The Ritz-Carlton has opened a new hotel called The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka in Southern Japan. It is located in the tallest building in the city's commercial district and brings the brand's luxury service and modern design to a city known for its growing startup scene and rich cultural heritage.
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 brand's introduction in Japan in 1997, it has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which has made it popular among both locals and tourists. The expansion into Fukuoka, a growing and promising destination, will further solidify their position as a leader in luxury hospitality in the country.
Fukuoka was a significant stop along the Silk Road trade routes in the past, and it continues to serve as an important gateway between Japan and the rest of Asia today. The city is well-known for its annual festivals, such as the Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, which has a history of 800 years and is recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Visitors can also enjoy the city's beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic sites like the Shofukuji temple from the 12th century and the Fukuoka Castle ruins. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city, which is a growing technology hub with various shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. It takes about 15 minutes by car or public transportation to reach Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport, providing convenient access to Tokyo.
Located on the top nine floors of a 25-story glass tower designed by Kume Sekkei of Tokyo, the Ritz-Carlton in Fukuoka showcases a unique interior design and art inspired by the traditional craft of yarn-dyed silk and kimono weaving known as "Hakata-ori". The hotel's interior, overseen by Layan Architects + Designers based in Melbourne, incorporates folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles by local artisans, seamlessly blending them into the overall design concept. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, creating a truly immersive and exceptional experience.
The hotel has a total of 167 spacious guestrooms, ranging from 50 square meters to 550 square feet. There are 20 suites available, with the smallest one being 550 square feet. Some rooms offer stunning views of the city skyline, while others overlook the beautiful Ohori Park. Guests staying in Bay View rooms can enjoy watching ships passing by in Hakata Bay and beyond. The Presidential Suite covers an area of almost 1,500 square feet, while the Ritz-Carlton Suite is over 2,000 square feet and both have a dining room and kitchen for private meals. On the top floor of the hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Club is exclusively for guests staying in the club and suite categories. It offers five different dining options throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. The Ritz-Carlton Club also has a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for business and social gatherings. Every Saturday night, there are live jazz performances, and a dedicated concierge service ensures that guests receive personalized care from the moment of booking until their departure.
The hotel features four restaurants and two bars that highlight the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. At Viridis, locally sourced ingredients are used to create innovative Western dishes. Genjyu showcases three of Japan's finest culinary traditions – kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a cozy space to enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Inspired by the ships passing through Hakata Bay, Bay offers original cocktails, grilled dishes, and tapas to be enjoyed on its terrace with stunning views. Diva is a sophisticated yet laid-back café 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 that provides a stunning view of the bay, a gymnasium with impressive city views, and private rooms for indulgent treatments using locally sourced ingredients and ESPA products. The hotel also provides 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.
There are two banquet venues on the third floor of the hotel that can be adapted to suit various types of events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. These venues include the Ritz-Carlton Studio, which covers an area of 1,100 square feet, and the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, which spans 3,600 square feet. 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 styles to create a unique setting for wedding ceremonies.
Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed his excitement about the debut of the hotel. He mentioned that their team of dedicated staff members is eager to provide exceptional care and service to guests. Whether visitors are interested in exploring the local start-up scene or immersing themselves in Fukuoka's unique culture and cuisine, the hotel aims to create unforgettable memories for them.
To find out additional details, please visit the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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