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Strangest/Specialty Museums in Yokohama

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The Japan Newspaper Museum

Established by the Japan Newspaper Foundation for Education & culture in Yokohama. This museum houses Japan's oldest printing blocks to print a paper from the feudal/Meiji-period in book-style. Production processes are shown and so are replicas of old machines.

Yokohama, Japan
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Cup Noodles Museum

Just behind the World Porters shopping center is a large brick building with glass windows along the top. This is the Cup Noodles Museum, a museum dedicated entirely to the history of instant noodles as invented by Momofuku Ando in 1958. The spacious interior begins with a display of noodle packaging and the Momofuku story, including a re-creation of his workshed. A series of interactive displays under will keep the children amused. On the next floor is a cup noodle factory and chicken ramen factory, both of which require an extra fee to enter. On the next floor is a play area and food court serving ramen noodles from around the world. There is a brochure in English, and the titles of exhibits are in English. The museum is very popular on weekends. -AH

Yokohama, Japan
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Hara Model Railway Museum

Established in 2012, this expansive, elaborate museum grants stirring insights into the traditional as well as contemporary nuances of the Japanese railway system, whilst also charting out its long-standing legacy. A massive cache of informative exhibits, this museum also houses an enormous collection of model trains created or owned by the model railway enthusiast Nobutaro Hara. There are close to 6,000 railway models exhibited, making it one of the largest model train collections in the world. Trains from different parts of the world including Japan, the United States and Europe co-exist here. Anchored by a trove of numerous railroad collectibles, thousands of still photos and informative videos, the Hara Model Railway Museum has established itself as one of the many renowned landmarks of Yokohama.

Yokohama, Japan
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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

What ramen do you prefer? Not a question most Westerners are usually posed, because all we really know is the cheap stuff we ate as starving students. Well, in Japan it's a whole different story, one the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum wants to help you both discover and enjoy. Across three floors, you can taste at least nine different versions of one of Japan's staple foods, from traditional to more modern recipes. What's the difference, who knows, but it'll sure be fun finding out. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a great place to learn something about Japan while filling your gut. Don't be shy; their raison'd'etre is to feed and educate you, so skip breakfast and head on down to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.

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