The Ritz-Carlton Opens New Luxury Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan

The Ritz-Carlton Opens New Luxury Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan

The Ritz-Carlton has opened its newest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, in Southern Japan. Located in the tallest building in Fukuoka's commercial district, the luxury hotel brings the brand's exceptional service and modern style to one of Japan's rapidly growing cities known for its start-up scene and rich cultural heritage.

Tina Edmundson, the President of Luxury for Marriott International, expressed her excitement about the opening of The Ritz-Carlton's seventh hotel in Japan. Since its introduction in 1997, The Ritz-Carlton has gained a reputation for its exceptional luxury and service, which has made it popular among both locals and tourists in Japan. The brand now looks forward to solidifying its position in the luxury market by expanding into the emerging destination of Fukuoka.

Fukuoka used to be an important stop on the Silk Road trade routes and is still a major gateway between Japan and the rest of Asia. The city is well-known for its annual festivals, such as the Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, which is over 800 years old and recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Other attractions in Fukuoka include picturesque 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, the trendy center of the city known for its technology industry, shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. This area is only a 15-minute drive or public transportation ride away from Hakata Station, Hakata Port, and Fukuoka Airport, which provide transportation links to Tokyo.

The top nine floors of a 25-story glass tower in Fukuoka are occupied by The Ritz-Carlton. The tower was designed by Kume Sekkei of Tokyo. Layan Architects + Designers, based in Melbourne, oversaw the interior design and art of the hotel, drawing inspiration from Fukuoka's traditional craft of yarn-dyed silk and kimono weaving called "Hakata-ori". Local artisans contributed folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles that blend seamlessly into the overall design of the hotel. Guests can enjoy expansive 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 an average size of 50 square meters. There are also 20 suites, starting at nearly 550 square feet. The Fukuoka Skyline rooms offer great views of the city, while the Park View rooms overlook the greenery of Ohori Park. The Bay View rooms provide a view of Hakata Bay and the passing ships. 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 private meals. On the topmost floor, the 24th floor, guests staying in club and suite categories can enjoy the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club. The club offers five culinary presentations daily, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, and cordials. It also has a bar and a private room, making it a convenient venue for business and social gatherings. Live jazz performances take place every Saturday night, and a dedicated concierge service ensures personalized care for guests from the moment they book until they leave.


The hotel features four restaurants and two bars that showcase the diverse food culture of Fukuoka. Viridis offers creative farm-to-table Western cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Genjyu is a stylish restaurant that highlights three of Japan's finest culinary traditions – kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki. The Lobby Lounge & Bar provides a welcoming space where guests can enjoy refreshments and light meals throughout the day. Bay, inspired by the ships passing through Hakata Bay, offers original cocktails and chargrilled dishes on its terrace with stunning views. Diva is a sophisticated yet relaxed café that serves light meals, decadent 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 amenities and services. These include an indoor swimming pool that provides stunning views of the bay, a well-equipped gym with panoramic city vistas, and private rooms for personalized treatments using local ingredients and ESPA products. Additionally, the hotel provides child-friendly facilities and activities as part of their Ritz Kids program. These activities, such as guided excursions and craft experiences, are designed to engage young travelers with the four pillars of nature, exploration, responsibility, and culture, making their stay at the hotel truly memorable.

The hotel has two banquet spaces on the third floor that can be easily adjusted to fit the needs of different events. The Ritz-Carlton Studio is 1,100 square feet in size, while the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is 3,600 square feet. Both spaces can be arranged to host breakout sessions, board meetings, and various types of gatherings. The Ballroom is even equipped with an LED screen, perfect for showcasing impressive film and video presentations. Additionally, the hotel's Chapel, also located on the third floor, offers a unique blend of Western and Japanese influences, creating a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies.

Radu Cernia, the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, expressed enthusiasm about the opening of the hotel and the exceptional service that their team of staff members will provide. They are eager to please guests with the renowned care and attention that the Ritz-Carlton brand is known for. Whether guests are visiting Fukuoka to immerse themselves in the local start-up culture or to experience the fascinating culture and cuisine of the city, they can expect a warm welcome and unforgettable moments at The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka.

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