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KYOTO, JAPAN – February 21, 2018 – Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list today, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for 2018. 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 as the first and only hotel in the Kansai region of Japan and to become 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 earn 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 The Ritz-Carlton Spa, the resort reflects the time-honored traditions Japan's culture in a ryokan style that combines rich heritage with modern luxury.

A detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings is available at: www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings. For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/kyoto.

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Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings, reviews and daily travel stories help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit www.forbestravelguide.com