Visit the Byodo-In Temple

Added by Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham

Take in the beautiful scenery, meditation niches, and reflecting pond at Byodo-In Temple.

Resting at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains, the Byodo-In Temple was built to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants that came to Hawaii. This beautiful Buddhist temple is a smaller-scale replica of an over 950 year old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan.

The temple grounds host wildlife such as hundreds of koi, black swans, and peacocks replicate a feeling of being in a different country.

The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning before the tourist group buses begin to arrive. The grounds are open from 9am to 5pm daily and tourist usually arrive around 11am. I went just around 10am and there were around a dozen other visitors there with me so you could still get a sense of tranquility on the grounds. This temple is a must visit if you are traveling to Oahu and happen to be in Kaneohe.

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Cool little replica

I wouldn't make this a priority if on your first trip to Hawaii, but definitely worth a visit at some point.


Very much worth a visit; insanely beautiful backdrop. Quick stop, we probably only spent 30 minutes or so here, but it was a good place to learn a few things, take in views, and be reminded of different culltures.


If you are, or have ever been, a fan of the tv show 'Lost' you may recognize this temple! I highly recommend this stop (regardless of whether you are a tourist or resident)... I ended up spending a couple hours walking around the grounds, through the temple, and relaxing on a bench drinking a cup of coffee. Bring a book, or a friend, and enjoy the serenity of the Byodo Temple!


This place is beautiful, entrance is $3 (so cheap!) It's little but impressive, you will feel like you are in Japan, early mornings it's empty and quiet, after midday it gets busy, lots of tourists

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