If any of you have watched the show “Ramen Girl” you would understand how much work and thought is taken to prepare this common bowl of Japanese noodles. And the Japanese love their ramen so much they even have a museum dedicated to it!
Here you can find all types of ramen opened by selected renowned ramen shops from all over Japan, ranging from Sapporo, Asahikawa, Fukushima, Tokyo, Yokohama, Wakayama, Hakata, and Kumamoto. You can have miso, soy or tonkatsu soup bases; different degree of thickness of noodles; curly or straight noodles, spicy or not. The combination possibilities are endless! The most amazing thing is that the tourists here are made up more of the locals then foreigners and they would happily queue for their ramen.
The Ramen Museum was established in 1994. It was the first food amusement park to be created anywhere in the world. The whole place is a large recreation of Tokyo in the year Shōwa 33 (1958) reason being that it was the year instant noodles were invented. There is probably a lot of nostalgic feelings for the Japanese that visit this place.
It was an interesting sight especially the old style bar called the 35 Knots, where visitors can smoke and a few little stores where you can buy traditional snacks, food and toys. But on the whole I felt the queue for ramen noodles a little too long. It was yummy but the noodles I had at “yi lan” in Osaka were just as good without the crazy queue.