If you’re ever in the Japanese Alps

Make sure you visit Hakuba, a cute ski village in Nagano Prefecture, and have afternoon tea at Mon Pigeon patisserie! It’s a tiny bakery cafe hidden away in the woods but it’s easy to find because everyone in Hakuba knows about it. It’s run by a husband and wife team, and the wife told me her husband makes all of the cakes and breads (they make savoury breads, hamburgers and hot dog cheese rolls as well as pretty, pretty cakes), and said that in the ski season they are so busy that he basically does not sleep for about 3 months!! Sooooo crazy. Hakuba is a fun place to go skiing, and it’s where some of the events of the Nagano Winter Olympics were held.

You can still visit the ski jumps! And see Olympic signage on the slopes!

Ben took the snowy pictures, thanks Benzo.


  1. Posted December 31, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Oh, Hakuba! We went there to ski when we visited Japan. I loved it. We were there very early in the ski season and had most of the town to ourselves – including an entire hotel! I don’t think the patisserie was open though – I would have found all the cakes. 🙂

  2. Posted December 31, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh those photos make me soooo hungry! The sweets looks like beautiful little jewels, and they are so yummy looking^^ I am tempted to go there just to eat those cakes!

  3. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Chi, that sounds awesome! ^_^ Last year I was there over the week of Christmas and it was very, very crowded on the mountain. It was a fun place to spend Christmas!

    Sara Mari, yeah they do look like jewels! What is it about Japanese pastry chefs, they make the most beautiful treats! ^_^

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