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The Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe

(4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
A replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple, The 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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Byodo-In Temple and other Kaneohe attractions using our handy Kaneohe itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • We have been trying to get out to the Windward side for over 10 years to see this place and have never had the time. We recently had some guests and decided to make the trip out. Unfortunately, the te...  more »
  • It's far less than the temples in Japan, perhaps because there were no practicing Buddists around. However, the grounds are lovely and the koi and bullfrogs were plentiful. Kids are very welcome.  more »
  • We went to this temple as part of a private circle tour. It is a replica of one found in Japan. Our tour guide gave us a lesson in how to ring the huge bell on site and hear it from a little gazebo up...  more »
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  • By far my most favorite spot on the island. So beautiful and only a few bucks for the entrance fee. They also give a packet of koi food to military members who show their ID (great for the kids). Insider tip, bring some dried cat food. The complex this temple is on (valley of temples) has about 100 cats who just wonder around. I've bought a giant bag of cat food before we went the last two times. My daughter loves feeding them.
  • This was such a beautiful place. You could fall the positive energy You habe so many interesting things around the temole, including the national cemetery. The cemetery is segregated by nationality and religion which was very interesting but it is worth driving around and stopping to see the individual tombs and the temple.
  • What a beautiful, tranquil oasis. We visited the majestic temple with its mountain backdrop recently. It was a wonderful way to experience the serenity associated with Buddhism, even though the temple is non-denominational. The huge bell which we tried to ring, the gorgeous lake, complete with unruffled black swans and the giant Buddha made for an unforgettable and beautiful memory. Thank-you so much for allowing us to share in your glorious oasis. We will be sure to tell anyone visiting Oahu to make the journey to you!
  • I have been there twice and both times it was breath taking. I love all the landscape, the architecture, and all the koi fish! This place is so serene and beautiful. Also, they filmed some scenes from lost here which was really cool!
  • Beautiful and so peaceful - I could live here, if possible. Wish other tourists would be more respectful inside the temple though... great place if you love History and Japanese Culture.