On our way back to Akihabara from Kyoto, we checked out the Shinyokohama ramen museum. Yes, a ramen museum.
They had this welcoming bowl of ramen out front with moving chopsticks!
The set up of this place was very interesting. They replicated an old fashion Japanese market area with different ramen shops that have a specific specialty ramen. The ramen is made by various chefs from different parts of the world. I love this concept but one thing that really bugged our group was the system. We imagined running around learning about how the ramen was being made and being able to taste test or get small samples. But you pay a fee to enter this area that is not a museum but just a strip of ramen shops. They all work individually and you are not allowed to sit with friends and not order. So... we were only able to try 2 kinds of ramen. Some of them offered a smaller sized ramen bowl for maybe $2 less but it wasn't much smaller and $2 wasn't enough of a discount for us to get smaller sizes.
Because of this layout, I felt that "musuem" wasn't a fitting description for this place. It was more like a more exclusive ramen strip. It was still a pretty neat and well made experience.
Here are the two ramen that I tried. The left one is Italian and I believe the right one is Chinese inspired. I liked the right one better. Note the bowl on the right was a "mini" bowl.
Upstairs, there are more shops and alleyways that depict these old fashion streets in Japan. They were fun to walk around!
This was out lazy and tired day. We headed back to Akihabara, played some difficult claw machine games and somehow managed to order pizza off of Pizza Hut's website. It was hilarious because we weren't sure if it was going to work but low and behold, the pizza guy delivered after climbing up 5 flights of stairs to get to us. Bless his rapidly beating heart.
And that ends our day 5. :)