Food Museums to Visit in Japan

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Most museums display a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and wax figures of the world’s famous celebrities. However, in Japan, apart from the contemporary arts, 3D trick arts and manga/anime museums, they also have a museum dedicated to food. As bizarre as it sounds, these museums gained a lot of attention globally, thus, contributing to Japan’s tourism sector. Not only visitors get to see an exhibition of their favourite food, but they also get to taste the food.

Here are the lists of food museums you should visit in Japan.


Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum

Opened in 1994, Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum was the world’s first food-themed amusement park. The term amusement park has confused a lot of people especially the first-timers because they expected roller coasters, rides and as such. In fact, this is just mainly a museum, exhibition and food court.

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On the first floor, there is a gallery dedicated to the history of ramen since the Muromachi Period. You will get to see the many types of noodles, soups and toppings that were used significantly across Japan. You can also purchase instant ramen packets at The Museum Shop.

Heading towards the food area, the whole floor is created to resemble the old streets of Tokyo, Shitamachi. There are nine ramen restaurants with each featuring a different type of ramen dishes in Japan. To buy the ramen, you need to use the vending machine where you can select what type of ramen you’d like.

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Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum focuses towards these ramen restaurants so be sure to taste as much ramen as you can while you are here.

Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum

Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan

Operating Hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Admission Fee: ¥310 (Adults aged 13 and older), ¥100 (Children aged 6-12) & (Seniors aged 60 and above), Free (Children under 6 years old)

Contact Number: 045-(471)-0503

Closest Train Station: Shin-Yokohama Station.

Website: http://www.raumen.co.jp/english


Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum

This famous cup noodles museum is certainly a must-visit as it includes fun activities involving cup noodles. This cup noodles museum is also located in Yokohama and operated by Nisshin Company.

One of the activities you can do here is to make your own CUPNOODLES. In My CUPNOODLES Factory, you can participate in a workshop to decorate your CUPNOODLES by drawing on the cup package. After you are done, fill the cup with noodles, then, choose one of the soups available and its toppings. Seal the cup and you can take it home to eat it later.

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At Chicken Ramen Factory, you can make the noodles from scratch which will take around 90 minutes. As you wander inside the museum, you will notice a floor to ceiling cup noodles exhibition, a gallery dedicated to the Founder of Cup Noodles, Momofuku Ando, a theatre and a Noodle Bazar.

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Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum

Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001 Japan

Operating Hours: 10:00AM–6:00PM

Admission Fee: ¥500 (Adults aged 18 and above), Free (Children aged 18 and below)

Contact Number: 045-345-0918

Closest Train Station: Minatomirai Station

Website: https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/


Sapporo Beer Museum

Shockingly, Japan also has a museum for only beers! Hokkaido was actually the birthplace of beer in Japan, therefore, you need to visit this beer museum. The museum is very easy to find because of the red brick structure and it was a former sugar factory back in the 18th century.

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The museum features an exhibition of the process of making beers inside a large copper kettle and also the history of beer. They also put up some of Sapporo Beer’s vintage bottles since its earliest existence and the advertisement posters.

If you are interested to join in a paid tour, you will be given a glass of original Sapporo Beer at the end of the tour. Like any other museums, there is a museum shop where you can purchase Hokkaido’s special items and the beers too.

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Next to the museum is Sapporo Beer Garden. Here, you can taste freshly brewed beer and Hokkaido’s signature dish which is their mutton BBQ called Genghis Khan. The restaurant offers all-you-can-drink beer and all-you-can-eat mutton BBQ, which costs around 4,000 yen.

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Sapporo Beer Museum

Address: 9 -1-1 Kita 7 Johigashi, Sapporo, Hokkaido 065-8633, Japan

Operating Hours: 11:30AM-8:00PM

Operating Hours: Free (unless paid guided tour)

Contact Number: 011-748-1876

Closest Train Station: JR Sapporo Station

Website: http://www.sapporobeer.jp


Kewpie Mayonnaise Museum

Kewpie Mayonnaise Museum is filled with everything Kewpie’s sauce and dressings, particularly, mayonnaise. Also known as Mayo Terrace, this museum was opened back in 2014 and located in Tokyo.

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There are five main areas inside the museum. The first area is Salad Hall. As you walked from the entrance, you will notice that you are actually walking inside a giant Kewpie bottle. Entering the second area which is the Mayo Dome where you will learn about Kewpie’s mayonnaise and its ingredients.

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Moving on the Factory Walk, the third area, you will get to see the process of making mayonnaise right in front of your eyes. To learn about the history of mayonnaise, you can head to the fourth area called the Kewpie Gallery. You might also see Kewpie-shaped light fixtures illuminating the wall.

The fifth area, Kewpie Kitchen allows its visitors to create their own mayo-based sauce or dressing.

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Since the admission to Mayo Terrace is free, the museum only conducts tour four times a day and they take up to 25 participants per session. If you are interested to visit the museum, please make an advanced reservation.

Kewpie Mayonnaise Museum

Address: 2-5-7 Sengawa, Chofu Prefecture, Tokyo, 182-0002

Operating Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM

Admission Fee: Free

Contact Number: +813-5384-7734

Closest Train Station: Sengawa Station

Website: https://www.kewpie.co.jp


Glico Pia East

If you are familiar with the Glico’s Running Man screened at the centre of Dotonburi, then you must have recognized his face on the original Pocky boxes. In Saitama, you can go on a Glico factory tour at Glico Pia East.

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To join the factory tour, you need to make a reservation at least a few months before because people are somehow very fascinated by the making of Glico snacks. Each tour will take roughly 70 minutes and you will visit so many places inside the museum. There are about 1,500 toys displayed on the wall of the Toy Exhibition. These toys were used to be packed together inside one of Glico’s products.

Proceed to the factory tour, you will be exposed to a complete process of manufacturing Pocky from the mixing until the packing stage. The whole process is quite fun to look at as you can see how they were shaped and created to make one delicious snack. After that, in the Mini Factory, you can customize your very own giant Pocky sticks. To enter the workshop, you need to pay an extra ¥500.

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Other than that, you will also visit the Stadium Hall to partake in an interactive quiz game related to Glico products. In the other hall, a short video about the history of Glico will be shown to you. Lastly, don’t forget to take a photo with a giant statue of Glico’s Running Man before your tour ends.

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Glico Pia East

Address: 9-55 Nakamaru, Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture 364-0013

Operating Hours: 9:30AM-4:00PM (Closed on Fridays)

Admission Fee: Free (make a reservation at their website)

Contact Number: 048-593- 8811

Closest Train Station: Kitamoto Station

Website: https://www.glico.com/

 

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
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