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Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Kaneohe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Perth, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was probably our own fault but we found the temple really disappointing. It took us nearly three hours to get out there on public transport and two hours to get back to Waikiki and to be honest we were expecting something grander the way people were harping on about it. The entry price is good, $3 per person and... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

As you turn from a main street with retail stores, it's hard to imagine a place of such beauty and spirituality so close by! The grounds we passed going in are a cemetery, with different styles of grave markers in different areas. We parked and crossed a bridge, and saw the temple. It's a beautiful, traditional Japanese style building, with... More

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Denver, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I know friends in Hawaii who have never been here. When I lived here it was one of my favorite places and I never go home without visiting there. The temple and the grounds are beautiful. There's a cool black swan in the lake. If you have kids, go in to the gift shop and buy some fish food so... More

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Kingman, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I came to the temple specifically for the Bon-Sho (sacred bell), which I love. The temple grounds are beautiful, if a little worse for wear due due to the amount of traffic the temple sees. Easy enough to find, decent parking and certainly worth the $3.00 admission. Driving through the cemetery to get to it should put most folks in... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A real Japanese Buddhist Temple that is absolutely breath taking. Lots of ground to explore as well.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

It is all the way in the back. Beautiful setting. Kids enjoyed ringing the bell and feeding the fish. But the ponds are empty. Was free to get to and $8 to enter. Well worth it for party of 4.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is an actual Buddhist temple. There are people that come and do their meditations in front of the 9 foot tall Buddha inside the temple. The structure of the temple is amazing! Also, the plants and the trees are just breathtaking. They truly take care of this place. There is a $3 fee, but it is cheap for the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a place. From the moment you approach the facility, you feel the pure calm that is embodied in this place. The architecture is impressive. The grounds are very nice and the setting is a bit of paradise. The surrounding memorial park is just beautiful. Inside the temple is a great statue that was very impressive. You gain a true... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great place to go visit if you'd like to see a calm and scenic part of Oahu. It's only $3 to get in. The views and history of the temple are neat. You can even pack a lunch and eat there. Great photo opportunity. It's peaceful, I highly recommend this if you want a break from the crazy Waikiki crowds.

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Pago Pago, American Samoa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

In all our years of going to Hawaii we always thought this place was just a cemetery, so we were pleasantly surprised when we went, The temple grounds are just like you see in movies or pictures of Japan. Even the drive through the cemetery had us all commenting on the different sections and how peaceful it was. The sound... More

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