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Byodo-In Temple
Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple

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47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

The Basics

Constructed in 1968 to commemorate the centenary of the first Japanese arrivals, Byodo-In Temple is a popular place for Buddhist communities from both Hawaii and Japan to celebrate together. Although it’s not a practicing temple, visitors are welcome to wander the peaceful grounds. Check out the golden Buddha believed to be the largest of its kind carved outside of Japan, and the brass bell cast in Osaka and reputed to mirror the original bell hanging in the original Japanese temple. Or, stop by the meditation pavilion, or the reflection pond filled with hundreds of koi.

Many circle-island tours include the temple.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Amazing
CarlosManuel_R, Jun 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Amazing tour! Best views of Hawaii. Mountains, beaches, and nature in general are the jewels of this tour
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Charlie the amazing tour guy
Alejandra_E, Jun 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
The tour was amazing!!! More than what we expected! Our tour guys Charlie was amazing, making sure we felt that Hawaii vibe and we didn’t felt rush going from one place to another! He made sure that my family and I were satisfied and content! He made sure that everyone from my family was entertained and made everything FUN! And my kids are not easily amazed! Which he did a pretty good job! I would give Charlie and the tour 100 stars!! Well recommended!
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Circle Island Tour
Sean_P, Jun 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Charlie was a fantastic tour guide! He was friendly and knowledgeable about the island. Despite booking a similar tour the day before, he was able to show us new places and catered to our needs. The customer service was incredible, thanks Charlie!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Byodo-In Temple is a must for travelers interested in Japanese culture and architecture.

  • There’s a small entrance fee.

  • As the temple is a sacred space, be respectful and speak quietly.

  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple.

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How to Get There

Byodo-In Temple is about a 30-minute drive northeast of Honolulu. To get there by public transit, take bus 8 from Waikiki’s Kuhio Avenue to Ala Moana Center, then bus 65 to Kahekili Highway / Hui Iwa Street East. Walk across Kahekili Highway and enter the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

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When to Get There

The grounds are usually open every day except Christmas. The temple hosts regular events featuring musicians and artisans—see the website for details.

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Valley of the Temples

The Byodo-In Temple is situated inside the beautifully landscaped Valley of the Temples. Much of the park is a cemetery honoring people of different faiths, including the heroic Chinese military leader General Chang Hsueh-liang, who died in Honolulu.

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