Fukuoka, Japan welcomes Ritz-Carlton property

i By July 14, 2023 No Comments

The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan, is now open.

The luxury hotel is situated within the 364 foot (111-meter) main tower of Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City, the tallest urban lifestyle complex in the city’s core commercial district. It has 167 guestrooms and suites, a Ritz-Carlton Spa, four restaurants, two bars, and two versatile event venues.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the expansion of The Ritz-Carlton with the opening of the brand’s seventh hotel in Japan,” said Tina Edmundson, president, Luxury for Marriott International. “Since we first debuted The Ritz-Carlton in Japan in 1997, the brand has been consistently recognized for its legendary luxury and service, beloved by locals and visitors to Japan alike. We are excited to further strengthen our luxury positioning in the country by entering a new and emerging destination such as Fukuoka.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka occupies the top nine floors in a 25-story glass tower designed by Kume Sekkei of Tokyo. Overseen by Melbourne-based Layan Architects + Designers, the hotel’s interior design and art take inspiration from Fukuoka’s traditional yarn-dyed silk and kimono weaving craft, called “Hakata-ori.È Throughout the spaces, folding screens, sculptures, paintings, and woven textiles by local artisans are intermingled into the overall design narrative. From the hotel, expansive views overlooking the Genkai Sea and surrounding hills form a backdrop that create an exceptional sense of place.

On the 19th to 23rd floors, the hotel features 167  guestrooms, including 20 suites that start at nearly 550 square feet. Fukuoka Skyline rooms offer views of the city, while Park View rooms overlook Ohori Park.  The nearly 1,500 square-foot Presidential Suite and the more than 2,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite each feature a dining room and kitchen for private meals.

The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private sanctuary for guests staying in club and suite categories, is located on the top floor of the hotel. It serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, and cordials daily, and is a convenient venue for business and social gatherings. Live jazz performances are held every Saturday night, and a dedicated concierge service ensures personalized care for guests, from pre-arrival to departure.

The hotel’s four restaurants and two bars reflect the vibrant food culture of Fukuoka. Sustainably produced local ingredients are transformed into creative farm-to-sky Western cuisine at Viridis, and three of Japan’s finest culinary traditions—kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki— are showcased at the stylish Genjyu. The Lobby Lounge & Bar offers refreshments and light meals throughout the day, and Bay, inspired by the passing ships of Hakata Bay, serves original cocktails along with chargrilled dishes and tapas. Divais a refined yet relaxed café serving light meals, decadent desserts and afternoon tea showcasing the green teas of Kyushu.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, also on the top floor, features an indoor swimming pool overlooking the bay, a gymnasium with city views, and both single and double private rooms for treatments using local ingredients and featuring products from ESPA.

Two versatile banquet venues on the third floor of the hotel, the 1,100 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Studio and 3,600 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, can be flexibly configured to accommodate breakout sessions, board meetings, and other gatherings. The Ballroom is equipped with a LED screen enabling spectacular film and video presentations.

Fukuoka is one of Japan’s fastest growing cities and is famous for its start-up scene as well as for its history, traditions, and culinary culture. Once a key waypoint of Silk Road trade routes, today it remains a major gateway between Japan and the rest of Asia. The destination is famous for its annual festivals, such as the 800-year old Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, designated by UNESCO as  Intangible Cultural Heritage. Other attractions include its beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic places such as the 12th-century Shofukuji temple and the Fukuoka Castle ruins. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka is adjacent to Tenjin, the trendy heart of the city, a rising tech hub filled with shops, bars, cafés, and nightlife. The area is 15 minutes by car or public transportation to Hakata Station, Hakata Port or Fukuoka Airport, which links the city to Tokyo.