It has been 60 years since Nissin Foods launched the world’s first instant noodle “chicken ramen”. In the birthplace of Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, there is a hands-on food education museum “Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda” (former name: Ando Momofuku Memorial Museum Osaka Ikeda). There is no reservation here, so you can learn your own cup noodle making experience and the history of instant noodles.
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka was established in 1999 in Ikeda, Osaka, to commemorate the achievements of Momofuku Ando, who invented instant ramen for the first time in Japan. Many people think that the cup noodle museum is actually producing cup noodles in Osaka, but this is a facility made purely as a museum.
The museum, which has always been a popular spot since its opening, is now popular with foreigners and is crowded mainly on weekends, and there may be long queues for attractions. Following on from Osaka, the “Cup Noodle Museum Yokohama” opened in Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 in 2011, making it a popular spot for daily congestion as well as Osaka facilities.
The “Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda” is very large, so it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to visit without including “Chicken Ramen Factory” and “My Cup Noodle Factory”. In addition to being able to shoot with cameras and videos freely in the hall, it is also possible to easily visit even small children such as nursing rooms.
“Chicken Ramen Factory” takes about 90 minutes and takes place four times a day. The time is 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 times a day, and the capacity is 48 people each time. The popular attraction “Chicken Ramen Factory” is highly competitive and always crowded, so advance reservations are recommended. If you want to make a reservation, you can make a reservation three months before the day you want to experience, and you can make a reservation via the Internet or telephone.
The “My Cup Noodle Factory” is very popular alongside “Chicken Ramen Factory” at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. This is an attraction where you can make your own cup noodles. It costs 300 yen per meal and there is no age limit, so even small children who can’t enter “Chicken Ramen Factory” are possible.
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka is open from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Please note that the last entry is at 3:30 pm. Closed days are every Tuesday and the year-end and New Year holidays.
Admission to the Cup Noodle Museum Osaka is free. As an attraction fee, “Chicken Ramen Factory” costs 300 yen for elementary school students and 500 yen for junior high school students and 300 yen for “My Cup Noodle Factory”, but all other museums, exhibitions, and theaters are free of charge.
Access to Cup Noodle Museum Osaka is convenient by train. The nearest station is “Ikeda Station” on the Hankyu Railway Takarazuka Line. It is a very convenient location with a 5-minute walk from the station to Cup Noodle Museum Osaka.
Momofuku Ando and instant noodles
“CUPNOODLES MUSEUM” located in Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture. It is a hands-on educational museum that you can learn about the history and manufacturing process of instant noodles. Especially popular is “Factory” which can make your own chicken noodles and cup noodles in the same process as the factory. Osaka prefecture Ikeda City is the place where Momofuku Ando, the founder of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, invented chicken noodles, the world’s first instant noodles. In 1958, Momofuku Ando succeeded in developing instant noodles at the end of trial and error at a small hut built at home. “CUPNOODLES MUSEUM” was established to convey his efforts, achievements, interests of inventions and discoveries to people.
In the museum, the process up to the birth of instant noodles and the subsequent history of development are displayed in three dimensions. In addition to this, there are a lot of exhibits such as “Momofuku Ando and instant noodles” illustrated to make it easier to understand the development history of instant noodles, and “Magical Table” to answer quizzes that are presented on a cup ramen type table. In “My Cupnoodle Factory” which is the most popular attraction of “CUPNOODLES MUSEUM”, you can make only one original cup noodle in the world. Buy a cup with a vending machine, and put noodles, soup, ingredients in the cup. There are 4 kinds of soup, you can choose what you like. There are 12 kinds of ingredients besides the standard barbecued eggs and eggs, cheese and kimchi. You can also put in a limited-time ingredient and Naruto of a cute chick. In the end, if you put the lid on the cup and put it in a special package, it is completion of your own original cup noodle. The combination seems to be as many as 5,460 styles. Why don’t you try pursuing your own taste as well?
To learn importance of the invention discovery
Through the history of the instant noodles, you can learn importance of the invention discovery in this museum.
The lesson class of the chicken ramen of handmade experience-based is the most popular. This experience class is full every day, you can learn process of manufacture same as a factory as kneading wheat flour, making dough for noodles, and cutting it. And various “Nissin original goods” are fun things in a souvenir shop.
Will there be the person who does not have instant noodles? Mr.Momofuku Ando have made up the basis of all of It.
Spread through the world
He shows a manufacturing method and patent right to other makers afterwards, and the product using this method spread through the world. As a result, variety of Instant noodles are in the store these days.
Make an original cup of instant noodle
In addition, there is “My Cupnoodle factory” to be able to make an original cup of instant noodle which is a reservation-free.
It is the hands-on class where all can make original noodles with the cup of original design, taste of the soup, and ingredient materials. It is free admission.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Masumicho 8-25 Ikeda, Osaka 563-0041 Japan
|Hankyu Dentetsu Tkarazuka-sen Line “Ikeda-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)