The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Fukuoka: Luxury Hotel Opens in Japan’s Fastest Growing City

The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Fukuoka: Luxury Hotel Opens in Japan’s Fastest Growing City

The Ritz-Carlton has made its debut in Fukuoka, Japan. The luxury hotel is located within the tallest tower of the Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City, a popular commercial district in the city. The opening of The Ritz-Carlton in Fukuoka brings the brand's exceptional service and modern design to one of Japan's rapidly developing cities, known for its booming start-up industry and rich cultural heritage, including its culinary scene.

Tina Edmundson, President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the opening of the seventh Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan. The brand has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service since its debut in Japan in 1997, and has been well-received by both locals and tourists. The addition of a new hotel in Fukuoka will further enhance the brand's presence in the country and solidify its position in the luxury market.

Fukuoka used to be an important stop on the Silk Road trade routes and is still a major connection 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 is over 800 years old and has been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition to the festivals, Fukuoka also offers beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic sites like the Shofukuji temple from the 12th century and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located next to Tenjin, the trendy center of the city, which is a bustling tech hub with shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. It only takes about 15 minutes by car or public transportation to reach Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport, providing easy access to Tokyo.

Located in a 25-story glass tower created by Tokyo's Kume Sekkei, the Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka occupies the highest nine floors. The interior design of the hotel, overseen by Layan Architects + Designers from Melbourne, draws 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 by local artisans. The hotel offers stunning 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 an average size of 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites that start at almost 550 square feet. Some rooms, called Fukuoka Skyline rooms, have beautiful views of the city, while others, called Park View rooms, overlook the greenery of Ohori Park. Guests staying in Bay View rooms can see the ships passing by in Hakata Bay and beyond. The two largest suites, the Presidential Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, have a dining room and kitchen for guests to enjoy private meals. On the top floor of the hotel, the 24th floor, there is a private area called The Ritz-Carlton Club, exclusively for guests staying in club and suite categories. The club offers five culinary presentations each 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 and social gatherings. Every Saturday night, live jazz performances are held in The Ritz-Carlton Club, and there is a dedicated concierge service that takes care of guests' needs from before their arrival until after their departure.


The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. One restaurant, Viridis, specializes in creating Western dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Another restaurant, Genjyu, offers 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, on the other hand, offers original cocktails and grilled dishes on its terrace with stunning views of Hakata Bay. Lastly, Diva is a relaxed café that serves light meals, delicious desserts, and afternoon tea featuring the famous green teas of Kyushu.

The 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton is home to their luxurious spa. This spa offers various amenities such as an indoor swimming pool with a beautiful view of the bay, a gymnasium that provides exceptional views of the city, and private rooms for single and double treatments using local ingredients and ESPA products. Additionally, the hotel provides child-friendly facilities and activities as part of their Ritz Kids program. These activities include guided excursions and craft experiences that are centered around nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, making the destination more engaging and enjoyable for young travelers.

There are two banquet venues available on the hotel's third floor, namely the Ritz-Carlton Studio, which measures 1,100 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, which measures 3,600 square feet. Both venues can be easily adjusted to cater to different events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen, allowing for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also situated on the third floor, combines elements of Western and Japanese influences to create a unique setting for wedding ceremonies.

"We are thrilled to introduce The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, and our highly skilled team of staff members are eager to provide guests with the exceptional care and service that the brand is known for," expressed Radu Cernia, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka. "Whether guests are visiting to explore the local start-up community or to immerse themselves in Fukuoka's captivating culture and cuisine, we are excited to greet them at The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka and create unforgettable experiences for them."

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