HOME But A Steal At $80K?! You Won't Believe What's Inside Japan's Crazy 'Ultra-Luxurious' Lucky Bags This Year!
But A Steal At $80K?! You Won't Believe What's Inside Japan's Crazy 'Ultra-Luxurious' Lucky Bags This Year!

But A Steal At $80K?! You Won't Believe What's Inside Japan's Crazy 'Ultra-Luxurious' Lucky Bags This Year!

Date published: 9 December 2020
Last updated: 29 January 2021

One of the major attractions in Japan at New Year's is the Lucky Bag! Known as fukubukuro, these Japanese versions of "grab bags" traditionally contained various items at a greatly reduced price, and the surprise of what the contents might be would set purchasers' hearts racing.

More recently, however, the contents of some bags are open secrets, and some also offer different types of experiences. For this year, in particular, the number of lucky bags that you can enjoy while you are at home is being increased, with another unique feature being the many places where the bags can be reserved online, thus enabling customers to avoid the 3Cs: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded and close-contact settings.

2021 is seeing some particularly curious items in its lucky bags! Here we’ll share some of the ultra-expensive lucky bags being sold in 2021, sorted by price. (To convert to dollar amounts, just subtract two zeroes – so a 300,000 yen bag would cost around $3,000.)

There are even lucky bags valued to be worth tens of millions of yen, but exactly is in them?

300,000 yen & 600,000 yen (tax included): A stay at the luxurious Kaisui-en inn with one-of-a-kind plans designed to make you feel like a celebrity (Kintetsu Department Store)

300,000 yen & 600,000 yen (tax included): A stay at the luxurious Kaisui-en inn with one-of-a-kind plans designed to make you feel like a celebrity (Kintetsu Department Store)

Lucky bags contain not only goods. Those offering personal experiences have garnered much attention lately.
One of the experience-based lucky bags sold exclusively at Kintetsu Department Store is "the lucky bag offering a leisurely stay at the prestigious Kasui-en," a luxurious inn nestled in a Japanese garden. The one-night stay plan cost is 300,000 yen, and the plan for a two-night stay is 600,000 yen.

The Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel Annex Kasui-en is a luxury inn with Sukiya-style architecture built in 1959 by Togo Murano, one of Japan's leading architects. It was reopened on July 17, 2020, after a renovation that made it an even more luxurious and elegant space than before.
This is the epitome of extraordinary. Attended to by your own Okami-san (proprietress of an inn) during your stay, you will be treated to excellent cuisine, a hot spring, and a garden offering complete privacy; an experience you should enjoy at least once in your lifetime.

Both plans can be purchased after downloading the Kintetsu Department Store app and registering. The offer is limited to groups of 2 people, and if there are many applicants, selections will be made by lottery. Why not go all out by spending an exceptional day here at the start of the new year!?

Here are the details for the experience lucky bag limited plan. (*For more information regarding the content, please visit the official website.)

● 1 night: plan includes dinner and breakfast
(Limited number) single groups only (2 people per room)
(Price) 300,000 yen *Service charge, accommodation tax, bathing tax included
(Accommodation schedule) February 2021 *Upon consultation with winners
(Room types) Kasui-en Tsuki-1 or Tsuki-7

● 2-night: plan includes dinner and breakfast
(Limited number) single groups only (2 people per room)
(Price) 600,000 yen *Service charge, accommodation tax, bathing tax included
(Accommodation schedule) February 2021 *Upon consultation with winners
(Room types) Kasui-en Tsuki-1 or Tsuki-7

How to buy: Available for purchase by registered applicants from the Kintetsu Department Store app *Selection by lottery if there are many applicants
Application period: Saturday, December 26, 2020 ~ Sunday, January 3, 2021

(Application conditions) Of the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, Uehonmachi Store, Higashi Osaka Store, Nara Store, Kashihara Store, Wakayama Store, Yokkaichi Store, Ikoma Store, and Kusatsu Store, register one or more that are your favorites using the Kintetsu Department Store app.
(Application URL) Download Kintetsu Department Store app

  • Kintetsu Department Store / Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store
    近鉄百貨店・あべのハルカス近鉄本店
    • Address 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-8545
    • Hours: 1st floor & 2nd floor, 1st floor-3.5th floor 10:00-20:30
      4th-11th floor 10:00-20:00
      12 & 13 & 14th floor restaurant area: 11:00-23:00
      * Business hours are different during the year-end and New Year holidays

1.5 million yen (tax included): Wagyu subscriptions?! Lucky bag having the equivalent of one head of domestic Japanese black beef" (Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro)

1.5 million yen (tax included): Wagyu subscriptions?! Lucky bag having the equivalent of one head of domestic Japanese black beef" (Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro)
* The photo is an image

These days many industries have introduced subscription-based services, which in Japanese are commonly called "sabusuku." Using this system for a lucky bag item is a novel idea and one garnering much attention, especially the one being sold by New Quick located in the Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro store advertised as "consume two half heads of beef one after the other! A lucky bag of one full head of Japanese black beef."

You can get two one-half heads of domestic Japanese black beef consecutively by regular delivery for three months from January to March 2021 (over-the-counter pickup; extra charge for delivery). The ability to offer such a fantastic deal is possible because New Quick is a shop specializing in meat. The meat consists of 10 types of cuts of Japanese black beef: loin, chuck eye roll, boneless rib, round, shoulder, tenderloin, top sirloin butt, shank, neck, and sirloin. They will also make other kinds of cuts if requested.

Meat connoisseurs should act quickly because only two of these lucky bags are being offered, each costing 1.5 million yen (tax included)! These two lucky bags are being offered in a lottery, so you can either sign up at the shop or apply on the Tobu Department Store website if you are interested. Winners must pay by Sunday, January 10.
According to the Japanese calendar, 2021 is also the Year of the Ox. Winning one of these lucky bags would indeed make it a great year.
* This product is for residents of Japan.

How to buy: Application lottery method *If you wish to purchase, you need to apply for the lottery. If there are many applicants, selections will be made by lottery.
Application period: From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021
*The shop will be closed on Friday, January 1 (national holiday)
How to apply:
Fill out the required items on the designated application form on the Tobu Department Store website or at the application location in the shop and post it to the application box (B2F 3).
Winner announced:
Winners will be contacted by telephone after Monday, January 4, 2021. *Rights are not transferable
Payment method: At the New Quick store of Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro store. If you cannot come to the store, pay by cash or credit card separately

  • Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Honten
    東武百貨店池袋本店
    • Address 1-1-25, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-8512
    • Hours: 10:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. *Hours will be different during the end and beginning of the year

8.8 million yen (tax included): Get work by world-famous artist Yayoi Kusama in your home! (Hankyu Men's Tokyo)

8.8 million yen (tax included): Get work by world-famous artist Yayoi Kusama in your home! (Hankyu Men's Tokyo)

This picture with the polka dots is recognizable at a glance as a work by world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama. If you have dreamed of having a piece of her art in your home, then the Hankyu Department Store's "Supreme Art Work Lucky Bag to Enjoy at Home" is a chance to make that dream come true.
The value of this one is 8.8 million yen (tax included)!

In one of the Vintage & Revival special lucky bags being sold, and which you can buy at the Hankyu Men's Tokyo art gallery TAGBOAT, is a work by Yayoi Kusama employing her especially famous pumpkin motif. It is a silkscreen print from 1992 and signed by Yayoi Kusama herself.

This is a limited one-piece offer; it is being offered through a lottery, the winner of which will receive the right to purchase it. If you apply from the dedicated page of the website, you will be notified by e-mail of the result after January 4.

There might not be another chance like this where you could acquire an 8.8 million-yen work of art of a world-famous artist. Whether that's a bargain or not really depends on you. This is an excellent opportunity to decorate your home with a museum-piece work of art that you can spend hours admiring.

How to buy: Application lottery method *If you wish to purchase, you need to apply for the lottery. If there are many applicants, selections will be made by lottery.
Application period: From 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2020 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2020
How to buy: Apply on the website
Winner announced: Winner will be contacted by email after Monday, January 4, 2021. *Rights are not transferable
Payment method: At the Hankyu Men's Tokyo 7F TAGBOAT store or by bank transfer
Facility information
Facility name: Hankyu Men's Tokyo
Address: 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8488
Hours: 11:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. *Hours vary according to the day of the week

  • Hankyu Men's Tokyo
    阪急メンズ東京
    • Address 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8488
    • Hours: 11:00-20:00
      * Depends on the day of the week

20.21 million yen (tax included): Delicious sake in shiny, gold cups! Pure gold sake set ARARE (Seibu Ikebukuro Honten)

20.21 million yen (tax included): Delicious sake in shiny, gold cups! Pure gold sake set ARARE (Seibu Ikebukuro Honten)

This is a 3-piece Japanese sake set consisting of one tokkuri (sake bottle) and two ochoko (sake cups), all made from pure gold. This lucky bag being offered by Seibu Department Store will be priced at 20.21 million yen through 2021.

This set, made to "have a luxurious and gorgeous time at home in the New Year," is a super-limited item with only one being offered for sale.
This is a unique one-of-a-kind set specially designed for a sake lover who wishes to welcome in the New Year luxuriously in his own home. Pure gold is an asset that can be handed down from generation to generation, so when you think about it like that, it really is not that expensive a purchase! The gorgeous and luxurious golden color is ideal for welcoming in the New Year and is also said to improve one's fortune. There is no doubt about it - sake drunk from this gorgeous set is bound to be incomparably delicious.

It will be offered in the jewelry section of the Seibu Ikebukuro main store on a first-come, first-served basis from December 26.

Sales period: From December 26, 2020 until it is sold
Where to buy: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 6th floor jewelry section
Facility information

  • SEIBU IKEBUKURO
    Events
    Has COVID-19 measures
    • Address 1-28-1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8569
      View Map
    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3981-0111

33 million yen (tax included): Shocking price! Luxury lucky bag "Luxurious Persian Carpet" (Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Honten)

33 million yen (tax included): Shocking price! Luxury lucky bag "Luxurious Persian Carpet" (Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Honten)

Last of all, it probably is safe to say that among all the lucky bags being offered this time, this is perhaps the most luxurious of them all. This is the Luxurious Persian Carpet valued at 33 million yen Expensive Lucky Bag offered by the Tobu Department Store.

A carpet of this outstanding quality is rarely available. This carpet comes from the Qom region of Iran that is noted for the silk weaving made there using the finest quality silks. Four local craftsmen in a workshop noted for its superior design, colors, and weaving labored 5 years to create this masterpiece. Furthermore, this carpet, having a diameter of 300 cm, is in the auspicious shape of a circle, a shape that is associated with destiny, harmony, and smooth relations here in Japan. The shiny gold color is perfect for the New Year.

If you wish to purchase it, you need to enter the lottery for it from the Tobu Department Store website. Consultations regarding the delivery and payment method of the product can be conducted separately.
Decorating your house with such a superb carpet will indeed herald many good things to come.

* This product is for residents of Japan.
How to buy: Application lottery method *If you wish to purchase, you need to apply for the lottery. If there are many applicants, selections will be made by lottery.
Application period: From Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021
*The shop will be closed on Friday, January 1 (national holiday)
How to buy:
Fill out the required items on the prescribed application form on the Tobu Department Store website or at the application location (6F1, carpet section, application box) in the store and post it in the application box.
Application URL:
http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/event/detail/3376
Winner announced:
Winners will be contacted by telephone after Monday, January 4, 2021. *Rights are not transferable

  • Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Honten
    東武百貨店池袋本店
    • Address 1-1-25, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-8512
    • Hours: 10:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. *Hours will be different during the end and beginning of the year

So what did you think of that? At this point, lucky bags selling for tens of thousands of yen strangely feel not so expensive. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so why not try purchasing one of these luxurious lucky bags?
If you already have something in mind this year, now is your chance! Don't hesitate to take this opportunity to get it.
*The information in this article is as of December 2020.

Written by:

Miyuki Yajima

Miyuki Yajima

After working in planning, editing, and business development/sales at a continuing education business, she is currently working as a writer, yoga instructor, and traveler in pursuit of a multi-career lifestyle that combines hobbies and work. She also likes fashion, Japanese culture, and music.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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