Only in Saitama: Chukaman Museum | IRUMA

New Open: Chukaman Museum ~ free nikuman factory tour information share

The “Only in Saitama” series continues with Saitama’s latest free factory tour. The Chukaman Museum is a Nikuman (pork buns) Factory tour in Iruma. It is the first, and currently only, museum of its type in the whole of Japan. The museum opened in Iruma on January 25th and is already in popular demand.

From the official website

The museum requires that you book in advance online. Currently they are only taking bookings for between two and nine people. You can book in advance (subject to availability) for the current month and the following two months after. Booking for a month starts at midnight on the first day of the month. So booking for April started at midnight this morning. I tried to get a booking for April at bang on midnight and it was already fully booked 30 seconds in!

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There are two tours a day, five days a week between Friday and Tuesday. It is closed on Wednesday and Thursday except during spring break when they have two weeks of daily tours. The tours are at 10 am and 2 pm. They last about an hour and a half. The tour involves a short video introduction followed by a tour of the factory. After that they introduce the deliciousness of nikuman through a game. Finally you end the tour with a nikuman tasting.

The museum is brought to you by (Shinjuku) Nakamuraya, a bakery famed for introducing curry to Japan. There is a great story to how the bakery came to serve curry and subsequently became a restaurant. The abbreviated version: the family gave refuge to an Indian revolutionist, Bose, who had fled India during World War I. Bose thought he could attract new customers to the bakery with the aroma of spices from his home country. 100 years later and that aroma is still attracting people! It now attracts people from all over Japan and indeed all over the world, who want to sample the taste of Japan’s first ever curry.

Chukaman Museum Information

Open: Friday through Tuesday, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays except during Spring Break.

Tour times: 10 am and 2 pm

Tour duration: the tour lasts about 90 minutes

Reservation: essential. A reservation must be made online through their online booking form.

Official website

Access

Address: 234 Sayamadai, Iruma-shi, Saitama-ken 358-0033.
Plus code: R935+46 Iruma, Saitama Prefecture

The Chukaman factory is near ALIT and close to Costco and Mitsui Outlet in Iruma. The nearest station is about a 40 minute walk away: Kaneko station on the Hachiko line. By car it is about a 10 minute drive from the Iruma interchange of the Ken-o expressway.

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10 comments on “Only in Saitama: Chukaman Museum | IRUMA

  1. Cait

    oh wow this is so interesting- i would love to try and visit some day and great to know to book in advance. you’re always such a great wealth of information friend!

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    1. L M N Post author

      Thank you so much Cait <3 I really appreciate it. Trying hard to show off all the cool things in this prefecture 🙂

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    1. L M N Post author

      Me too! I bet I’ll forget at midnight on the 1st of March to try!! I’ll probably have to wait until the hype calms down to get a booking. Thank you

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  2. aisasami

    I am so going to this when my sister comes over here for the summer. I loooooooooove nikuman! It is like my fast food. I actually love to put wasabi and ginger on top (one employees at the local 7-11 suggest this and it is sooooo good).

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    1. L M N Post author

      I bought a whole load of nikuman after writing this post 😀 Haha. I love it too. Oooh, must try it with ginger… not brave enough for wasabi! Thanks a million for the tip. I really hope you can get a booking for the tour, fingers crossed.

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