History & Boundaries


History of the Church in Japan LDS Missionaries first arrived in Japan in 1901, with Heber J. Grant as the first mission president.  Missionary efforts continued until 1925, and included missionary work opened in Sendai and Morioka, but were abandoned until post-World War II. LDS missionaries have been serving in Japan continuously since 1948. A chart of the ever-changing History of LDS Japan Mission Names and Area Boundaries appears below.

Sendai Mission History and Boundaries The Sendai Mission was established 01 July 1974 when the Japan East Mission, which was headquartered in Sapporo and had only existed for four years, was split into two missions. The island of Hokkaidō became the Sapporo Mission and the six-prefecture Tōhoku (Northeast) region of the island of Honshū became the Sendai Mission, including the southeastern-most city of Iwaki, which had been part of the Tōkyō Mission prior to this date.

The Tōhoku-only Sendai Mission boundaries remained consistent for 27 years until 01 July 2001, when branches in Niigata prefecture, formerly part of Tōkyō North Mission, were merged into the Sendai Mission for 12 years, until 01 Jul 2013, when they once again returned to be part of the (re-created) Tōkyō Mission (Tōkyō North Mission was dissolved on that date).

Effective 01 Jul 2019, 45 years after its creation, the Sendai Mission will be dissolved. It will be split basically in half, with the northernmost Aomori, Iwate and Akita prefectures (Morioka and Aomori Districts) becoming part of the Sapporo Mission, and southernmost Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures (Sendai Stake and Koriyama District) becoming part of the newly re-created Tōkyō North Mission. Tōkyō North Mission doesn't include the Tōkyō Stake, which was shifted into the new boundaries of Tōkyō South Mission.

Mission Names and Boundaries History Over the years, border shifts, mission dissolutions, additions and consolidations have affected all missions in Japan. In 1990 there were ten missions in Japan; now there are six. These realignments are reflected in the chart below. Please feel free to address questions or corrections using a 'Contact Us' entry. 

Sources: Church Almanac, Thesis: History of Japan Mission 1901-1924 Nichols, Murray, Riding on the Eagle’s Wings: The Japanese Mission under American Occupation, 1948-52. Shinji Takagi, Ph.D.Thesis: History of LDS Church in Japan 1948-1980 Nelson, Terry G, 世紀を越えて末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会100年のあゆみ, Sendai Mission Newsroom


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