People go on vacation for a lot of reasons but many times it is simply to relax. Oahu has many peaceful places to visit, with one of the most famous being the Byodo-InTemple. This serene sanctuary is tucked against the gorgeous Ko’olau Mountains and invites visitors to walk the gardens and rejuvenate your soul.
The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of a 950-year old Buddhist place of worship in Uji, Kyoto, Japan. It was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrant to arrive in Hawaii. The temple is surrounded by koi ponds and, surprisingly, was built without any nails.
The Temple grounds are a lushly landscaped paradise home to koi fish, peacocks, black swans, a large reflecting pond, meditation niches and small waterfalls. Amida Buddha, a golden Buddha standing over 9 feet, and The Bon-Sho, or sacred bell, are two of the signature sights to see.
Located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, admission to the Byodo-In Temple grounds is $3.00 per adult, $2.00 senior citizen, $1.00 child. Bring cash as credit cards and checks are not accepted.
One of Hawaii’s best kept secrets, take the time to relax and rejuvenate at Byodo-In Temple.