This upcoming Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan will shine spotlight on a certain UNESCO World Heritage Site

This upcoming Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan will shine spotlight on a certain UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sixth time's a charm

Text: Janice Sim

The charming city of Nikko welcomes The Ritz-Carlton onto their cultural land

The Ritz-Carlton folk have made their intentions clear. They absolutely adore the Land of the Rising Sun, and we don't hold it against them.

With existing operations in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa, the luxury hotel group had previously unveiled plans for a fifth opening in Niseko, and now a sixth one in the understated city of Nikko come 2020. The more, the merrier.

Just two hours away from North Tokyo lies cultural tourism destination, Nikko. Filled with famous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the majestic Kegon Falls, it's no wonder the resort city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The upcoming Ritz-Carlton hotel is set to take up the East end of Lake Chuzenji and South of Mount Nantai — guests checking in can wake up to sweeping views of towering mountains and misty forests. With its strategic location down pat, easy access will also be granted to prominent attractions like Nikko's National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage designated area.

The four-storey abode will house 94 guest rooms (each facing a spectacular object of nature), an open-air hot spring bath and spa, all-day dining restaurant, as well as a Western restaurant. This opening also marks the first Ritz-Carlton resort to be built amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site, symbolising a fresh direction for the group. 

"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."

Have yet to visit Nikko? 2020 would be a good time to hit up the quaint city of Japan. 

For more information on The Ritz Carlton, Nikko, click here.