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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the opening of the latest hotel to join its luxury Asia Pacific portfolio, the Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, located in the Northern Kanto region of Japan. The property, set amid a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designed by Layan Architects + Designers of Melbourne.

Taking cues from its picturesque surroundings, the hotel articulates graceful Japanese design through a modern lens to bring the natural beauty of Nikko indoors. Earthy materials such as woods and stones permeate the property and are enhanced by natural light. The hotel’s 94 guestrooms all feature a private balcony that flows with an engawa lounge area.

Three distinctive zones form the heart of the hotel’s main public area. The Lobby Lounge, the Library, and the Bar are situated on one long rectangular axis and linked by views of the hotel garden with Lake Chuzenji and the mountains beyond. In the center, the Library cradles in a space appointed with hand-tufted rugs, a custom-designed table of solid walnut, and two fireplaces that provide focal points at either side. At the far end is the Bar, where an amber display of Japanese and international whiskeys sits on a room-height shelf made of hand-glazed Japanese ceramic tiles.

Photo: Courtesy of Marriott International

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