Fukuoka Hatsu-uri and Fukubukuro Guide 2016

Hatsu-uri literally means “first sale”, and is one of many Japanese ‘first-of-the-year’ traditions, which range from hatsu-mode, the first shrine visit of the year, to hatsu-hinode, the first sunrise of the year. Hatsu-uri is just as eagerly anticipated – especially by many women! Like a less aggressive Black Friday, shops all around Japan put everything on sale – some items at jaw-dropping prices. Swarms of eager bargain-hunters crowd shopping malls and department stores, and outside popular stores lines can stretch back as far as the next block, but the wait is half the fun!

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As part of the hatsu-uri tradition, fukubukuro – so-called “good fortune bags” – can be purchased from most shops. This custom is said to date back to the Meiji era, and has its origin in the bag that Daikokuten (one of the seven gods of happiness) carries on his back. The contents of these bags are usually unannounced and unknown to the shoppers. Not knowing what might be in the bags is part of the thrill! The bags are packed often filled with items from the previous year’s stock and could include clothing, make-up items, electrical goods, and so on. If you’re still not convinced, imagine getting a brand new mystery wardrobe for the price of one item in the bag.

A few tips for getting your desired fukubukuro:
• Find out if you need a maeuri-ken (advance ticket) to enter your favorite shop. Some shops have this system, some don’t.
• Get to the shop before it opens! There’s usually a line leading to popular stores, with a shop assistant holding a sign directing you to the end of the line. (In previous years, people have waited from midnight outside popular stores like Apple and Yodobashi Camera.)
• Listen for announcements by staff members relating to your fukubukuro
• After you have purchased your fukubukuro, if there are items that you don’t fancy, stick around the shop to see if there are any fellow fukubukuro buyers who are willing to swap some of the contents.
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Canal City Hakata
Address: 1-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku
URL: http://canalcity.co.jp.e.jx.hp.transer.com/
Tel.: 092-282-2525
Open: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) 9:00 ~ 21:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 21:00
Sale period: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) ~ 1/11 (Mon. & Hol.)
Closed: Never
• Max. 70% off at about 130 shops around the complex
• Over 7,000 fukubukuro available from 140 shops around the complex
• Popular stores’ fukubukuro include LUSH

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Hakata Hankyu
Address: 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku
URL: http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/hakata/fl/english/
Tel.: 092-419-5004
Open: Regular business hours from 1/4 (Sun.) B1 ~ 4F 10:00 ~21:00, 5F ~ 8F 10:00 ~ 20:00
12/18 (Fri.) ~ 12/23 (Wed.) B1 ~ 8F 10:00 ~ 21:00
12/29 (Tue.) & 12/30 (Wed.) B1 9:30 ~ 21:00, 1~4F 10:00 ~ 21:00,
12/31 (Thu.) B1 9:30 ~ 18:00, 1~8F 10:00 ~ 18:00
1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) ~ 1/2 (Sat.) 9:30 ~ 21:00
1/3 (Sat.) 10:00 ~ 21:00
Sale period: 1/1 (Fri.& Hol.) ~ end depends from shop to shop
Closed: Never
• About 280 brands on sale
• 24,000 food fukubukuro on sale in depachika (B1)
• A total of 35,000 fukubukuro available around the complex
Niku zukushi (all kinds of meat) fukubukuro ¥9,290 (only 1 group of max. 4 people available): includes special meat lunch for you and 3 others and a rare experience in ohimesama dakko (princess hug, being lifted up by masculine Hankyu staff). Helmet and safety mattress will be provided. Special meat packages include a set of Imari beef for sukiyaki (Imari beef loin and round 300g each), for yakiniku (Imari beef loin 200g, round and boneless short rib 300g each), for steak (sirloin 150g x2, tenderloin 120g x2)
• Girl Power fukubukuro ¥29,494 (‘hunting carnivore men’ package): To understand how carnivore men think, appreciate the lifestyle and understand their interests! Hankyu is organizing a special dinner party at ELLE Cafe and giving away ¥30,000 worth shopping voucher per person to enjoy shopping at Hakata Sisters (2F ~ 3F). Dinner will follow with an ensemble of vegetable dishes and cold press juice after the dinner. The seminar is run by (apparently) experienced men in the field of dating, covering topics such as ‘what kind of behaviour attracts men’ ‘what men want’ and ‘what macho guys think’

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Hakata Riverain Mall
Address: 3-1 Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata-ku
URL: http://hakata-riverainmall.jp/
Tel. : 092-271-5050
Open: Regular business hours B2F ~ 2F 10:30 ~ 19:30, restaurants on 1F ~ 2F varies, 3F ~ 4F 10:30 ~ 19:00, 5F ~ 6F 10:00 ~ 18:00.
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 10:30 ~ 1/17 (Sun.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• 10 ~ 60% off
Fukubukuro available from 1/2 (Sat.) 10:30~

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Hawks Town Mall
Address: 2-2-1 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.hawkstown.com/mall/
Tel.: 092-847-1590
Open: 12/23 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 1/11 (Mon. & Hol.) 10:00 ~ 21:00, 12/31 (Thu.) ~ 20:00. Regular business hours 11:00 ~ 21:00 (Weekends & Hol. 10:00~), restaurant 11:00 ~ 22:00, movie theater 10:00 ~ 22:00
Sale period: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) ~ 1/31 (Sun.)
Closed: Never
• 10% ~ 80% off
Fukubukuro ranges in price from ¥1,000 ~ ¥15,000, available from various shops around the complex

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IMS
Address: 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: https://www.ims.co.jp/
Tel.: 092-733-2001
Open: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 1/11 (Mon. & Hol.)
Closed: 12/31 (Thu.), 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• Up to 60% off
• Total of 2,000 fukubukuro available from various shops around the complex
• 1/2 (Sat.) Mochitsuki (demonstration of making rice cake) & sake tasting
• 1/2 (Sat.) 13:00 ~, 16:00 ~ Japanese calligraphy live performance by Shuhou Mori
• 1/3 (Sun.) Japanese calligraphy workshop

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Iwataya & Mitsukoshi
Iwataya
Address: 2-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.i.iwataya-mitsukoshi.co.jp/index.html
Tel.: 092-721-1111
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 18:00, 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 20:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:00
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• 30 ~ 50% discount from 1/13 (Wed.)
• Total of 20,000 fukubukuro available around the whole complex (New & Main building)
• Triumph nightwear sale & Formal Bargain at Main Building 7F from 1/13 (Wed.) to 1/18 (Mon.)

Mitsukoshi
Address: 2-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.m.iwataya-mitsukoshi.co.jp
Tel. : 092-724-3111
Open: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 20:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:00
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~, clearance sale for the whole complex from 1/13 (Wed.) 10:00 ~
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• 30 ~ 50% off at various shops around the complex
Fukubukuro available around the complex (¥1,080~)
2016 ogon fukubukuro (Golden fukubukuro) (¥20,160,000) comes with 8 Buddhist altar fittings made of 18-karat-gold and 24-karat-gold (order made)
Souun Takeda fukubukuro (¥1,080,000) comes with original calligraphic art piece custom made for each person (6 bags available)
• Birthday cake ticket fukubukuro (¥4,320 or ¥5,400) comes with voucher usable for purchasing sweets and cakes (90 bags available)
• Happy gift & hotel konigs-Krone Kobe fukubukuro (¥21,600) comes with a pair tickets for sweets and hotel

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JR Hakata City, AMU Plaza
Address: 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku
URL: http://www.jrhakatacity.com/
Tel.: 092-431-8484
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 18:00, 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) ~ 1/2 (Sat.) 9:30 ~ 21:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 21:00 (11:00 ~ 25:00 at latest)
Sale period: Ultra bargain 1/1 (Fri.) 9:30 ~ 1/7 (Thu.), ultra bargain final 1/8 (Fri.) ~ 1/31 (Fri.)
Closed: Never
• Ultra bargain: Up to 50% off
• Over 10,000 fukubukuro available at various shops in the complex

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Loft
Address: 4-9-25 Watanabedori, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.loft.co.jp/shop_list/detail.php?shop_id=29
Tel.: 092-724-6210
Open: 12/11 (Fri.) ~ 24 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 21:00, 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 19:00, 1/1 (Fri.& Hol.) 10:00 ~ 18:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:00
Sale period: 1/1 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 1/11 (Mon.& Hol.)
Closed: Never
• Discount 10% ~
Fukubukuro available from 1/1(special section on the 1st floor) ~ 1/3 : Loft’s original fukubukuro, stationery, houseware and more (¥324~)

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Marinoa City
Address: 2-12-30 Odo, Nishi-ku
URL: http://www.marinoacity.com/
Tel.: 092-892-8700
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 19:00, restaurants 11:00 ~ 21:00. 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) 9:30 ~ 21:00, restaurants 11:00 ~ 23:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 21:00, restaurants 11:00 ~ 23:00.
Sale period: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.) 9:30 ~ 1/4 (Mon.)
Closed: Never
• Discount up to 80% off at about 130 shops
• Total 10,000 fukubukuro available at various shops in the mall

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Mina Tenjin
Address: 4-3-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.mina-tenjin.com/
Tel.: 092-713-3711
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 18:00. Regular business hours 1F ~ 7F 10:00 ~ 20:00, B1, 8F 10:00 ~ 21:00, RF 10:30 ~ 22:00
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:30 ~ 1/11 (Mon.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri.& Hol.)
• Up to 50% off at various shops including shoes shop “ABC-MARKET”, glasses & watches “Takeda Megane”, accessories “Luuna” for the first time.
Fukubukuro available at shops such as Mujirushi for a seethrough ¥1,000 fukubukuro, and Health & Beauty ¥2,000

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PARCO
Address: 2-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://fukuoka.parco.jp/page2/
Tel.: 092-235-7000
Open: 1/2 (Fri.) 9:00 ~ 20:30. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:30 (basement floors and some shops: 10:00 ~ 24:30 at latest)
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) ~ 1/17 (Sun.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• Up to 50% discount
• About 10,000 fukubukuro available at various locations around the complex

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Solaria Plaza
Address: 2-2-43 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.solariaplaza.com/
Tel.: 092-733-7777
Open: Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 21:00, B2F 10:00 ~ 23:00, B1F 7:30 ~ 22:00 (Weekends & Hol. 8:00 ~ 22:00), 1F 7:30 ~ 24:00, 6F 11:00 ~ 23:30
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 1/11 (Mon. & Hol.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• Up to 70% discount
Fukubukuro available at various shops around the whole complex

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Tenjin Chikagai
Address: 2 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.tenchika.com/
Tel. : 092-711-1903
Open: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 20:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:00
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) ~ 1/24 (Sun.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• 20~50% off
• More than 7,000 fukubukuro available at various locations around the complex 1/2 (Sat.) ~ 1/4 (Mon.) (until sold out)
• Time sale on 1/9 (Sat.) ~ 1/11 (Mon. & Hol.), 1/16 (Sat.) ~ 1/17 (Sun.) 15:00~16:00
• Tenchika Super Clearance at event space in East 1st block 1/7 (Thu.) ~ 2/14 (Sun.)

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Tenjin Core
Address: 1-11-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.tenjincore.com/
Tel.: 092-721-8436
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) 10:00 ~ 18:00 (Restaurant floor 11:00 ~ 17:00), 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 20:00 (Restaurant floor 11:00 ~ 21:30). Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:00. (Restaurant floor open from 11:00 ~ 22:30)
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 1/11 (Mon.) Clearance period from 1/13 (Tue.) ~ 2/1 (Sun.)
Closed: 1/1 (Fri.)
• Discounts up to 70% off
Fukubukuro contents and prices vary from shop to shop.
• Time-sale (large discounts for a limited time) on 1/3 (Sun.), 1/9 (Sat.) ~ 1/11 (Mon.& Hol.)

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Tenjin Vivre
Address: 1-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.vivre-shop.jp/vivre/pc/index.php
Tel.: 092-711-1021
Open: 12/31 (Thu.) & 1/1 (Fri.) 10:00 ~ 19:00, 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 21:00, 1/3 (Sun.) 10:00 ~ 21:00. Regular business hours 10:00 ~ 20:30.
Sale period: 1/1(Fri.) 10:00~
Closed: Never
• 30~50% off
• Over 4,000 of various fukubukuro available including clothings from popular shops, stationeries and goods from restaurants
• Lucky draw on 1/3 (Sun.) & 1/4 (Mon.)

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Vioro
Address: 2-10-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
URL: http://www.vioro.jp/
Tel.: 092-771-1001
Open: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~ 21:00 (6F restaurants 10:00 ~ 21:00, B1, 4F, 5F, 7F restaurants 10:00 ~ 23:00) , 1/3 (Sun.) 10:00 ~ 21:00 (B1, 4F, 5F, 7F restaurants 10:00 ~ 23:00). Regular business hours 11:00 ~ 21:00 (B1, 4F, 5F, 7F restaurants 11:00 ~ 23:00)
Sale period: 1/2 (Sat.) 9:00 ~
Closed: 1/1 (Fri. & Hol.)
• 10% ~ 70% discount at about 35 shops around the complex
• Fukubukuro available at about 15 shops including clothing, accessories and coffee stores

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Originally written in Dec. 2015.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Dec. 2015.

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