The Ritz-Carlton has opened its new hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. The luxury hotel is located in the tallest building in the city's commercial district and offers excellent service and a modern design. Fukuoka is known for its growing start-up industry, rich history, traditional culture, and delicious food.
Tina Edmundson, the President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the opening of the seventh Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan. She mentioned that since the first Ritz-Carlton hotel was introduced in Japan in 1997, it has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which is loved by both locals and tourists. Edmundson also expressed enthusiasm about expanding the brand's presence in Japan by entering the emerging destination of Fukuoka.
Fukuoka used to be an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes and continues to serve 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 an important part of cultural heritage. Visitors can also enjoy the city's beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historical sites like the Shofukuji temple, built in the 12th century, and the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city, which is a growing tech hub with plenty of shops, bars, cafes, and nightlife. It takes about 15 minutes to reach Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport from this area, providing easy access to Tokyo.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located on the top nine floors of a 25-story glass tower designed by Kume Sekkei from Tokyo. The hotel's interior design and artwork, 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". Local artisans have contributed folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles to the overall design of the hotel. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Genkai Sea and the surrounding hills, creating a unique and memorable experience for guests.
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, have impressive views of the city, while others, known as Park View rooms, overlook the beautiful Ohori Park. Bay View rooms give guests the opportunity to see the ships passing through Hakata Bay and beyond. The Presidential Suite, which is almost 1,500 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, which is over 2,000 square feet, both have a dining room and kitchen for guests to enjoy private meals. On the 24th floor, there is The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private area exclusively for guests staying in club and suite accommodations. The club offers five different 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 place for business meetings and social gatherings. Every Saturday night, live jazz performances take place, adding to the ambiance of the club. Additionally, a dedicated concierge service is available to provide personalized care for guests from the moment they make their reservation until they check out.
The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the rich food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis restaurant offers creative Western cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Genjyu restaurant 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 restaurant takes inspiration from the ships passing through Hakata Bay and offers original cocktails, chargrilled dishes, and tapas on its terrace with stunning views. Diva café is a relaxed yet elegant spot that serves light meals, indulgent desserts, and afternoon tea featuring the renowned green teas of Kyushu.
Situated on the 24th floor, the Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a range of luxurious amenities and services. Guests can enjoy an indoor swimming pool that provides a stunning view of the bay, as well as a well-equipped gymnasium with panoramic city views. The spa also provides private rooms for guests to indulge in treatments that utilize local ingredients and feature products from the renowned brand, ESPA. Additionally, the hotel caters to families by offering child-friendly amenities and activities through their Ritz Kids program. This program includes guided excursions and craft experiences that focus on nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, allowing young travelers to fully immerse themselves in the destination.
The hotel has two banquet venues on the third floor that can be easily adjusted to suit different types of events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. These venues include the Ritz-Carlton Studio, which spans 1,100 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, which covers 3,600 square feet. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen that allows for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel also offers a Chapel on the third floor that combines Western and Japanese elements to provide a unique setting for wedding ceremonies.
Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed his excitement about the opening of the hotel. He mentioned that the dedicated team of staff at the hotel is eager to provide guests with the renowned care and service that the Ritz-Carlton brand is known for. The hotel is prepared to cater to a diverse range of guests, whether they are interested in exploring the local start-up scene or immersing themselves in Fukuoka's rich culture and cuisine. The goal of the hotel is to offer a memorable experience that guests will cherish.
To find out more, please go to the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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