Byodo-In Temple

Discover the serene Byodo-In Temple in Oahu’s Valley of the Temples, a replica of Japan’s ancient Byodoin Temple, featuring lush gardens, koi ponds, and a majestic Amida Buddha statue.

Byodo-In Temple is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kaneohe on Oahu, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Byodo-In Temple, nestled in the lush Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe on Oahu, Hawaii, is a serene and picturesque attraction. This non-denominational Buddhist temple is a must-see for visitors seeking a tranquil experience amidst Hawaii’s natural beauty.
  • Highlights: The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodoin Temple in Uji, Japan, and features a striking red Phoenix Hall surrounded by koi-filled ponds and meticulously landscaped Japanese gardens. The temple’s peaceful atmosphere and stunning architecture make it a unique oasis on Oahu.
  • Activities: Visitors can explore the temple grounds, marvel at the 18-foot-tall Amida Buddha statue, and participate in traditional Buddhist practices such as ringing the Bon-sho (sacred bell) for happiness and blessings. Additionally, guests can feed the koi fish and stroll through the serene gardens.
  • Information: Byodo-In Temple is open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The entrance fee is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children (ages 2-12). The best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon when there are fewer crowds and the lighting is ideal for photography.
  • History & Significance: Byodo-In Temple was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It serves as a symbol of cultural exchange and friendship between Japan and Hawaii, and is a place for meditation and reflection for people of all faiths.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, plan to spend at least an hour exploring the temple grounds and gardens. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes. Lastly, remember to observe the posted rules for respecting the temple’s sacred spaces, such as removing your shoes before entering the Phoenix Hall.

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