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The Tokyo Japan Temple (formerly the Tokyo Temple) (東京神殿 Tōkyō Shinden) is the 20th constructed and 18th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, it was the first temple built in Asia. It has a compact style that was a precursor for later buildings in urban areas, such as the Hong Kong China and Manhattan New York temples



On Sunday, 17 July 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.'”[1]


On 9 August 1975, at a Tokyo area conference, Spencer W. Kimball, then President of the Church, said at a conference in Tokyo:

And now we bring to you a matter of grave importance to all of the people of the Asian countries and the world. Yesterday, we held a meeting of the stake presidents and other leaders to consider this very serious matter. Brother Matthew Cowley, one of the Twelve Apostles, made a prediction that there would be temples in Asia and in Japan. And many of us have been almost holding our breath until the time could come when we could build a temple in this land. We, therefore, propose to you assembled here that we establish a temple in Tokyo, Japan, for all of Asia.[2][3]


The temple was built on less than half an acre, on the site of the former mission home in downtown Tokyo. The mission home had to be demolished for the temple construction to proceed. Construction started immediately after demolition. No public Groundbreaking or Site Dedication was held.

Demolition of the mission home started on 5 April 1978, and by 10 August the footings, pilings and basic foundations for the temple were already complete.
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.

Open House

An open house was held 15 September through 18 October 1980, to allow the public to see the interior of the new Mormon temple. Visitors to the public open house of the Tokyo Japan Temple numbered about 48,000, an average of 1,600 per day for each of the 30 days of the open house. Some visitors attended in the robes of their religion.


Church president Spencer W. Kimball dedicated the Tokyo Japan Temple October 27, 1980 across 7 sessions.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

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


The First Presidency announced the closure of the Tokyo Japan Temple for extensive renovations. The temple closed September 29, 2017. The renovations will help maintain functionality, efficiency, and beauty. The temple will receive mechanical upgrades along with updates in finishes and furnishings. The Renovations are expected to be completed in 2020. Once the renovations are complete, a public open house and rededication services will be announced. While the temple is closed, Latter-day Saints will be able to attend neighboring temples.[4]



The temple site is .46 acres in a beautiful residential area across from the historical Arisugawa Memorial Park. The site works well because it is near the embassy and is only a five-minute walk from the subway station. The site had previously been used by the Church as a mission headquarters, but it was demolished to make room for the temple. The temple was designed to go up instead of out because land is scarce in the area. A parking garage is underneath the temple and an apartment for the temple president and matron is above the temple.

The temple has a total floor area of 52,590 square feet, two ordinance rooms, five sealing rooms, a baptismal font, Celestial room, and facilities for offices, laundry, and other necessities of the temple. The exterior of the temple is reinforced concrete covered with 289 pre-made panels of stone, which looks like light gray granite.













Spires and Moroni




On December 10, 2004, a ceremony was held in which 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.[5]


Individuals and Contractors

Architect Emil B. Fetzer
Architect Masao Shiina
Project Manager
Sadao Nagata
Construction Superintendent Yuji Morimura
Contractor  Kajima Corporation

Sources and Links

External links

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  • Wikipedia

Additional Articles


  1. [1]Carol Moses, “To Build a House of the Lord,” Tambuli Oct. 1980: 7.
  2. [2] Spencer W. Kimball, “We Propose That We Establish a Temple … ,” Tambuli, Oct. 1980, 2
  3. [3]Adney Y. Komatsu, “Faith and Works in the Far East,” Ensign Nov. 1975: 88.
  4. [4]“Four Mormon Temples Will Close for Renovation”, Newsroom, LDS Church, April 10, 2017
  5. [5] David van der Leek, “Tokyo Temple – Angel Moroni,” Online posting, 18 Dec. 2004, 19 Dec. 2004

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