Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe

Byodo-In Temple
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,866 contributions
Sep 2021
...about this temple five years ago after I had met my university professor here for a small jazz concert. There was a Japanese lady named Mihoko who was performing back then. Dr Cook, who is too into jazz, was telling me that Mihoko hires the musicians herself, so she could have these little concerts and perform in front of a public audience - sort of paying to perform. We both agreed that Mihoko doing this was both sad and extremely attractive at the same time, especially in the wonderful backdrop of this temple. I kept think about Mihoko today when I revisited. It wasn't that crowded and I was able to take my time and amble about the temple at my own pace. I lit some incense for Doris, Michael, Paula, and Stan in front of the large wooden Lotus Buddha they have inside. I also stopped and spoke with another attractive lady who was sitting at some desk trying to sell graves or plots or something like that for the cemetery this temple is located in. Actually she trying get me to tour the columbarium they have inside the temple because she sells niches there as well. I told her I'm planning on going to Punchbowl and the VA is going to take care of it all - I hope they do. Anyway, after my peaceful hour here at the temple, I walked around the cemetery grounds and got in some good exercise. And right before I started writing this review, I looked-up Mihoko on internet and sent her an email asking where and when is the next time she is planning to perform. Yea, that would be nice.
Written September 24, 2021
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Maztec
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We arrived on a Friday midday about 11a. The parking lot was full so we were directed to park up the hill. Parking there was also limited there so we ended up having to walk about .5 mi to get to the entrance. So be prepared and wear comfortable shoes. I wore flip flops and had sore feet and wish I had worn tennis shoes instead. The location access for tourists is limited but you are able to enter the temple (shoes must be removed) and light incense and have a private moment alone to pray or whatever it is you'd like to do with respect. It is a small path open for tourist through the temple so you literally walk in about 8 ft then do your thing and then another 6 ft walk out another door. The bell ringing was unique, and very spiritual, with the exception of having about 40 people behind me in line staring and waiting their turn lol my family of 6 trekked up a small path to the meditation point and that was something! We were all able to sit in a circle and meditate for about 3 minutes undisturbed. It is difficult to fully grasp the spiritual connection with so many people at the site. Even with the new covid restrictions there were a lot of people and mask enforcement was slim to none. We are tourists ourselves but there were some groups who were just tacky and classless. Some with no respect for personal space, who rather than scoot to the side as they walk on a narrow path barrel straight through your group.. Those people were few and there were plenty who were respectful and pleasant so it outweighed the bad. A MUST DO if you have young kids - Spend the $2 and get the fish food!! I bought 5 bags for my 4 kids and it was not a disappointment!! When you throw a small amount into the pond the fish go crazy! They jump and flip to get it - it is such a sight! The same food can be given to the birds as it is just a plant based snack for them lol The birds will actually come up and eat it out of your hands! My 5 yr old daughter had 4 birds on her arm and a flock eating from her hand she was in absolute amazement!!! We saw turtles in the pond and a lizard decided to photo bomb us on bench near some vegetation! It is only $5 to get in and it was worth it. Not a whole lot to see but it is what you make of it. We spent 1.5 hrs there and we lingered quite a bit longer than most. May be difficult for those with strollers or wheel chairs as the terrain was rough in some areas and there were stone stairs to the meditation area. Bathrooms were available tho not very well kept. There's a fun photo booth and a small gift shop (think about the size of an 8x8 shed). Prices are high for most souvenirs but there is some really beautiful items and the proceeds are for a good cause. they do have bottled drinks like water and sodas. Overall a good experience, a definite must see. It sits at a memorial grounds with beautiful mountain back drop, your going to love it!
Written September 12, 2021
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greengirl68
Eden Prairie, MN729 contributions
Nov 2021
It's a beautiful spot. I loved the bell and felt privileged to ring it. The koi are amazing and plentiful. The black swan is gorgeous. Our guide said we could feed the fish or birds with the food. I had a handful of pretty little zebra doves enjoying the treats. I wish I had a photo.

I recommend going as early as you can, especially if you want to ring the bell. When we got there it was pretty empty. By the time we left, buses had shown up and people were swarming into the temple. At that point you might have to wait a long time to ring the bell (if you get to at all) and getting a picture without being photo bombed is nearly impossible.
Written November 10, 2021
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RockieHazel
Sydney, Australia280 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This temple area is quite small and fairly crowded when we visited. The temple itself is quite photogenic in front of the lush green mountains. Entry is $5 and you can buy fish food for $2 to feed the abundant koi they have in their ponds.
Written April 14, 2022
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Holdtheair
Waikiki, HI2,194 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This temple is located 10 miles from Waikiki and depending on traffic congestion can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes.

This attraction is located in the "Valley of the Temples." Parking here is very limited but you can park along the road, just heed the "no parking signs."

It's $5.00 admission for adults & $4.00 for senior's 65+. As you walk across a footbridge you get your first glance at this sacred temple. You also come into view of the temple's giant bell, which you can ring and take pictures.

The "highlight" is the giant buddha inside, which stands out to visiting guests who enter. You must remove your shoes prior to entering the room. The statute itself is the second largest outside of Japan.

There is a "zen garden" which is well manicured and overlooks the large koi pond. For a small fee, you can feed the fish but this also seems to work with the other wildlife.

There is an abundances of wildlife that we encountered during our visit to include, swans, ducks, wild chickens, turtles.

There is a small gift shop, which is located on the grounds and restrooms in the rear.

In closing, everyone is welcome and bring enough cash because there is no ATM machines on sight.
Written January 9, 2020
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA226 contributions
Dec 2021
This smaller replica of a UNESCO Buddhist temple in Japan, is always an enjoyable visit. We found parking, and paid the small entrance fee. Crossed the bridge and got in line to ring the “peace bell.” Yes, for the obligatory selfie, but do read about the tradition, and meanings. Show respect, don’t get carried away. There is actually a neighborhood just behind the trees, (I bet they can hear it all day long).

The serene grounds with a reflecting pond in front, add to the beauty of this sacred spot. Swans glide back and forth, plenty of photo opps, including the colorful shrine. The Valley of the Temples includes cemeteries of various denominations, with a few impressive memorials. It was overcast on this visit, the previous times having sunny skies. If you enjoy culture, architecture, or even just nature, put this on your itinerary.

Mahalo
Written March 26, 2022
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Bean-Buggles
Plumsteadville, PA361 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We really enjoyed this temple. It is in an absolutely gorgeous location and bery peaceful. There is a peace bell that people can ring, a small gift shop where you can buy food to feed the ducks along with other items, and a path around and thru the temple. Traffic to enter the temple is one way and you have to remove your shoes and keep voices hushed. There in incense inside in front of the massive buddah that you can light. There are a few vendor stands along the path. You’ll notice trees with little pieces of paper on them, which are fortunes that you can buy in the gift shop. The fortunes have a small key slot to place a donation for them, you do not pay at the counter. If you get a negative fortune you are supposed to tie it to the tree. luckily our family of four chose all positive fortunes so we got to keep them instead of leaving them behind. For my kids, their favorite part of the temple was feeding tge ducks, lighting the incense in front of the buddah, and ringing the bell. The adults enjoyed the sheer beauty and peacefulness of the temple. Recommend if you’re in the area. There was a small fee to enter.
Written September 12, 2021
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Nels A
Gaithersburg, MD179 contributions
Feb 2022
This temple visit is well worth the $5 per person cost to see it. Go as early as possible if you want to see it without a crowd of people as it is popular and a stop for tourist busses and there is limited parking. We arrived shortly after it opened and were able to get a few pictures without anyone in them.
Written February 18, 2022
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Nostalgiyeah
Bellevue, WA1,625 contributions
Dec 2020
Peaceful Buddhist temple located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, just a few minutes drive from Honolulu. This is a perfect place to escape the hustle of Waikiki! The gardens are beautiful. The flowing streams surrounding the temple and the abundance of beautiful koi fish in the ponds are aesthetically calming. There is a giant Buddha statue at the center of the temple, which is a highlight of the place. As you enter the temple complex, there is a large bon-sho or 'sacred bell' which the visitors are invited to ring to bring peace and happiness. There are a number of informative plaques erected at various points along the walkways. There is a $5 entrance fee per person (credit cards are accepted).
Written December 27, 2020
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Aloha, We really appreciate your beautiful & picturesque review of the ByoDo-In Temple grounds. It is always great to hear when visitors enjoy their time here. Hope you get to come back!
Written December 29, 2020
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NorCal-traveler08
Orangevale, CA1,828 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I have been to the larger Byodo-In Temple outside of Osaka, Japan and this setting on Oahu is spectacular! The smaller replica is beautiful and the setting is so peaceful. If you saw the movie Pearl Harbor the temple is in a scene just before the bombing occurs. It is $5 to enter and only takes about 15 minutes to see everything. It is located in the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe(it is a cemetery so don't think you are in the wrong place. Signs will direct you. After seeing Byodo-In drive to the top of the hill for wonderful ocean views.
Written February 7, 2020
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Aloha, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the temple. We appreciate your positive review and the time you took to visit, please come back anytime!
Written February 9, 2020
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