The world’s first “food amusement park”. Ramen is the generic term for a popular Japanese noodle dish. This facility has 9 ramen eateries, allowing you to enjoy famous local ramen from all over Japan without having to board a plane. The ramen is also available in small portions so you can enjoy the variety.
At the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum prepare to feed your brain and your appetite. Built in 1994, the museum is the world’s first food-themed amusement park with three floors that engage the mind and the taste buds. The museum covers a variety of topics including twenty-five years of ramen research, slot-cars from the 60s, and a dining “street” where you can have a veritable ramen feast. Get ready to experience ramen in ways you’ve never imagined. Learn about ramen and its history and sample a few of the many varieties and toppings; get personal with ramen down to the shape of the noodles and the thickness of the soup. In the gallery, learn about the history of ramen, dating back to the Muromachi period (1338–1573). Discover the true origins of ramen and discover just what is it that makes ramen ramen. In the museum shop next door, find souvenirs such as chopsticks, bowls, and unique ramen utensils. You can even make your own original brand of ramen. As you travel down to the basement floor, you’ll get your first taste of some of the regional ramen the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum has to offer, with three of the eight ramen shops on display. In addition to ramen, you will find sweet shops and cafes in this area lined up on a quaint road they call Sunset Shopping Street. Travel back in time in the Kateko Café and Snack Shop (smoking allowed); you can enjoy the fare and laid back atmosphere recreated to feel like a café from Japan’s old days. The popular Hokkaido soft-serve ice cream is not to be missed. The Dagashi-ya, or old-fashioned sweets shop, is packed with more than three hundred kinds of traditional sweets and toys the dagashi-ya evokes childhood memories for many Japanese people, a popular hotspot for children returning home from school. The main event for many who visit the museum awaits further down, on the second basement floor. The dining “street” replicates a street from 1950s Japan, the same time that instant ramen was invented by the way. The remaining six ramen shops are set up like one might imagine them in the good old days. Miso, soy sauce, tonkotsu (pork bone), chicken, and salt are just a few of the choices you’ll have when you go to taste the nine regional varieties of ramen from Hokkaido to Kyushu. This ramen isn’t just for meat eaters, with half of the restaurants offering vegetarian and/or non-pork menu items. Each shop offers a mini-sized portion so feel free to sample the many varieties before choosing your favorite.
Step back into 1958 Japan and enjoy ramen at 9 different shops. Ryu Shanghai Honten's spicy miso ramen is to die for!