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May 06, 2006

Crowded Yokohama

Have you been wondering where all the Japanese go on Golden Week? I know where: Yokohama.

We went down there yesterday to check out the Ramen Museum near Shin-Yokohama station. Unfortunately, a lot of other people had the same idea. When we arrived at noon, there was a line down the block to get in. That is the line of yellow umbrellas in the picture on the left below. It was not raining - the umbrellas were to provide some relief for the mid-day sun.

The attendant told us it would be thirty minutes to get in, but that was only the beginning. Once inside, there were waits of 45-60 minutes at the individual shops (the picture on the right shows the sign board). I like ramen. I love ramen. But an hour and a half was too much.

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We headed to Chinatown instead. It was also insanely crowded...most restaurants had lines out the door and along the sidewalk and you did not walk down the street as much as shuffle along in a chaotic queue. Satomi knew a few places that were good and we eventually found one, served our time in line and ate lunch. I thought it was very good, but I could have eaten cardboard and thought the same thing.

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Fortified by lunch, we walked over to the waterfront and over to the Landmark Tower/Minato Mirai shopping area. It was nice to be outside, but there were too many people out. And I still want a ramen.



駅からラーメン博物館に7分ごろ歩いて行きました。おおぜいいました!一番上の左の写真で、多くれつにならっているの人がみえます。れつのかかりは「30分ぐらい待って入ります」と行きました。そして博物館の中に45-60分のれつがありました (一番上の右の写真)。おなかがすいたから、横浜中華街(ちゅかがい)に行きました。


Posted by Kirk on May 6, 2006 02:35 PM


Wow, that's a long line of people waiting for the ramen museum! You were right not to hang out for an hour and a half hoping to get in. But you should definitely go back sometime and check out the museum. It's pretty cool (in a sort of wtf??? kind of way)!

Posted by: panasianbiz at May 6, 2006 08:53 PM