1. Making Instant Noodles @ the Cup Noodle Museum
I have to say that this was one of the funnest I had during our trip to Japan.
The museum by itself is great. I think you would enjoy the museum even if you didn't sign up for their cooking class.
In fact, they even had "Build your own ramen cup" stations where you could personalise a cup of ramen noodles of your choice.
You first buy a cup for 300 Yen
Then you decorate your cup.
You add the noodles into your cup
You choose up to 4 toppings for your noodles.
Aren't these toppings just the cutest??
And then you put your personalized cup of noodles it in this cute inflatable bags and you're done!
But NOOOO. We wanted MORE.
WE WANTED TO MAKE THE NOODLES.
So we both payed an extra 500 yen to sign up for a
We had to get a local friend to book the slot for us in advance because the booking instructions were in Japanese.
Here are some pictures of our class.
This was our very patient and amazing teacher who guided us through the process.
Check out this YouTube Video to see the entire step by step process.
And our finish product:
This really was such an enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to anyone of any age.
In addition to all these cooking classes, the museum also acts as an actual museum of innovation.
Don't confuse it for you usual boring museum though. Everything is very aesthetically pleasing and some of the exhibitions are interactive as well.
This is what the first ever Instant Noodles looked like!
The founder of Cup Noodles , Momofuku Ando.
Museum hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Holidays: Tuesdays (when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day), year end / new year holidays
Admission: Adults: 500 yen (tax included) / high school age children and younger admitted free
2. A head massage & hair styling at a local Hair Salon
Most of my friends know that I'm a fan of the Number 76 group of hair salons in Malaysia. I have been with them for about a year now and they do everything from my hair colouring to my hair styling.
You can check out the hashtag #sabrinaat76 on Instagram to see my journey with them.
Or just click here.
I'm also all for trying new experiences and living like the locals when I go on holiday. Which is why I like going to local grocery stores, getting manicures and even walking into a random cafe when I'm in a foreign country.
Btw, like my hair colour? It's done by Stylist Fung at the Number 76 Publika Malaysia branch.
So imagine how happy I was to be invited to the Number 76 Nalu flagship store in Tokyo!
I was asked what I wanted to do with my hair before hand and my answer was really simple
"Anything that is unique to Number 76 Nalu Tokyo!".
That's where I was introduced to their Head Spa, a service that you can't find in any of the other Number 76 outlets.
You can choose for either the Express or the Standard course, the latter being a 1 hour massage!
Here's a short video of my time with them.
The head spa comprises of a scalp treatment that uses plants extracts.
After that, you are given a hair wash and treatment using essential oils.
Then, you'll be treated to one of the best massages ever!
The service retails for 7560 Yen and is an absolute bliss to have!
It's a known fact that the Japanese provides excellent service already but this massage was just amazing. Especially since I have been out and about for the last few days having my adventure in Tokyo, it was nice to relax and be rejuvenated again for the trip.
If you're feeling thirsty, you can order drinks from the Number 76 Cafe that is right below the hair salon and they will bring it up for you.
I tried the strawberry banana shake that tasted just splendid!
The lovely people of Number 76 Nalu in Tokyo.
Here is another look at my hair done by the stylist Erico.
I need to add it was really easy to find Number 76 Nalu and it was rather near from the train station.
After getting your hair done, I advise you to take a lovely stroll to Harajuku.
Obvious reasons to why you should visit Harajuku but it's the walk there that I'd think you would appreciate.
It's a nice local area with cute houses and tiny niche catered stores.
Cute tiny buildings. One acts as a cafe, another is a retail outlet.
We found a thrift store along the way. And Darrel saw a shirt that I highly disliked.
So he tried it on to annoy me.
The famous toy clock at Harajuku
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