Instant noodles are a fairly recent product of Japanese cuisine, but they've already had a huge impact on the country—and the world. Momofuku Ando introduced the first dehydrated noodle packets to customers in 1958, and today instant ramen is as iconic as the stuff made from scratch. At the Cup Noodles Museum in Japan, you can learn all about the beloved convenience food.
With locations in Yokohama and Osaka Ikeda, the museum is a must-see destination for anyone who's ever relied on instant noodles for a quick, satisfying meal. It's dedicated to Momofuku Ando's two biggest inventions: Cup Noodles and Top Ramen. Visitors are invited to experience the products' history through interactive exhibits.
At the Yokohama location, kids can climb a "noodle net" and jump into a "seasoning pool" ball pit at the Cup Noodles play-place. The Osaka museum features a tunnel plastered with the packages of more than 800 instant noodle varieties, plus a food court where guests can order limited-edition products from vending machines. Both museums feature "factories" where visitors can make their own noodles and design custom packages.
The Cup Noodles Museum is currently limiting attendance and only operating some of its exhibits. To tour the attraction virtually from home, watch the video below.