With the first full day and the potential for adventure, we mapped out our plan. Given the nasty rain and cold winds today, we opted for a trip to Yokohama. In the likely chance that you’re like me and not familiar with Tokyo, it’s like going to stay in Downtown Chicago but the next morning adventuring to Rosemont for your adventure (or for you Atlantans staying in Midtown and heading to Johns Creek).
What’s in Yokohama you might ask? Only Debbie’s top of the bucket list item for Tokyo – the Cup Noodle Museum. A 45 minute train adventure later and we’d arrive at the museum. Despite being there 15 minutes after opening, there were already hundreds inside and we discovered that we were just tacking on to many small children’s school adventures. We made our way into the museum and watched a brief history of Momofuku and the history of the cup noodle process before deciding to participate in a 90 minute hands on demonstration to make our own noodles. We joined a “class” of 25 others and we were the only two folks who needed the English option. We watched a combination of videos (with no subtitles) and demonstrations as together we each made a 100g serving to take home. We got to decorate the bags, keep these sweet bandannas, and a few ramen options as well.
By this point we were quite hungry so went for lunch #1 in the world of Ramen market. They had various types of noodles from 8 parts of the world- Indonesia, Vietnam, Italy, China, Malaysia, etc. – and you could pick and choose the one of your liking. After we each had a traditional Japanese ramen, we explored the gift shop and made our way to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse for lunch #2. It kind of reminded me of Faneuil Hall in Boston- complete with shops and restaurants for you to wander right on the waterway (suspect it used to be a trade center back in the day). We found our way to the food court and had a Japanese local dish- fried pork with an omelette and gravy.
Post lunch #2, we made our way back to the train station and headed for the famous Shibuya crossing. The destination is a certainly a tourist spot from those near and far home to one of the busiest intersections in the city. We watched for a few minutes as hundreds past in their umbrellas before making our way back for a nap adjusting to the time change.
Next Up (and likely deserving of its own post): The Robot Show in Tokyo