I love my ramen adventures, and when I can share them with other ramen nerds, all the better!
Tonda Station itself isn't so far out, but Kinseimufu, a very highly ranked Osaka shop, is. Almost two miles from the nearest station isn't that bad, but on a cloudless day in the middle of a sweltering Japanese summer, I was about to pay the cash for an air-conditioned cab.
Then we saw it. A few hundred yen for a bicycle rental.
Easy choice. We being myself and Ben from Friends in Ramen, your source for Osaka ramen.
The 燻製鶏塩ラーメン, smoked chicken salt ramen, is the one to get. You still get your excellent shio that the place is known for, but you get the bonus of some amazing smoked meat on top.
I thought the normal shio ramen was quite . . . well . . . normal. Two kinds of chashu, high quality menma, and a light, yet umami-rich soup. Great shio ramen has become commonplace these days, so I can't say if the trek was worth it for the non-ramen-obsessed.
Despite having a mega high rating, the line wasn't bad when they opened. You experience may vary.
Official site here.
Osaka, Takatsuki, Sakaemachi 2-19-7
Closest station: Tonda
Closed Tuesdays and Fridays