Marriott International recently signed an agreement with Sekisui House, to open a new Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fukuoka. The hotel will be developed and owned by Daimyo Project TMK, a consortium of five companies including Sekisui House – the project manager for the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, which would be the brand’s seventh hotel in Japan, is slated to open in Spring 2023.
Speaking about the development, Craig S. Smith, president and MD of Asia Pacific, Marriott International, said, “We are thrilled to announce the signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, with Sekisui House, a longtime developer of Marriott International hotels. The signing of this property underscores continued demand for The Ritz-Carlton brand 20 years after it first entered Japan and Fukuoka, with its rising inbound tourism, is an especially ideal location.”
Sekisui House has already worked with Marriott International to open three hotels in Japan and in addition to The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, has another 19 in its pipeline across the country.
Yoshihiro Nakai, president and representative director, Sekisui House, said, “We are delighted to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Fukuoka, as part of this exciting development project in the city. Through our long-standing collaboration with Marriott International, we are certain that The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka will raise the bar for luxury hospitality, and inspire meaningful journeys for both leisure and business visitors to this wonderful city.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka will be part of a new, 24-story tower that will include high-end retail and office space. The tower is set to rise within “Tenjin Big Bang,” a redevelopment project led by Fukuoka City aimed at creating an attractive urban lifestyle destination within the city’s core commercial and business districts.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka will be located a 15-minute walk from Hakata Station, where the Shinkansen bullet train links the city with Tokyo and Osaka. Fukuoka International Airport is only 6 kms from downtown Fukuoka, with direct connections to Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and many other cities. Attracting millions of visitors annually, Fukuoka is known for its shopping outlets, unique destination cuisine, interesting museums and fresh sea air. Major visitor attractions include Fukuoka Castle and Ohori Park, the home of many public cultural activities, of which will be within walking distance from The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka.
The lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka will be located on the first floor of the building, with front-of-house facilities, 162 guest rooms and suites occupying the 18th to 24th floors offering expansive views of the city skyline in addition to the Ritz-Carlton Club experience. The hotel will feature six food and beverage outlets, including all-day dining, specialty restaurants, a boutique patisserie as well as The Bar & Lounge where guests can enjoy memorable evenings with crafted cocktails and drinks. A ballroom and two meeting rooms will make perfect venues for meetings and special events. The hotel will also feature a chapel for weddings and other celebrations. An indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and The Ritz-Carlton Spa are the other amenities that will be available for the guests.