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.
Byodo-In Temple Reviews
I have been to the larger Byodo-In Temple outside of Osaka, Japan and this setting on Oahu is spectacular! The smaller replica is beautiful and the setting is so peaceful. If you saw the movie... more »
We had a great time at the temple, feeding the fish and birds and checking out the nice gift shop. It has a very peaceful feeling to it. You can also ring the chime which is fun. There are statues... more »
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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