Announcement:7 April 2019
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:December 2020 by Takashi Wada
Architectural Features:Single attached end spire
Total Floor Area:10,000 square feet
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.]
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.
On May 25, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Okinawa Japan Temple was released.
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
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
- "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.
- "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Apr. 2019.