Japan Trip 2011 – Day 4 (Shinyokohama Ramen Museum)

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.

7 Comments to “Japan Trip 2011 – Day 4 (Shinyokohama Ramen Museum)”

  1. WD40 says:

    looks pretty cool down there, need to remember that place for next time. wanna try some new different types of ramen. Also don’t remember ever seeing such empty streets during the day, usually full of ppl during the day, then again never went to that area.

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    Reltair Reply:

    I highly recommend going there. The museum sells annual passes too, so some locals eat there regularly at their favorite ramen shop.

    We went there on a Sunday morning, so maybe a lot of people were sleeping in. 🙂

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  2. exilehero says:

    When I went to Japan I wasn’t aware of the JR pass, it would have been really convenient to be able to take any train you want!

    Never heard of a ramen museum I expected a bunch of plastic bowls of ramen, but to actually get to eat it sounds way better!

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    WD40 Reply:

    you have to order the JR pass outside of the country afaik. you get a certificate which you then goto a JR ticket place and exchange it for the JR pass which they will stamp with the exire date.

    Thing is tho not all the subways on Tokyo or other cities are run by JR. so there are a few places you can’t get to without having to actually pay for a seperate ticket because you have to go on a line run by another company (Asaksa for one). Tho JR does run the Yamanote line which circles all around Tokyo so you can get most anywhere with just the JR lines.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, that’s how you get a JR pass.

    The JR pass is really convenient for taking the JR lines around Tokyo and for taking the Shinkansen to Yokohama, Kyoto, and Osaka. However, it was pretty much useless when we were in Kyoto since there were only local subway lines not run by JR. :/

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, the JR pass is worth it if you’re planning on taking the Shinkansen a lot to places like Kyoto and Osaka.

    Yup, the ramen museum was mostly about actually eating ramen. ^^

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