The Ritz-Carlton has opened a new hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. The luxury hotel is located in the tallest tower of the Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City complex. The hotel aims to bring its exceptional service and modern design to the rapidly growing city, known for its start-up scene and rich cultural heritage.
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 ever since the brand was introduced in Japan in 1997, it has been renowned for its exceptional luxury and service, loved by both locals and tourists. Edmundson also mentioned that they are thrilled to enhance their luxury presence in Japan by venturing into the emerging destination of Fukuoka.
Fukuoka used to be an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes, and it continues to be a significant gateway connecting 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. Additionally, Fukuoka offers attractions such as stunning beaches, natural parks, and historical sites like the Shofukuji temple from the 12th century and the remnants of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located next to Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city known for its tech industry, as well as its abundance of shops, bars, cafes, and nightlife. The area is easily accessible, being only a 15-minute car or public transportation ride away from Hakata Station, Hakata Port, and Fukuoka Airport, which provide 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 art 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". Local artisans have contributed folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles that are integrated into the overall design narrative of the hotel. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, creating a unique and special atmosphere.
The hotel occupies the 19th to 23rd floors and has a total of 167 spacious guestrooms, measuring 50 square meters each. Among these, there are 20 suites that start at around 550 square feet. The Fukuoka Skyline rooms provide stunning views of the city, while the Park View rooms offer a peaceful outlook of Ohori Park. Guests staying in the Bay View rooms can enjoy watching the passing ships of Hakata Bay and beyond. The hotel also boasts two luxurious suites – the Presidential Suite, spanning nearly 1,500 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, which is over 2,000 square feet. Both suites include a dining room and kitchen, perfect for private meals.
On the highest floor of the hotel, the 24th floor, guests staying in club and suite categories have access to The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private area exclusively for their use. The club provides a tranquil space for guests and offers five culinary presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. The Ritz-Carlton Club also features a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for both business and social gatherings. To add to the ambiance, live jazz performances take place every Saturday night. Additionally, a dedicated concierge service is available to provide personalized care for guests, from before their arrival to their departure.
The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create unique Western dishes. Genjyu restaurant provides a stylish atmosphere and features three of Japan's best culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar is a comfortable space where guests can enjoy refreshing drinks and light meals throughout the day. Bay restaurant takes inspiration from Hakata Bay and offers original cocktails, chargrilled dishes, and tapas on its terrace with stunning views. Diva café is a sophisticated yet relaxed 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. These include an indoor swimming pool with a stunning view of the bay, a gymnasium that provides exceptional city views, and private rooms for indulgent treatments. The spa uses locally sourced ingredients and products from ESPA to provide a unique and satisfying experience. Additionally, the hotel is family-friendly and offers various amenities and activities for children through their Ritz Kids program. These activities include guided excursions and craft experiences that revolve around the program's four pillars: nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture. This ensures that young travelers can fully immerse themselves in the destination they are visiting.
The hotel offers two banquet venues on the third floor that can be easily adapted for different types of events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ritz-Carlton Studio is 1,100 square feet in size, while the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is 3,600 square feet. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen that 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 their team to provide exceptional service to their guests. He mentioned that whether guests are visiting for business or to experience the local culture and cuisine, they are committed to ensuring a memorable stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka.
To find out more, please visit the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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