Instant Ramen Museum
An experience-based food-education museum
With many fun sections
About 100 billion bowls of instant ramen are eaten every year around the world. This started from Chicken Ramen invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. In order to communicate the value of his invention and discovery, Instant Ramen Museum, an experience-based food-education museum, opened in Ikeda, Osaka, the birthplace of Chicken Ramen.
One of the popular sections is My Cup Noodle Factory in which you can enjoy learning the production process of cup needles. Freely design the cup, choose the flavor from among four choices and four ingredients from among 12. Completed one-of-a-kind cup noodle is shrink-wrapped. In Chicken Ramen Factory, visitors can experience the process from kneading and stretching flours, steaming, flavoring up to drying with flash frying method.
Other fun sections include "Drama Theater" introducing anecdotes about developing cup noodles and a tunnel where products over the years are displayed soaring up above your head.
Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda, Osaka, Osaka
Hours open to visitors: 9:30-16:00 (entrance is up to 15:30)
Closed: Tuesday (on the following day if Tuesday falls on a national holiday)
Directions: A 5-minute walk from Hankyu Ikeda Station (35 minutes from Shin-Osaka). (Car) 10 minutes from Kawanishi-obana Entrance on the Hanshin Expressway.