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Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe

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Religious Site · Landmark
A replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple, Byodo-In Temple welcomes visitors from all faiths. The temple serves as a place for worship and meditation. Discover a 3 m (9 ft) statue of Lotus Buddha inside, painted in gold and coated with gold leaf. Visit the Japanese gardens with peacocks, black swans, turtles, and frogs. Pay attention to the three-ton brass bell near the entrance, which is said to purify the mind and bring positive things to those who ring it. On the temple's grounds, you'll discover a reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. If you go inside, remember it is customary to remove your shoes. Arrange to visit Byodo-In Temple and other attractions in Kaneohe using our Kaneohe online travel planner.
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  • This small, simple, and perfectly serene Buddhist temple is not unexpectedly found in Hawaii, considering the rich immigration history of the state. The temple itself is a masterpiece and the...  more »
  • The drive up to the temple is beautiful. Park in a large parking lot beneath emerald mountains, walk across the bridge, and enjoy the spectacular temple, koi-filled lake, and colorful gardens. It's....  more »
  • The temple is located near a Japanese memorial on the windward side of Oahu. There is a koi pond outback where you can feed the birds with seed from the gift shop. The mountains behind the temple...  more »
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  • Beautiful replica of a Japanese temple. There is a giant bell you can line up to ring and a bunch of fish and birds to feed (some will fly right up to your hand!). It is close to the mountains so it does rain often, but the rain did not detract from the experience.
  • This is a place you really should visit at least once! The surroundings are stunning and tranquil, but not all of the visitors are (some people took ringing the giant bell as a personal challenge to make the most noise), so you may not find a chance to meditate unless you wander off a bit. The gift shop has the usual things, but there were a few vendors scattered on the premises were locally-crafted items that are more worth you attention and money.
  • The most magical and tranquil place I’ve ever visited. Just a short drive off the main toad, bustling with cars and McDonalds is this amazing natural area with a temple. You feel like you were transported off the earth to another land. There is a small fee to walk around the site and the money goes to maintenance of the site.
  • Beautiful Buddhist temple here in Oahu, Hawaii out in like this tropical forest in the middle of nowhere. Tranquil place to visit for some peaceful moment on your vacation. You can ring the giant bell with the log with a rope and light some incense and bow three time to Buddha if you choose. Remember to take off your shoes if you want to enter the temple.
  • One of the best places for photography...the temple is truly spectacular. Their pond allows for many interesting reflection shots. As well as sporting a couple of black swans and several fish. Food for the fish...as well as sovereigns are available for purchase in their gift shop.

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