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Byodo-In Temple
Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple

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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So fun loved it. Great...
Carol_H, Nov 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
So fun loved it. Great way to see the island. Definitely will share the experience with other friends and family.
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Must do!!!
Marie_M, Sep 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Great travels, lots of stops. I wish some of the stops were longer. Love the fact that there bathroom breaks.
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Tour was great, got a...
David_S, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Tour was great, got a little behind schedule because of traffic, but it is what it is. Very knowledgeable guide.
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Circle Island Tour with Temple
Keith_T, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Timely pickup and drop off. Your was terrific. Beautiful and interesting. Difficult to understand driver at times but he was very informative, funny, interesting and friendly.
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It was awesome
Irving_G, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Everything was really cool. I’ll recomend it to all my. Friends, definitivamente volveremos a la isla
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An awesome tour with a Knowledgeable Guide
Reiko_C, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Our guide was very knowledgeable about Hawaii. He kept us on track through 9 stops. Taught us about Hawaii history and meanings of Hawaiian words. Very friendly and thoughtful. I highly recommend this tour! Thank you
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Swift, attractive, and valuable experience
Chizuru_M, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Many attractions in one day! A great intro to the Oahu Island! A great and helpful driver/guide! Pick up was great!
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Great daylong ride!
Vinod_K, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Great complete tour of the island. Pack helped us take great snaps. Especially if you're visiting the island the first time and don't know where all to go. Must for first timers!
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Very nice
Bhakti_N, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
The tour guide and the driver were very good The tour is beautiful and very informative I highly recommend it
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Great way to see the island
LISA_B, Aug 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Our guide, Park, kept us well informed and had a lot of knowledge about landmarks and fun facts around the island. He also made sure we always came back to a well air-conditioned space. Thank you Viator for also not overbooking the van. We had plenty of room and traveled in comfort. We would have liked a little more time at the temple as we felt a bit rushed but overall, it was a great experience.
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Amazing Tour…Must Do!!!!
Bonita_M, Jul 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Amazing Guide, amazing stops. This is a must do if you are visiting Hawai’i. The guide will show you all the local food and shops. The breathtaking pictures are once in a life time.
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Easy and enjoyable way to see the island.
Terri_R, Jul 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Was great to be able to see the island especially since there weren’t any rental cars available. Was a little disappointed that we didn’t go to the rim of diamond head as advertised. Beautiful scenery and our guide James was stellar.

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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