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KYOTO, JAPAN – March 8, 2019 – Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list today, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for 2019. This award distinguishes the property as the only Five-Star rated hotel in Japan’s Kansai region for two consecutive years. Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort pays tribute to the destination’s rich heritage, while maintaining The Ritz-Carlton level of luxury and renowned service, befitting a five-star hotel.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious distinction and to be part of an elite group of the world’s top rated Five-Star hotels and resorts.” said Mark Neukomm, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. “Our devoted team of Ladies and Gentlemen worked extremely hard to receive this recognition and we take immense pride in providing guests with exceptional experiences and service.”

Sitting serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, with sweeping views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto redefines luxury in a city that transcends expectations. Boasting 134 guest rooms and suites, four dining venues, several tastefully appointed event spaces, and a tranquil Ritz-Carlton Spa, the resort reflects the time-honored traditions Japan's culture in a ryokan style that combines rich heritage with modern luxury.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is one of just 343 Five-Star hotels in the world and The Ritz-Carlton Spa is one of only 217 Four-Star spas, and the only Four-Star spa in Kyoto. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto and its spa are showcased alongside all of the Star Rating recipients on

A detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings is available at: For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, please visit