Japan is a paradise for food lovers. Not only because the food is delicious, but also because this country hashuge amusement parks and museums on the theme of Japanese food. Today we propose you to discover these 16 amusement parks and museums that are places to visit whether you are a child or an adult and you like edutainment and delicious food!
- Rāmen Museum, in Shin-Yokohama
- Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama
- Kewpie Mayonnaise Museum: MayoTerrace, Tokyo
- Takoyaki Museum, Takopa, Osaka
- Shimizusushi Museum, Shizuoka
- Natto Takanofoods Museum, Ibaraki
- Pear Museum, Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum, Kurayoshi
- Uwa Rice Museum, Ehime
- Togakushi Soba Museum, Nagano
- Konjac theme park, Konnyaku Park, Kanra
- Mentaiko theme park, Mentai Park, Oarai
- Hokkaido Cookie Theme Park, Shiroi Koibito Park
- 70 year old street food theme park, Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho, Osaka
- New Ginger Museum, Tochigi
- The beer museum, Yebisu Beer museum, Tokyo
- The village, Kirin Brewery Factory, Yokohama
1 – Rāmen museum, Shin-Yokohama
Opened on March 6, 1994 in Yokohama, Japan, the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum 新横浜ラーメン博物館 is the first food theme park with a history museum of ramen noodles. It includes a basement floor called “Ramen Street” (ラーメンストリート) where nine ramen noodle restaurants from different regions of Japan are lined up side by side, as well as the second floor with a small ramen museum that introduces the history of instant noodles. The decoration is inspired by the city of Tokyo in 1958, when the first instant noodles were created.
2 – Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama
Discover the history of instant noodles in the world’s first cup noodle museum, with many interactive exhibits and attractions. The permanent exhibition,“Itadakimasu Ramen Noodles,” traces the history of instant noodles and includes an instant noodle factory where you can create your own personalized Cup Noodles!
Terrace house fans will have seen the inside of this museum in the season “Boys & Girls in the City”.
3 – Kewpie Mayonnaise Museum: MayoTerrace, in Tokyo
Mr. Toichiro Nakashima, the founder of Kewpie mr. Toichiro Nakashima, the founder of Kewpie, created the first mayonnaise brand in Japan.
The long-awaited first Kewpie Museum in Tokyo consists of 11 themed areas, including a café and a souvenir store. The museum is located near the east exit of Shinbashi Station, where the original Kewpie mayonnaise factory was built nearly 100 years ago. This mayonnaise is really used in Japanese dishes. It can be found on okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
4 – Takoyaki museum, Takopa, Osaka
Takoyaki is generally considered to be the soul food of Osaka. At this place, visitors can enjoy a variety of creations from 6 takoyaki restaurants while learning about the origins of this famous snack. If you love takoyaki like we do, this is a must-see place!
5 – Shimizusushi Museum, in Shizuoka
The Shimizu Sushi Museum is located in the S-Pulse Dream Plaza, the highest building in Shizuoka Prefecture! The view of Mount Fuji and Suruga Bay from the 30th floor observation deck is breathtaking. The exhibition features a range of topics, including the history and utensils of sushi, Shizuoka sushi chefs, traditional knowledge of soy sauce and vinegar making, the history of wasabi, and more. You can also see unseen pictures taken by an American journalist who visited Jiro Ono ‘s restaurant at the age of 20!
6 – Natto Takanofoods Museum, in Ibaraki
Learn about the history of japanese natto and learn how to prepare it at home. Located near Tokyo, the Natto Takanofoods Museum in Ibaraki, features an interactive exhibition on the history and heritage of natto in Japan, a soybean wall almost 7 meters high and a food court where you can taste different types of natto that you have never tasted before
Change your mind about this food that tourists dislike and learn to appreciate it! Once skeptical, we are now conquered by it!
7 – The Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum, in Kurayoshi
The Pear Museum, opened in November 1994, allows you to learn about the rich history of Nijisseiki pears and how they were cultivated in Tottori Prefecture.
In the Pear Museum, there is a giant Nijisseiki pear tree with a 20-meter span, a collection of pear varieties from all over the world and a restaurant serving delicious pear ice cream.
8 – Uwa Rice Museum in Ehime
The Uwa Rice Museum presents the japanese rice developed by the people of Uwa, which is known as one of the most productive growing regions in Japan. You can find not only traditional tools used for Japanese rice cultivation, but also learn how rice cultivation has evolved over time.
9 – Togakushi Soba Museum, Nagano
Togakushi Soba is perhaps the most famous type of soba most famous in Nagano, and the Nagano Soba Museum offers the opportunity to see how the famous Togakushi soba is made and even try to make some yourself and then enjoy them on the terrace with a beautiful view!
10 – Konjac theme park, Konnyaku Park, Kanra
Konnyaku Park in Kanra is a great way to learn about konjac (Konnyaku), a plant consumed for its benefits and used in many Japanese dishes. Learn how to cook konnyaku by exploring their many workshops. Again here you can get your hands dirty as you can make your own konjac souvenir in the park!
11 – Mentaiko theme park, Mentai Park, in Oarai
Mentai Park in Oarai, Japan is one of five Mentaiko theme parks operated by Kanefuku, a long-time maker of the popular spicy cod roe. It is the only theme park in the Kanto area that features this beloved condiment. At its peak, the factory can produce up to 5 tons of mentaiko per day!
Be sure to stop by the factory’s gallery and wholesale store where you can watch the manufacturing process and buy directly from the source. You can also learn how to make mentaiko through videos and games, making this a great destination for kids and adults alike.
12 – Hokkaido Cookie Theme Park, Shiroi Koibito Park
One of Hokkaido’s most popular treats, the Shiroi Koibito (“White Lover”) cookie, is at the center of this theme park near Sapporo Station. A guided tour in English and Japanese shows you how these famous butter cookies are made, and at the end, once again you can try your hand at making them. Then you can go to a store to take some home.
13 – Theme park year 70 street food, Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho, in Osaka
Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho (Osaka Food Theme Park) is a food theme park that features all the delicious dishes that Osaka is famous for, including takoyaki, ikayaki and more kushikatsu ikayaki and more… A place to visit for all Osaka street food lovers!
14 – Ginger museum, New Ginger Museum, Tochigi
If you like ginger, visit the New Ginger Museum in Tochigi. Located 4 hours north of Tokyo, this museum features exhibits on the history and health benefits of ginger . Try healthy ginger recipes at the museum’s cafe, then visit the gift store to buy ginger candies and other souvenirs.
15 – Yebisu Beer Museum, Tokyo
The Yebisu Beer Museum is a fun cultural experience for everyone from beer beginners to beer experts and master brewers. This museum introduces what goes into making beer, how it is made, and its history. And of course, you can taste Yebisu beer!
16 – Village, Kirin Brewery Factory, in Yokohama
Visited by 12.5 million people a year, the Kirin Brewery Factory is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. On this tour, you will learn about the history of Kirin beer and the brewing process as you walk through the brewery to its tasting room. Afterwards, enjoy a buffet lunch of locally sourced food and delicious cold beers!