Located in the Ikeda ward of Osaka, the Cup Noodle museum is dedicated to everything “Cup Noodles” and its founder Momofuku Ando. The museum is a fun and educational visit, exploring the creation and evolution of instant noodles, from the founding of instant chicken ramen to the latest tech for space noodles!
Visiting the museum
While perhaps not the first item on anyone’s bucket list for Japan, the Cup Noodle museum is certainly worth checking out and a great break from the endless temples, pagoda’s and castles dotted around the country.
The museum starts with the life story of Momofuku Ando, founder and inventor of Cup Noodles. Learn what inspired him, how he discovered Cup Noodles and more.
Within the museum is an educational set explaining the history and creation of Cup Noodles, how the industry grew and the technology behind it. There are interactive workshops in the Chicken Ramen Factory and My CUPNOODLES Factory, where visitors can learn to create their own noodles and design their own cup.
Additionally, there’s a Cup Noodle Drama Theatre where you can sit at your leisure and watch cup noodles being made, an Exhibition of Instant Noodles showing the popularity and consumption on a worldwide level, the Instant Noodles Tunnel built with over 800 different product packages that have been used within the last half century, plus the Tasting Room where it is possible to sample the latest and most exclusive Cup Noodles, and finally the Museum Shop is a great place to pick-up some Cup Noodles souvenirs and memorabilia.
Admission and opening hours
The museum is free of charge. There’s a 800yen fee for the Chicken Ramen Factory and 400yen per cup noodles at the My CUPNOODLES Factory.
The museum is open daily between 9:30 – 16:30 (Last admission is at 15:30).
Travel to the Cup Noodle museum from Osaka station
The most convenient way for getting there is to use the Hankyu Takarazuka line from Osaka station to Ikeda station, from there the museum is less than 5 minutes on foot. A one way costs ¥270, unfortunately the Hankyu line is not included in the Japan Rail Pass.
The alternative when using the JR Pass is to take JR Tokaido line, from Osaka station to Kawanishi-Ikeda. Then walk from there to the museum, which is about 30min away.
Tips for visiting
- We recommend participating in at least one of the factory activities to the get most out of your visit
- Activities can be booked for different timeslots throughout the day, check the official website beforehand to see timeslots
- The museum is closely located to the Ikeda Castle ruins and can easily be visited together
- Another worthwhile activity in the area is hiking up Mt. Satsukiyama, for great views over Osaka
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