I swear, I’m almost done with these Japan entries!
Yes, Yokohama is a weird choice for a visit to Japan. Yokohama is a boring suburb. What’s in Yokohama? WELL, I’M GLAD YOU ASKED. The Ramen Museum!
Outside Yokohama Station. There were actually police EVERYWHERE, but I (obviously) didn’t take a photo of them. APEC was going on in Yokohama, so a lot of world leaders were hanging around.
In case you wanted to know, Krispy Kreme is exactly the same in Japan.
Do not be playful!
Yokohama’s ferris wheel wasn’t operating. (Presumably because of APEC.)
Japanese HMV! I bought a Pythagoras Switch CD here, because I’m a nerd.
There were even police watching this empty mini golf course.
Wasting time in a random Japanese grocery store.
Pretty good stuff for the grocery store.
MINI WHISKY! SO CUTE!
Okay, back to the point of all this. The Ramen Museum!
Yes, the building is decorated with ramen bowls.
Of course, you buy a ticket from the vending machine.
I squealed a bit over all the fishcake-shaped things in the gift store.
A lost scene from Tampopo?
This was all fake.
Yeah, I have no idea. Tuxedo Ramen? タキシードラーメン?
The main part of the museum was set up to look like old (1958) Tokyo.
There were a bunch of ramen shops with different kinds of ramen. We got “mini” bowls but could still only eat at three places.
Not mini enough!
We decided to take the shinkansen (bullet train) back to Tokyo from Yokohama, for no real reason other than we wanted to take the shinkansen. It’s about 20-25 minutes on the regular train from Tokyo to Yokohama, but only 11 minutes on the shinkansen! (It was also three or four times the cost.)
IT’S SO FAST I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!
At least I spared you from more UFO catcher photos in this entry. I actually did play UFO catchers in Yokohama, though. I CAN’T HELP IT. I think I’m going to decorate my Christmas tree this year with UFO catcher toys.