• Kyodo


A Ritz-Carlton hotel will open in the resort city of Nikko, north of Tokyo, in the summer of 2020, aiming to attract affluent foreign tourists, its operators said Monday.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Nikko will be the sixth in Japan to open under the luxurious hotel brand run by U.S. chain Marriott International Inc., which will run it in conjunction with Tobu Railway Co.

The city of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture is known for hosting a UNESCO World Heritage site including such historical buildings as the Nikko Toshogu Shrine.

The four-story building with 94 guest rooms, open-air hot spring bath and spa is located by Lake Chuzenji on a 19,000-square-meter site where a hotel run by Tobu Railway was closed in January.

The size of a guest room will be at least 50 square meters.

Tobu Railway President Yoshizumi Nezu said, “We would like to attract tourists from all over the world to come to Nikko.” He expressed hope that the hotel will also help promote tourism in the Kanto and Tohoku regions.

Existing Ritz-Carlton hotels in Japan are in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa. The fifth one will open in the northern resort of Niseko in Hokkaido, also in 2020.

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