Japanese people love eating. There are various types of food museums specialized for Japanese popular food. I would say they are more like theme parks than museums. They are located indoors, so you can go there anytime even if the whether is not good. The interior and the atmosphere are also nostalgic and exotic. At some theme parks you might feel like you wander into another time period in somewhere far away. Here are 3 of the most popular food theme parks in Japan. Explore the Japanese food!
1. Shin-yokohama Ramen Musuem
As you know, it is not too much to say that Ramen is the most popular Japanese food. Japanese people also love Ramen noodles. There are many kinds of ramen flavours, which refer to types of noodles and soup depending on regional styles, so you can enjoy different types of regional Ramen noodles. You can also get vegetable ramen dishes (Not Haral certified.) or gluten-free ramen dishes at some ramen shops.
Access: 10 minutes walk from JR Shin-yokohama station
Business hours: Weekdays 11:30-22:30, Weekends 10:30-23:00 or 10:00-22:30 (Last order: 30 minutes before closing.)
Entry fee: 310 yen
2. Nanjya Gyoza Studium
Gyoza originally comes from China but it became very popular local food in Japan. Gyoza goes vey well with beer or highball. There are more than 10 shops in there and you can try different flavoured sources, so you can enjoy Gyoza by comparing the tastes. Find your favourite one!
Access: 10 minutes walk from IKebukuro station. (Located in side Namco Nanjya Town in Sunshine City)
Business hours: 10:30-22:00
Entry fee: 500yen
3. Zenyaren Souhonten Tokyo (Yakitori)
There are 7 yakitori shops offering various tastes from Hokkaido to Kyushu. It is like a Izakaya style restaurant rather than food theme park and they also have private rooms for more than 8 people. (Reservation is required.) Table, bar seats or standing are available. This company also organizes “Yakitorimpic” every year, which is round-robin event at some regions that these yakitori shops come from.
Access: 10 minutes walk from JR Tokyo station.
Business hours: Weekdays Lunch time 11:30-14:00 Dinner time17:00-23:00, Weekends 12:00-22:00
Entry fee: No charge
4. Shimizu Sushi Museum (Sushi Yokocho)
Sushi Museum is located in the S-Pulse Dream Plaza which is commercial and entertainment building in Shimizu. You can learn about the history or the knowledge of sushi in there. Besides, there are also several sushi restaurants along the lane, which is called “Sushi Yokocho”, in the center of the restaurant floor, so you can enjoy fresh sushi featuring local fish or seafood.
Access: 5 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Shimizu station
Business hours: Sushi Museum 11:00-18:00, Sushi Yokocho 11:00-21:00 (Last order: 30 minutes before closing.)
Entry fee: 300 yen (Sushi Yokocho: No charge)
If you are interested in japanese food, you want to grab a bite, or you want to enjoy the unique atmosphere, you should visit them.