Building on a theme of ‘luxury resort experiences in stunning global locations’, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced plans to open a property in Nikko, Japan – the brand’s first Japanese resort in a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Surrounded by mountainous landscapes and sacred forests, The Ritz-Carlton Nikko, owned by Tobu Railway Co, is expected to open in the Kanto region of Japan in 2020. Nikko lies approximately two hours north of Tokyo and the area features many natural tourist sites including the Kegon Falls and an array of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Nikko and the surrounding area has long been known as a holy place and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of its richly decorated temples.
“Today’s luxury traveller is increasingly seeking out unique experiences and the opportunity to become immersed in a destination’s culture. We are delighted to meet this need by opening exceptional properties in exciting new locations such as Nikko,” said Lisa Holladay, global brand leader for The Ritz-Carlton.
“We will be working to curate a Nikko experience that truly showcases what is special about this destination while bringing to life and honouring its UNESCO heritage.”
“Through The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko we hope to introduce the various Nikko attractions to both Japanese and international visitors”
The Ritz-Carlton Nikko is slated to be sited along the east end of Lake Chuzenji and will provide guests with access to prominent scenic attractions including Nikko’s National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage-designated area. It will feature 94 guestrooms and suites, each designed to afford guests with a view of Mount Nantai or the lake.
“We are pleased to welcome the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand to Nikko, which can be easily accessed from our railway lines,” said Yoshizumi Nezu, president, Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. “The land surrounding the hotel has many stories to tell and is rich in history and abundant in nature.
“Through The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko we hope to introduce the various Nikko attractions to both Japanese and international visitors, eventually contributing to the strength of the Japanese tourism industry.”
Dining options are expected to include an all-day dining restaurant, a Lobby Lounge and Bar, as well as a Western restaurant. The fitness facilities and signature Ritz-Carlton Spa will offer an opportunity for complete rejuvenation through unique treatment rooms and a private Onsen – Japanese hot springs.
“The land surrounding the hotel has many stories to tell”
“Nikko has a long and rich history, making it an attractive destination for domestic travellers and a growing destination for overseas travellers looking to more deeply experience Japan and its culture,” said Paul Foskey, chief development officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “We are truly excited to be collaborating with Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. to bring yet another unique resort to Japan.”