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The chapel at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo.

Destination Wedding: Tokyo


Get ready to commit at the Palace Hotel


Words: Damien Woolnough

Photography: Palace Hotel, Tokyo


22th May 2018

Same Sex marriage is currently illegal in Japan but the winds of change are carrying hope among the cherry blossoms for gay couples.

The luxury Palace Hotel, which overlooks the Imperial Palace Gardens in Tokyo, has told Marry The Man that they are open to hosting same sex commitment ceremonies in their exquisite chapel.

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So far the soaring chapel overlooking Tokyo is yet to celebrate a gay love story but you could be the first - as long as you book the Palace Hotel's function spaces for your celebration.

The Palace Hotel wedding packages include an in-house photo studio and access to the exquisite florist Muku.

Rebuilt six years ago following a $1.6 billion renovation, The Palace Hotel delivers top-level luxury in a city known for its love of design. Australian architect Terry McGinnity was responsible for the hotel’s new look.

While same sex marriage is illegal in Japan a 2015 poll found 51 per cent of respondents supported same-sex marriage.

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Exterior of the Palace Hotel, Tokyo at dusk.

While same sex marriage is illegal in Japan a 2015 poll found 51 per cent of respondents supported same-sex marriage. More than 70 per cent of people in their twenties were in the 'Yes' camp. Just 24 per cent among people in their seventies supported same-sex marriage.

Commitment certificates are now recognised in some Tokyo wards but these are not equivalent to marriage. In 2012 Tokyo Disney Resort allowed a same sex commitment ceremony.

No Mickey Mouse ears will be needed at the Palace Hotel.

Palace Hotel, Tokyo

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