Hotel Granvia Kyoto which was recently awarded as one of the “Top 25 Hotels in Japan” in three categories – “Top Hotels”, “Luxury” and “Romance in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice awards now continues on its forward path towards satisfying the special and diverse needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples, reports seejapan.co.uk.
The hotel in is working with Shunokin Temple to offer gay weddings in Kyoto.
“We are thrilled to offer LGBT couples from around the world this wonderful opportunity to experience the essence of a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony,” says Shiho Ikeuchi, Director of the Executive Office, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.
“As the very first Japanese hotel to become a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) in 2006, we are proud to be a leading LGBT friendly hotel in Japan, and this package will attract not only international travellers but also domestic couples in Japan,” said Shiho.
The complete three-night package includes a three-night stay in a luxurious Junior Suite room with breakfast daily, complete traditional Japanese wedding attire for two, customised seasonal wedding bouquet, traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony at Shunkoin Temple, limousine service to and from the temple, traditional wedding-night dinner for two.
Draped in wedding kimonos, standing in a Zen temple built in the 1590s, gay and lesbian couples have a new option for a commitment ceremony in Japan.
The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering a full traditional Buddhist wedding at the Shunkoin Temple for same-sex couples.
Even though same sex marriage is not yet legalized in Japan, the hotel joins other businesses around the world taking steps toward social acceptance of LGBTI couples while their home governments lag behind.
Thus the ceremony is more of a spiritual commitment, as the couple does not gain any legal right through it, reports gaystarnews.com.
Source: seejapan.co.uk; gaystarnews.com