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“Amazing and Serene”
Review of Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Definitely worth the visit if you like temples and or want some peace and quiet and time to clear your mind. Come early before all the tour buses arrive and there wont be too much of a crowd.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

The Valley of the Temples is lovely, and especially the Boyodo-In Temple. The serenity and peace seem to seep into you the instant you begin crossing the footbridge and remain long after you have left.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was a beautiful place...very spiritual. If you venture to the north shore, be sure to stop here on your way back to Honolulu.

Thank Patt H
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

A beautiful temple in a beautiful and tranquil location. Byodo-In is located in the Valley of the Temples, which is beautiful its self. Defiantly worth seeing.

Thank Kathleen P
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

For many visitors, Oahu is the place that may be a miniature version of the larger US cities. There's a lot that's going one with many of us running from one place to another. If you're tired of baking in the sun or want to slow down the pace to feel like you're on vacation, then visit the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The visit shouldn't take long if you're just stopping to take some pictures - under an hour.

The drive from Waikiki shouldn't take more than 50 minutes. As you enter the Memorial Park and drive to where the temple is located, you'll see many denominations who are resting in peace. It's neat to see a place like this where despite being a different religion, you can rest in peace.

The parking lot to the temple is large enough that it shouldn't be a problem. The admission fee is $3 per adult.

As you walk onto the grounds, you see how beautiful the landscaping is. The Bell House is to the right of the entrance. The Sunra gardens is to the left. In the center, of course, is the temple. The temple is a replica of the temple at Uji Japan. On the top of the temple, you'll see 2 phoenix on each side of the roof.

The Buddha inside the temple was quite elegant; it's Amida. There is incense that you can light. For those that want to mediate, you can. Otherwise, most just take a look and continue around the grounds.

The Bell House is fun for kids to ring, but they may need a little assistance. You're supposed to ring the bell before you enter the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha. The sound of the bell is supposed to send a message of deep calm and peace, cleansing the mind of evil and temptation.

If you want to feed the koi fish that are in between the temple and the gift shop, you can purchase it in the gift shop. I believe, it was $1 per bag. I didn't see an wild peacocks while I was there, but there were black swans.

There is some shade as you walk in between the buildings, but if it's sunny, be sure you use your sunblock. Also, bring the mosquito repellent. Those suckers don't kid around. My bites still itch!

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