Location: Take Hibya metro to Iriya station; use station exit 3. With the traffic lights behind you, walk up the main road (Showa Dori/昭和通り) to the next set of traffic lights (approx 5 blocks);turn right into the wider of the two streets. (You’ll know you’ve gone too far if you walk past a Toyota dealer. )You'll see Bon restaurant signs attached to the light posts,green letters on white , on this street, for the next 7 blocks. Then there is a T -intersection with traffic lights. Cross the intersection and walk another 2 blocks, then turn left. Bon is about halfway down.( If you miss the left turn, the next road you’ll hit is Kokusai Dori, the wide street that runs along the west side of the shrines in Asakusa, so you’ need to turn around and go back a block. ) At the north end of the street that Bon is on is Otori shrine; another landmark is the Saitokuji Temple one block away. Bon has a sign in front with Kanji name and telephone number. (Prices, hours & a map are on their English website, & it's an easy walk from the JR Ugusuidano station, past Iriya station, following same directions )
Atmosphere & menu: lunch or dinner multi course vegan delights, served in private tatami room overlooking a garden. More veggies and less tofu than other shojin ryori styles I've had, but each course featured delicate, different flavors and textures. A must for those who can afford it! Remember to reserve by phone in Japanese , specify the meal you're ordering, one day in advance . Hours 12-3; 5-7, closed weds.
Updated from previous review on Thursday October 16, 2014
Updated from previous review on Thursday October 16, 2014Pros: Delicious subtle flavors, An English website/description of meal, Easy to find with map/directions
Cons: Reserve one day in advance, Expensive