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How to Get Married in Japan

An unusual destination wedding location for non-residents, Japan is a lovely country in which to get married. With such a varied landscape you'll be spoilt for choice for your ceremony backdrop - mountains, sea, traditional Japanese garden - it's all there for the choosing!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Japan, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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How Do I Get Married in Japan?

Legal age for marriage without parental consent is 20 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related.


How long do I have to be resident in Japan before I can get married?

You must be a resident to submit a Registration of Marriage form at a Municipal Government Office. Marriage ceremonies are not legally binding in Japan, so once you have submitted your Registration of Marriage form then you are legally married.


How to get a marriage licence

You must bring the papers mentioned below to a Municipal Government Office in Japan.
Only a civil registration is recognised by Japanese law.
Please note: women can only marry 6 months after the end of any previous marriage.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?

Full birth certificates.
Sworn affidavit of Competency to Marry, notarised at your embassy, and translated into Japanese. This is valid for 3 months. 2 witnesses must sign it.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.
Please note: marriage requirements vary per municipality in Japan.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Japan Marriage Registrar's Office

You must take your papers to the nearest municipal government office to where you wish to marry, or where you live.


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Bridal elegance in an authentic Japanese setting, a traditional wedding ceremony in Kyoto at one of the city's beautifully tranquil shrines and temples is an unforgettable experience. At Kyoto Weddings, all of this is now accessible to international couples.

We are the only wedding planning service exclusively serving international guests. We can customize your experience to suit your needs, whether it's a lavish Shinto shrine wedding in gorgeous bridal kimono or a private ceremony at a Zen temple. We can also arrange honeymoon experiences such as exclusive dinners with geisha or kimono photography plans to celebrate an anniversary.

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