The Ritz-Carlton Opens its Seventh Hotel in Japan in the City of Fukuoka: A Blend of Luxury, History, and Innovation

The Ritz-Carlton Opens its Seventh Hotel in Japan in the City of Fukuoka: A Blend of Luxury, History, and Innovation

The Ritz-Carlton Opens its Seventh Hotel in Japan in the City of Fukuoka: A Blend of Luxury, History, and Innovation

The Ritz-Carlton has announced the opening of its new hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, located on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. The hotel is situated within the tallest urban lifestyle complex in Fukuoka's core commercial district. With its contemporary design and excellent service, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka aims to cater to the city's growing start-up scene and rich cultural heritage.

Tina Edmundson, President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. She mentioned that since the brand's debut in Japan in 1997, it has consistently been praised for its exceptional luxury and service, which has made it popular among 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 was an important stop on the Silk Road trade routes in the past and continues to serve as a major gateway connecting 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 as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO for over 800 years. Additionally, Fukuoka offers attractions such as beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic sites like the Shofukuji temple dating back to the 12th century and the Fukuoka Castle ruins. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city known for its technology industry, as well as its abundance of shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. This area is just a 15-minute drive or public transportation ride away from Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport, providing easy access to Tokyo.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located on the highest nine floors of a 25-story glass building designed by Kume Sekkei from 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 overall 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, providing a unique sense of place.

The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on the 19th to 23rd floors, measuring 50 square meters each. These rooms include 20 suites, which start at approximately 550 square feet. The Fukuoka Skyline rooms provide a panoramic view of the city, while the Park View rooms offer a scenic overlook of Ohori Park. Guests staying in the Bay View rooms can enjoy views of ships passing through Hakata Bay and beyond. The Presidential Suite, spanning almost 1,500 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite, measuring over 2,000 square feet, both have a dining room and kitchen for private meals. On the hotel's 24th floor, The Ritz-Carlton Club is exclusively available for club and suite guests. It serves five culinary presentations daily, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, and cordials. The Ritz-Carlton Club has a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for both business and social gatherings. On Saturday nights, live jazz performances take place, and a dedicated concierge service ensures personalized care for guests from the time of their reservation to their departure.


The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. One restaurant, called Viridis, uses locally sourced ingredients to create unique Western dishes. Another restaurant, Genjyu, highlights three traditional Japanese culinary styles – kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a comfortable space for guests to enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships passing by Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails and grilled dishes for guests to enjoy 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.

On the 24th floor of the hotel, you will find The Ritz-Carlton Spa. It offers a variety of facilities and services for guests to enjoy. These include an indoor swimming pool that provides a stunning view of the bay, a gymnasium with impressive city sights, and private rooms where guests can indulge in luxurious treatments using local ingredients and ESPA products. The hotel also caters to families with children by providing amenities and activities through their Ritz Kids program. These activities, such as guided excursions and craft experiences, are designed to engage young travelers with nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, making their stay more enjoyable and educational.

The hotel has two banquet venues on the third floor that can be easily adjusted to cater to different events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. These venues include the 1,100 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Studio and the 3,600 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen, allowing for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also located on the third floor, combines Western and Japanese elements to create 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 and the opportunity to provide guests with exceptional care and service. The hotel's dedicated team is eager to delight guests and create memorable experiences, whether they are visiting to explore the local start-up scene or to immerse themselves in Fukuoka's unique culture and cuisine. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka looks forward to warmly welcoming guests and ensuring that their stay is unforgettable.

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