Introducing The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka: A Luxurious Addition to Japan’s Fastest Growing City

Introducing The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka: A Luxurious Addition to Japan’s Fastest Growing City

The Ritz-Carlton has opened its new hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, in Southern Japan. The luxury hotel is located in the tallest building of Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City, a popular commercial district in the city. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka aims to provide excellent service and a modern design in one of Japan's rapidly developing cities known for its start-up scene and rich cultural heritage.

Tina Edmundson, the President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the new opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. She mentioned that ever since the brand's debut in Japan in 1997, it has earned a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which has been loved by both locals and visitors. Edmundson also emphasized the importance of expanding their luxury presence in Japan by venturing into a new and growing destination like Fukuoka.

Fukuoka used to be an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes and is still a major connection point between Japan and the rest of Asia today. The city is well-known for its annual festivals, including the Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, which has been recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO for over 800 years. In addition to its lively festivals, Fukuoka also offers beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic sites such as the Shofukuji temple from the 12th century and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city and a growing technology hub with a wide range of shops, bars, cafes, and nightlife options. The area is easily accessible, with a 15-minute drive or public transportation ride to Hakata Station, Hakata Port, and Fukuoka Airport, providing convenient connections to Tokyo.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located on the highest nine floors of a 25-story glass tower designed by Kume Sekkei from Tokyo. The interior design and artwork of the hotel, overseen by Layan Architects + Designers based in Melbourne, draw inspiration from Fukuoka's traditional craft of yarn-dyed silk and kimono weaving, known as "Hakata-ori". The overall design narrative incorporates folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles created by local artisans. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, providing a unique and memorable experience.

The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on the 19th to 23rd floors, with an average size of 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites that start at around 550 square feet. The Fukuoka Skyline rooms provide beautiful views of the city, while the Park View rooms overlook the greenery of Ohori Park. Guests staying in the Bay View rooms can enjoy watching the passing ships of Hakata Bay and beyond. The Presidential Suite, spanning nearly 1,500 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, measuring over 2,000 square feet, both include a dining room and kitchen for private meals. On the topmost floor of the hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Club offers a private retreat for guests in club and suite categories. The club provides five dining presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. It also features a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for business and social gatherings. Every Saturday night, live jazz performances take place, and a dedicated concierge service ensures that guests receive personalized care from the moment they book their stay to the time they check out.


The hotel has four restaurants and two bars that capture the vibrant food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis transforms locally sourced ingredients into creative Western dishes with a focus on sustainability. Genjyu, a stylish restaurant, highlights three of Japan's best culinary traditions – kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a welcoming space for guests to enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships passing through Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails, chargrilled dishes, and tapas on its terrace with stunning views. Diva is a sophisticated yet laid-back café that serves light meals, indulgent desserts, and afternoon tea featuring the renowned green teas of Kyushu.

Situated on the 24th floor, the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers various facilities for guests to enjoy. These include an indoor swimming pool that provides stunning views of the bay, a well-equipped gymnasium with impressive city vistas, and private rooms for guests to partake in luxurious treatments. These treatments make use of local ingredients and feature products from the renowned brand, ESPA. Moreover, the hotel provides amenities and activities that cater specifically to children. These include the Ritz Kids program, which offers guided excursions and craft experiences centered around nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture. These activities aim to make the destination come alive for young travelers.

The hotel has two banquet venues on the third floor that can be easily adjusted to host various events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ritz-Carlton Studio spans 1,100 square feet, while the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom covers 3,600 square feet. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen, making it perfect for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also located on the third floor, combines Western and Japanese elements to provide a unique setting for wedding ceremonies.

Radu Cernia, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed excitement about the opening of the hotel. The dedicated team of staff members is eager to provide guests with the renowned care and service that The Ritz-Carlton brand is known for. Whether guests are visiting to experience the local start-up scene or to immerse themselves in Fukuoka's captivating culture and cuisine, the hotel is ready to warmly welcome them and ensure that their stay is filled with unforgettable memories.

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