How to get Married in Japan – Philippine Passport Holders

Hi, I am David Higgins, a legal translator in Okinawa, Japan and I am going to clearly explain how to get married in Japan for those who are Philippine Passport Holders.

First off, let’s clarify that getting legally married in Japan requires legal paper work only. Any celebration, party or ceremony is completely separate and not necessary for a marriage to be considered legal in Japan.

Before you arrive in Japan, you will need to retrieve some documents from the Philippines. If you are already in Japan, you can order these documents from the Philippines and have them delivered to you.

To follow is a list of what you will need to collect:

  • Valid Philippine Passport (Original and Photocopy)
  • If applicable, a Japanese Resident Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • National Statistic Office or NSO Birth Certificate (Original and Photocopy)
  • A Certificate of No Marriage Record or (CENOMAR) – all names ( First Middle, Last; including mother and father must match the birth certificate
  • A DFA Authentication or Red Ribbon of the NSO Certificate (original and photocopy)
  • DFA Authentication or Red Ribbon of CENOMAR (original and photocopy
  • Three passport-sized photos (for both you and your fiancé)

If you plan to marry a US citizen, your fiancé must obtain the following:

  • A single affidavit notarized at either a US legal services office, US Embassy or US Consulate.
  • A personal appearance of you and your fiancé at the embassy/consulate during the submission of application of the documents.

Once you have retrieved all of these items, you and your fiancé will need to go together to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and complete your application forms for the two necessary documents of marriage in Japan for a Philippine Passport Holder.

Those two documents are called:

There are five places in Japan where you can retrieve these two documents. They are:

  • Philippines Embassy in Tokyo or;
  • Philippine Consulate in either Osaka-Kobe, Sapporo, Nagoya or Okinawa.

The Legal Capacity to Marry and Affidavit will be in the English language only and must be translated into Japanese. Here at Okinawa Translator we provide that service. You can scan or photograph the documents and send them to our email address and we will get to work translating these documents into Japanese for you.

Once the translations are finished, we will complete your marriage application. The marriage application must be completed only after all documents have been translated into Japanese. These translated documents must mirror the information provided in the originals so one of the big advantages of having all documents translated at one time by the same translator will be avoiding possible discrepancies that may occur otherwise.

The marriage application must have two witnesses. My wife and I can be your witnesses and due to the fact that we are both Japanese residents, we physically do not have to accompany you to the city office. If you want to choose your own witnesses, you will need to submit their full names, birth dates, nationalities and local addresses to us. They must physically accompany you to the city office on the day that you get married.

When the above mentioned steps are completed, you will submit your documents to a city office closest to your residency in Japan. If you submit your documents to a town or village office, they may or may not require additional documentation to be translated and submitted so we strongly suggest that you consult with our office as to which city office you should provide your documents to. This will ensure that all submission procedures run in a smooth and timely manner.

After you receive your marriage certificate, you will have the option of two different types of marriage certificates. We suggest that you obtain several copies of the large B4 Japanese marriage certificate version to keep for your records as well as for when you are reporting your marriage to the Philippines Consulate or Embassy as they will require an original copy of the large B4 Version only. We suggest you obtain at least three B4-sized certificates in total.

The certificates that you receive will be written in the Japanese language. We will translate your marriage certificate back into English and provide you with several certified copies in English so you can use these to successfully report your marriage to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

And that’s all. If you have any questions about getting married in Japan, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are experts at this process and can alleviate the unnecessary stresses that obtaining multiple language documents can provide during one of the most important experiences in your life.


David Higgins is a full time Japanese/English translation company owner located in Okinawa, Japan. David, his wife Hazuki and four employees and various freelancers of other languages run Okinawa Translator. They specialize in translation of all kinds of documents, technical manuals and on site interpreting for instructional safety classes with the military to family reunions. They have expanded they’re business all over Japan and overseas to serve customers in any location.

248 Comments on “How to get Married in Japan – Philippine Passport Holders

  1. Hi Dave. So much helpful information here. Thanks so much in advance. I’m a Filipina with a working visa here in Japan. My fiancé is Filipino based in Manila. We have intentions of having a destination wedding ceremony and reception here in Okinawa but he’ll return to Manila after the wedding and I’ll follow after my contract expires. Are there any special requirements? We are not very particular about registering the wedding here as we will be residing in Manila. Thanks

  2. Me and my boyfriend have a plan to get married in japan. I want to ask if i can get married in japan even i am not yet residence in japan? Because i will go in japan next month as a turist for us to get married in japan.

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        Kris kemberlie 2017年5月19日
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        Hi sir I’m Kris I’m a filipina and where planning to get married in japan. I have a temporary visitor visa and I was offloaded MAY 15,2017by an immigration officer in NAIA TERMINAL 1 when I was interrogated by an immigration officer he ask me if whom I’ll be staying and I said I’m going to stay with my fiance and he ask me again if what is my purpose in japan I said my purpose is going to marry my fiance. Then the immigration officer ask me why don’t I get a fiance visa he was really focused on that kind of issue all about my type of visa. Then he ask me if I have a invitation letter, passport copy but I said I don’t have those already because I already pass it to the agency who process my visa application form for requesting my visa in japan embassy. Then he gave me a compliance slip #1 is AUTHENTICATED AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT #2 PASSPORT COPY OF MY FIANCE #3 IS CFO #4 PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP. I am worried that I will be get offloaded again even if I will comply all the requirements that they want me to comply. What should I do?

  3. Hi Dave,

    Good Day!

    This post is really helpful with the current situation I’m in and its very informational as me and my GF are planning to have a Civil Wedding in Japan soon. I have a few questions which hopefully you can answer to provide clarity. Just a short background, I’m a Philippine Passport Holder and my GF is Japanese.

    I’m planning to visit japan soon via Tourist w/ Guarantor (coming from her). I assume this would only be 2 weeks stay. Once I arrive in Japan we are planning to have a Wedding with the steps you provided on your post.

    a. Is 2 weeks enough to process the whole wedding?
    b. If yes — Would it be advisable to finish my 2 weeks as tourist and go home to PH then reprocess a new visa since we are married?
    c. Is it possible to process everything within Japan and won’t require me to go home and back?
    d. Once a Foreign National is married to a Japanese does this entitle the person to stay in Japan and work for how long?

    Sorry for the long comment and alot of questions thrown. Appreciate this very informative post.

    • Hi Michael Stellar,

      I don’t think 2 weeks is long enough to obtain the documents necessary from either the Okinawa Philippine Consulate or the Tokyo Philippine Embassy. Most couples receive everything in about 2 weeks after submission the timeline would be very tight. If you have anymore inquiries please email me directly at

    • Hi Michael, I saw your comment here and I am currently in the same situation as yours. I would just like to ask if you got married already? Also, did you tell the immigration officers in the Philippines that you are going to marry in Japan? If so, what did they tell you? Hope to hear from you.

      • If you guys let me know what you find out about this I can pass on the information to future people trying to do the same thing, – Dave

    • Hi Michael, would like to ask if you really accomplished your marriage because we are in the same position and I’m here in japan already as a tourist visa would like to ask if you stay here or you got home in Philippines? Need your reply

      • Hi All,

        Just an update.

        1. Yes I was able to get married and my tourist visa was converted to spouse visa valid for a year till renew.
        2. I was granted 90 days tourist visa back then and had followed all the legal process including marriage. I just searched google for all the necessary requirements.
        3. Converting from tourist visa to spouse visa is a long process and they are very thorough with the process which requires alot of proof. As long as the relationship is legit then all the documents needed shouldn’t be a problem for everyone. Take note they have been strict on granting spouse visa as you know there are alot of fake relationships happening. Immigration will ask you so many questions including when you met, how long, why, etc… Again if the relationship is legit this shouldn’t be a problem.

        Just a recap of my situation:
        1. I got a tourist visa for 90 days in the Philippines.
        2. 1 week in Japan, me and my fiance got Married so we can start the process.
        3. We got married via City Hall –> submitted report of marriage to Phil Embassy
        4. Went to Immigration to apply for change of status of residence as early as we can
        5. Submitted all necessary documents and waited for about a month for the result
        6. I successfully got my spouse visa.

        • Hi Micheal,

          I have Japanese Boyfriend and we’re planning to get marry soon. I plan to get Tourist Visa without guarantor. Just a quick background, I’ve been in Japan twice. And if I will got 15 days to stay, is it enough to process the CIVIL wedding? Or Do I really need to request 30 days visa or more?


        • Hi Michael,

          Thank you so much for your comment. This will be very helpful to everyone who wants to get married in Japan. My fiancee and I are also planning to get married in Japan this April and I just came back from Japan actually, I got 30 days visa and this time we are aiming to get 90 days visa. Honestly, I almost got offloaded at NAIA terminal 1 but I managed to answer all of their questions and my boyfriend was calling me on my phone that time so the IO let me in.

          My question is, when you applied for your tourist visa, did you declare that you are going to get married in Japan?

          I am wishing everyone good luck 🙂

        • I would like to know… if you applying for the 90days visa.. what is your reason to get 90days visa.. thank you..

        • Hi! I’m on the process of preparing the needed requirements for a “visiting a friend” tourist visa with my fiance as the guarantor. Can I just ask the supporting documents you submitted in order to have that 90-day stay be granted. Also, can you give me advice as to what reasons should I indicate in order that my visa be approved? Been planning to indicate that I’ll go there PURELY to have a vacation with my fiance and his family before our classes start in my distance learning school. Although we have plans on getting married there, I do not have any intention to include it. Can you give me tips please? Thanks in advance!

        • Hi can i ask your email i have few questions about this if its ok can i get you email? Thanks in advance 🙂

        • Hi Michael,
          can i ask your email i have few questions about this if its ok can i get you email? Thanks in advance

        • Hi Michael,
          I just want to ask when did you go to the immigration? Did you do it right after you submitted the ROM to the Philippine embassy/consulate? Or did wait for the official document from the embassy after 10 working days?

          • All city offices issue the marriage certificate at different times. Most city offices issue the A4 sized version the same day or the next day. Others take several days to issue it if they are busy at the city office. The larger B4 size is usually issued the next day or up to 1 week.

        • Hi Michael, this is very helpful for me as I am in the same situation. I am planning to go to Japan for 90 days to get married with my Japanese fiance. My question is, do we tell the immigration that the purpose of going to Japan is to marry your Japanese fiance or do we just tell them that we visit Japan just as tourist? What is more advisable? I have visited Japan last February and the immigration was so strict. Luckily, I was able to provide all the requirements and I got through. So should I tell them the purpose of the visit is to marry my fiance or not? Please advise. Thank you.

        • Hi Michael your post was very helpful, thank you. Just one question: Did you have to go to Phil Embassy offc in Japan, with all the documents like Cenomar and Birth cert from the Philippines? Or Did just proceed getting married in the city hall?

        • hello . can i ask how you processed your 90 days tourist visa? ive been denied twice already. it would be a great help for me. i have a Japanese guarantor

        • Hello Michael,

          I just want to ask how were you able to pass the Immigration in the Philippines? Are there things they specifically asked you about your purpose of visit to Japan? Did you tell them you were getting married or just visiting your fiance? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hello,
      Phoebe here. I’m just wondering if you were able to tell the immigration officer the purpose of your stay in Japan back then because we all know how meticulous Philippine immigration is.
      Actually, I and my Japanese boyfriend(from Miyakojima Okinawa) are planning to get married here in Philippines but because of the tight schedule he has at work he can’t take a leave for a long time. And as soon as I read all of your experiences and feedbacks here regarding foreign marriage in Japan, I feel that they are very helpful for me. I hope you could give me some suggestions about it. Thanks.

    • Hi Dave. My wife and I are married here in Japan. We have a Philippine Marriage Contract. My wife is a japanese descendant and currently living in Japan. Do we need to register our marriage in a Japanese cityhall? thanks

      • hiraki,
        hi sir good day,im not already divorced in the philippine law,im divorced for 4years here in japan…can i re-marry here in japan to the filipino national?

  4. good morning sir .. sir , y CENOMAR does not authenticated by dfa or red ribbon .. only y consent of y parents ..

    • You can inquire directly at the Philippine Consulate or Embassy in Japan but this ‘ How to ‘ was created together with a Philippine Passport that we married and we passed on the knowledge and steps to you so you can follow them and get married. There is no substitute documents that I am aware of so carefully obtain and follow the instructions written in the How get married in Japan for Philippine Passport Holders. You can also view the youtube video that I just posted today:

  5. Good afternoon Dave I got all my papers authenticated except my parental consent 🙁 do you think that would work?

    • Yes, 1 issue of your birth certificate issued from the National Statistics Office ( You probably already have one of these ) 1 issue of your birth certificate with DFA Authentication or Red Ribbon of the NSO of the NSO Birth Certificate. I completed a youtube video with the complete explanation, take a look:

  6. Hello goodevening..i want to ask some questions regarding changing of visa or change of im a student vsa holder,but my visa expire ths coming sept 2017..then this month im getting married to my fiance..he is a filipino with a long term visa,he is also a descendant,a 3rd generation or they call a nikkiejin.,my questions are..after we get married in many months we can get the marriage contract and what are the possible .thing we can do to make me stay in japan before my visa expire.

  7. Hi dave, if both parties are filipino but the guy has residence visa where are we getting married ? At the city hall or philippine embassy? And next thing is the guy is holding an expired passport. Thank you.

    • Good Afternoon Maria Pascual, I recommend renewing the passport before proceeding to get married in Japan as the documents necessary for Philippine Passport Holders getting married in Japan is a valid Passport. Also when applying for your documents at the Philippine Consulate or Embassy they will require your passport before you will receive your Single Status Affidavit and your Legal Capacity for Marriage. Anything else let me know. – Dave

  8. Good morning chariemae.i had some questions related to this issue, i got married here in japan at philiipine embassy last june 28 2017,and i already processed my passport for changing of my new surname then i will recieve it on august maybe,my questions is when will i receive my marrige certificate from nso/psa in the philippines from the day of my marriage in japan..,because i needed for my changing of visa status here in japan.,one of the requirement of changing of visa is marrige certificate…after our wedding in embassy they gave us only the copy of marrige contrat which is differint . Marrige certificate and marrige contract is different as what i have known.thank you more power and God bless. I hope you read it and try to reply.

    • Chariemae,

      I wish I could give you more information on this topic but I have no idea when you would receive your marriage certificate from NSO/PSA in the Philippines. If you follow up with me after you have it completed I can spread the information to others,

      – Dave

  9. Hi Dave,

    I am Billy, I am Filipino national. My Fiance (Japanese) and I are planning to get marry in Japan this year. Do you have any idea about citizenship? or at least on how or what way can I stay in Japan for long period of time (Years). I will get a VFR type of visa for 3 months. Is 3 months enough to complete the marriage process and Citizenship if possible?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Billy,

      We don’t have that kind of information but I suggest you google the Japan Immigration website and check out the details on there website. – Dave

      • Hi Billy,

        A. 3 months should be enough as long as you have complete documents. I came in japan via Tourist Visa for 3 months and was able to accomplish everything. Please make sure to search around for the requirements and bring extra documents before you leave PH to ensure no delays would happen.

        B. Converting to Spouse Visa should allow you to stay 1 year (this is standard since they want to ensure after a year that the relationship is still intact). I was informed after a year and no issues were found, they would grant longer stay (3 years max). After staying in Japan for 3 years they will check your credential (point system) if they will give you a permanent residency (they made this faster, before it was 5 years of stay. Now its 3 years of stay) as long as you meet the points. This includes contribution to Japan (what is your type of work, what do you do. if you have kids, etc..)

        Hope this helps.

        • Hi michael. kabayan. i’m also from the philippines. i would like to ask if you state in your purpose of visit in japan that you are going to get married? or do you write other reason? i’m planning to apply for tourist visa next month once my boyfriend send me all the documents i need to submit in the agency. i have more questions to you and hope you could answer me. please. thank u so much sir. God bless

          • Hello htac! just to help you. You don’t need to say your going to marry in japan. Just visit is okay. Same like we did here. My boyfriend who is my husband now came here as a tourist and we both married in municipal of japan. It’s important you have all the necessary documents when you go here so it will be an easy flow. After you get married you need to register your marriage in our embassy.

        • hello, i would like to ask if how many days did you marriage license was released since you file for marriage license in Philippine embassy in Japan. does it take 10 working days maximum?

        • Hi.Is it advisable if i tell on immigration officer that im going to japan to get married on my fiancee ? Or i will just tell that im going in japan for tourist. Im really worried if i get offloaded.

        • hi Michael ill be applying for a tourist visa my boyfriend will sponsoring my tour and we are planning to get marry in japan by the way he is japanese and im a philippine passport holder did you apply for a 3months visa?or is 1month enough to process everything?looking forward for your answer!

  10. Hi Dave! I am planning to marry my boyfriend who works in the U.S. Military base in Okinawa.
    I was reading the comments and I saw that there’s a “fiance visa”, I have no idea that there’s somethig like that… I am going to japan accredited agency this saturday and I desperately need help. Please reply asap, hope you can help me. Thank you!

  11. Hi Dave! Very informative blog! Thanks for taking the time to write all of this down.

    I’m Filipina, my fiance is American, and we’ve always wanted a destination wedding and it sounds like Japan might be a good option!

    The only issue for us is we need to fly to Japan to process the requirements, then come back for the actual wedding. Or is it there another option? We can only take off from work for 2 weeks.

    • First you need to prepare the documents in the Philippines. Then fly here and head the the Philippine Embassy or Consulate to receive the necessary documents to get married at the city office. Anything else let me know, – Dave

  12. Hi sir,
    Just wanna ask if there is any idea where I can authenticated or red ribbon my nso birth and cenomar here in Japan. I and my fiancee are planning to get married… I am a temporary visitor given 90 days of stay… hope there is.. thank you and more power.

  13. Hi Dave. I’m Mae.. im here in japan as a entertainer and planning to get married here a Japanese before my visa expire. I just want to ask can I get married even though my visa is a entertainer.. we’re planning next month because October is the expiration of my visa and I need to go back in Philippines.

  14. Hi ,
    I’m Filipino,have a permanent resident.Im divorced here in Japan but still married in the Philippines,my ex husband is a Japanese.
    My question is is it possible for me to get married again here in Japan even I’m still married in the Philippines?

  15. Hi ,
    Im a technical intern here in japan,me and my gf are planning to get married here.could it be possible if we completed the list of documents?

  16. Hi David,
    I’m a Filipina and currently working here at Japan. My contract is just about 3 years. My boyfriend is from Brazil and we want to get married here in Japan. We both just currently working here for about 1 year and it’s our first time working here. Can we get married here in Japan?
    Thank you so much

    • Yes, you can get married here. You both need to obtain the necessary documents and then you can do it. Anything else let me know, Dave.

    • The Philippine Embassy in Japan is not where you file a report of marriage. You do this at the city office. If all the documents are in order you can receive your marriage certificate either the same day or the next day, I hope this helps, Dave.

  17. Hi Dave,

    Planning to get married with my Filipina girlfriend there in Aichi Prefecture. She is a Permanent Resident of Japan. And I am planning to go on a tourist visa. I currently have a multiple 15day/entry visa. Hope you can advise us on what we need to further process our civil wedding. I would greatly appreciate if you could email me a step-by-step procedure.


        • You will both need to obtain the documents outlined in my youtube video or blog. You can go to the Philippine Tokyo Embassy after you have retrieved all the necessary documents from the Philippines. Anything else let me know, – Dave

        • EG pinoy Ka? Sa embassy kayo ikakasal. Kailangan nyo nso at cenomar ung naka dfa ribbon. Kinasal ako dito Sa Japan last august.

          • Hello Dana
            Tanong LNG sana ako Kung
            Pwede ba ako pa kasal sa Pilipina na permanent visa dyan sa japan Philippine passport holder ako

          • Mark Steve pede naman.punta Ka dito as tourist. Need nyo lng parehas. Cenomar at nso. Tpos isusubmit sa embassy tpos pababalikin kau para Sa kasal. Makuha nyo din on that day ung marriage cert.

          • Hi po, ano po ginawa niyo after kayo ikasal sa embassy? Plano rin kasi namin ng boyfriend ko na mag pakasal sa japan, long term visa po siya jan.

          • hi danna ask ko lang plan namin ng fiancee ko magpakasal sa japan pareho kami holding philippine passport ano mga requirnents kailangan iprepare at ilang days a
            Dapat magstay sa japan para mata ang process?

          • Hello goodafternoon may ask yung sa purpose of visit anong pwde ilagay ? Yung reason na magpapakasal ka or other reason?? Tapos yung sakin plan ko mag visit visa with a guarantor sa fiancee ko with 15 days? Is it enough? Thank you po

  18. Hi Dave,

    I’m a filipina and my fiance is a japanese national. We are planning to get married in osaka this coming december after my birthday,so i will be turning 25.Do i still need to provide parents consent or parental advise?

    Thank you

    • Hi Roxas, If you are over the age of 25 then you do not need your parent’s consent to marry in Japan. Anything else let me know, – Dave

      • Hi Dave,

        Parental consent and parental advise authenticated ( DFA red ribbon ) with passport copy of parents. For example Dave,I cant provide passport copy of parents what else do i need to provide is it ok parents NSO or marriage contract of my parents? Its really hard to get an appointment for passport here in PH all slot are fully book.Thank you so much

        • JV Roxas,

          I am not really sure what you need to provide as I only know legal marriage requirements. You will have to research directly to the NSO office to see if there are any other alternatives. – Dave

        • hi JV. . can i ask that did you provide your parents passport? and if not, what did you provide?

          i hope i can get your answer JV coz that is also my problem….

          thank you and godbless

      • Hi Dave. Just wanna ask, I’m 24 years old and as of my research “they need a affidavit of parents consent with photocopy of parents passport” but how about if my parents don’t have passport?? I already sent u a mail pls check your email account.. thank you!

  19. Hi Dave,
    Just today applying my LCCM in the philippine consulate, my concern is my temporary visa will last on November 11, 2017. It is possible for me sir to stay here in Japan even my visa is last. Or go back to Philippines and apply another visa?

    • Good Morning Nadine,

      You can try for an extension on your visa by applying at the Immigration Office in Japan showing your intent to marry.

      I hope this information helps you on your journey to getting married in Japan.

      Our translation services here in Japan and the rest of Japan ensure that you apply to get married at the city office and get accepted the first time. We make sure everything is good to go before you go to the city office.

      – Dave, Okinawa Translator.

  20. Im a U.S. Citizen in Kadena AB, wanting to marry my fiance in the Philippines. Is it possible for me to get a Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage in Naha, and use it in the Philippines?

    • Good Morning Daniel Orara, Sorry for the late reply. If you want to reach me immediately hit me up directly by email:

      I have no idea what the process for getting married in the Philippines is, I only specialise in getting married in Japan. Anything else let me know, – Dave

  21. Hi, I’m a Filipina I’m came in Japan last September 30, 2017 and my visa is a temporary visa 90days stay. I’m came here to marry my fiancé a japanese. It is possible that I can stay here until my spouse visa release? What should I do? We really need your help.

    • We don’t have information on immigration. You will need to go to the immigration office and ask directly.

      • Hi Dave,

        Just to help out.

        As per immigration. As long as you submit your Spouse Visa application with complete documents, they should provide a stamp for your passport which allows you to stay as long as the status of the visa is being process. If you pass, then there should be no problem, if your application fails you have 1 week to exit Japan.

    • Hello Na, just want to ask Ano reason na naligay nyo? Nilagay nyo ba na magpapakasal kayo sa japan for the tourist visa application?

  22. Good evening sir, we are going to Tokyo Philippine embassy tomorrow. And I would like to ask about regarding the translation. How long it takes And what should I do because I’m here in Hamamatsu.

  23. we are going tomorrow in Tokyo Philippine embassy for LCCM, do I get the LCCM on that day? If not how long it takes? And or it’s possible send it by mail? Or we have to came back the embassy? What should we do?

  24. Hi, have you any experience with Singapore citizens registering marriage to a US citizen (or non-Japanese) in Japan?

  25. hi just want to inquire my fiance is currently on trainee visa in japan for three straight years and im here in philippines, can we both marry legally in japan after i get my tourist visa?

  26. Hi Dave,

    I have a question regarding the requirements. Upon checking on your blog, A Certificate of No Marriage Record or (CENOMAR) – all names ( First Middle, Last; including mother and father must match the birth certificate. However, on my birth certificate, my mom’s maiden middle name is incorrect, should I correct it or will it be okay?

    Thank you so much!

  27. hi dave i hope you can help me i been in japan twice and planning back again my visa is visit a friend but in my invation letter is fiance but the guy is not my real fiance he is only my friend when my second time in japan i met my boyfriend and we want to get married when i come back in question is when we got married thers possible that i will have problem in imagration because the man i married is not the man in my application to get a visa
    sorry for the long sentence and i wish you can help me im planning to get back in japan this month…thank you very much god bless

  28. Hi dave!my bf and I want to get married here in japan,now he is in taiwan and he want to go here in japan. Both of us are the same filipino?is it okay?

  29. Hi Dave.. It’s good to hear that you’re able to extend your help. However I would like to ask if it’s possible I am Philippine Passport Holder my GF is a Filipina and she got a permanent visa but as of now she is already widowed.. Is there a chance that we can get married there in japan ?

  30. Hi Sir Dave, I have a question
    Me( a filipina who’s a Residence in Japan) and my Fiancé (who’s in the us navy based in Washington) are planning to get married here in Tokyo, Japan and my question is how long does it take for all the documents to be finished and finally get married? Is 10 days enough? Thank you and would like to hear from you soon 🙂

    • If you completed all the documents, maybe yes. To get the LCCM certificate / document will take you 5 working days(base on the phl embassy site.) Plus you and your fiance have to attend the seminar about marriage in PH Embassy.

      The registration from your local office or municipal will take you 1 or 2 days.

      Some municipal will ask for you or your fiance’s birth certificate.
      To be sure, ask your municipal office for the requirements.

  31. Hi Sir, Im a Filipino long term resedence here in Japan and I want to marry my girlfriend Vietnamese here in Japan, is the process the same from above or what?
    what are the requiered papers for girlfriend!? im hoping for some answers thank you!

  32. Hi michael or dave; is it possible to go home first to philippines before ur temporary visa expires while waiting for your new spouse visa to come? Im hoping for your kind feedback. Thank u so much

  33. Hi dave, me and my fiance are planning to get married at Philippine Embassy in Tokyo. Both of us are filipino. We already have the required documents to get legally married in japan. My question is do we still need a translation of all the documents?

    • Hi Maria, Are you both living in PH? If yes, we are on the same situation.
      I need help, upon my understanding only those who are residing in Japan can only apply for LCCM. how about those tourist planning for destination wedding, what are the requirements? how can we secure LCCM as residency card is part of the requirement?

  34. Hi Im camille , I am filipina and a permanent resident here in japan and is it okay to marry a pilipino who has visit visa only here in japan. And we want to live and work here in japan for good is this possible.

  35. Good day! Thank for having a helpful site.

    I would like to ask regarding an additional requirement needed for 21-25 years old who wants to get married in japan. It is stated that we need to have an AFFIDAVIT OF PARENTAL ADVICE together with parents photocopy of passport. However, my parents doesn’t have a passport and if they will get a passport, it will take months to wait since the appointment for passport application is full already.

    With this, I would like to know what are the other option if the parents cannot comply a passport requirement?

    I would like to ask for your further assistance and willing to pay for it. I am looking forward to your response. Thank you.

    • Hi Flabby! We have the same situation. I sent an inquiry to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and they replied that they accept any government issued ID, as long as it’s valid.

      • Thanks! Are you coming in Japan via Tourist Visa?? They won’t ask for a Residence card or Japan Visa?

        • Yes, will be going to Japan in July w/ a 30-day tourist visa. They will accept any type of visa, may it be short-term or long-term.

          • Any type of visa has no correlation for getting married at the city office in Japan. You will have to inquire at the Philippine Embassy if that has anything to do with issuing the documents from them. I hope this information helps, – Dave

  36. Hi Dave,

    I am looking in internet about getting married here in Japan and i found your site.

    I just would like to ask if my sister who is a filipina with an American fiancē can get married here in Japan tokyo? They will be both tourist here.. They want to get married here in Japan. Is that possible?

    Looking forward for your answer.. thank you so much!


  37. Hi Dave,

    Me and my fiance are planning to get married in Okinawa,Japan. He is a US Army based on Okinawa and im a Filipina here in Philippines and a widow. Can you please help me to know more about getting married there? What should the first thing we need to do? Where can we find the documents we need? What would be the process we need to do? Your reply would be very much appreciated!
    Looking forward for your reply. Thank you!

  38. good day Dave,
    i would like to ask some question and what to do. i had a 3months tourist visit in japan last year,before i came back to phil we decided to get married there. i am naive about the documents and procedure i let my husband work for my spouse visa but the immigration didnt grant me because we had relationship for a short period of time. so now i ask him to send me a koseki tohon which included our marriage valid 9months from.that time to present.

    now how do i know that our marriage registered here or not.
    and what are the steps to do.please. thank you

    your answer will be much appreciated 🙂

      • hi dave, thank you for the response. i only have my husband koseki tohon in japanese. i verify my marriage here in PSA philippine but i dont have record yet because my husband didnt passed any papers in the philippine embassy in tokyo.can you help me please. my husband cant talk in english im just using a translator for him to understand.he asked me what documents i need so he can send me.

    • Hi Jen, I have a question because I am planning to marry my Japanese boyfriend. You mentioned that the marriage didn’t go through because you guys haven’t been dating for long. May I ask though how short was the relationship before you guys got married? Please reply. Thank you so much.

  39. hi po gaano po katagal bago makakuha ng tourist visa…boyfriend ko po yung nag apply ng tourist visa at dyan nia sa japan inaayos at ano ano po ang mga need nna documents japanese po xia thanks po

  40. Good Day Ma’am/ Sir;
    I and my girlfriend (She’s 4 months pregnant now) are both Filipino who wishes to get married in Japan. Her Mom is working in Japan that is why we decided to get married there because she can’t come home to attend the ceremony.

    Is there any application forms that needs to be translated in Japanese? If there’s any, I humbly request for your assistance on this matter. Thanks!

  41. This post is really helpful with the current situation I’m in and its very informational as me and my BF are planning to have a Civil Wedding in Japan this december 2018. I have a few questions which hopefully you can answer to provide clarity. Just a short background, me and Boyfriend was a Philippine Passport Holder..
    we’re planning to apply him a visa via Tourist w/ Guarantor (coming from me).and I’am a 3 years long term residence here in japan, I assume this would only be 2 weeks stay. Once he arrive in Japan we are planning to have a Wedding with the steps you provided on your post.
    a. Is 2 weeks enough to process the whole wedding?
    b. If yes — Would it be advisable to finish my 2 weeks as tourist and go home to PH then reprocess a new visa since we are married?
    c. Is it possible to process everything within Japan and won’t require him to go home and back?

  42. Hi,im ricardo a philippines passport holder and im planing to marry my girlfriend….may i ask what are the requirements in marrying on japan…and i want to inform u that my girlfriend just got her divorce in japan…is it possible for us to have a civil wedding ryt away?we need your reply…thanks

  43. Hi me and my partner is planning to get Married In japan on January. I am a 23 year old Filipina and his a American Citizen. My question is do I need a ffidavit of parental advice to us to get married or can we get married legally without those. And how long will it takes to get our marrieage license.I hope you can help us.

  44. Hello good day!
    I have a question. Your response would be a big help for me. Thank you.
    Me and my japanese boyfriend are already married in Japan. I was a tourist visa with 15days validity but sadly the immigration in japan didnt let me stay (or didnt give me an extension visa) so i had to go back in philippines. Now we are waiting for the cityhall to release our document then my father in law and my husband will go to the immigration for my certificate of eligibility for me to apply a spousevisa. (Is this the right or next process after cityhall?)
    If they will apply for Certificate of Eligibility in Japan immigration , will they release it in just weeks or days? How long will it take to receive this document?

    Please help me with this matter thankyou

    • Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Please let us know any documents we can translate for you to immigrate to Japan.

      The City Office can explain directly how many days until they will issue you a marriage certificate and it depends on each city office and their process time.

      Please consider our translation office for translating your documents in Okinawa or anywhere else in Japan. – Dave

  45. Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your blog, this is a very big help in our marriage application process.

    I have a question:
    Can I get the (1) Certificate of Legal Status to Conduct Marriage and (2) Affidavit of Civil Status in Philippines or do I really need to get it here in Japan.

    Thank you!

  46. i would like to ask, a japanese natonal that married already in japan still married a pilipina in the philippines and have 2 child and one adopted. can they have a visa to leave in japan?

  47. Hello David!

    I need your expert opinion about this matter.
    Me and my fiance are both Filipino but my fiance is currently living in Japan. We plan to get a civil wedding in Japan this December 2019.
    * Is it possible for us to get married in Japan even though I am just a tourist visa holder?
    * If yes, can we get married in the municipal hall and what will be the requirements and procedures? Or we can only get married in the Phil. embassy?
    * Can the civil wedding in Jpan be credited in the Philippines? If yes, what will be the requirements and procedures.

    Sorry to bother you with all my questions, hope you can help us.

    Thank you so much!
    Best regards… =)

    • Yes, you can married on a tourist visa.

      If you would like to know the process for marriage for Philippine Passport holders you can watch this video:

      In addition to reading this blog:

      To determine the exact requirements at the city office you need to have us research by calling that city office and inquiring the specific necessary documents for your situation. The price to do this is 5000YEN, you can make the payment via PayPal or credit card.

    • Hi Lucci! I read your comment on here and as I’m in the same situation right now, I would like to ask how it went for you, if you don’t mind. Were you able to get married in Japan on a tourist visa? I read on the Philippine Embassy’s website that the requirement of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (LCCM) is only granted to Filipinos presently residing in Japan, so I was wondering if getting married there while I’m on a tourist visa is indeed possible.

      • Hi Jas Medoza, Many Philippine passport holders get married in Japan on tourist visas. You can actually contact the Philippine Consulate in Japan to confirm this if you like,

        Please see the Philippine Consulate in Okinawa information below:

        Address: 2 Chome-35-1 Aragusuku, Ginowan, Okinawa 901-2201
        Phone: 098-892-5486
        Open Wed-Fri 1pm – 5pm

      • hello jas same situation kayo ng friend ko. tourist din gf nya. ngayon both of them are living in japan. cenomar at birthcertificate lang dinala nila and application form sa embassy for appointment. ung lccm. ganyan sa kin. since ibang lahi napangasawa ko at sa munisipyo ng japan kami kinasal.

        • Hi Danna, thanks for the reply! Same din pala tayo, taga ibang bansa talaga yung boyfriend ko pero sa Japan nagtatrabaho. So pwede talaga kumuha ng lccm kahit temporary visitor/tourist visa lang?

          • jas baligtad naman tayo. ako ung working dito sa japan tpos sya ung tourist visa na ibang lahi. oo kuha ka sa embassy. lccm. kailangan mo mgapply para dun .need mo cenomar at birthcert. sya din need nya lccm sa embassy nya. pag meron n kayo parehas..pede na kayo pumunta city hall tpos fillup ng application form. tpos bigay nyo ung lccm, copy ng passport , birth cert. need nakatranslate lahat ng docs in japanese. actually ung lccm sa phil embassy nakatranslate na. not sure lng dun sa lccm ng bf mo. sali ka dun sa fb group pinoy sodan at tindahan. dami sumasagot na pinoy kung may mga tanong ka.

  48. Hi dave
    I would like to asked my husband apply the spouse visa for me but my coe not yet release it is already 3months now. I want to know if its okey if i apply tourist visa in japan while waiting my coe..
    thank u

  49. Hello sir, I have a question regarding my situation.
    I just got annulled and still waiting for my NSO STATUS to be updated. It takes a while as you know Phililppine government agencies.
    I only have 2 weeks to go before I go back to Japan. I do have copies my from lawyer including all documents stating that our marriage is already null and void.
    My primary concern since I’m running out of time waiting for the updated copy of my NSO, if ever I get a copy of my CENOMAR together with my supporting documents for me to remarry in Japan will it be possible?
    Most importantly, is it possible to get married in Japan with my status as annulled?
    I hope you understood my point sorry that I couldn’t explain my part properly.


  50. Hey Dave, I’m a japanese national and my filipino fiance wants to get married in japan in the coty hall close to our place. Is it possible to get married in japan’s city hall and not in philippine embassy?

    • Hi Rin, In Japan, everyone, no matter what nationality get married at the City Office. A Philippine Passport Holders needs to obtain documents first from the Philippines, and then submit those to the Philippine Embassy in Japan to receive the necessary documents to bring to the city office to get legally married at the city office. I hope this answers your questions. Please watch this video to see if you haven’t already watched it:

  51. hi si dave
    i am a filipina living here in japan and i was married with a japanese before but we got divorced 5 years ago already. i have a boyfriend now and he is a american and we want to get married. i just started filing my petition for recognition of foreign divorce in the philippines. can we get married here in japan while im waiting for my annulment?

  52. hi sir dave
    i am a filipina living here in japan and i was married with a japanese before but we got divorced 5 years ago already. i have a boyfriend now and he is an american and we want to get married. i just started filing my petition for recognition of foreign divorce in the philippines. can we get married here in japan while im waiting for my annulment?

  53. Hello Dave,
    I am a US citizen and my fiance is on contract there in totorri japan, we are planning to marry in a few months there. Is there any other advice or forms that we will need. Please email me, thank you.

  54. Hi sir Dave just arrived here in phil. from japan yesterday.and im planning to go back in japan with my 4yrs.old twins
    .on april 20.coz i want to get marry the father of my twins.just wanna know if its ok if my reason to go back to japan is marrying the father of my twins?last time i was granted a 30days.this time i want should be possible ?please answer.thank you

    • Hi Marie,

      I am not an expert in Immigration policies for Japan so I don’t know. Although you can consult with the Japanese immigration officers to see what options you may have for you visas.


  55. Hi, just wanna inquire how much will it take for us to get married here in Japan? We are both Filipinos. Thank you in advanced.

  56. hello sir, i just want to ask if i can marry my filipino boyfriend here in the philippines who was married in Japan with a japanese national?

  57. Hi there! Anyone who is Filipino national married in Japanese, I just need your answers? Charr!
    By the way I’m ジエニーローズ(Jenny rose) me and fiance planning to civil wed in Philippines or Japan, but I preferred in Japan to marry, what are the important documents needed for civil wedding in Philippines or in Japan?
    What is the first step to do for both of us?

  58. Goodmorning can you help me about my NSO and cenomar i like to translate it to japanese word thankyou so much

  59. Hi My fiance is Us citizen and i’m filipina permanent residence here in japan. I just wanna ask if can we can get married here in Philippine embassy and im not planning to register our marriage in cityhall in Japan , Can we apply my spouse visa at us embassy tokyo using my marriage certificate from philippine embassy only?

  60. Hi sir. I have quite a few questions. First is how long is the processing for the files gonna take? Can we accomplish all of this in 15 days? My girlfriend is only planning a 15 days tourist visa and about the legal capacity to contract marriage and affidavit of civil status, can we get this individually while she is in the Philippines and me here in japan? Or can she just come here and go together in philippine embassy here in osaka? Would very much appreciate a reply and hoping to work with you on this soon. Thank you.

    • I would think 15 days is a little too short of time period to get married. The first step would be to obtain the LCCM from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in Japan. You can contact them to figure out the issue time of that document.

  61. Hi, are the LCCM and Affidavit of Civil Status still needed to get married to a US military personnel in Okinawa?

    • There is recently a big change has happened on Okinawa. The Philippine Consulate has closed forever. I have received the details from the Tokyo Embassy. Both Parties ( US and Philippine Passport Holders ) must attend and submit the documents in person at the Tokyo Philippine Embassy, after 5 working days they will issue the LCCM, you can provide a letter pack express envelope and they can mail it to you OR you can go back after 5 working days and pick it up. The requirements are stated on the Philippine Embassy website.- Dave

  62. Hi! I like your site as it is helpful to many people.
    I have some questions.
    I really hope you can help me.
    I am on an “Instructor Visa” here in Japan.
    Is it acceptable to invite (from the Philippines) my fiance here as a tourist, and I myself as the guarantor? Will it be accepted by the immigration?

    Anyway, we dont have plan yet to get married. Just want her to visit this beautiful country this coming sakura.

    Thank you and your response is greatly appreciated.

  63. Hello I’m jen goodmorning can ai ask you something ? should I put Marriage for the purpose of visit in japan ? If I apply for a visit visa ? Me and my bf planning on getting marriage in japan. He is a military marine. Thank you for your quick response

  64. Hello and thanks for sharing these valuable info. I’d just like to know though why the following are necessary:

    A DFA Authentication or Red Ribbon of the NSO Certificate (original and photocopy)
    DFA Authentication or Red Ribbon of CENOMAR (original and photocopy

    Looking forward to your reply. Thank you very much.

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