The Ritz-Carlton has opened a new hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. The luxury hotel is located in the tallest building in the city's commercial district and offers the brand's signature service and modern design. Fukuoka is known for its rapid growth in technology start-ups and its rich history and culinary culture.
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 first Ritz-Carlton was introduced in Japan in 1997, the brand has been highly regarded for its exceptional luxury and service, which has been appreciated by both locals and tourists. The decision to expand into Fukuoka, a new and growing destination, will further solidify their presence and reputation in the luxury market of Japan.
Fukuoka was once an important stop along the Silk Road trade routes. Nowadays, it 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 Intangible Cultural Heritage and has a history dating back 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 ruins of Fukuoka Castle. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is conveniently located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city known for its technology industry and abundance of 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, which provide transportation links to Tokyo.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is located on the highest nine floors of a 25-story glass tower created by Kume Sekkei from Tokyo. The interior design and artwork 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 called "Hakata-ori". Local artisans have contributed folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles to the overall design of the hotel. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, providing a unique and memorable experience.
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 available, starting at nearly 550 square feet. Some of the rooms, called Fukuoka Skyline rooms, offer great views of the city, while others, called Park View rooms, overlook Ohori Park. Guests staying in Bay View rooms can enjoy watching the ships pass by in 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 have private meals. On the topmost floor of the hotel, the 24th floor, there is a special area called The Ritz-Carlton Club. This is a private space exclusively for guests staying in club and suite categories. The club offers five meal presentations each day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. There is also a bar and a private room in The Ritz-Carlton Club, making it a convenient place for business and social gatherings. Every Saturday night, there are live jazz performances for guests to enjoy, and there is a dedicated concierge service that provides personalized care for guests from the time they make their reservation until the day they check out.
The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase Fukuoka's vibrant food culture. Viridis offers Western cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients that are produced in a sustainable manner. Genjyu is a stylish restaurant that highlights three of Japan's best culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a pleasant space to enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships in Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails and chargrilled dishes and tapas on its terrace, which provides stunning views. Diva is a relaxed café that serves light meals, delicious 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. These include an indoor swimming pool that provides stunning views of the bay, a gymnasium with exceptional city vistas, and private rooms for indulgent treatments that utilize local ingredients and ESPA products. Moreover, the hotel provides child-friendly facilities and activities through its Ritz Kids program. This program includes guided excursions and craft experiences that revolve around the themes of nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, allowing young travelers to fully immerse themselves in the destination.
There are two banquet venues available on the third floor of the hotel. These venues, known as the Ritz-Carlton Studio and Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, can be adjusted to suit different types of events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with an LED screen, which allows for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel has a Chapel on the third floor that combines both Western and Japanese elements, making it a perfect location for wedding ceremonies.
Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed his excitement about the debut of the hotel and the opportunity for their team to impress guests with their renowned care and service. Whether guests are visiting to explore the local start-up scene or to immerse themselves in Fukuoka's captivating culture and cuisine, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka aims to warmly welcome them and create unforgettable experiences.
If you want to find out more, you can visit the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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