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Review of Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple
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$98.00*
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Kaneohe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed December 4, 2012

If you've never visited a Buddhist temple or Japanese garden, then you will likely enjoy this. Having visited many temples in my life (most which were completely free too), this one was a big let down. The temple itself, as well as the grounds, are small and not particularly well-kept. There was very little signage to explain anything about the temple or the surroundings. The most interesting thing about this temple is the bell that you can ring when entering--of course, you will have to queue up with the busloads of other tourists to wait your turn.

2  Thank ersatz
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

No doubt the visit to Byodo In Temple was one of the highlights of our recent visit to Oahu. As we rented a car to run around the island, which we consider the best option, the temple is easily accessible and surely leave a mark on your hawaiian experience. Feed the fish, ring the bell, admire the view and light incense to the Buddha and your day will be lighter.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

On the Kahekili Hwy (83) on North Oahu is an unlikely attraction. In the back of the Valley of Temples, which is a cemetery, is a replica of the 950 year-old temple in Uji, Japan. This replica was built in the 1960’s to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrant workers arriving in Hawaii.

The temple and grounds are like taking a mini-trip to Japan. The background of the Ko’olau mountain range and the large pond filled with koi and swans lull you into serenity. The temple is still used by worshipers, and the custom is to ring the large bell before entering.

There is a $3 entry fee with is collected before you enter the grounds. At the entry to the cemetery, just let them know you are going to the Byodo-In.

Insiders tip: Across the street from the entrance to the Valley of the Temples is Ninja Sushi, we had very good and reasonably priced sushi there. It’s just a strip mall restaurant, but the food was great.

1  Thank John K
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I've lived in Oahu for over a year and would have never guessed this beautiful temple was located in the back of a cemetary. It backs up to the mountain and is in a beautiful setting with a really large coy pond.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

So glad we read the reviews otherwise we might have overlooked this little gem. Loved the beauty, the temple, the setting, and the ponds with the huge koi. Took only 1 hour to view including seeing the temple, giftshop, and feeding the fish.

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