The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company added to its luxury Asia-Pacific portfolio last month with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan.
“Following much anticipation surrounding its debut, we are thrilled to finally open the doors to The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko and to continue the growth of the luxury segment in Japan,” said Rajeev Menon, president, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International.
The hotel “articulates graceful Japanese design through a modern lens to bring the natural beauty of Nikko indoors.” Design details include the use of “earthy” materials (woods, stones), plenty of windows for natural light, and an “engawa” lounge area flowing out to a private balcony of each suite and guestroom so guests can enjoy the scenery surrounding the property.
The property’s four dining options are guided by Japanese tradition and craftsmanship. The Japanese Restaurant offers all-day dining and showcases the many elements of Japanese cuisine. Lakehouse uses fresh, local ingredients to create imaginative Western dishes. The Bar is a “sophisticated haven” where local ingredients are highlighted in original cocktails celebrating the culture, nature and spirituality of the ancient city. And The Lobby Lounge serves light bites and Afternoon Tea in a space that overlooks a beautiful garden.
Other property highlights include:
- the four-treatment room Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, which showcases treatments inspired by the natural elements and rich heritage of the Nikko region;
- an authentic hot springs (indoors and out) experience in the Japanese onsen tradition;
- nightly meditation at dusk in the lobby;
- and upon departure, the gifting of a sacred Omamori (Japanese amulet) to each guest—a keepsake memento and a wish for safe travel.
The property’s program of activities takes advantage of its location in Nikko National Park, a destination renowned for its scenic beauty and the architecture of its UNESCO-designated Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Excursions range from cycling through protected wetlands to strolling through centuries-old sanctuaries and meditating under waterfalls. They can also learn the Japanese craft of furoshiki wrapping, watch a temple fire ceremony or enjoy the sounds of drums and Japanese flute music at a sacred ritual ceremonial dance.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is part of Marriott International. It operated more than 100 hotels in 30 countries and territories.