Experience the magic of a wedding in Japan, complete with Kimono, hair & makeup and Photography.

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Why get married in Japan?

If you are looking for a unique wedding experience, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, why not get married at a Japanese shrine, on a visit to the country. Sign your wedding papers in your home country, then mark the marriage with a beautifully simple and elegant cultural experience like no other.

Don’t stress over wedding invites and seating plans: have the ceremony for just the two of you, surrounded by exotic Japanese beauty. If you like, you can invite a few guests to witness the event with you!

Maybe you are newly married, and on your honeymoon. Mark the occasion in style, dress up in authentic Japanese kimonos, and have a genuine shinto ceremony to mark your commitment to each other.

A ceremony in Japan will be like no other you will ever experience. Hikawa shrine in Tokyo is a beautiful setting, staffed by wonderfully kind and supportive priests and priestesses.

The question should really be, why not get married in Japan?

Sample Wedding Pictures

Hikawa Shrine, Numabukuro

The Shrine is located in Numabukuro, five stops from Shinjuku, one of the busiest business and entertainment districts in Tokyo.  The ceremony is Shinto, but everyone is welcome to experience the uniqueness and simplicity of a Japanese ceremony

The ceremony lasts just 30 minutes, but there will be ample time for photographs before and after, taking up a whole morning or the best part of an afternoon.  This leaves plenty of time to celebrate in your own way at any other location in Tokyo.

Three plans to choose from:

Photo Package, Includes:

  • Japanese to English translation and assistance
  • Rental Kimonos for Bride and Groom
  • Hair and Make up
  • Location Photography
  • Travel between locations
  • All photo data

Wedding Ceremony Package, Includes:

  • Japanese to English translation and assistance
  • Rental Kimonos for Bride and Groom
  • Hair and Make up
  • Ceremony
  • Photography
  • Optional Video

Total Wedding Package, Includes:

  • Japanese to English translation and assistance
  • Rental Kimonos for Bride and Groom
  • Hair and Make up
  • Ceremony
  • Photography
  • Reception planning

FAQs

How far in advance do we need to book?
Naturally, the sooner the better.  Ceremonies will be subject to the availability of the shrine and the priests.  Generally speaking spring and autumn are the busiest times for weddings in Japan.  So it is recommended you book as soon as you make your decision.

How do we pay?
We accept payment either via PayPal, or TransferWise.

Can we choose the kimonos?
Yes!  You will go for a fitting prior to the ceremony/photoshoot.  This can be done one day before the event.

Do we need to speak Japanese?
No.  But if you opt for the ceremony package, you will have to say the wedding oath in Japanese.  We will write it down for you, so you can practice ahead of time.

I’m not of the Shinto faith, can I get married in a Shinto shrine?
Yes.  Shinto weddings are open to all faiths and creeds.

What about legal matters?
This wedding is not legally binding.  You still need to have your wedding papers signed in your home country.  Think of this as a photo opportunity.

We are planning to visit Japan for a week or so, can fit any of these packages into our holiday?
Yes, of course!  We can meet over Skype before hand, and set everything up for you before you come.

Meet the planners:

Ayako and Ross Harrison with Miles  the teacup poodle.
Ayako and Ross Harrison with Miles the teacup poodle.

What is your name, and where were you born?
Ayako Harrison, nee Saito; Born in Tokyo

What was your major, and what was your first job?
I studied Russian at a language school.After completing the language course, and somehow ended up working as a sales clerk for brand boutiques, such as FURLA and Gucci.

Why did you start Serendipity Flower?
I have always liked flowers and decoration.  I wanted do something on a more personal level.  I started flower arranging/teaching, then branched out into wedding and party planning.

Why did you start wedding planning?
The wedding planning industry is a multi-billion dollar industry world wide.  However, many wedding planning companies seem to be very impersonal, interested in only pushing their own interests by devising inflexible wedding plans, that must be paid in full regardless of how much of the plan you actually use.  Wedding in Japan is particularly strange: All weddings look pretty much the same, not unique at all.  I want to help clients make their own mark, in their own way on their own special day.

What is your name and where were you born?
Ross Harrison, born in Dartford, in the south east of England, just outside London

What did you study at university, and what were your first jobs?
Music, I majored in Trumpet performance.  After graduation, I worked the semi-professional music circuit in London – performing, teaching and conducting youth ensembles, and worked at the Royal Albert Hall.

When and why did you come to Japan?
I came to Japan in 2003.  As much as I enjoyed life as a musician, I didn’t feel fulfilled, so set out on a “journey of self-discovery”.

What do you do with Serendipity?
Despite being operational since 2010, I have only recently started to get involved beyond back office support.  I am the main point of communication for international clients and I do the occasional photography and filming for Ayako and her clients.

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