The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

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Name in Japanese: インスタントラーメン発明記念館
Area: Osaka
Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041 Japan [map]
Phone: 072-752-3484 072-752-3484
Access: 3.3 km from Osaka Airport Station Osaka Monorail Main Line
3.3 km from Hotarugaike Station Osaka Monorail Main Line
3.5 km from Shibahara Station Osaka Monorail Main Line
Hours: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Admission: Free

One of Japan’s most enjoyable museums, this place is dedicated to the inventor of Japan’s most famous food: instant noodles.

As well as vibrant displays of packaging over the years, there are hands-on noodle experiences to try, a movie-theater and reproduced original house of the inventor. You can design your own cup of noodles for just ¥300 – from the design to the ingredients and the soup base, which is a pretty unique souvenir. If you want a real learning curve, you can make your own noodles from scratch for the same price in the kitchen classes – although you will likely be surrounded by children (but who cares).