Holy Sites

THE WORLD SHRINE (Motosu Hikari Ōkamu no Miya)

The shrine for the Creator

The construction of the shrine, Motosu Hikari Ōkamu no Miya (also referred to as Suza) was completed in 1984, under the guidance of the second oshienushi, Keishu Okada, who succeeded to the missions of the founder, Kōtama Okada, including his mission to build Suza. Suza is a holy place of contact between the Creator and human beings and a base for bringing the Light to the world. Everyone is welcome to visit the shrine, regardless of their religious beliefs, faith, ethnicity, or nationality.

HOURS: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

*The World Shrine will be closed to the public on days when there are private events. Please call in advance to confirm opening hours.

ADDRESS: 2-596-1 Kamiokamoto-machi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

CONTACT: Sukyo Mahikari Headquarters TEL (81) 577-34-7008


The shrine for the founder—the axis of a spiritual network

Inaugurated in the foothills of Mount Kurai in 1992, Hikaru Shinden is the shrine for the founder, Kōtama Okada. The design is based on a shrine in Tikal, one of the major sites of Mayan civilisation. The shrine is symbolic of a coming heaven-like civilization and an expression of gratitude and reverence toward the founder.


A dynamic museum exhibiting the virtues of the founder

Hikaru Museum was opened in 1999 based on the noble tenet proclaimed by the founder, “The origin of the earth is one, the origin of the universe is one, the origin of humankind is one, and the origin of all religions is one.” The museum aims to protect and promote local culture as well as foster international exchange and understanding of ancient civilisations. The museum widely showcases exhibitions of historical records and works of art. The museum’s design incorporates parks and green spaces to harmonise with its natural surrounding landscape.

HOURS: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (4:00 PM last admission)

*Closed every Wednesday and during the winter (December to February). Open during public holidays.

ADDRESS: 175 Nakayama-machi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

CONTACT: http://h-am.jp TEL (81) 577-34-6511


Nurturing leaders for the future

The founder, Kōtama Okada, invested special effort and care into youth education in order to nurture young leaders for the future. As a manifestation of the founder’s will, in 2002 the Youth Centre was established as a training facility to nurture the youth. With the aim of nurturing spiritual leaders for the future, Mahikari Youth Group members and young people gather from across the world to participate in training of their spirit at the Youth Centre.


The Hikaru Art Gallery is located in the heart of Takayama City in the Showa-cho area, near the west entrance of Takayama station. The gallery functions as an information centre for the Hikaru Museum and is host to a wide range of small-scale exhibitions from a variety of artistic genres. It is open to the public free of charge. Please feel free to visit the gallery.

For more details, please see the official website of the Hikaru Museum: http://h-am.jp/annaisho/index.html

HOURS: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*Closed every Wednesday. Open during public holidays, before ceremonies, and during the Takayama Festival.

ADDRESS: 2-105 Showa-machi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

CONTACT: TEL (81) 577-33-5881