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Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Kaneohe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Las Vegas, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Nice place to visit. Peacocks, swans, beautiful grounds and a massive replica of Buddha. Peaceful and historic.

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Pittsford, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

You drive into a cemetary and think you are going the wrong way but this is correct! continue to the end of the road and there will be a large aprking area for the Japanese temple. Admission was $3.00 per person. Walk across a beautiful bridge to the temple grounds. Ring the large bell and give a monetary offering for... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

we didn't know what to expect before visiting this place but it was great. the temple is bigger than we thought and ringing the huge bell was awesome. lots of coi fishes and turtles in the park. you have to drive through a cemetry to get here. admission is 3$

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Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

What a surprise to find this beautiful Buddhist temple in Oahu. I would not have known without Trip Advisor. Spent an hour here and it was peaceful and meaningful. Others have given good information. My contribution is to say VISIT and it will be worth it. The photos I captured are amazing and I made one into a notecard.

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389 reviews 389 reviews
169 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I knew we had to drive through the cemetery to get to the temple and I had heard it was nice but I was expecting nice at best. My jaw dropped when we went to walk over the bridge and I saw the temple. It is far larger than I was expecting and it was breathtaking. Beautiful property, great way... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Byodo-in temple is the closest you can get to visiting beautiful Japanese temple, without visiting Japan. Therefore, do not miss it. It is conveniently located on the Kahekili Highway, on the way to the Polynesian Cultural Center and North Shore. The temple is an exact copy of a famous Japanese temple from 10th century in Kyoto. Gorgeous temple is surrounded... More

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Fenelon Falls, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is one of the most serenely peaceful and beautiful spots I've been to. Everything seems so balanced and in place. The lines and color of the temple, the towering hills in behind, the peaceful pond with its black swans, the fan-shaped palms, the Buddha, the large gong, the bridge and the gorgeous gardens. If you could picture serenity, this... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Since I never had a chance to visit the Temple the last time I was in Oahu, I decided to visit it during one of the "rainy" days due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ana. Because it was raining and there weren't any tour groups there, it was very calm and peaceful. There were probably 4-5 other people in total. It allowed... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This interesting stop inside the Valley of the Temple Memorial Park is very Zen (for lack of a better word). There is an admission fee to go inside and once you're in there, you wish you could get on a hammock and just stay there. It's very peaceful and beautiful. There's a peace bell you can ring which is pretty... More

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Portland, Oregon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

we did an island tour which included the temple. This is a reproduction of a temple. But parties still go there. The site and the temple are amazing to see. They come close to the real temples around the globe. For the culture one should visit. Ring the bell, burn some incense, say a prayer, enjoy the tranquility.

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