Holy Sites

THE WORLD SHRINE (Motosu Hikari Ōkamu no Miya)

The shrine for the Creator

The construction of the World Shrine (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. (The shrine is currently undergoing major renovations.)


“The Second Noah’s Ark”

Aiming to realise a world of love and harmony that transcends religious denomination

The Second Shrine was inaugurated in November 2020, under the guidance of the third oshienushi, Kōō Okada, who initiated the construction of the Second Shrine in order to enshrine Su God, the Creator, while a major renovation of the World Shrine is undertaken. The Second Shrine is a sacred space that is used to hold divine ceremonies. It is also a multipurpose facility that will be made available for use by the public to hold local cultural events. It will also be used as an evacuation centre in times of emergency. Systems have been installed to produce energy from renewable energy resources such as solar and biomass in the form of wood. Furthermore, systems have been installed to generate and store hydrogen. Utilising multiple renewable energy resources, this building has begun operating as Japan’s first ‘new energy facility.”

HOURS: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

*The Second Shrine is 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


A sacred site to venerate the souls of the holy masters —the axis of a spiritual network

Inaugurated in the foothills of Mount Kurai, Hikaru Shinden is the memorial monument for the founder and first oshienushi (spiritual head), Kōtama Okada, and Seishuden is the memorial monument for the second oshienushi, Keishu Okada. The design of the monuments is based on shrines in Tikal, one of the major sites of the Mayan civilisation. The monuments are symbolic of a coming heaven-like civilisation and an expression of gratitude and reverence towards the holy masters.


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 Tuesday and Wednesday except during public holidays. Closed during the winter (December to February)

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

CONTACT: http://h-am.jp TEL (81) 577-33-5881


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 at the Youth Centre from across the world to participate in training of their spirit.


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:


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) 577-33-5678

Caring For The Environment

We believe that humanity has a responsibility to live in harmony and co-prosperity with nature. Sukyo Mahikari is engaged in a range of initiatives to promote the transition to a sustainable society. Sukyo Mahikari aims to contribute to the development of a carbon-neutral society centred on renewable energy. In order to achieve this, the organisation is engaged in initiatives including ongoing tree-planting activities and the generation of renewable energy resources such as hydroelectric, solar, and biomass in the form of wood.