Revel in a Sense of Serenity at the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu
Nestled at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains, the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park draws people year-round. The non-practicing Buddhist Byodo-In Temple on Oahu captivates visitors and locals alike with its serene atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to meditate, relax, and revel in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Continue reading to learn more about the temple. Then, check out our complimentary Vacation Guide for more attractions to add to your list of things to do and see on the island!
All About the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu
History & Significance
Built in 1968, the Byodo-In Temple serves as a replica of the over 950-year old Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan, which also happens to be a United Nations World Heritage site! The construction of the Oahu replica commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to arrive in Hawaii. Visitors from around the world spend time admiring the beauty and tranquil aura at this unique attraction.
How to Spend Your Day
If you include a visit to the temple in your Oahu itinerary, be sure to check out the following highlights of the temple:
The Amida Buddha
Admire the golden Buddha, named Amida, located within the temple. The famous Japanese sculptor, Masuzo Inui carved this marvelous figure. Be sure to take your shoes off before entering the Hoo-do, or Phoenix Hall, because it is considered a place of worship!
Bon-sho (Sacred Bell)
The Bon-sho, Sacred Bell, was cast with a mixture of bronze and tin in Osaka, Japan. The tone of the bell is said to cleanse the mind of evil and temptation and resounds with a message of deep calm and peace.
The Meditation Pavilion
Spend time pondering your visit, admiring the beautiful scenery, or thinking about the next Oahu excursion on your to-do list beneath the Meditation Pavilion. You can find it on a hill behind the temple.
Koi make their home in the ponds throughout the property. Guests can purchase fish food from the gift shop to feed the fish! Additionally, visitors can expect to see peacocks, black swans, turtles, frogs, and other animals on the temple grounds.
The Tea House Gift Shop
What used to be a traditional Japanese tea house is now a gift shop that sells miniature temple bells, Buddha statues, local artists’ works, and more!
Events & More
Be sure to check the temple’s events calendar! They often host concerts, classes, workshops, and more throughout the year.
Hours & Admission
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The last entrance to the grounds is at 4:45 p.m.
Admission: General Admission: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $2
They offer group rates as well!
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