Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is a popular food-themed amusement park where all the famous ramen shops converge. The trouble is that there are so many shops it's hard to decide where to eat... Here are five recommendations to help you decide!
What is the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum?
The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum was established in 1994 as the world's first food-themed amusement park. With the concept "to be the one-stop place to enjoy the flavors of this national dish from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane," the park houses numerous outlets of popular restaurants from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. The shops in the park are changed from time to time to maximize the number of shops that can be showcased and to maintain a fresh impression that visitors will not tire of.
With coffee shops, izakaya bars, and a museum store in addition to the ramen shops, it is a place you can have a full day of fun at.
Sumire has its main shop in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It is a miso ramen specialty shop famous around the country. Its signature dish, miso ramen (900 JPY), comes in an extremely thick and rich soup made by simmering pork bones, seafood, and vegetables, and adding miso and garlic. The noodles are medium-thick and curly noodles with a firm and chewy texture. The toppings include char siu pork, minced meat, bean sprouts, onions, house special menma bamboo shoots, and green onions.
2. Ryu Shanghai Honten
Ryu Shanghai Honten is a popular restaurant hailing from the Akayu region of Yamagata. Its signature menu is the Akayu Karamiso Ramen (870 JPY), which comes with bright red miso in the middle which is dissolved by the customer to adjust the spiciness to their taste. The soup is made with a niboshi fish stock mixed with a sauce made by blending a variety of miso from around the country. The thick, flat noodles are made firm and chewy by hand-kneading each ball of dough.
3. Shina Soba-ya
Minoru Sano, the owner of Shina Soba-ya, is a famous chef who has made many appearances in the mass media. He is credited with igniting the boom in homemade noodles and careful selection of ingredients, and the ramen that he created is, as would be expected, an outstanding dish born of a commitment to quality.
His ramen comes in a soup made with his unique combination of more than 30 ingredients, including free-range uniquely bred chicken, and elastic, fragrant noodles made through a proprietary process. His toppings, such as char siu pork, menma bamboo shoots, and green onions, are simple yet flavorful. One of his most popular menu items is soy sauce ramen (930 JPY), characterized by its outstanding soup imbued with the richness and flavor of soy sauce.
The specialty at Tondou, the Okinawan ramen shop beloved by locals, is the salt ramen that is limited to 100 bowls a day. The soup is made from pork leg bones, chicken bones, several types of vegetables, and seaweed, and it has a soft flavor that is light yet rich. The noodles are slippery and feel wonderful as you swallow. The moist char siu pork and eggs flavored with salt and seaweed are the recommended toppings. A bowl of ramen generally costs between 800 JPY and 900 JPY.
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Komurasaki is a popular shop from Kumamoto. Its signature dish is the Ousama Ramen (800 JPY), characterized by a smooth soup created by blending pork and chicken stock, and chewy noodles. The toppings include char siu pork, wood ear mushrooms, and menma bamboo shoots, as well as crunchy bean sprouts and chopped garlic made fragrant with heat.
At Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, you can experience a variety of local flavors. You are sure to encounter a favorite dish there! The entrance fee is 310 JPY (incl. tax) for one adult.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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