The Ritz-Carlton Opens New Luxury Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan and Expands Presence in Emerging Destination

The Ritz-Carlton Opens New Luxury Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan and Expands Presence in Emerging Destination

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 renowned service and modern design. Fukuoka is known for its fast-growing start-up community, as well as its rich history, traditions, and excellent food.

Tina Edmundson, President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed great excitement about the opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. Since its introduction in Japan in 1997, The Ritz-Carlton has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which has been highly regarded by both locals and tourists. The brand is looking forward to solidifying its position as a leading luxury provider in Japan by entering the up-and-coming city of Fukuoka.

Fukuoka used to be an important stop on the Silk Road trade routes and is still a major connection point 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 as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO for over 800 years. Other attractions in Fukuoka include 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 located near Tenjin, the vibrant center of the city, which is also a growing tech hub with a variety of shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. The area is easily accessible from Hakata Station, Hakata Port, or Fukuoka Airport, which provide transportation links to Tokyo.

Located in Fukuoka, the Ritz-Carlton is situated on the top nine floors of a 25-story glass tower. The hotel's interior design and artwork 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 of the hotel. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills, creating a unique and memorable experience.

The hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms on the 19th to 23rd floors, with each room measuring 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites available, starting at around 550 square feet in size. Some of the guestrooms offer stunning views of the city skyline, while others overlook the beautiful greenery of Ohori Park. For those staying in Bay View rooms, they can enjoy watching the passing ships in Hakata Bay. 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 24th floor, the hotel has The Ritz-Carlton Club, which is exclusively for guests who are staying in club and suite categories. Here, guests can enjoy five different food presentations 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 place for business and social gatherings. On Saturday nights, there are live jazz performances for guests to enjoy, and a dedicated concierge service is available to provide personalized care for guests from the moment they book their stay until they depart.


The hotel features four restaurants and two bars that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis offers Western cuisine made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, while Genjyu highlights three of Japan's finest culinary traditions: kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a welcoming space for guests to enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships passing through 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 spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers a range of luxurious treatments using local ingredients and ESPA products. Guests can enjoy an indoor swimming pool with beautiful views of the bay, as well as a gymnasium that provides exceptional city vistas. The spa also provides single and double private rooms for a more indulgent experience. Moreover, the hotel caters to families with child-friendly amenities and activities through their Ritz Kids program. This program includes guided excursions and craft experiences that revolve around nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, ensuring young travelers have an immersive and enjoyable stay.

The hotel has two banquet venues on the third floor that can be easily adjusted to host various events such as breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ritz-Carlton Studio is 1,100 square feet in size and the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is 3,600 square feet in size. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen that can be used to showcase impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also located on the third floor, combines elements of Western and Japanese influences to create a unique space 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 exceptional care and service to guests. The dedicated team of staff is eager to create unforgettable experiences for visitors, whether they are interested in exploring the local start-up scene or immersing themselves in Fukuoka's unique culture and cuisine. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is ready to welcome guests and ensure that their stay is filled with cherished memories.

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