overall, the selection of different ramen was interesting and very tasty. Nothing I had here in the SF Bay Area even compares to it.
Back at the train station to head over to our next destination: Yokohama Chinatown.