The Ritz-Carlton has opened a new hotel in Fukuoka, Japan, marking its debut in the city. The luxury hotel is located in the tallest tower of the Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City complex, which is known for its commercial district. The Ritz-Carlton aims to bring its exceptional service and modern design to the rapidly developing city of Fukuoka, which is recognized for its start-up scene and rich cultural heritage.
Tina Edmundson, the President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. She mentioned that since the brand was first introduced in Japan in 1997, it has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which is appreciated by both locals and tourists. Edmundson also mentioned that they are thrilled to expand their luxury offerings in Japan by entering the up-and-coming destination of Fukuoka.
Fukuoka used to be an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes and continues to be 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. Fukuoka is also home to stunning beaches, natural parks, and historical sites like the Shofukuji temple and Fukuoka Castle ruins, both dating back to the 12th century. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city known for its technology industry, as well as 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 convenient access to Tokyo.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located on the highest nine floors of a 25-story glass tower that was designed by Kume Sekkei of Tokyo. The interior design and artwork of the hotel, overseen by Layan Architects + Designers from Melbourne, draw inspiration from Fukuoka's traditional craft of yarn-dyed silk and kimono weaving known as "Hakata-ori". The design narrative of the hotel incorporates folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles created by local artisans. The hotel offers expansive views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, creating a unique sense of place.
The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on the 19th to 23rd floors, each measuring 50 square meters. Among these rooms, there are 20 suites that start at 550 square feet. The Fukuoka Skyline rooms provide a magnificent view of the city, while the Park View rooms offer a serene view 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 almost 1,500 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, over 2,000 square feet, both include a dining room and kitchen for private meals. Located on the 24th floor, The Ritz-Carlton Club is a private retreat exclusively available to guests staying in the club and suite categories. The club provides five culinary presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. With its bar and private room, The Ritz-Carlton Club is a convenient venue for both business and social gatherings. Guests can also enjoy live jazz performances every Saturday night, and the dedicated concierge service ensures personalized care from the moment of booking until departure.
The hotel has a variety of dining options that highlight the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis uses locally sourced ingredients to create innovative Western dishes. Genjyu showcases three of Japan's best culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar is a comfortable space where guests can enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay offers original cocktails and grilled dishes, with a terrace that provides stunning views of Hakata Bay. Diva is a relaxed café that serves light meals, indulgent desserts, and afternoon tea featuring Kyushu's famous green teas.
On the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, there is a luxurious spa. The spa has an indoor swimming pool that has a great view of the bay. There is also a gym with incredible city views. They offer private rooms for treatments that use local ingredients and products from ESPA. The hotel also has amenities and activities for children, including guided excursions and craft experiences. These activities are part of the Ritz Kids program, which focuses on nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture to make the destination exciting for young travelers.
There are two banquet spaces on the third floor of the hotel that can be used for various events. The Ritz-Carlton Studio is 1,100 square feet in size, while the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is 3,600 square feet. Both venues can be arranged to suit breakout sessions, board meetings, and other types of gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with an LED screen, which allows for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel has a Chapel on the third floor that combines Western and Japanese elements for wedding ceremonies.
Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed his excitement about the opening of the hotel and the opportunity for his team to provide exceptional care and service to their guests. Whether guests are visiting to experience the local start-up scene or immerse themselves in Fukuoka's unique culture and cuisine, the hotel aims to create unforgettable memories and warmly welcome them.
If you want to learn more, please go to the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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