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Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe

4.6
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Must see · Religious Site · Landmark
A replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple, Byodo-In Temple welcomes visitors from all faiths. The temple serves as a place for worship and meditation. Discover a 3 m (9 ft) statue of Lotus Buddha inside, painted in gold and coated with gold leaf. Visit the Japanese gardens with peacocks, black swans, turtles, and frogs. Pay attention to the three-ton brass bell near the entrance, which is said to purify the mind and bring positive things to those who ring it. On the temple's grounds, you'll discover a reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. If you go inside, remember it is customary to remove your shoes. Arrange to visit Byodo-In Temple and other attractions in Kaneohe using our Kaneohe online travel planner.
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  • Loved this place. It was beautiful, so many amazing pictures. This is totally worth the visit. Reading all of the information around the first Japanese to come to Hawaii was very cool.  more »
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  • Beautiful replica of a Japanese temple. There is a giant bell you can line up to ring and a bunch of fish and birds to feed (some will fly right up to your hand!). It is close to the mountains so it does rain often, but the rain did not detract from the experience.
  • This is a place you really should visit at least once! The surroundings are stunning and tranquil, but not all of the visitors are (some people took ringing the giant bell as a personal challenge to make the most noise), so you may not find a chance to meditate unless you wander off a bit. The gift shop has the usual things, but there were a few vendors scattered on the premises were locally-crafted items that are more worth you attention and money.

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