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“A peaceful hidden gem”
Review of Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple
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US$98.00*
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Kaneohe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 8 February 2013

I read about the temple in a guidebook, and its tranquil setting appealed to me. Although this spot is actually across the street from a movie theater, once you drive through the cemetery and see the misty Ko'oalu mountain range looming behind the temple, you will feel like you've been transported to Japan.

There is not a lot to do/see here. For me, it was more a quick stop to enjoy some serenity and a replica of Asian architecture. At $3 p/p admission fee, it's also probably the cheapest attraction in Oahu. You can see the large Buddha status inside the temple (being sure to remove your shoes before entering!), admire the largest koi I have ever seen, and ring the enormous bell which is supposed to bring you good luck. The botanical gardens are also nearby.

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Reviewed 1 February 2013

The temple is situated at the foot of the beautiful Koolau mountains. So scenic and peaceful. Lot of people take their wedding photos here.

Thank Laverne H
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Although you have to pay to get in, it's a very serene place to spend some time in Kaneohe. The temple itself is very pretty, but the surroundings are breathtaking. You can come into the temple to meditate, or feed the ducks & geese outside. Lots of great photo ops!

Thank JessicaH980
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

Not really a touristy destination, but once you enter the peaceful temple grounds in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, you are glad its not well promoted. Byodo-In Temple is a replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a U. N. World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The lushly landscaped gardens include koi ponds and waterfalls. Wild peacocks wander as you hear the sound of the temple bell. Bring your camera and enjoy the tranquility so far removed from the crowds of Waikiki. The $3 admission fee ($1 for children) is well worth it.

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

after a couple of hours at the beautiful Ho' omaluhia botanical gardens, we drove on to byodo-in- temple in the valley of temples...entered the temple grounds after a small entry fee of $3. rang the 3 ton peace bell and admired the koi ponds, the black swans and the tame birds before entering the temple with its 18ft Buddha covered in gold leaves.. the temple is an exact scaled replica of the 900 year old Fuji Temple in Japan. It was completed in 1968 to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii. not a single nail has been used in the construction...The temple and grounds are as peaceful as they are picturesque. the gift shop has lovely but pricey artifacts

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