The Ritz-Carlton, a luxury hotel brand under Marriott Bonvoy, has recently opened The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan. The hotel is located in the tallest tower of the Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City, a bustling commercial district in the city. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka aims to provide exceptional service and a modern atmosphere to cater to the growing startup community and rich cultural heritage of the city.
Tina Edmundson, President of Marriott International's Luxury division, expressed excitement about the opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. She highlighted that since the brand's introduction in Japan in 1997, it has consistently been renowned for its exceptional luxury and service, earning the love of both locals and tourists. Edmundson also emphasized their enthusiasm for expanding their luxury presence in Japan by venturing into the emerging destination of Fukuoka.
Fukuoka used to be an important stop on the Silk Road trade routes, and today it remains a significant gateway connecting Japan and the rest of Asia. The city is well-known for its annual festivals, such as the Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, which has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage and has a history of 800 years. Besides the festivals, Fukuoka is also famous for its beautiful 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 next to Tenjin, which is the vibrant center of the city and a growing technology hub. Tenjin is filled with shops, bars, cafés, and a lively nightlife scene. The area is only a 15-minute drive 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 that was designed by Kume Sekkei of Tokyo. The hotel's interior design and artwork, 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 seamlessly integrated into the overall design concept. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, providing a unique and memorable setting.
The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on floors 19 to 23, with an average size of 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites available, starting at 550 square feet. Fukuoka Skyline rooms have great views of the city, while Park View rooms overlook the greenery of Ohori Park. Bay View rooms offer a glimpse of Hakata Bay and the passing ships. The Presidential Suite is 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. The Ritz-Carlton Club on the 24th floor is a private area for guests staying in club and suite categories. It provides five culinary presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. The club also has a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for business and social gatherings. Jazz performances take place every Saturday night, and there is a dedicated concierge service to ensure personalized care for guests from the moment they book until they leave.
The hotel has a variety of dining options that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis offers creative Western cuisine made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. Genjyu is a stylish restaurant that highlights three of Japan's best culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a comfortable space to enjoy drinks and light meals throughout the day. Bay, influenced by the ships passing by Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails and grilled dishes to be enjoyed on its terrace with stunning views. Diva is a relaxed 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 exceptional city views, and private rooms for indulgent treatments using local ingredients and ESPA products. The hotel also provides child-friendly 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.
There are two banquet venues available on the hotel's third floor, called the Ritz-Carlton Studio and Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. These venues can be easily adjusted to accommodate various types of events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen, allowing for impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, which is also located on the third floor, combines elements of Western and Japanese styles to create a unique atmosphere for wedding ceremonies.
Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed his excitement about the launch of the hotel. He mentioned that the hotel's team is highly skilled and eager to provide guests with the renowned care and service that the brand is known for. Whether guests are visiting Fukuoka to explore the local start-up scene or to experience the city's captivating culture and cuisine, the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is looking forward to warmly welcoming them and ensuring that their stay is filled with unforgettable memories.
To find out more, you can visit the website https://www.ritzcarlton.com/fukuoka.
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