Japanese Shrine Elopement

  • Project DateJanuary 28, 2017

Japanese Shrine Elopement - Shinto Style
Photography, Ross Harrison, Serendipity


This Japanese shrine elopement was a lot of fun!  In fact, this one was a turning point for us.  We received an email three weeks in advance from this couple, who wanted to see if it was at all possible to have a Japanese ceremony, on their visit to the country.  We immediately jumped at the opportunity to work with this wonderful couple, bride from Venezuela, and groom from Britain.


The elopement ceremony was held in early November at Hikawa Shrine, Numabukuro.  Despite it being a local shrine, it is picturesque and romantic, especially for these two, once they had donned their kimonos, complete with fans and umbrellas!  Furthermore, since in autumn, the weather was cool, not hot, and sunny – perfect for an outdoor event!


A Japanese Shrine elopement ceremony lasts just 20 minutes.  Although the vows are in Japanese, we had coached them a little, and they were up for the challenge.  The staff at the shrine were awesome, and presented them with a miniature ornamental shrine for them to take home, and remind them of their once in a life-time experience.

Interested in a Japanese Eloping in Japan?  Click here for more information!