9-15 Hirao Johsui Machi
Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0029
Telephone: (81) 92-525-8255
Facsimile: (81) 92-525-8256
Announcement: 7 May 1998
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 20 March 1999 by L. Lionel Kendrick
Public Open House: 1–3 June 2000
Dedication: 11 June 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 1.25 acres.
Exterior Finish: Empress White and Majestic Grey granite from China.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,700 square feet.
Located on the southern island of Kyushu, the Fukuoka Japan Temple is built into a hillside where the nearby Fukuoka Municipal Zoo and Botanical Garden acts as a lush green backdrop. The temple proper—faced with white granite—occupies the upper story of the two-story building with its main entrance opening on the elevated side of the site. The lower story—faced with a darker grey granite—is accessed from the rear and houses a mission office, mission home, temple president apartment, and parking structure.
The Fukuoka Japan Temple was the second temple built in Japan, following the Tokyo Japan Temple (1980).
The site of the Fukuoka Japan Temple was acquired when the area was remote and accessible only by an unpaved road. A former restaurant on site served as meetinghouse, which was joined by a mission home a few years later. The buildings were razed to make way for the temple. A traditional meetinghouse now serves members just a few blocks away.
Construction of the Fukuoka Japan Temple rekindled activity among numerous inactive members of the Church in the area.
The gold-leafed angel Moroni statue was affixed to the spire of the Fukuoka Japan Temple on November 8, 1999.
The public open house of the Fukuoka Japan Temple lasted just three days and attracted more than 4,800 visitors.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, who oversaw Church affairs in Asia in the 1960s, was visibly emotional during the dedicatory services of the Fukuoka Japan Temple, noting that it would probably be his last time in Fukuoka.
President Hinckley dedicated the Fukuoka Japan Temple in a historic four-temple-dedication tour that included the Adelaide Australia Temple, Melbourne Australia Temple, and Suva Fiji Temple.