Marriage in Japan - Expenses and procedures

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Have you ever wondered what the expenses and requirements for getting married in Japan? In this article, we will talk a little about all the expenses that the Japanese and foreigners will have to make a wedding, in addition to documents, procedures and necessary requirements.

Civil procedures and expenses

Nothing better than to consult directly with the consulate and the city hall of your city to answer all doubts related to weddings. Each case is different, so the best thing to do is to contact the local responsible bodies. I still want to leave a light for the readers.

As in Brazil, in Japan, in practice, it is just going to the city hall and having the wedding quickly. Unless one of the spouses is a foreigner, then things get more difficult and time consuming.

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A marriage between people of different nationalities is very complicated. In certain situations you need to ask for a single certificate from Brazil, you need to hold the wedding at the city hall and then register at the consulate.

If you want to change your wife's name, you will need to renew her passport. There are so many variables and documents that the city and consulate request, that the process can take months, so be careful when choosing dates for parties and honeymoons.

About the expenses with documentation, know that once again Brazil is the one that steals the most. My friend spent about 700 yen on Japanese documentation, but had to spend 32,000 yen on documentation related to Brazil.

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  • Those with a dual personality must present their Japanese passport and Koseki Touhon;
  • You will also need two witnesses to perform your wedding;
  • All paperwork for the wedding in the city hall costs around 2,000 yen;
  • The cost for registration of marriage is free, different from Brazil that exceeds 300 reais;

The wedding party in Japan

Did you know that in Japan, guests pay for the wedding party? Exactly, you may end up being invited to a wedding party, but you may have to contribute money to the party.


A reasonable wedding party for 100 people can cost 300,000 yen, a very high price for those who want to have a good party. Not all parties charge guests, it is up to the family and the bride and groom to decide the best.

We mentioned a cheap wedding party, there are cases where the party can cost up to 2 million yen for 100 guests. The Bride's clothes are also expensive and there are 5 pieces that, even if rented, can cost more than 100,000 yen.

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Surveys reveal that Japanese people spend up to 3 million yen on the wedding party. Instead of gifts, guests usually take money in envelopes, where the bride and groom usually receive more than 2 million to pay expenses.


Converting to reais, a Japanese can easily spend more than 100,000 reais on his wedding party, but any amount can be discounted with the help of relatives and guests at the party. It may seem daunting, but just having good choices.

These 5 million yen parties are the ones that take place in a luxurious hotel, with reception, dinner and gifts for each guest. If you want something super simple you can easily spend less than 100,000 yen.

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The average donation per guest at wedding parties is 30,000 yen. Hokkaido is the region in Japan where wedding parties are cheaper and cost up to half the price of Tokyo.


Sometimes you will even spend it on flowers, cake, photographers and wedding rings. If you want to have a western style wedding with a white dress, you can spend less than the 5 pieces of a kimono.

Other information about weddings in Japan

If you want to hold a ceremony at a Shinto shrine, you can spend about 50,000 to 300,000 yen to rent the place. A cheaper option is to rent a restaurant to host the party. Some shrines and temples are partnered with party agencies.

Casamento no japão - gastos e procedimentos

Japan loves to sell things in packages. You can save money by hosting an entire wedding party through a complete package at a party agency that can include clothing, photography, makeup, gifts, food, cake and everything in between.

Some packages even include a honeymoon at a hotel, Ryokan or fancy resort. In fact, the honeymoon is another expense that you need to analyze. You might want to spend the night in a top-notch Ryokan and spend around 50,000 yen for the experience.

I hope you enjoyed the tips related to weddings in Japan. If you liked the article don't forget to share it with friends and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time.

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