Oahu’s Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple
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?


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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

3 comments

  1. The Temple is worth the visit. Some might have seen posts about being hard to find, most don’t tell you it is in a cemetery. The cemetery alone is interesting. We visited on a day of VOG so the mountains were hard to see but that added to the setting. We may go agin on another visit. It is a beautiful setting and very peaceful. Well worth the trip.

  2. @Annette – yeah, it’s certainly tucked back in there. Sheila included directions and map so others don’t get lost. ;-)

    I agree, it’s definitely worth the trip and will probably always stay on GVH’s top things to see on Oahu.

  3. That does look pretty surreal, and certainly not something most people think of when visiting Hawaii. It looks like a welcome getaway from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, and whenever we make it back to the other islands, we’ll be sure to add this and some of your other Oahu suggestions to this list of things we didn’t see on our honeymoon.

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