Now this is my kind of museum. Shinyokohama Ramen Museum is a fun spot dedicated to Japan’s favorite noodle dish, ramen. Ramen lovers can get their fill of some of the country’s most popular ramen and learn about everything ramen related. After you pay admission (¥300) and enter, the first level consists of a souvenir shop and informational displays of everything from the history of ramen, the various styles and components, to the tools used in ramen making.
The two lower levels transport visitors into the historic Showa period, complete with old school shops, telephone booths, and patrolling police officers. A representation of Japan’s best and most famous ramen shops can be found throughout these two levels.
Whatever your favorite style of ramen, you’re sure to find it here, from shoyu ramen from the Kanto area, miso ramen from Hokkaido, tonkotsu from Southern Japan, and even tsukemen. You’ll be given a pamphlet at the entrance mapping out the different shops, as well as a description of each ramen, broken down by genre (shoyu, miso, tonkotsu, etc,), noodle style (thin, thick, straight, curly, etc.) and soup style (kotteri oily or assari light). Each store offers mini bowls so you can enjoy several different stops.
At every store, orders may br placed by purchasing meal tickets at the vending machine, then presenting the ticket to the servers.
Hubby and I went on a tonkotsu (pork bone based soup) lovers course. First up, Toride from Shibuya, Tokyo, by an owner who trained for 13 years in Hakata (the motherland of tonkotsu ramen). Mini ramen (¥550) with the traditional toppings of pickled ginger, takana pickles, and garlic. Tasty, perfectly thin noodles.
Next up, Taihou from Kurume, Fukuoka. Ooooh yeah, this was the winner. It had the distinct stinkiness that I love in my tonkotsu soup. Mini ramen (¥ 550):
Mini black ramen (¥550):
That’s all that we could fit into our tummies in one day, but I could see why they sell annual passes. If I lived around here, I would surely be back every day until I’ve tried every single bowl.