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Japan: Raumen Museum

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum  
The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is a food amusement park located in Yokohama devoted to the Japanese ramen and features a large underground recreation of Tokyo with actual ramen restaurants.  These ramen shops come from all over Japan: Sapporo, Asahikawa, Fukushima, Tokyo, Yokohama, Wakayama, Hakata, and Kumamoto, each with their local tastes and identities.

 

The museum from the outside…notice the bowls on top!

The museum underground….fake sky!

I still have no idea where I’m going…

Pay for your ramen from the vending machine outside!  All done before sitting down…so brilliantly Japanese!  Some buttons have pictures…some don’t!  Take your best guess and see what gets cooked up for you! =)

We visited two of the ramen restaurants…here’s what we got:

Toride area /Tokyo prefecture

Shinasobaya area / Kanagawa prefecture

Hungry Cactus’ Verdict: B-

It’s hard to actually consider the Raumen Museum a museum, because it’s really more like a restaurant sampler than anything else.  And mind you, at ~$3 entrance fee and ~$8/ramen, things can really add up quickly!  (Granted, they have smaller sampler bowls, but ~$6 makes it a bad value).

As for taste — their no frills ramens were neither amazing nor horrible.  It might be that I just haven’t tried the ‘better’ ones yet, but understand you can only stuff yourself with 2~3 bowls in a visit!

So far, ramen is still ramen to me.  Nothing too special.  But if I were to pick my favorite, it would have to be the tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen.  I like the complexity and harmony of the flavors and textures.

Overall, the museum wasn’t that interesting.  You’d probably enjoy an authentic and specialized ramen restaurant instead.

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