A visit to Byodo-In Temple is a true feast for the eyes. Not only is the ornate temple a marvel, but the setting with the pine trees and Koolau Mountains as the backdrop is almost surreal, it’s so beautiful. That’s why I recommend a visit to the Byodo-In Temple on my list of top budget-friendly things to see and do on Oahu. It’s a bit off the beaten tourist path, but really worth the effort to see it, in my opinion.
The Byodo-In Temple was completed in 1968 to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii. It is an exact scaled replica of the 900 year old Fuji Temple in Japan. One of the most amazing things about the Byodo-In Temple is that it was built without the use of any nails. I still shake my head in disbelief when I see it.
Here are the logistics for seeing this exceptionally picturesque site:
- Byodo-In Temple is located off Highway 83 (Kahekili) at the Valley of the Temples, in the Kaneohe area of Oahu. Use this Google map for getting directions from your accommodation.
- At the entrance to the Valley of the Temples, stop at the gate to tell them you are there to visit the temple and ask for directions.
- Byodo-In is a Buddhist Temple.
- The Valley of the Temples is actually a memorial (cemetery) park, so please do be sensitive to those who are visiting the area.
- Admission to walk around the grounds and visit the temple is $3 per person, $2 for seniors. If you just wanted to snap a photo from the bridge, you can do that for free.
- Allow approximately 20 minutes for your visit.
- For fans of the TV show LOST, the Byodo-In temple played the “role” of Sun’s father’s house. (See this link for other tips on finding LOST filming locations on Oahu.)
For more photos from our visits to Byodo-In, see this link.
Have you been to Byodo-In? What did you think of it?