6 Locations in Japan to Grab Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in 2018

31.December.2017 | FASHION / FEATURES

New Year in Japan means trying your luck with a fukubukoro, lucky bags sold at stores around the country filled with all different kinds of goodies. The contents of each and every bag can differ and are usually a complete mystery, making it an exciting experience! A lot of the time the contents are worth more than what you pay for the fukubukuro, so you can get your hands on some great things at a bargain price. We’ve listed some recommended places where you can get your own fukubukuro.

 

Laforet Harajuku – “Thank You Bags”

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In commemoration of its 39th anniversary since opening on October 28th (Sat.), Laforet HARAJUKU will offer their annual lucky bag at an outrageously low price and they are calling the bag a “Thank-you bag.” These lucky bags will be sold for 390 yen and 3900 yen (tax included) and some bags will have goods worth up to 70,000 yen inside them. A real bargain! In addition, as is now a popular annual event, they will offer lucky bags called “You can see and you can choose lucky bag!” where you can purchase the bag of your choice and they will also offer a lucky bag called, “Laforet special bag” which will be stuffed with Laforet original items only.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/81051

 

◼Information

2018 First sale of the year / Lucky bag

Address: 11-6 1-Chome, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Hours: January 1, 2018 at 9:00-19:00 / January 2, 2018 onward at 11:00-21:00

 

Stores offering “Thank-you bags”

¥390 bags: 5F Lycka, 4F Ciara, Crisp, 1.5F BeautiK, B1.5F Metamorphose HARAJUKU

¥3,900 bags: 5F Ray Cassin, rivet & surge, 4F DOUBLE NAME, 2F Maison de FLEUR, PARIS HOUSE, 1.5F BeautiK, B1.5F ALGONQUINS, ALICE and the PIRATES, Angelic Pretty, MEDI STORE

 

Website: http://www.laforet.ne.jp/fukubukuro/

 

 

Shibuya ShinQs – “Fukubukuro”

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ShinQs are also preparing unique 2018 fukubukuro (Japanese New Year lucky bags) which will appear on January 2nd. In addition to the premium fukubukuro available on the food floor which are popular every year, there will be an even more special fukubukuro on sale, the likes of which you could only imagine in your dreams… Shibuya Hikarie are also joining in the festivity with New Year’s menus, merchandise and entertainment.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80589

 

■Information

Shibuya Hikarie

Address: 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours:

ShinQs 10:00-21:00

Cafe & Restaurant 11:00-23:00

Cafe & Restaurant 7F 11:00-23:30 *7F will close at 23:00 on Sundays

Creative Space 8/ 11:00〜20:00 *select stores will be open until 23:00

Closed: January 1st

Contact: 03-5468-5892

Homepage: http://www.hikarie.jp

 

 

 

Seibu Shibuya – “An out of the ordinary experience: rickshaw fukubukuro”

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Obtain a special rickshaw ticket in Seibu Shibuya’s fukubukuro and gain the power to survive the year of 2018 by visiting Shibuya’s shrines including two of the most famous shrines in Shibuya, “Meiji Jingu” and “Kitaya Inari Shrine” where the god of business is enshrined. You can also enjoy eating lunch at “Omotesando Ukai Tei” and take a photo at the Scramble Crossover. Your ride will depart from and return back to Seibu Shibuya.

 

There are many different unique fukubukuro available at Seibu Shibuya, including the “Experience Japan’s Beauty” bag and the “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” bag.

 

Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/82383

 

■Information

Seibu Shibuya “Fukubukuro Oichi”

Running: January 1, 2018 – January 3, 2018

Address: 21-1, Udagawacho, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Available: At designated areas.

Contact: 03-3462-0111

Homepage: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/sogo/

 

 

 

Ginza LOFT – “Original fukubukuro” 

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The Ginza branch of LOFT are going to sell limited quantities of original Ginza LOFT fukubukuro from January 2nd-4th. The store will stock lots of unique fukubukuro available only at Ginza LOFT filled with all kinds of goodies including curry, stationary, hand drip coffee starter sets, items to keep yourself moisturised during the dry season, and more. There will also be one special fukubukuro available on a first-come, first-served basis. (*sales will end once all bags have been sold)

 

■Information

Ginza LOFT

Address: Ginza Velvia-kan 3F-6F, 2-4-6 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

<New Year’s Business Hours>

・December 31st – 11:00-18:00

・January 1st – Closed

・January 2nd – 10:00-20:00

・January 3rd – 10:00-20:00

・Regular business hours commence from January 4th – 11:00-21:00

Website: http://www.loft.co.jp/shop_list/detail.php?shop_id=407

 

 

Gion Tsujiri – “Fukbukuro with original tote bag”

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Gion Tsujiri are holding special New Year’s cake sale at Space of Asakusa in Matsuya Asakusa until January 2, 2018. They are selling their popular “Tsujiri no Sato” matcha confectionery, their New Year’s “Daifukucha” tea, and limited edition fukubukuro. There’s lots of tasty treats to look forward to including rich matcha flavoured sweets that come in a special box used to preserve tea, branded with an original mark.

 

■Information

Location: Space of Asakusa 1F, Matsuya Asakusa

Running: December 26, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Website: http://www.matsuya.com/m_asakusa/

Gion Tsujiri Website: www.giontsujiri.co.jp

 

 

THE Chiffon & Spoon – “Fukubukuro”

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THE Chiffon & Spoon is a chiffon cake store where you can eat tasty chiffon cake with a spoon. From January 1st-3rd next year, the shop will sell their own original fukubukuro in limited quantities. You can get a fukubukuro that includes discount coupons for 5 small chiffon cakes of your favourite flavour together with honey jam and tea sets (¥2,160 tax incl.), another that comes with the same but you get 10 discount vouchers instead (¥3,240), and as a special set (¥3,240), you can get 10 of the same discount vouchers along with a set of 3 of their new tiramisu chiffon cakes that were released on December 28th.

 

■Information

Running: January 1, 2018 –  January 3, 2018

*Details regarding when the products go on sale and the quantity differ from branch to branch. Please see the homepage or visit in-store for more details.

Available: All “THE Chiffon & Spoon” stores (8 total)

Website: http://www.the-chiffon-and-spoon.jp

 

Enjoy your New Year’s shopping by getting your hands on one of the many fukubukuro available in Japan!

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    ▼JEREMY&JEMIMAH (Furukawacho Shopping Street Branch)

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    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00

    Official Website: http://www.jeremyjemimah.com/

     

     

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    I ordered the matcha latte. The drink itself isn’t sweet at all so you can enjoy the full original rich and bitter flavour of the matcha. The fresh cream however is quite sweet so you can mix it into the drink as much as you want to get your desired flavour.

    There are lots of great spots in the area such as the Hōkanji Temple pagoda and Yasaka Shrine so  you can snap some great sightseeing photos♡

     

    ▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

    Address: 370 Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/

     

     

    Jumondo

    We also visited Jumondo which sells Kyoto-style dango, or “sweet dumplings.” We shared three different orders amongst three people: Danraku (団楽) which comes as a set with a drink, Dandan (だんだん) which comes with matcha, and Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton (ぜんざいと炙り栗きんとん).

     

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    ▼Jumondo

    Address: 76 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    TEL: 075-525-3733

    Official Website: http://jumondo.jp/index.html

     

     

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Yasaka is a particularly popular tourist spot in Kyoto, and that’s where the cute purin shop Kyo Yasaka Pudding is located.

    Purin is a type of custard purring sold in Japan. The first pudding we picked up was the store’s recommended option named after the store itself, the Kyo Yasaka Pudding. It contains a transparent lemon and honey flavoured jelly inside which there are small and colourful agar agar balls and mango jelly balls.

     

    It has an enjoyable texture and a refreshing sweetness that I’ve never experienced before with other purin. It’s very tasty!

     

    There are five flavours to choose from, the others being hard, smooth, matcha and black soy bean, and houjicha black soy bean. All are served in tiny cute jars. Not only do they look great, they taste amazing too. Each is made with ingredients sourced in Kyoto including the milk, Uji matcha, houjicha, and black soy beans.

    They also sell soft serve ice cream topped with candy balls, very Kyoto-like! You can choose from vanilla, matcha, or a mix of both. I think it’ll be really fun if you can snap a photo of your ice cream with one of Yasaka’s stylish locations in the background! Speaking of which, there was a cute illustration on the wall of the store so we took our photo there.

     

    Be sure to pay a visit to Kyo Yasaka Pudding to pick up your own pudding whether as a souvenir or for yourself.

     

    ▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Address: 87-4 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    TEL: 075-533-8338

    Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/

     

     

    Kyoto is full of shops selling desserts and sweets perfect to walk around and munch on while you walk its ancient streets, or to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy all the tasty things you can during your visit to this beautiful city♡

     

    Photos/Text: meme

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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