Things to Do In Osaka’s Popular Cup Noodle Museum
Is it worth the hype?
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
8-25 Masumi Town, Ikeda City, Osaka
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
How to get there: It's a 5-minute-walk from Hankyu Ikeda Station.
Osaka's Cup Noodle Museum is a strange wonderland. During Japanese holidays, long lines form at the entrance even before the museum opens, and sometimes, more than 3,000 people visit in a day. But does it belong in your itinerary? Here's a list of what you can do inside the museum!
Visit the exhibits.
There are many interesting exhibits in the museum. There's a tunnel that features the different cup noodles that came out per year and even an exhibit that features different instant noodles and their unique packaging around the world.
It's fun looking at the ones that came out in the year you were born and those that bring back childhood memories!
Do any of these look familiar?
See the colorful and uniquely designed cup noodles stacked in all their glory.
Learn about its history.
What's a trip to the museum without a little history lesson? Catch a short film about your favorite midnight snack and take the quiz to see how much you learned from it!
Cup noodle drama theater:The theater shows a short film every 15 minutes.
Test your cup noodle knowledge by taking the interactive quiz.
Try local limited cup noodle specialties.
In the tasting room on the first floor, you can buy limited edition instant noodles from vending machines!
Kita no Don-Bei Tempura Udon (¥190) has a great-tasting soup stock that uses a kind of high quality kelp called rishiri konbu. Enjoy it with the dewy texture of the udon noodles.
The Nissin Don-Bei Kitsune Udon (¥190) is only available in the eastern part of Japan and tastes differently from West Japan's. Make sure you try both to see the difference.
RAMEN de SKY (¥130) is an instant noodle that's usually only available when you board JAL airplanes. Since the atmospheric pressure is low inside aircrafts, the noodles are specially made so that they don't absorb a lot of soup.
Make your own cup noodle!
There are 5,460 ways you can combine soups and ingredients, so you can have lots of fun coming up with different flavors! But first, you need to decorate your cup!
Buy a cup from the vending machine and draw pictures and write on it as you like with colorful pens. A word of caution: Many people get so into it that they forget the time.
Next, customize the flavor. Choose a soup from four different stocks and four ingredients out of the 12. You can choose the same four ingredients or four different ones.
Watch as the cup goes upside down when you turn the handle. Doing this helps the noodles tangle neatly, an idea that Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles, came up with.
Lastly, put your cup in an air package, so you can bring it home safely.
Make sure to eat the instant noodle you made within a month. The one you made on your own will surely taste delicious!
One cup will cost you ¥300 and will take you around 45 minutes. This is only available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last call is at 3:30 p.m).
Available without reservation; the wait time and the duration depend on how full it is.
Take exclusive character goods home.
This CUP NOODLE candle (¥700) looks so real!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (23 April 2018)