More than 2 years ago, I visited the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum (spelling is correct), or 新横浜ラーメン博物館 in Shin-Yokohama. This museum is dedicated to ramen, the very popular Chinese noodle dish that is now quite Japanese. This museum has branches of some of the most popular ramen restaurants from around Japan, giving you the opportunity to try 9 different kinds of ramen in one day. You can go to just one restaurant for a full bowl, or you can try samples from each place. There is also a cafe and bar, a drink bar, and a souvenir shop that sells many kinds of ramen, including instant ramen.
The museum has 3 floors. The main floor has the entrance, exhibition and souvenir shop. The entrance is like entering a train station with ticket gates and ticket attendants. The rest of the museum is on the 2 basement floors. It’s designed to look like an old-fashioned train station, where many ramen restaurants could be found. Even today, train platforms in busy stations have ramen, udon or soba restaurants for the busy commuter. Walking around the museum can be a bit of a challenge, because it’s very crowded, with many people waiting outside each restaurant. Some parts of the museum are a bit narrow, but the atmosphere is like an old-fashioned 1950s neighbourhood.
It’s 300 yen for adults to enter, and each adult is expected to order at least one bowl of ramen. 3 month and yearly passes are available for 500 and 800 yen respectively, which is extremely reasonable. Many people return to the museum frequently to have their favourite ramen.
I took a few pictures from my old iPhone in the museum, but no pictures are allowed in the restaurants. This is what I managed to take.
Looking down at the lower level of the museum. I took this picture just after entering the basement.
Looking up from the lower level of the museum, it's much like an old station neighbourhood.
Waiting in line for a restaurant in one of the narrow "streets" on the upper basement floor.
I only tried one restaurant, and now that I look at the website, it was replaced last year by another restaurant. However, it seems the ramen is similar.
If you love ramen, and you’re willing to spend a few hours waiting for 9 different kinds of ramen, then this is a great place to visit.