The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Fukuoka: Luxury and Unparalleled Service in Japan’s Emerging Destination

The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Fukuoka: Luxury and Unparalleled Service in Japan’s Emerging Destination

The Ritz-Carlton, a luxury hotel brand under Marriott Bonvoy, has announced the opening of its new hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. The hotel is located in the tallest building in the city's commercial district, known as Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka aims to bring its exceptional service and modern design to this rapidly growing city, which is renowned for its start-up scene and rich cultural heritage, including its culinary traditions.

Tina Edmundson, President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the opening of the seventh Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan. She mentioned that the brand has been well-received in Japan since its debut in 1997, and has gained recognition for its exceptional luxury and service. Edmundson also stated that entering a new and growing destination like Fukuoka will help strengthen their luxury presence in the country.

Fukuoka used to be an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes, and it still serves as a major connection between Japan and the rest of Asia. The city is well-known for its annual festivals, including the Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, which has been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition to these festivals, Fukuoka also offers beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historical sites like the Shofukuji temple from the 12th century and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located near Tenjin, the lively center of the city known for its tech industry, as well as its shops, bars, cafes, and nightlife. It takes about 15 minutes by car or public transportation to reach Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport, which provide transportation links 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. Layan Architects + Designers, based in Melbourne, supervised the hotel's interior design and art, which 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 expansive views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, providing a unique sense of place.

The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on the 19th to 23rd floors, with each room measuring 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites available, starting at around 550 square feet. Some rooms, called Fukuoka Skyline rooms, offer beautiful views of the city, while others, called Park View rooms, overlook the greenery of Ohori Park. Guests staying in Bay View rooms can enjoy a view of Hakata Bay and the passing ships. The hotel also has two large suites, the Presidential Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, which are more than 1,500 and 2,000 square feet respectively. These suites have a dining room and kitchen for guests to prepare their own meals. On the 24th floor, there is The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private area exclusively for guests staying in club and suite rooms. The club offers five different dining options throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. It also has a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for business meetings and social gatherings. The club hosts live jazz performances every Saturday night, and there is a dedicated concierge service available to assist guests with any requests, from the moment they book their stay until they check out.


The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the rich food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis offers creative Western cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Genjyu is a stylish restaurant that highlights three of Japan's best culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar is a welcoming space where guests can enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships in Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails and grilled dishes to be enjoyed on its terrace with stunning views. Diva is a relaxed café that serves light meals, delicious desserts, and afternoon tea featuring the renowned green teas of Kyushu.

Situated on the 24th floor, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers various amenities to its guests. These include an indoor swimming pool that provides a beautiful view of the bay, a gymnasium with stunning city views, and private rooms for luxurious treatments that utilize local ingredients and ESPA products. In addition, the hotel provides child-friendly facilities and activities through their Ritz Kids program, such as guided excursions and craft experiences, which aim to engage young travelers with nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture to enhance their experience at the destination.

The hotel has two banquet venues on the third floor, namely the Ritz-Carlton Studio and Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. These venues can be easily adjusted to host breakout sessions, board meetings, and various other gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen, allowing for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also found on the third floor, combines elements of Western and Japanese styles to create a special space for wedding ceremonies.

Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed excitement about the opening of the hotel. The highly skilled team at the hotel is eager to provide exceptional care and service to its guests. Whether visitors are interested in exploring the local start-up scene or immersing themselves in Fukuoka's captivating culture and cuisine, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences for every guest.

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