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

Okinawa Japan Temple

Groundbreaking ceremony held on 5 December 2020
Okinawa Japan Temple

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Location

7-11, Matsumoto
Okinawa Shi, Okinawa-ken
Japan

Announcement: 

7 April 2019

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

5 December 2020 by Takashi Wada

Site: 

0.5 acres

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire

Total Floor Area: 

10,000 square feet

Groundbreaking Ceremony

"Despite the small gathering, we are extremely grateful as we meet to consecrate this island for the building of a holy temple this day," said Elder Takashi Wada, Asia North Area president, who presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Okinawa Japan Temple on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on half-acre parking lot next to an existing meetinghouse that will be remodeled to include a patron waiting area. In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Wada prayed, "Please watch over the people on this island; may all be inspired by thy spirit and recognize the eternal significance of this sacred project."1


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.2


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.3


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. "Okinawa Japan Temple to ‘Bless the Entire Community’," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Dec. 2020.
  2. "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.
  3. "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; completed; public open house and rededication to be announced when large public gatherings deemed safe; annex building dedicated on 10 January 2021