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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Sukyo Mahikari


The huge headquarters of the Sukyo Mahikari religious sect dominates the mountainous skyline to the west of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.

Sukyo Mahikari World Shrine, Takayama, Gifu

The World Shrine (Suza) is believed by followers of Sukyo Mahikari to enshrine the Su God, the creator of the universe.

The building, completed in 1984 at a reported cost of USD 500 million, is monumental in size topped with a large red globe (munadama) and contains many symbols and features that may be familar to followers of other religions.

The two Towers of Light resembles Islamic minarets, the Star of David and the Wheel of Dhamma is much in evidence and there is a reconstruction of the Quetzalcoatl Fountain from Mexico in the courtyard of the building.

The scarlet interior Great Hall of Worship (no photography allowed) is reminiscent of a massive North Korean movie theater. Adult visitors receive a small shot of local sake after their visit to the Great Hall of Worship.

Quetzalcoatl Fountain

Founded by Okada Yoshikazu (1901-1974), aka Okada Kotama, in the 1960s, Sukyo Mahikari is a mystifying, convoluted fusion of Japan-centric Buddhist, Christian and Shinto beliefs and appears to have much in common with another "new religion" Omotokyo.

Okada, an ex-army officer, seemingly Nazi sympathizer and committed Japanese imperialist, supposedly began receiving divine revelations from God in 1959, and it is these "revelations" that are the basis of the cult's creed.

Sukyo Mahikari World Shrine rises above the rooftops of the local neighborhood, Takayama, Gifu

A central feature of the cult is the ritual practice of "purification by divine light" (okiyome), in which a divine, healing light is transmitted from the palm of an initiate to another believer and the wearing of a locket (omitama) after new members have attended a three-day, paid initiation course.

Sukyo Mahikari, now lead by Okada's adopted daughter Keishu Okada, rejects much of modern medicine and promotes a form of organic farming (yoko agriculture).

There are estimated to be around 300,000 followers worldwide of Sukyo Mahikari with centers in Australia, the USA, Africa and South America.


Sukyo Mahikari
World Shrine
6-83 Kamiokamoto-machi, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0055
Tel: 0577 34 7008

Takayama can be reached by express train from Nagoya Station in just over 2 hours. The World Shrine is about 25 minutes on foot from Takayama Station on national highway 158.


  1. Hello.

    I have been a member of Sukyo Mahikari in the United States for over 20 years now and have never experienced anything that would define this noble spiritual path as a "cult." Even my mother joined in her late 60s, as she enjoyed receiving the light energy and the welcoming atmosphere of our center. This practice brought her peace. The light has also helped me tremendously.

    Please consider visiting any of our centers, which are located throughout the United States and the world. Our North American website is www.sukyomahikari.org.

    Our mission is to make the world a better place in which to live. The light energy is purifying and energizing. We welcome all those who are searching to receive this Light. There is no hidden agenda here.

  2. Can someone please tell me the address of Nagoya Dai Dojo? Phone? My email is Janaka7@gmail.com

  3. This is the information from the Sukyo Mahikari website 中京方面指導部 Tel: 052-203-8518

    1. Thanks Soccerphile for the message anyway. Website does not have details of Nagoya.

    2. Angelo, 052 is the telephone area code for Nagoya. If you search for 崇教真光名古屋 using Google a map with a Sukyo Mahikari place appears near Kanayama Station. The address in English is 〒460-0022 Aichi-ken, Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku, Kanayama, 4−3−11

  4. Very grateful for your help. But I hear its in a big building; with many levels.

  5. @Soccerphile; Very grateful for your efforts. That address on google-maps shows a small building. Can it be a Dai Dojo?

  6. 崇教真光愛知大修験道場 Sūkyōmahikari Aichidai shugen dōjō is at 1 Chome-3-24 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 460-0003

  7. Angelo, Apologies I deleted your last comment by mistake. I found the information by searching in Japanese on Google. I also recognized the symbol.

  8. It is not true at all that Sukyo Mahikari rejects much of modern medicine, the visit to the doctor is always an advise when somebody has any illness, but of cpourse it prevends on the abuses of pills, innecessary surgery and side effects of quemistry


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