Odaiba Takoyaki Museum: a street food theme park

Odaiba Takoyaki Museum is a food theme park dedicated to – you guessed it – takoyaki. What is Takoyaki? It’s a delicious Japanese street food made of diced octopus in seasoned batter, lightly fried in special pans to make dumpling-like balls which are then covered with sauce, mayo and other seasonings. If you like the sound of that, read on to find out about the Takoyaki Museum.

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Namco Namja Town: a theme park for cats, gyoza and ice-cream

Namco Namja Town is one of two indoor theme parks run by Namco in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City mall. We visited Namja Town where we ate at the Gyoza Stadium, sampled a few unusual ice-cream flavours (from a selection of 50!) and wandered through a haunted house.

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Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum: not your average themed restaurant

A couple of years ago I read about a ramen museum in Yokohama and added it to my 2013 Japan itinerary. We ran out of time, so put it on our itinerary again in 2014. This time we actually made it! Officially it is called Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, but is also referred to as the Yokohama Ramen Museum. I loved the idea that a country could be so fond of one of its dishes that it would dedicate a whole museum to it. I’d heard that it was really great, and I had images in my mind of a big museum all about ramen, with some food tasting at the end. This sounded like something a little different, I was pretty excited.

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