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

Tokyo Japan Temple

18th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; preparing for public open house beginning 3 June 2022; scheduled to be rededicated on 3 July 2022

Closed for Renovation

Scheduled to be rededicated on July 3, 2022
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Tokyo Japan Temple

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5-8-10 Minami Azabu
Tokyo  106-0047


NO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


9 August 1975

Construction Commencement: 

10 April 1978

Public Open House: 

15 September–18 October 1980


27–29 October 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball

Public Open House: 

3–18 June 2022


3 July 2022 by Henry B. Eyring


0.46 acres  |  0.2 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Structural steel and reinforced concrete faced with 289 panels of precast stone, having the appearance of light gray granite

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two instruction rooms, five sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

52,590 square feet  |  4,886 square meters

Temple Open House and Rededication

A public open house for the renovated Tokyo Japan Temple will be held beginning Friday, June 3, 2022, through Saturday, June 18, 2022. No tours will be held on Sundays, June 5 and 12, 2022. On Saturday, July 2, 2022, a youth devotional will be held in a nearby meetinghouse. The temple will be rededicated on Sunday, July 3, 2022, in three sessions held at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency will preside. Both the youth devotional and rededicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the temple district.1

Temple Renovation

The Tokyo Japan Temple closed on September 29, 2017, for an extensive renovation project that will include significant changes to the interior, exterior, and auxiliary buildings. The historic temple, the first in Asia, was dedicated in 1980. The renovation will be followed by a public open house and rededication ceremony. Temple patrons will be accommodated at the Fukuoka Japan Temple and Sapporo Japan Temple. No renovation details have been made available to the public.

Temple Locale

The Tokyo Japan Temple is located in one of the loveliest residential areas of Tokyo across from the lush vegetation of historical Arisugawa Memorial Park. The site was chosen for its location near many schools and embassies. Transportation to the temple is excellent, as only a five-minute walk is required from the Hiroo subway station. Next door to the temple is an annex building that functions as a meetinghouse and a patron housing facility.

Temple Facts

The Tokyo Japan Temple was the first temple built in Asia (and in Japan).

The Tokyo Japan Temple was originally named the Tokyo Temple.

The Tokyo Japan Temple is one of only two temples where a traditional groundbreaking ceremony was not held. (The other is the Paris France Temple.)

The Tokyo Japan Temple was built on the site of the former mission home. Additional property was successfully acquired on either side, allowing for a more beautiful and functional building to be designed and adjoining annexes to be added for worker apartments and patron housing.

The Tokyo Japan Temple has a basement and four floors. As originally constructed, the two ordinance rooms and celestial room were located on the 4th floor; the chapel, five sealing rooms, and ordinance worker space on the 3rd floor; the dressing rooms, bride's room, and residence for the temple president and matron on the 2nd floor; the lobby, temple offices, youth center, clothing rental, cafeteria, laundry room, and distribution center on the 1st floor; and the baptistry and mechanical area in the basement.

Visitors to the public open house of the Tokyo Japan Temple numbered about 48,000. Some attended in their religious robes out of respect for the temple.

On December 10, 2004, a gilded statue of the angel Moroni was added to the previously statueless spire of the Tokyo Japan Temple.

On July 23, 2005, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Tokyo causing the trumpet in the hand of the angel Moroni on the Tokyo Japan Temple to be knocked to the ground. The temple sustained no major damage.

Temple History

On Sunday, July 17, 1949, Elder Matthew Cowley made the first prophecy regarding the Tokyo Japan Temple at the dedicatory services for the old Tokyo mission home—the site where the temple now stands. Elder Harrison Ted Price, a missionary serving in the Northern Far East Mission, recorded in his journal: "In this prayer, he told of countless blessings from the Lord that have been enjoyed here to date, and went on to prophesy—'there will someday be many church buildings—and even TEMPLES built in the land.'"2

President Spencer W. Kimball announced the building of the temple at a Tokyo area conference held August 9, 1975. Before the prophet could complete his announcement, the congregation broke into spontaneous applause. They lifted their hands high in support of the proposal and wiped away tears of gratitude.3

Mission President Harrison T. Price, who was present as a missionary for Elder Cowley's dedication of the mission home and prophecy of the temple in 1949, was called to supervise demolition of mission headquarters to make way for the temple.4

One of the contractors was suprised to learn the building project was a temple. He recognized that the Buddhist and Shinto religions built shrines and temples and that Christian churches built meetinghouses and cathedrals, but he had never heard of a Christian church building a temple. He was told the temple would be "a sacred building, a holy house, where the glorious work of salvation for the living and the dead would be carried out, where baptisms for the dead and other ordinances would be performed to bring about the joining of wife to husband, children to parents, for the living as well as the dead, and where families would be sealed together for time and for all eternity."5

On December 10, 2004, an angel Moroni statue was added to the spire of the temple, as witnessed by hundreds of applauding onlookers. Although rain was forecasted for the 10th, the day was beautiful and clear. The scaffolding was taken down the following week, revealing a more beautiful and magnificent temple than before.6

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Open House Announced for the Tokyo Japan Temple," 23 Mar. 2022.
  2. Carol Moses, "To Build a House of the Lord," Tambuli Oct. 1980: 7.
  3. Adney Y. Komatsu, "Faith and Works in the Far East," Ensign Nov. 1975: 88.
  4. Richard O. Cowan, Temples to Dot the Earth (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Incorporated, 1997) 183.
  5. Adney Y. Komatsu, "The House of the Lord," Ensign, Nov. 1983: 27.
  6. David van der Leek, "Tokyo Temple - Angel Moroni," Online posting, 18 Dec. 2004, 19 Dec. 2004 .

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88th dedicated temple in operation
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156th dedicated temple in operation
Sapporo Japan Temple
151st dedicated temple in operation