Registration of Marriage in Japan

Japanese nationals are given a legal obligation which is to submit a report or registration of marriage to the city hall of their place of residence in Japan or the Consulate of Japan in the Philippines within three months after getting married to a Filipino national.

My husband, who is based in Cebu, handled this process at the Consular Office of Japan in Cebu. About a month after our wedding, I processed my change of status in the Philippines, while he completed his change of status a few days ago. We visited the Consular Office of Japan together. What documents were required?

Documents Required in Submitting the Report or Registration of Marriage to the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

1. A certified true copy of the Japanese National’s Family Register or Koseki Tohon (2 sets)

2. A certified true copy of Birth Certificate of the Philippine National spouse and its Japanese translation (2 copies each)

3. A certified true copy of the Marriage Certificate and Japanese translation (2 sets)

4. Photocopy of the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (1 copy)

5. Photocopy of the Marriage License and Marriage License Application Form (1 copy each)

6. Passport or valid ID of persons submitting the marriage report


The Filipino spouse may submit the report on behalf of the Japanese spouse providing all the required documents are completely filled out.

How to translate the documents into Japanese

Registration of Marriage in Japan requires the couple to translate the documents into Japanese. In our case, my husband translated them. There’s a template that you can follow. Please click the highlighted words for the links of the templates.

Marriage Certificate Translation Template

Birth Certificate Translation Template

We completed the task in about two hours that day. My husband had to make a few changes to some details we had filled out beforehand, and a few other clients arrived, so it took us more or less two hours. There was nothing to worry about; the process was straightforward and not daunting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Good luck with your process!

Consulate Office of Japan in Cebu


7th Floor Keppel Center Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Philippines

Disclaimer: I’m not in any way related or connected to the Philippine Embassy or Embassy of Japan. This is based on my experience.

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