Weaving the sacred shinden, Shrine Maidens, and gagaku into a dreamlike ceremony
This style of ceremony has been practiced in Japan for over one hundred years, and is conducted in a way that emphasizes traditional Japanese spaces and traditions.To honor the traditional elements of this ceremony, the most highly formal uchikake style kimono with an over-robe and skirt train is standard here.
The wedding space is truly Japanese, making use of a sacred shinden, or holy place, in which the divine spirit resides. This plan typically uses an indoor shinden within a hotel, well equipped with dressing rooms and other facilities. Your ceremony will not be affected by the weather. The beautiful and sumptuous scarlet color that covers the shinden also functions to protect the couple from misfortune. This is the same color used for the torii shrine gates popular with foreign travelers and sightseers. Additionally, the interior of the shinden is built with wood, giving it a truly traditional Japanese feel.
The ceremony itself is conducted majestically, following in accordance with the established traditional progression of rites: the san-san-kudo nuptial cups, ring exchange, and vows.
An English-speaking officiant will guide you through every step.
Attired in exotic garb, miko (shrine maidens) will attend to you during your ceremony, and perform a mystic dance to live music performed by musicians in historical court garb. It is truly a dreamlike and wondrous ceremony.
- Airfare to Japan, and transport to the venue are not included in the plan, so please make arrangements on your own or with a travel service.
- A meal is not included in this plan, but there are a variety of restaurants available within the ceremony hotel. Reservations can be made from the hotel website.
- Lodging is not included in the plan. If you wish to stay at the ceremony hotel, please make reservations directly. Please use the link we provide to access the hotel website.
- Although the ceremony is held at a sacred holy place, vows are conducted in a civil ceremony style and will not conflict with any religious affiliation or creed. All are welcome.