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Wedding ceremonies
Shinto wedding procession
(Photo: Shinto wedding procession at Meiji Jingu)


Wedding ceremonies
When you visit Meiji jingu, you may witness the solemn procession of a Shinto wedding. This procession is part of the Shinto wedding ceremony. A typical procession is led by two priests and two shrine maidens, followed by the couple under a red umbrella, and finally family and friends.
During the ceremony, the couple shares three cups of sacred rice wine (taking turns drinking).A priest recites Shinto liturgy, and a shrine maiden performs a sacred dance.
The ceremony ends with another solemn procession.
( When a procession passes, please clear the way and please help maintain the dignity of the moment. So, if you take pictures, please don't take close-ups and don't step into the way of the procession.)

If you would like to get married in a Shinto ceremony at Meiji Jingu, please contact the person in charge at Bunkakan or Kinenkan (in Japanese): Getting married at Meiji Jingu