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Procedure for reinterment (movement of ashes)

Final update date March 24, 2021

Overview

Transferring ashes that have already been buried or stored to another graveyard or ossuary is called "reinterment."
For reinterment, procedures in accordance with the provisions of the "Law Concerning Cemeteries, Burials, etc. (Cemetery Law)" are required.

Person who can report (application)

Person who is going to perform reinterment

Main procedures and procedures

This is an example of reinterment of ashes from a buried or stored graveyard to a new graveyard.

1. Determination of graveyards to be newly buried and stored

I will decide where to reinterment, such as buying a new graveyard.

2. Acquisition of "Reinterment Permit Application" and receipt of "Buried Certificate"

Acquisition of Reinterment Permit Application

The application for reinterment permission is to the municipal office where the current graveyard is located.
Please note that the reinterment permission application may differ in style depending on each municipality.
Please contact the municipal office where the current graveyard is located for information on how to obtain it.

References

Please confirm "style of Yokohama-shi" for style of Yokohama-shi.

Receive "buried certificate" from manager of present graveyards

Normally, the burial certificate is certified by the graveyard manager in the designated column of the reinterment permission application. (The style determined by the graveyard manager may be used.)

Please be careful
  • "Cemetery use permit" may be necessary to confirm user of present graveyard.
  • If the graveyard user and the applicant are different, a power of attorney or written consent created by the graveyard user is required.
  • A fee may be required to issue a buried certificate. Please check with the graveyard manager.

3. Application for reinterment permit and receipt of reinterment permit

Necessary items

  • Reinterment permission application (including "buried certificate")
  • Power of Attorney or written consent of graveyard user (only when graveyard user and applicant are different)
  • You may need an applicant's seal required.

How to apply

(1) When applying at the counter
   We submit reinterment permission application to municipal government office where current graveyards are located (in case of Yokohama-shi, ward office Family Registry Division and submit a Reinterment Permit.
  Please pick it up.

(2) When applying by mail
   For information on how to apply by mail, please contact the municipal office where the current graveyard is located.

[When applying by mail to the ward office in Yokohama]
Enclose and send a reply envelope with a stamp stating "Required for procedure" and "Required for procedure" to Family Registry Section Family Registry Division" and Address City and send a reply envelope with a stamp attached.
In addition, when applying by mail, be sure to specify Phone number must be sure to be able to contact you during the day in the reinterment permission application.

Please be careful

When graveyard user and applicant are different, proxy or written consent of graveyard user is necessary.
Please check with the relevant municipal office.

Cost of reinterment permit (fees)

Free

4. take out ashes

Present the reinterment permit to the manager of the current graveyard and take out the remains.
(In that case, we will not give you a reinterment permit. You will need it in a new cemetery. )

5. Buried and stored in new graveyards

We submit reinterment permit to managers such as new graveyards and can bury and store ashes.
(※ "Cemetery use permit" or "burial notice" (style set by manager) of new graveyard may be necessary. Check with the manager of the new cemetery in advance. )

Other important matters

What I explained here is a general procedure.
In addition, for rules by graveyard managers, such as local customs and restrictions on gravestones, it is recommended that you check in advance the information on the area where the ashes are buried, the graveyard manager, the manager of the new graveyard, and the local information. To do.
It is also necessary for your relatives to discuss before starting the procedure.

Form and entry examples

Style of reinterment permission application of Yokohama-shi is available in Family Registry Section reinterment permission application form, and you can also download it from the following.
Please print on both sides.

List of counters at each ward office

List of Family Registry Division section list of each ward office
Ward Office Namewindowtelephonefax
Aoba Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionAoba Ward Office 2F 21st floor045-978-2225045-978-2418
Asahi Ward Government Office, Family Registry Division12th floor, 1st floor, Asahi Ward045-954-60311045-955-4411
Izumi Ward Government Office, Family Registry Division2nd floor, Izumi Ward 2nd floor 201st045-800-2341045-800-2508
Isogo Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionIsogo Ward City Hall 2F 6th floor045-750-2341045-750-2535
Kanagawa Ward Government Office, Family Registry Division107th floor, Kanagawa Ward 1F 107045-411-7031045-324-3586
Kanazawa Ward Government Office, Family Registry Division205th floor, 2nd floor, Kanazawa Ward045-788-7731045-70-5234
Konan Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionKonan Ward City Hall 2F 20th045-847-8331045-841-1281
Kohoku Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionKohoku Ward Hall 2F 24th floor045-540-2250045-540-2260
Sakae Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionSakae Ward City Hall Main Building 1F 11th floor045-894-8340045-894-3413
Seya Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionSeya Ward Office 2F 23rd floor045-367-5641045-362-1488
Tsuzuki Ward   Government Office, Family Registry DivisionTsuzuki Ward   City Hall, 2nd floor045-948-2251045-948-2259
Tsurumi Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionTsurumi Ward City Hall 2F 4th floor045-510-1700045-510-1893
Totsuka Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionTotsuka Ward City Hall 2F 4th floor045-866-8331045-862-0657
Naka Ward Office-Family Registry DivisionNaka Ward Office Main Building 2F045-224-8291045-224-8289
Nishi Ward Office-Family Registry DivisionNishi Ward Office 1st floor, 6th045-320-8331045-324-5855
Hodogaya Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionHodogaya Ward City Hall Main Building 1F 1st floor045-334-6231045-35-6781
Midori Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionMidori Ward Hall 2F 24th floor045-930-2247045-930-2255
Minami Ward Government Office, Family Registry DivisionMinami Ward City Hall 2F 11th floor045-341-11115045-341-123

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