Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.
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Vince Mak
San Francisco, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The museum is within walking distance from Ikeda Station and entry is completely free. From what I can tell, there's two workshops: one located on each floor of the two story building. Most people come here to personalize their own cup noodles and my brothers and I were no exception. The process is quite easy: purchase a blank template cup (or however many you want), draw on it with the provided markers at the tables, and then stand in line for the assembly process. One thing to keep in mine is that you MUST include exactly four toppings of your choice inside your cup when making your selections. One of my brothers only wanted one topping in his and made the poor factory worker scramble around for the English translation manual they kept in the back. Depending on how fabulous you want to decorate your cup and how busy it is, you could be spending at least 2-3 hours here. Try not to overinflate the protective packaging surrounding the cups like I did though. :)
Written 18 February 2020
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Alan K
Santa Clara, CA44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
From the train station there's signs with ducks pointing you in the right direction.

Free admission. When you arrive, someone at the desk will hand you tickets for the custom cup noodles. If you want to take the classes you have to book far in advance. There may be a lot of students there. It seems to be a popular field trip destination. Waves of kids were inside and more kept showing up the entire time.

You stand in a line until you get to the vending machines where you pay ¥500 per empty cup. I think it's three per person limit. There's a change machine if you have large bills only. At the front of the line you'll hand over your tickets, get lids, and wait for a table to open up in the decoration area. There you have a limited time to color the cups or whatever, I didn't do much of that, then you get into the line to actually have it made.

When you get to the front of that and they call you over to a side, they will have you crank a handle that places the noodles in the cup. From there you wait to pick the base and toppings. A lot of seafood ones so not good if you have sensitive seafood allergies. Then there's the lid sealing and shrink wrap after. Then you go over to the side area and pump air into the plastic bag they give you that will encompass the noodles as it inflates and protect them and a string to create a little handle.
Written 23 December 2023
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Dove B
114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We knew tickets would run out early, so we hopped a train and arrived in time to secure 4 tickets and a 40 minute wait. It was well worth it though, and I would say it's definitely a "must do"
For 500 yen each (approximately $5 - $7) you can make your own custom Cup of Noodle, which is a fun experience. You get to color your cup, then select the ingrediants. You get to crank the handle and watch the noodles being put in your cup before watching it get sealed. The onsite museum is free and was informative and includes a short movie about how noodles are made, and a diorama of its creator home.. There is a full wall display of ramen products over the decades. Be ready to wait and arrive early as tickets do run out. The custom chicken ramen were 1000 yen ($9 - $11) The museum takes about an hour and if you decide to customize a noodle cup of your own, add about 30 -40 mins depending on how many people are there.

The locals are happy to point you in the direction of the museum if you ask. Instead of paying 180 yen for water from the vending machine out front, head down the side street and you'll find a vending machine with water for 80 yen.
Written 30 July 2023
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Tommy
Calgary, Canada149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Bit of a distance to cover to get here, but well worth the visit. Even though the tasting area was closed for an exhibit, the customize your own noodles was cool. For 300yen you get to take a marker to draw whatever you like, choose your seasoning and toppings, then vacuum seal it just like you find in stores. Its a fun little place to visit and learn about the humble beginnings of ramen.
Written 22 January 2020
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Rafflesia
Perth, Australia723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This hands on 300 yen activity is a fun way to pass an hour or two. Please read the reviews posted by others regarding how it all works. The 2 choke points in our experience today seem to have been the designing station and the second last where the 4 ingredients were added. For a more premium experience, an extra 200 yen allows one to go through the same process but in less crowded hall located upstairs. You also get to wear a hat while undergoing the experience. Do allocate 1 to 2 hours with this attraction.
Written 12 January 2020
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SJYeo
Singapore, Singapore225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We came on our last day, when we have time and didn’t know where to burn. We took the train, followed google map. At the entrance we were welcomed by the security guard, otherwise we might have just walked past it! Upon entering, there’s lots of cup noodles models on the wall… Pay ¥500 to get the cup, design it, select ingredients and watch how the cup noodles are put together. And finally the feel good factor of being able to bring one home.
Written 16 March 2023
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millie516
Schuylkill Haven, PA497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
we purchased the ramen noodle making class it was so much fun
it was about 90 minutes and we started by getting a chicken head covering
then we were given the ingredients to make Ramen and we rolled out the dough. It was cooked, and then we placed it in a bag that we decorated. It was so much fun, although we were the only adults, that weren’t there with little children
Written 31 January 2024
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Adri-ence
Singapore, Singapore62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Been to both now and I must say that I enjoyed the one in ikeda more. It's rudimentary compared to the one in yokohama with its advantage: much smaller crowd. The information/ticketing counter doubles up as the souvenir shop. Queue for the cup decoration is much shorter. There is however no play ground nor noodle restaurant where you can try all noodles from all over the world. The only food available is the food hall which has 4 or 5 instant noodle machines with quite a few choices and a few hot water dispensers. This is the true spirit of a cup noodle museum.

I booked the ramen making workshop via the hotel and enjoyed every single minute. I changed my itinerary to fit the available time slot. No regrets! Both the kids and I had a blast.

Direction:
At umeda station take train from track 4. Alight at ikeda station go towards the direction of ikeda kids world. Turn right at the bottom of the escalator when at the exit. U will be looking at a fork road. Either way will lead to the museum. I took the one on the left. Walk straight. Once you hit the road (there is a red phone booth opposite the road) turn right (no need to cross the road) and walk straight for about 2 minutes. The building is light brown and u will know you reached when you see the statue of the creator of the noodles on your right.
Written 20 December 2014
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Andrew P
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
The Instant Ramen Museum is a great place to take kids and make your own ramen but also fun just to see the history of instant noodles and how these were invented by Momofuku Ando in this neighborhood almost 60 years ago.

There's a map on the wall showing which countries consume the most in a year (China first, Indonesia second) along with sample packs from different countries, in different languages. These included flavors customized to the tastes of different countries - vegetarian in India, halal in Indonesia, even tom yum in Thailand - and much more.

After buying a cup for 300 yen, customizing it with markers and then choosing the ingredients - which, by the way, took more than an hour due to the long queues, we went to add ingredients. There are quite a few ingredients to choose from, and since my family doesn't eat pork, we felt we were free to choose any of them - but we'd just not add the pork option.

However, after asking the staff if any of the broths contained pork, they told us that all four of them do (seafood, tomato, and I think chicken and one other). So we figured we would just add the other ingredients (no broth - we could season it ourselves when we returned home). These were things like egg, small shrimp, green onions, imitation crabmeat, corn, and more.

So we asked the attendant to simply not add the broth. She very politely replied that was not possible. She then called a manager and a translator. They explained to us that the founder's main invention was his seasoning and they could not make a soup for us without it. They were extremely polite.

While I understand that they want to stay true to the founder's original recipe and intent, they could have been more flexible.

I have a few issues with this:

1. If they wanted to stat true to Momofuku Ando's innovations, they would have offered options suitable for more people. Imagine that Indonesia is their #2 market and all those noodles must be halal.

2. Even without a halal version, they should have been more flexible in allowing us to not include the broth in the cup (just like saying 'hold the onions'!)

3. They would be more inclusive, progressive, and welcoming if they stated that all their recipes have meat (or meat by-products) and pork (i.e. not suitable for vegetarians, or those looking for halal or kosher meals).
Written 13 June 2016
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alkeni
Monterey Park, CA437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
This was a super fun place to visit. The museum is free. It gives the history of the Nissin Cup O Noodle and has a wall full of their products and how it evolved. They do have a film to watch too. It costs 300 yen to design your own cup and choosing 1 out of the 4 broths and 4 out of the 12 toppings and noodles. They seal it for you and you vaccum pack it for travel. You can make as many as you like at 300 yen each. They also have classes where you can make your own noodles which is on the next floor. You do need to have reservations for this. School groups take advantage of the session so they do fill up fast. To get here, take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line from Osaka/Umeda station and get off at Ikeda. It is about a 20 minute ride on the express train and costs 270 yen. You cannot use your JR pass on this line. You should see the Daiei Supermarket upon exit. Follow that road along side the train which should be above you and then turn right by the kiosk next to the 100 yen store. Follow the road and the museum will be on your right.
Written 15 July 2015
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