In Japan, Ramen is one of the most beloved meals as well as one of the cheapest. Therefore, it is no surprise that there are numerous museums all over Japan dedicated to various forms of ramen, such as the Cup Noodle Museum in Osaka. One that is much closer to Tokyo, is the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum located about an hour south of Tokyo.
(CR: stephsonsing.wordpress.com)This museum in particular specializes in ramen styles from all over Japan and the world. There is a ramen shop in the building that serves ramen in the Sapporo style, one in the Yamagata style, one in the Tokushima style, etc. The list goes on and on. However, they also serve ramen based off of different countries’ styles such as Germany and Australia. There are so many different ramen shops in the museum that it’s hard to choose which ones to go to. Two to three trips are definitely needed to cover every shop.
When entering the building, there is a 310 yen charge for anyone above the age of 12. Then head downstairs to see the whole exhibition of shops.
The whole place is styled after post-WWII Japan, which is why all of the buildings look run down and dirty. Hanging on the sides of the buildings are numerous ads from the late 1940’s early 1950’s.
In all, there are two floors of shops on the basement floor with the bottom floor being filled with ramen shops as well as a bar. The top floor has more ramen shops, but there is also a snack store filled with candies from the 40’s and 50’s in Japan. That was probably the most interesting store out of all places inside the museum especially to compare and contrast candies between Japan and America of the same time period. In addition, there is a small ice cream parlor and right outside of the parlor is a small booth where people get can their palm read.
As for the ramen, I ate at both the German and Italian-styled places. All of the shops have ticket machines for the customers to order at and each machine has the option for a mini ramen or a full sized ramen. In order to be able to sample as much ramen as possible, the mini options are best and most cost around 600 yen. The German place, Muku Zweite, also has a beer stand with German beer that customers can purchase and drink while they wait.Here is what the miso-based ramen looks like from Muku Zweite. The broth was quite rich and very tasty. It was filled with bean sprouts, green onions, a piece of pork, and a soft boiled egg. Out of the two that were sampled Muku Zweite definitely had the better broth. But, it is also very rich, so, again, a mini size would be best.The second place that we ate at was Casa Luca, the Italian-based ramen. Casa Luca actually had a vegetarian option and the broth was much tastier than the meat-based broth.This is the Mini King and it comes with a piece of pork, two other pieces of meat, bamboo shoots, radish, green onions, soft-boiled egg, and black garlic on the side. The broth at Casa Luca was not as creamy or rich as the broth at Muku Zweite.While we were at the museum, after exiting Casa Luca, there was an entertainer in the center of the floor who did juggling and tricks with a fushigi ball. It was quite fun to watch even if we didn’t understand everything he said.Access:Take the Yokohama Line to Shin-Yokohama and follow the signs for the exit that leads to the Ramen Museum. Cross the street, go pass Family Mart and then take a right down that street and the museum will be on the left side.Hours: 11AM – 11PM, Sundays and Holidays 10:30AM-11PM