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Yokohama is known as a home to the best ramen noodles in Japan. Its Ie-kei ramen is distinctive compares to other ramen in the country with its greasy-shoyu flavored tonkotsu ramen. The city is also a home to Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, (arguably) the best ramen museum in the world. Built in 1994, Shin-Yokohama Ramen is nothing like your average ramen museum. Read more to learn about the awesomeness of this ramen museum.
Fun Way to Learn About Ramen in Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Before you head to the ramen stores, it is best to take your time exploring exhibits in the Ramen Gallery. Here you can learn about the history of ramen that have went through 25 years of investigation (yes, Japanese don't play around with ramen). You might be surprised about the fact that ramen was originally a Chinese cuisine that entered Japan during Muromachi Period. Find out about various kinds of noodles, soup, and toppings used in a bowl of ramen that will greatly affect the flavor. Know that there are 30 kinds of ramen with their own distinctive taste in Japan and even more in the world. It is everything all ramen lovers should know!
Ryu Shanghai Honten is the first ramen shop you should visit after spending time in Ramen Gallery. The ramen shop introduce one of the most delicious miso ramen noodles with a kick of spicy seasonings. Its miso ramen is highly popular for its fat wrinkled noodles that blend well with incredibly rich soup. They added generous toppings consisting slices of chashu (seasoned, roast pork), the iconic naruto (spiral patterned fishcakes), and a scoop of raw spicy hot miso. The ramen shop also offer selections of vegetarian and non-pork menu.
Miraku ramen was told to be the most difficult to obtain ramen noodles in Japan. Afterall one have to sail to Rishiri Island and the fact that the shop is only open for two-and-a-half-of-hours might have made most ramen lovers plunged to despair. The good news is, you can now try the mini version of the legendary ramen in Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. You'll get to taste the delightful flavor of rich, grilled soysauce base (yaki-joyu) made with abundant amount of Rishiri kelps. Its thick-wrinkled noodles create a perfect balance to the rich soup. Rishiri Ramen Miraku also offer its menu in a very affordable price compare to other shoyu-based ramen in Japan.
For those who are not a great fan of ramen's thick noodles, Tori Paitan ramen by RYUS NOODLE Bar might suits your tastebuds more. It consists of averagely thin straight noodle combined with delicious seafood-flavored thick soup. Rather than using chashu, it use slices of chicken fillet and mushroom as a topping. It have a really mild taste, and you can taste an incredible experience of changing flavor thanks to the home made smoked maple butter topping on it. It is a Canadian-style ramen that is impossible to find in Japan, but you can taste it if you go to Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.
Another option for those who would rather to have a bowl of ramen with thinner noodles. Popularly known as The Ramen Demon, Shina Soba-ya serve one of the best soba (noodles made of wheat flour) noodles in Japan. It is a simple dish with simple seasonings that give a very delicate taste to your tastebuds. Served with bamboo shoots, chicken fillet, and a piece of nori, Shina Soba-ya is a perfect place to go if you love to have a lighter meal.
Genkotsu-ya ramen shop is popular for its golden-colored ramen soup combined with toppings consist of chashu, simmered egg, bamboo shoots, and a piece of nori. It gives a perfect taste of a ramen that is not too heavy, it is great to introduce newbies to the greatness of ramen. The ramen shop is also known to serve delicious jumbo gyozas that is worth to try.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, you'll have to pay JPY 310 or $2.73 USD. You'll have to pay separately for each ramen dishes you buy. Tickets for each ramen meals can be bought from the vending machine located in front of each store.
How To Get Around?
The only way to go around Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is by walking. You don't need to worry of getting exhausted since the attraction itself isn't that extensive.
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Best Time to Visit
Shin-Yokohama Ramen is ideal to be visited at any time of the year, especially since it is located inside a building. But you would want to avoid coming during lunch hours, the shops will be overly-crowded during those hours.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need regarding Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum can be easily found in this website.
How To Get There?
Shin-Yokohama Ramen can be reached by taking Metro services from nearby cities in Japan. From Tokyo, you can take JR Tokaido Line to Shinyokohama Subway station. Take Exit 8 from the subway station, and Shin-Yokohama Station is just few minutes away on foot. From Shinjuku, take JR Yamanote Line from Shibuya station to Kikuna Subway station. Switch to Tokyu Toyoku Line and alight at Shinyokohama Subway Station. Take Exit 8 from the station, and Shinyokohama Subway station is just few minutes away by walking.
Adults who visit ramen stores in Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is expected to order a bowl of ramen. However, there's a smaller version of the dish for people who would love to taste all ramen dishes in the location.