Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Okinawa Japan Temple

Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; groundbreaking scheduled for December 2020
Okinawa Japan Temple

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7-11, Matsumoto
Okinawa Shi, Okinawa-ken


7 April 2019

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

December 2020 by Takashi Wada


0.5 acres

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire

Total Floor Area: 

10,000 square feet

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Ground will be broken for the Okinawa Japan Temple in December 2020. Elder Takashi Wada, president of the Asia North Area, will preside at the service. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a half-acre parking lot adjacent to an existing meetinghouse, which will be remodeled to include a patron waiting area. It will be the fourth temple built in Japan, joining the Tokyo Japan Temple, Fukuoka Japan Temple, and Sapporo Japan Temple. Due to local government social-distancing guidelines, attendance is by invitation only. Photos and video of the event will be available to the media and public on the Church Newsroom after the groundbreaking services.["Groundbreakings Announced for Temples in Guatemala and Japan," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 22 Sept. 2020.]

Temple Design

The Okinawa Japan Temple will be a two-story building of approximately 10,000 square feet. Plans also call for a temple patron arrival center to be added to an adjacent existing meetinghouse.

Temple Rendering

On May 25, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Okinawa Japan Temple was released.

Temple Site

On May 25, 2020, the location of the Okinawa Japan Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed in Okinawa City near the Kadena Air Base, adjacent to the meetinghouse for the Okinawa Ward. Its location just off the Okinawa Expressway will make the temple easily accessible from locations throughout the island.1

Temple Announcement

On April 7, 2019, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct Japan's fourth temple, the Okinawa Japan Temple, at the 189th Annual General Conference. Okinawa Island is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands—an island group that stretches from Kyushu, the island where the Fukuoka Japan Temple is located, to Taiwan, the island where the Taipei Taiwan Temple is located. The Church has had a presence in Japan since 1901 and is now home to nearly 130,000 Latter-day Saints. One stake and one military district operate in Okinawa, which is famous for having some of the longest living people in the world.2

Temple Facts

The Okinawa Japan Temple will be the fourth temple built in Japan, following the Tokyo Japan Temple (1980), the Fukuoka Japan Temple (2000), and the Sapporo Japan Temple (2016).

  1. "See What the New Temples in Guatemala and Japan Will Look Like," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 May 2020.
  2. "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Apr. 2019.

Fukuoka Japan Temple
88th dedicated temple in operation
Sapporo Japan Temple
151st dedicated temple in operation
Taipei Taiwan Temple
31st dedicated temple in operation
Tokyo Japan Temple
18th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; construction nearing completion