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Here’s what awaits visitors inside Byodo-In Temple

The Byodo-In Temple of O’ahu is hidden in the Kahalu’u Valley, at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains, in the valley of the Temples Memorial Park, amidst lush green gardens. The monument, which was erected on June 7, 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese in Hawaii, represents the vitality of the Japanese population of Hawaii.

The Byodo-In Temple in Oahu is a replica of the over 950 year old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Byodo-In Temple is a Buddhist temple that invites people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its beauty. Contrary to common belief, it is not a fully functioning Buddhist temple as it lacks a community of resident monks and an active congregation. Here’s everything visitors need to know.


What’s inside Byodo-In Temple?

Thousands of devotees from around the world come to Byodo-In Temple every year, and all faiths are encouraged to participate in its rituals.

A wooden image of Amitābha, the Lotus Buddha, covered in gold and lacquer, stands 18 feet (5.5 meters) inside Byodo-In Temple.

There is a three-ton brass peace bell hanging outside. Large Koi ponds, covering two acres, can be found around the Temple.

Lush Japanese gardens surround the ponds, with the towering cliffs of the Ko’olau Range as a backdrop. Birds such as sparrows and peacocks call the gardens home.

The area of ​​the temple is 11,000 square meters, and the grounds, enchanting and sacred, are also frequently used for wedding ceremonies by locals and foreigners in Japan.

Byodo-In Temple is famous for more than its tranquility

The grounds are a beautifully planted paradise filled with wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese Koi fish, hidden in a crevice of the pali.

There is a large pond for reflection, quiet corners for contemplation, and a few waterfalls to complete the scenic setting. Visitors often remark on the beauty, tranquility and calming effect the destination has on them.

In several episodes of Five-O’s from Hawaii and Magnum, IP, the Temple has played an important role in history. Also, in the first season episode, ABC’s “House of the Rising Sun” Lostthe Temple and its gardens served as the setting for the home of Sun’s father.

Additionally, the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Honolulu was named Hawaii’s Top Official Memorial Temple by the Official Best of America television show in 2017 and 2018.

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National Geographic also recognized the temple as one of “20 of the Most Magnificent Buddhist Temples in the World” in 2019, praised for its stunning architecture and awe-inspiring location.

What to Know About the Island of O’ahu, Home of the Byodo-In Temple

O’ahu lives up to its nickname, “The Gathering Place,” with its abundance of activities and friendly locals.

The majority of Hawaii’s multicultural population lives on the island, which is the third largest in the state, where they have created a unique synthesis of East and West that is grounded in customs and traditions. beliefs of the native Hawaiian people.

Exploring O’ahu, from its thriving cities to its laid-back beach towns, is a delight due to the stark contrast between the island’s historic and modern cultures. The island of O’ahu offers a wide variety of areas to visit, activities to participate in, dining establishments for all tastes, and memorable places to stay.

O’ahu’s beaches offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for extreme water sports, a place to learn to surf calmer waves, a scenic sunset backdrop, or a place to take the kids. children swim.

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There’s more to see along Hawaii’s 112 miles of coastline than famed Waikiki Beach and the high-octane winter waves of the North Shore.

Hanauma Bay on O’ahu is a fantastic destination for divers. The bay has a marine education center where guests can learn about the marine environment before diving.

Manoa Falls is another place in Hawaii that served as the backdrop for Jurassic Park and Lost, and it’s also one of the best hikes on O’ahu.

Given the high likelihood of missing beautiful native plants without a guide on this trip, it’s worth hiring one.

The magnificent Manoa Falls, a 150ft waterfall with a beautiful pool, are the reward at the end of the hike.

  • Things to know before you go: Daily operating hours for the temple grounds are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guests will no longer be permitted to enter the temple grounds after 4:15 p.m.
  • The Temple is holy; therefore, please refrain from loud conversation. When entering the Temple, please take off your shoes.
  • How to get there: Byodo-In Temple is about 30 minutes northeast of Honolulu by car. Take bus 8 from Waikiki’s Kuhio Avenue to Ala Moana Center, then bus 65 to Kahekili Expressway / Hui Iwa Street East to get there using public transportation. Cross the Kahekili Highway to walk to the Valley of the Temples and the Memorial Park.
  • Admission fee: General admission to the Byodo-In temple site is $5.00 (13-64 years old), $4.00 (65+ years old), and $2.00 (children) (2-12 years old). Group pricing is pre-booked for ten or more people.