President Eyring Rededicates the Tokyo Japan Temple
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, presided over the rededication of the Tokyo Japan Temple in three sessions on Sunday, July 3, 2022. He was joined by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who has strong ties to Japan. A rededicated temple in Tokyo "is a great thing for this nation," said President Eyring. "It is a great thing in the world to have a temple of God. I feel grateful just to be here." The temple was first dedicated over 40 years ago as the 18th temple in operation. It closed nearly five years ago for extensive renovations including the construction of a new four-story annex that houses a visitors’ center, chapel, area and mission offices, and a family history center.
Open House Begins for the Tokyo Japan Temple
A Media Day event was held on Monday, May 30, to initiate the open house for the Tokyo Japan Temple. "This is a special opportunity to come and see the temple in the great city of Tokyo," said Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "It is a sacred place for us because we consider it the 'House of the Lord'." Elder Stevenson will host invited guest tours during the first week of the open house until it opens to the public on Friday, June 3. Tours will conclude on Saturday, June 18, with no tours held on Sundays. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency will preside at the rededication on Sunday, July 3, 2022, following a youth devotional held the evening prior. Watch a virtual tour.
Tokyo Japan Temple Open House and Rededication Announced
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.
Visitors' Center Opens at the Tokyo Japan Temple
On January 5, 2022, the Tokyo Japan Temple visitors' center opened to the public. The first floor exhibit, entitled "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," features huge back-lit photographs that give visitors the sensation of being in a room of the temple. On the second floor, the "Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ" exhibit shows that Jesus Christ is at the center of the work performed in temples. The room is decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures. Watch a short video showing the assembly of the exhibits.
Video Updates on the Tokyo Japan Temple
The Open House and Rededication Committee for the Tokyo Japan Temple has an active social media team that is keeping members up to date on the preparations being made for the temple opening events. A handful of videos have been produced including a tour of the annex building, an interview with the committee coordinators, and a collection of beautiful exterior footage of the temple and grounds.
Tokyo Japan Temple Annex Building Dedicated
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, the annex building next to the Tokyo Japan Temple was dedicated for use by the members of the Church in Japan. The immense facility is equipped for transmitting broadcasts and houses a full meetinghouse with two stake suites and five ward suites, area offices, two mission offices, a visitors' center, patron housing, a family history center, and an underground parking facility with space for about 100 vehicles. Take a walking tour of the new facility lead by a pair of young men. The rededication of the temple is delayed until large public gatherings are deemed safe.
Welcome to the Tokyo Japan Temple
The protective wrappings have been removed from the stunning gold entrance doors that will greet patrons to the Tokyo Japan Temple. Work continues on the adjacent annex, which incorporates a large underground parking facility. The driveway into the facility has been striped and the bordering retaining walls faced with stone. Beautiful landscaping surrounds the buildings, featuring the elements of traditional Japanese gardens.
Take a Walk Around the Tokyo Japan Temple
The construction and landscaping portion of the Tokyo Japan Temple renovation is nearing completion. Watch a three-minute video (best seen in full-screen mode) taken along the perimeter of the property, showcasing the beautiful landscaping around the temple and annex building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no open house or rededication dates have been determined.
Tokyo Japan Temple Monument Sign
Stone monument signs have been installed on the grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple and annex building. The bilingual markers feature large Japanese lettering with small English translations. The annex building is described as a meetinghouse, an office for the Asia North Area, and a patron facility. The rock-faced garden areas around the temple are filling in with green plants and trees.
Landscaping Progress at the Tokyo Japan Temple
New landscaping along the southwest side of the Tokyo Japan Temple is incorporating the elements of a traditional Japanese garden including an irregular-shaped pond that could potentially be suitable for koi fish, carefully placed rocks to capture the essence of nature, a traditional pagoda-style stone lantern, and trees and flowers yet to be planted—all surrounded by a garden fence. Along the northeast side of the annex, numerous trees have been planted at street level.
Water Feature Installed at the Tokyo Japan Temple
A large attractive water feature has been installed on the grounds of the Tokyo Japan Temple. The curved concrete will be clad in stone and/or tile that complements the exterior of the building. It features a waterfall on one end and what appears to be a spray ring or spray nozzle in the circular component. Renovation of the temple and construction of the new annex are anticipated to be completed early next year.
50th Anniversary of the Tokyo Japan Stake
Renovation continues on the Tokyo Japan Temple in the 50th anniversary year of the organization of the Tokyo Japan Stake. It was the first stake in Asia, established on March 15, 1970. Five years later, President Spencer W. Kimball announced plans for the Tokyo Japan Temple at an area conference held on August 9, 1975. Once the prophet's words were spoken by the interpreter, the congregation broke into spontaneous applause. They lifted their hands high in support of the proposal and wiped away tears of gratitude.
Cladding of Tokyo Japan Temple Annex Building Completed
The removal of scaffolding and debris netting from the annex building next to the Tokyo Japan Temple has revealed the recently clad exterior of the structure. The multipurpose facility bears some architectural similarities to the temple including the columns that flank the main windows. Trees are also being planted atop the roof, similar to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Construction at the temple complex is expected to be completed later this year with a public open house held next year. President Hideki Aoki and his wife, Setsuko, have been re-called to serve as temple president and matron.
Enclosing the Tokyo Japan Temple Annex
The primary focus at the Tokyo Japan Temple complex is the work of enclosing and completing the new multistory annex. The hulking frame of the building stands directly northeast of the temple and is being clad in stone that coordinates with the temple. The beautiful side-by-side buildings will serve as a center of worship for the Saints throughout the Tokyo region.
Annex Rising Next to Tokyo Japan Temple
Stretching the entire block from southeast to northwest, the multi-level annex building under construction next to the Tokyo Japan Temple will be a massive upgrade to the former annex built in 1986. With the exception of the Chinese embassy, the Church now owns the entire block where the temple stands, having acquired properties and added supporting facilities over the past four decades. The temple was originally designed to be constructed on the narrow site of the former mission home. However, through a miraculous set of circumstances, property was acquired on either side, allowing for a more substantial and functional temple including small adjoining annexes for temple workers and patrons.
Multipurpose Annex Will Complement Tokyo Japan Temple
Renovation activities continue at the nearly 40-year-old Tokyo Japan Temple including the construction of a new multipurpose annex over the location of the previous white brick building. The new facility is designed in a similar style to the temple including the exterior paneling and long slender windows. It will rise to the same height of the temple as a companion building. The former surface parking and parking garage have been replaced by an underground parking facility. The temple grounds will have a more open feel with the removal of the wrought-iron perimeter fence.
Angel Moroni Returns to the Tokyo Japan Temple
Numerous members in Tokyo gathered to the Tokyo Japan Temple yesterday to witness the installation of the angel Moroni statue atop the spire. The temple closed approximately 18 months ago for an extensive renovation project. Members look forward to the reopening of the temple and to participating regularly in temple ordinances.
Exterior Renovations Underway at the Tokyo Japan Temple
Renovation work at the Tokyo Japan Temple has progressed to the temple exterior, which is covered from top to bottom in debris netting. Alterations are expected to the exterior appearance of the building, which may include replacing the precast stone panels.
Renovations Announced for Four Temples in Japan, the United States, and Paraguay
The First Presidency has announced that four temples will close later this year for extensive renovation projects. In October 2017, the Tokyo Japan Temple, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, and Memphis Tennessee Temple will close. The Asunci n Paraguay Temple will follow in November 2017. The Tokyo temple is expected to reopen in 2020 and the rest in 2019. Closures have also been announced for Washington D.C. and Oakland.
Tokyo Temple and All Missionaries Ok After Quake
Shock waves felt in Tokyo from the Sendai quake caused Moroni to swivel, but the temple appears to have sustained no structural damage. All missionaries in Japan are safe and accounted for.