Nissin Foods’ new Cup Noodle Factory in Shiga Prefecture of Japan’s Kansai region has a very interesting architecture feature that juxtaposed against the rather nondescript white factory facade. We talking about the delicious looking entrance which is actually a giant replica of the company’s Cup Noodle, or at least, the replica of the lid.
Unfortunately, this wonderful feature is only recognizable when view from above. So, one may not fully appreciate the awesomeness unless you arrive to the factory in a helicopter. Just saying… Anywho, that’s not the only highlight of this newly minted, 100,000 square meter (24,7 acres) factory that is set to produce up to 1 billion serving of noodles annually.
The other highlights are the state-of-the-art facilities and IoT production technology that will enable it to produce that many instant ramen. If you are fortunate enough to visit the facility, you will be entering from a giant Cup Noodle and into a long, bright corridor with 40 large screens showing live feed of the production lines churning out 400 instant Ramen per minute, along with actual windows overlooking the factory floor where all the magic happens.
Other than those, it doesn’t appear to have anything else that makes a place of interest. But that’s expected because, this ain’t no museum. If you are into the history of Cup Noodle and desire to know about this instant food, you can hit up the Cup Noodle Museums in Yokohama and Osaka. As for this spanking new facility, it is not open to public. It, however, does welcome local school groups for now. The company did not say if it will ever open to public visits.
If you are interested, you can find more images posted by Kashiwa Sato, Creative Director of Samurai Inc. Tokyo, on his personal portfolio website.
Source: Spoon & Tamago.