Food Theme Parks

Food theme parks specializes in one type of food or dish and give visitors the opportunity to taste various versions of that dish in one place. Unlike conventional theme parks, food theme parks are located indoors. Many are atmospherically decorated according to a specific epoch or fantasy theme.

A key to the success of food theme parks in Japan, a country of gourmets, is the fact that dishes are not just prepared by anybody, but by reputable restaurants. Accordingly, prices are not cheap (calculate 1000-2000 yen per person). Note also that information in English tends to be limited.

Below is a list of some of the food theme parks in the Tokyo and Yokohama area:

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
5-10 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station
Hours: Daily 11:00 to 22:00 (longer hours on some days)
Admission: 310 yen
The Ramen Museum introduces the history of ramen and features about a dozen ramen stores with regional flavors from across Japan in a setting of Tokyo in the 1950s, the time when ramen gained popularity.
Namja Gyoza Stadium
In Sunshine City in Ikebukuro
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 500 yen (entry to Namja Town)
Located inside the Namja Town in the Ikebukuro Sunshine City complex, the Gyoza Stadium features various gyoza dishes by famous restaurants from across Japan in a setting of Tokyo of the 1950s.
Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest
5 minute from Jiyugaoka Station, Tokyu Toyoko Line
Hours: Daily 10:00 to 20:00
Admission: Free
Sweets Forest in the pleasant city district of Jiyugaoka specializes in various, mostly Western style sweets, such as cakes and ice cream. There are about half a dozen stands operated by famous patissiers.

Last updated: June 23, 2015
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