Udon Museum (Kyoto)Udon does not equal udon and this museum will show you why. Located in the traditional city of Kyoto in Western Japan, this museum might be a little bit small but will make up for it by the great variety of udon available. This museum also functions as a restaurant where you can taste more than 30 different variations of udon from all over Japan. After a satisfying meal you can head over to the museum shop and purchase everything udon-related starting from the noodles themselves up to books introducing you to noodle culture around the world.
Cup Noodles Museum (Yokohama)Kyoto’s udon museum isn’t the only institution dedicated to Japan’s love for noodles. In Yokohama, located around 30 minutes away from the heart of Tokyo, you can find out more about every college student’s favorite meal: cup noodles. After Osaka’s Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, this is the second cup noodles museum to open its doors in Japan. This museum is entertaining for both young and old since it does not only feature displays explaining the history of cup noodles in Japan, but also lots of interactive hands-on exhibits. The main event, however, is the My Cupnoodles Factory where you can create your own personalized package of cup noodles to take home.
Namja Town Food Theme Park (Tokyo)Namja Town, located in Ikebukuro, is Tokyo’s biggest indoor amusement park. Here you will not only find arcade games, a haunted house and other fun experiences, but also numerous shops dedicated to food - be ready for gyoza, ice cream and Co.! The first stop of this culinary experience is Gyoza Stadium, featuring gyoza from all over Japan. Designed to resemble old-fashioned traditional Japanese shops, the small restaurants will not only give you an authentic feel of Japanese cuisine, but also allow you to enjoy over 100 different tastes of gyoza in a relaxed atmosphere. After that, head straight to the Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho and enjoy some of Japan’s most beautifully designed sweets called “deco-desserts” due to their fantastic appearances. Together with the fun attractions of the amusement park Namja Town will certainly make for a great afternoon, especially on rainy days.
Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo)After filling your stomach with delicious noodles, gyoza and desserts, what could be better than enjoying a cold beer? If you are ready to travel to Japan’s most northern island Hokkaido you are able to experience just that. Not only is this museum especially dedicated to Sapporo beer, a popular Japanese brand, but also to the whole history of beer production in Japan. As Japan's only beer museum it explains all the basics of beer brewery to its visitors. No food or drink museum is complete without a chance to taste the product, so after a walk through the historic building you can relax at an authentic Biergarten and enjoy a variety of Sapporo beer. A must-see for visitors of Hokkaido!
Shimizu Sushi Museum (Shizuoka)What would Japanese cuisine be without sushi? Probably not too well-known, I dare to say, so no wonder that there is a whole museum dedicated to the history of sushi in Japan. Advertised as the world’s first sushi museum, this small establishment is located in shopping mall S-Pulse Dream Plaza in Shizuoka, around two hours away from Tokyo. Similar to Gyoza Stadium in Ikebukuro, the seven different sushi shops are designed to resemble Japan during the Meiji period (1868 - 1912). On top of trying sushi variations made out of the freshest fish available you can also stroll around, read the displays and learn more about the history of sushi.
Food museums and theme parks are a new trend, not only in Japan but all over the world. They are fun, engaging and interesting while still being informative. Especially people who usually think of museums or similar establishments as being boring or dull can enjoy the museums we have presented today. After all, who doesn’t like food? Let us know what you think of these museums and which ones you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on. Share your experiences and comments down below.