The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full article, CLICK HERE

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the public to visit the Okinawa Japan Temple, the fourth of its kind in Japan. Other temples are in Fukuoka, Sapporo and Tokyo.

A public open house will be held daily from Saturday, September 23, through October 7, except Sundays. The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, November 12, 2023, in two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the open house are available here.

A media day is being held today, Thursday, September 21, at a chapel next to the temple. Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy will address invited guests and journalists before they walk through this new house of the Lord. Invited guests will also tour the Okinawa Japan Temple on Friday, September 22.

The two-story, 10,000-square-foot temple is on a half-acre site at 7-11-32 Matsumoto, Okinawa-shi, in Okinawa-ken, Japan. A patron waiting area has been added to the adjacent meetinghouse that was completed in 2013.

Temple Exterior

The temple exterior derives from traditional Okinawan architecture. The arches over the windows are inspired by portals in traditional stone walls, like those at the Shurijo Castle, Nakagusuku Castle and Sogenji Temple.

The decorative floral band that connects the arches alludes to the traditional karamon gate. The structure consists of reinforced concrete with a granite exterior.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE