Plans to build a temple in Fukuoka were announced on May 7, 1998. It is the second temple in Japan, the first being dedicated in Tokyo in 1980. Its 1.25-acre (5,100 m2) site in Chūō-ku is adjacent to the Fukuoka Municipal Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and is also the location of a mission home and offices for the LDS Church. The temple has a single-spire design and the exterior is finished with polished Empress White and Majestic Grey granite from China, very similar to the Snowflake Arizona Temple.
A site dedication and a groundbreaking ceremony for the Fukuoka Japan Temple were held on March 20, 1999. L. Lionel Kendrick, a member of the Seventy and president of the Asia North Area, presided at the ceremony. The temple was open to the public for tours from June 1–3, 2000. Those who toured the 10,700-square-foot (990 m2) temple were able to see the Celestial room, two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms and baptistery, and were able to learn more about Mormon beliefs. LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Fukuoka Japan Temple on June 11, 2000.