151st Operating Temple Dedicated in Sapporo, Japan
Japan's third temple, located on the island of Hokkaido, became the 151st operating temple of the Church today. President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the Sapporo Japan Temple in three dedicatory sessions broadcast throughout the country.
Stage Built for Sapporo Temple Cornerstone Ceremony
A temporary stage has been constructed at the southeast corner of the Sapporo Japan Temple where the cornerstone ceremony will be held on dedication day, scheduled for Sunday, August 21. Approximately 13,000 guests participated in the two-week public open house held in July.
The Unique Design of the Sapporo Japan Temple
Discover the numerous Japanese design elements incorporated in the Sapporo Japan Temple by watching a newly created video presentation about its architectural details. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, August 21.
Sapporo Japan Temple Opens to Public This Week
Beginning Friday, July 8, the public is invited to tour the interior of the Sapporo Japan Temple during an open house that continues through Saturday, July 23. Free reservations are requested. Unable to attend? Take a virtual tour of the temple.
Reservations Now Available for Sapporo Japan Temple Open House
Those wishing to tour the new Sapporo Japan Temple may obtain free tickets for the open house through the online reservation system. The temple will be open to the public July 8–23, 2016.
Sapporo Japan Temple Open House Tickets
Free reservations for guided tours of the Sapporo Japan Temple will be made available online beginning Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. JST (Japan Standard Time). The open house will be held Friday, July 8, through Saturday, July 23.
Sapporo Japan Temple Is Picture Perfect
With less than six weeks before its public open house, the Sapporo Japan Temple is undergoing final preparations to greet guests at this new House of the Lord. View a beautiful aerial photograph of the temple complex.
Furniture Deliveries at the Sapporo Japan Temple
With interior work wrapping up at the Sapporo Japan Temple, large delivery trucks are now arriving with furniture and other furnishings. The parking lot has been striped, and preparations are well underway for the temple opening events.
Sunset at the Sapporo Japan Temple
Day turns to night at the Sapporo Japan Temple—beautifully illuminated by gentle nighttime floodlighting. The temple will become the 151st operating temple of the Church and the 3rd operating temple in Japan when it is dedicated on August 21.
Sapporo Japan Temple Entrance Now Visible
The main entrance to the Sapporo Japan Temple has been shielded from view for months behind white construction sheeting, which has recently been removed. The beautiful new temple will hold an open house and dedication this summer.
Opening Dates Announced for the Sapporo Japan Temple
The First Presidency has announced that the open house for the Sapporo Japan Temple will begin on Friday, July 8 and continue through Saturday, July 23, 2016. The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, August 21, preceded by a cultural celebration the evening before.
Sapporo Japan Temple Committee Assembled
As the Sapporo Japan Temple moves into the final months of construction, a local committee has been organized to begin preparations for the temple opening events, including the open house and dedication. No dates have yet been announced.
Nighttime View of the Sapporo Temple Complex
With exterior floodlighting now operational, the Sapporo Japan Temple has become a stunning nighttime landmark in this bustling city of nearly two million people. Temple housing and mission office buildings are seen in the foreground.
Sapporo Japan Temple Exterior Lighting
At the Sapporo Japan Temple, tests are underway of the exterior lighting system, which beautifully illuminates the architectural details of the temple and its multi-tiered spire. The temple can be easily seen from several major roads in Sapporo.
A Wintery Day at the Sapporo Temple
Heavy snowfall at the Sapporo Japan Temple has accented the building's beautiful architecture with crisp white lines.
A Temple on the Atsubetsu River
A new photograph of the Sapporo Japan Temple captures its beautiful setting on the Atsubetsu River. The temple is the third in Japan.
Majority of Scaffolding Removed from Sapporo Japan Temple
With its exterior nearly complete, the Sapporo Japan Temple is a beautiful sight for passers-by. The sacred edifice stands near a local landmark known as Rainbow Bridge—a colorful pedestrian bridge.
Sapporo Japan Temple Perimeter
New plants and decorative rock-faced walls now surround the Sapporo Japan Temple site. The temple features details inspired by traditional Japanese architecture.
Landscaping Progress at Sapporo Japan Temple
More and more trees are appearing around the Sapporo Japan Temple site as workers shift their focus from the buildings' exteriors to the buildings' interiors and grounds. The distinctive edifice will be the third operating temple in Japan.
Housing Facilities at the Sapporo Japan Temple
The exteriors are complete for the three housing facilities that surround the Sapporo Japan Temple. One building will be for the mission office and mission home, another for temple missionaries, and the third for temple patrons.
Sapporo Japan Temple Gardens
New trees and plants are appearing at the Sapporo Japan Temple site where landscaping efforts are well underway. A large pond near the temple entrance will feature large boulders that have been decoratively placed in the pond bed.
Summertime at the Sapporo Japan Temple
The leaves are green and the skies are blue at the Sapporo Japan Temple where construction is advancing swiftly. Scaffolding is coming down as the exterior nears completion with the obvious exception of the cornerstone.
Sapporo Japan Temple and Housing Facility
New photographs of the Sapporo Japan Temple complex show the progress that has been made on the Temple Missionary Housing facility that stands behind the temple next to the new mission office and mission president residence.
Angel Moroni Installed Atop Sapporo Japan Temple
The traditional gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was lifted into place atop the Sapporo Japan Temple this morning. Yesterday, a large crane hoisted the temple's single spire over the center of the building where it was fastened into place, and scaffolding was erected.
Spring Arrives at the Sapporo Japan Temple
With the coming of spring, flowering trees are now abloom near the site of the Sapporo Japan Temple. The majority of the temple has been faced with exterior stone and landscaping efforts continue on the grounds. Installation of the spire is anticipated.
Sapporo Japan Temple Spire Awaiting Installation
The spire that will be attached atop the Sapporo Japan Temple is on site, surrounded by scaffolding and awaiting installation. Work on the entrance pond continues, which will feature boulders surrounded by water. Satellite imagery of the temple complex is now available.
Stonework and Window Installation in Sapporo
Construction progress on the exterior of the Sapporo Japan Temple is now visible, as a portion of the sheeting that has surrounded the temple for months has been removed. Several windows have been installed and stonework attached.
Sapporo Japan Temple Tower Base
The removal of sheeting from the scaffolding that surrounds the Sapporo Japan Temple tower has revealed the work that has been accomplished on assembling the tower base. A long spire will eventually be attached to the base.
Capstones Revealed at Sapporo Japan Temple
With a portion of the scaffolding and sheeting removed from the Sapporo Japan Temple, construction observers can now see the white capstones that have been installed atop the roof. Similar Japanese-inspired stonework will be added shortly.
Pouring Concrete at the Sapporo Japan Temple
Concrete pours have reached the third level of the Sapporo Japan Temple, which is kept warm by a protective layer of sheeting that surrounds the building. Sapporo is the fourth largest city in Japan and hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics.
Preparing for Sapporo Japan Temple Spire
Scaffolding has appeared atop the roof of the Sapporo Japan Temple, as preparations are made for installing the spire framework. When visiting the site, workers can be heard inside the temple, though they are shielded from view.
New Year's Day at the Sapporo Temple Site
A new year dawned at the Sapporo Japan Temple this morning where construction continues on the five buildings that comprise the complex. The temple only lacks a spire to complete the exterior shape of the sacred structure.
Snow Returns to Sapporo Japan Temple Site
Faithful photographers continue to document construction of the Sapporo Japan Temple, despite the deterrent of winter weather. The roof for the mission office has recently been installed, and laborers can be heard working inside the temple.
Sapporo Japan Temple Retaining Wall
The large retaining wall along the perimeter of the Sapporo Japan Temple site is being faced with a light-colored stone. Work on the temple proper is shielded from view by a tenting material that surrounds the building.
Saturday Evening Update on Sapporo
The latest information on the construction of the Sapporo Japan Temple is given in a video update (in Japanese) taken on Saturday, November 8.
Another Day at the Sapporo Temple Construction Site
The sun hangs low in the sky at the Sapporo Japan Temple, following the conclusion of stake conference on Sunday, October 26. Scaffolding surrounds the entire structure as work continues on erecting the exterior walls of the building.
Video Update on the Sapporo Japan Temple
Filmed Sunday, September 28, this video of the Sapporo Japan Temple site points out the new roof structure for the Arrival Center and gives commentary (in Japanese) on other progress.
Utility Work at the Sapporo Japan Temple
A large crane is lifting construction materials into the rising exterior walls of the Sapporo Japan Temple as workers make initial utility runs. A mock-up stands near the temple that displays the exterior façades for the various buildings on site.
Pouring Exterior Walls for the Sapporo Japan Temple
Peering through the trees that line the campus of Hokusei Gakuen University, the rising exterior walls of the Sapporo Japan Temple can be seen as a mix of concrete, forms, and rebar. Construction can also be viewed from nearby Rainbow Bridge.
Apostles Visit Japan
A recently produced video (in Japanese) and newsletter document the visit of Elder Cook and Elder Christofferson to Japan in late May including close-up shots of the construction progress of the Sapporo Japan Temple.
Steel Beams Peek Over Berm in Sapporo, Japan
A pair of steel beam structures has appeared at the Sapporo Japan Temple, which can been seen rising over the berm on the eastern side of the site. The beams will hold the temple spire, which will stand over the center of the building.
Sapporo Japan Temple Walls Rising
Work progresses on the exterior walls for the Sapporo Japan Temple, where concrete forms are in place and scaffolding has been erected. A concrete pad has been poured for the mission office, and tarp fencing surrounds the housing buildings.
Preparing to Pour Main Floor Walls in Sapporo
Tall columns of rebar are being surrounded by concrete forms in preparation for pouring the main floor exterior walls of the Sapporo Japan Temple. A black waterproof coating has been applied to the foundations of other buildings on site.
Forms and Rebar Rising at Sapporo Temple Site
While foundation walls are yet to be poured for the mission office and missionary housing, rebar is rising above ground level for the patron facilities at the Sapporo Japan Temple site, and a pair of girders has been erected for the temple itself.
Subgrade Work Resumes at Sapporo Temple Site
Unencumbered by winter weather, laborers at the Sapporo temple site have assembled catwalks and delivered rebar and utility conduits to the five buildings concurrently under construction. The mission office pad is seen in the foreground.
Sapporo Site Covered in Snow
Winter weather has slowed activity at the Sapporo temple site where below-grade work lies under blankets of snow, eager for spring sunshine.
Preparing for Sapporo Japan Temple Foundation Walls
A blanket of snow covers the Sapporo Japan Temple site where progress has been made toward foundations for the temple and its supporting structures including housing facilities, residences, a mission office, and an arrival center.
Excavation Underway at Sapporo Japan Temple Site
With building permits secured, major excavation efforts are now underway at the Sapporo Japan Temple site. The temple will rise near Rainbow Bridge—a beautiful pedestrian bridge with a soaring arch and colorful circles along the railings.
Gathering Building Permits for the Sapporo Japan Temple
Construction at the Sapporo Japan Temple site continues as work permits are issued for the various construction activities. Permits have already been granted for a building demolition, retaining wall, and site grading. A building permit for the temple foundation was issued on September 28.
Trees Arriving at the Sapporo Japan Temple Site
Activity at the Sapporo Japan Temple site has picked up in recent days with the arrival of various species of trees and shrubs. Trees will be planted throughout the grounds, which will also feature a beautiful pond on the east side of the temple and water features on the other three sides.
Retaining Wall Up at the Sapporo Japan Temple Site
Blocks for the retaining wall at the Sapporo Japan Temple complex have been set in place, and a bright blue material has been carefully laid on the ground as a dust control measure. A nearby mock-up structure models the process for attaching exterior stone to the temple.
Retaining Wall Gets Started in Sapporo, Japan
On the northern island of Hokkaidō, Japan's third temple will soon rise in the capital city of Sapporo. Construction work continues with the installation of large retaining blocks. Several buildings are planned for the site including the temple, an arrival center, and housing facilities.
Mockup Erected at the Sapporo Japan Temple Site
At the construction site of the Sapporo Japan Temple, a mockup stands next to a staging area, which will be used for teaching and demonstrating as the various buildings in the complex are constructed including the temple, an arrival center, patron and missionary housing, and mission offices.
Site Preparation Underway at Sapporo Japan Temple Site
With the demolition of an existing structure completed, site preparation activities are underway for the Sapporo Japan Temple, including removal of vegetation and site grading. The temple will stand on the northern island of Hokkaidō next to Hokusei Gakuen University.
Construction Equipment Arrives at Sapporo Japan Temple Site
Eighteen months after the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Sapporo Japan Temple, construction has begun in earnest at the site where a fence has been erected, a trailer pulled on site, and stakes driven into the ground in preparation for site grading and excavation.
Signs Posted at the Sapporo Japan Temple Site
Hope of impending construction is rising at the Sapporo Japan Temple site where two signs have been posted including one that displays the site plan details. The Saints of Hokkaidō have been eagerly awaiting construction since ground was formally broken on October 22, 2011.
Ground Formally Broken for Japan's Third Temple
On Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m., Sapporo Saints and special guests gathered at the site of the Sapporo Japan Temple to participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking of Japan's third such edifice. The temple will serve members on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaidō.
October Groundbreaking Set for Sapporo Japan Temple
The joyful news of the Sapporo Japan Temple groundbreaking is spreading quickly among members following an announcement at a recent fireside and a posting on the official Church website for Japan. Services will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011.