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Byodo-In Temple

Oahu, HI
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Byodo-In Temple, Oahu Hawaii

Description

Byodo-In temple, a glorious replica of the same-named 950 year old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a serene place. The stunning Koolau mountains that back it add to its majesty. The large jade-green pond that fronts it adds a glassy mirror and green green grass to the foreground of the blissful view. The vegetation all around, including many Norfolk pines, is so tropical and wonderful- it is a joy to walk around and take it all in.
The temple was built in the 1960s, the 100th anniversary of the arrival of immigrant sugar-cane workers from Japan to Hawaii. If you haven't learned much about this, watch the movie "Picture Bride," a fascinating film that reveals what life was like for these workers.
Come in the morning when the mountains are lit by the sun and their ridges are highlighted. Ring the deep-toned bell as you enter. Walk up the little path to the gazebo and small waterfall. Watch a black swam glide amongst hundreds of orange and white koi under little pond bridges and around the glassy pond.
Inside the temple is a giant golden statue. You remove your shoes before entering the temple.
Apply some mosquito repellent before you arrive as there are plenty of mosquitoes in this lush place. It's not as bad as other spots though, so you can possibly get by without it (I left with only one bite!).
This is a photographer's paradise. Definitely come in the morning when the sun will be behind you as you take photos of the temple and its mountainous backdrop.
This is the location of scenes from the TV show "Lost" during episodes that flash back to Sun's life. It is the Korean home of her powerful father, for whom her husband Jin does dubious work.
Other sites featured in "Lost" are: Spitting Cave, Kualoa Ranch, and Waimea Falls Park.
After your visit, have a refreshing swim at Lanikai Beach.

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The incredible location of the temple!
The incredible location of the temple!
View as you drive in to the Valley of the Temples.
View as you drive in to the Valley of the Temples.
Wonderful mountains and tropical trees.
Wonderful mountains and tropical trees.
The temple is set in a lush paradise!
The temple is set in a lush paradise!
The red bridge that leads to the temple.
The red bridge that leads to the temple.
A boy rings the bell at the entrance.
A boy rings the bell at the entrance.
The pond in front of the temple with pretty, green banks.
The pond in front of the temple with pretty, green banks.
The nice, chunky banks of the pond.
The nice, chunky banks of the pond.
A tourist checks out the koi in the pond.
A tourist checks out the koi in the pond.
Intricate details of the roof.
Intricate details of the roof.
Steps to peaceful gazebo.
Steps to peaceful gazebo.
Waterfall.
Waterfall.
A serene setting.
A serene setting.
Black swam amongst koi.
Black swam amongst koi.
The bell, amongst tropical foliage.
The bell, amongst tropical foliage.
Pond and flowers.
Pond and flowers.
Looking across the bank to the gazebo.
Looking across the bank to the gazebo.
Lush green valley and girl walking over red bridge.
Lush green valley and girl walking over red bridge.
A monk bows before the Buddha and then stands for a photo.
A monk bows before the Buddha and then stands for a photo.
The Buddha, and ornamented ceiling.
The Buddha, and ornamented ceiling.
Tall Norfolk pines.
Tall Norfolk pines.
Looking from the temple across the pond to the entry bridge.
Looking from the temple across the pond to the entry bridge.
A peacock by the temple.
A peacock by the temple.
Koi and flowers- abundance!
Koi and flowers- abundance!
A child enjoys watching the many koi!
A child enjoys watching the many koi!
Misty mountains.
Misty mountains.
Roof and weathervane.
Roof and weathervane.

Directions

Byodo-In Temple is located at 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe HI 96744, in the back of the Valley of the Temples. Call (808) 239-8811. 

Take the Kahekili Hwy (Hwy 83) through Kaneohe. North of Kaneohe you will find the Valley of the Temples.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for children, cash only.
Open 9-5 daily. 

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Visitor Ratings

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Tnmusicman
07/18/2012 19:34
My parents worked here for a year or so. It\'s a gorgeous place. I miss it very much.

Bronson
10/22/2009 20:25
more than I ever dreamed of

Last Updated Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:51:57 GMT