Garden Cafe Gu Choki PAN | HATOYAMA

Gu Choki Pan ~ a small but quaint bakery, and picturesque garden in golf country Hatoyama. Gu Choki Pa is the Japanese for Rock, Paper, Scissors. Instead of Pa, the owner wittily used pan for her delightful picture perfect boulangerie and natural garden in a rural area of the Hiki District.

Gu Choki Pan

Pan is the most common word for bread in Japanese, one of many words adopted from Portugese. Although in Spanish bread is pan and in Portugese it is pão, etymological studies show that it derived from the Portugese. Not surprising with the long history Portugal has with Japan as the first Europeans to step foot on Japanese soil.

Gu Choki Pan Bakery

Gu Choki Pan

The bakery is quite small, but the bread and pastry is homemade. When the bread sells out they don’t replace it. As such it is advised to arrive before 1 pm to have a selection. It is a home run bakery with just one or two staff at any given time. Breads range in price, and change frequently, but the average is 300 yen.

You use a tray and tongs, pick your bread and bring it to the counter to pay. You can either take it home or you can eat in the cafe or in the natural scenic garden. Even inside has a view, through large windows, of the garden. If you eat on the premises, they will put the food on a plate, with some real flowers as decoration, and deliver the food to the table.

Menu / Ingredients

There is a little flyer by the cash register with information about the cafe. It includes a note to say that children are welcome. As well as information about where they source their ingredients. All the bread has flour, sugar, salt, butter and yeast.

The coffee gets very good reviews, but I haven’t tried it yet. I did have some of my daughter’s juice and I could tell it is 100% juice. It is 400 yen for a large juice or just 200 yen for a child’s juice.

Garden Cafe Bakery Gu Choki Pan

I read on Google reviews that some people think the bakery is expensive, but I didn’t think so. Given that you have a stunning view with your purchase and can sit out in a beautiful garden I don’t think it is unreasonable.

Gu Choki Pan Natural Garden

The grounds of the bakery are described as a “natural garden”. They use the indigenous plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and grass. In other words flowers were not planted intentionally to look that way. They work with the natural vegetation of the area.

This type of garden might not be as awing as manicured gardens when they are in season, but it is equally magnificent. And it is naturally scenic all year round. It still takes a lot of work, especially as they have added garden structures and various ornaments to add to overall visual impact.

In Gu Choki Pan there is also the added attraction of the natural babbling brook that flows through the outdoor dining area. There are several different places you can dine outside, including the main area by the babbling brook. There are comfortable garden chairs on a wooden deck with a view of the garden in front and the bakery behind on the far side of the brook.

There are lots of trinkets and curio in the cafe and the garden. There are also a couple of garden swings (see also “for the kids” below). On a rainy day there is a gazebo with several tables and chairs. They have some cats too, which the owner seems to like:

I have got OCD, Obsessive Cat Disorder

For the kids

Apart from having kids sized 100% juice and appealing homemade bread with sweet or savory toppings for the kids, they will no doubt enjoy the garden. They have garden swing benches, a tricycle and unicycle for the kids to enjoy. There is also dozens of knickknacks for them to find.

Impressions

Its the little touches that can go a long way in an overall impression of an establishment. Like today, the staff gave my 8 year old daughter a small but thoughtful bouquet of flowers when we were leaving. You can see her attention to detail throughout the cafe and gardens.

Greenfingers cafe in Tsurugashima remains my favourite garden cafe, but what I like about Gu Choki Pan is that you actually sit among the shubbery. In Greenfingers you have a view through the stunning french windows, but you can’t actually eat outside.

Gu Choki Pan is one of only a handful of places that I intend to revisit. Next time I plan to bring a book and sit in the garden sipping coffee with the fresh scent of flowers and the trickle of the babbling brook for company.

Information

Address: 〒350-0302 Saitama, Hiki District, Hatoyama, 鳩山町大橋1197-1

Phone: 049-296-1627

Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. It is sometimes open on Wednesday.

Cost: average 400 yen. CASH only, no credit card machine

Other: the cafe often hosts live musical performances

Official website

Access

There is no public transport from a train station. The nearest station, Myokaku on the Hachiko line, is more than an hours walk. You can get a town bus within the town of Hatoyama that stops nearby.

The cafe is located between two different golf clubs, beside a school and a hospital, but there is nothing else immediately around it. It is close to JAXA – about a 12 minute drive. It is also within driving distance of the Saitama Children’s Zoo. Official parking for five cars, but another five can fit in the driveway when necessary.

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20 comments on “Garden Cafe Gu Choki PAN | HATOYAMA

    1. L M N Post author

      Aw thank you <3 I am going through a bit of a garden cafe addiction at the moment!! Have planned a couple of trips this week 🙂 Thank you for commenting.

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  1. Hang Around The World

    This is a good post! I’m a traveler and I always look for something new and cool to do or explore. The photos are amazing such as the informations! Added to my bucket list. – Paolo

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  2. monidipa51

    Japan is a wonderful place with wonderful people. This bakery looks Sweet and well coordinated. I like your review from your point of view.

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  3. Reika Misaki

    Omg. I’ve been here before and it feels so nostalgic just by seeing the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  4. wanderwithola

    Awww this place looks amazing! I would love to enjoy some pastries and coffee on the wooden deck while overlooking the view of that beautiful garden! ~ Ola @ WanderWithOla

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  5. Rebecca Smith

    The bakery looks like a lovely place to pick up some bread to take home or to sit down for a bite to eat. Those views are absolutely beautiful, what a fab setting for the bakery.

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  6. lavieenmay

    So interesting! I was actually in Japan last year and LOVED it. It is so beautiful there, especially in Kyoto (my favorite part). I didn’t get a chance to see this beautiful garden cafe though. Just means I have to make another trip out there again 😉

    May from http://www.lavieenmay.com

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  7. Anagha

    I like going to such nature kind places. I am a bakery lover too. If I ever go to Japan, I will try to visit this place.

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  8. kidneyfornikki

    That seems like a fun place to visit. Good fresh bread and lovely scenery to enjoy it in. And plenty of entertainment for the kids — I will have to remember this place!

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  9. Ann

    What a lovely bakery! The garden truly is amazing and gives an authentic feeling. I like that you add some interesting facts such as Name (Gu Choki Pa) is Japanese for Rock, Paper, Scissors. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  10. Casey

    This is quite a special place to go for an afternoon, I love the bakery food indeed. Thanks for sharing this location, will follow up this place.

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    1. Blairvillanueva

      This place might be quaint but full of charming appeal. I like the humble garden, and the old things around.

      Reply

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