Byodo-In Temple
Byodo-In Temple
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This replica of an ancient Japanese temple in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a hidden gem along the Windward Coast of Oahu.
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  • Holmesdog
    156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem found
    Beautiful and well kept. Everyone was respectful. Lots of wildlife on the grounds. Don't forget to ring the bell three times before entering the temple proper. Never seen anything like it. Replica of a temple in Japan. Located in the Valley of the Temples.
    Thank you so much for the excellent review! We're so glad you had a wonderful experience, and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written 8 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Andrea A
    Muskegon, Michigan148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Beautiful
    Absolutely peaceful and beautiful! My husband feed the birds and they would sit on his hand and take the food! We walked around the grounds for about a half hour because it was just breathtaking views with the calm and quiet since we got there the moment they opened. The temple was absolutely beautiful. Highly Recommend!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience at Byodo-in Temple! It sounds like you had a truly magical time. We are so glad you were able to see the birds up close and personal. Thank you for the five-star review.
    Written 24 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • baxter103
    Denver, Colorado175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful little piece of Japanese architecture and culture in Oahu.
    A beautiful Buddhist temple in even more beautiful surroundings. It was built in 1968 but is a replica of a 900 year old Japanese temple. Easy to spend as much or as little time as you want here. You need to buy tickets but the tickets are very inexpensive (they'll get you at the gift shop). It is not an actual functioning temple with an active monastic community but actively welcomes worship and meditation from any denomination. It can also be used for weddings and other events. I'm an architect with an affinity for eastern vernacular architecture, so it was a special treat for me. Kids will enjoy feeding the Koi (of course fish food is available for small fee).
    Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback and kind words. We are happy that you were able to enjoy the architecture and that your kids were able to feed the fish. We hope you visit again soon!
    Written 25 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Sylvia G
    Las Vegas, Nevada242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hawaii Escape with Mom
    Beautiful tranquil and peaceful place to walk through. Excellent place to stop by and see unique Asian architecture. It is located at the top of a hill around a cemetery worth a stop takes only 30 min to an hour to check out. They even have a big gong you can ring for luck.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Juliette K
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Absolutely beautiful temple and grounds. This is such a peaceful place and well worth the visit for the historic aspects, and the beautiful scenery and plants. The koi pond is amazing. Parking is tight so I recommend not going on a weekend.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Lisa W
    Zama City, Canada145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good stop for adults to ring the bell and reflect
    The grounds and temple were beautiful. A good spot to take a few minutes and reflect. Can feed the fish, shop a little and find a quiet spot to spend a little time The parking was limited.
    So glad you enjoyed the visit! Thanks for taking a moment to review us. ✨
    Written 6 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • ms_obvious
    Cincinnati, Ohio166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice temple in scenic area
    We really enjoyed the temple. Buy tickets online and go early to avoid the crowds. Feed to fish and check out the little gift shop. The rope to the bell is nasty! Bring hand sanitizer.
    Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. 🙏 We’re glad you enjoyed yourself!
    Written 30 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • iowacityia
    2,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wednesday, November 29th morning visit.
    My wife and I visited as part of a Holland America cruise shore excursions. This was 1 of several stops. We arrived by motor coach, our tickets already purchased. It was a gloomy, rainy day, but the temple and the grounds were beautiful. We were able to spend a little time at the temple and the grounds. I thought it was a very nice visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • anandita
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    serene and majestic
    lovely temple and garden. paid $5 at the door to get in. there are so many koi fish, lots of kids feeding fish food you can buy there to them. you can stop by for a quick walk to check it out or spend longer enjoying the peace/beautifully kept grounds. very picturesque with the mountain range behind it. fyi you have to drive/walk through a road running through a beautiful cemetery grounds to get to the temple entrance which is tucked away from the main road
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Nick
    Round Lake, Illinois66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Regaining some balance
    We were originally planning to visit the nearby botanical gardens, but heavy rain made us change our plans - and we're grateful for it. This was my first time visiting this gem, even having lived on Oahu for several years. It's amazingly peaceful and photogenic from almost every angle. Parents: if you're brining children with you, please keep them under control. Our experience was dampened with unattended children chasing the birds around and ringing the bell as hard as they possibly could, often multiple times. This isn't a playground. Be respectful.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 4 January 2024
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Susan
Corinna, ME180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Serenity found! Even though it was raining most of our visit, we still found a lot of peace walking through the grounds .Ringing the bell was a highlight along with lighting the incense sticks. The baby boars sighting was a treat! The trees and flowers were magical! So happy we made this stop a part of our vacation!
Written 21 May 2024
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I stopped here on our way to Kualoa Ranch and I highly recommend you do the same. It's limited parking, but only $5 to enter and it gets VERY crowded. Please be respectful and remove your shoes before entering the temple, I know a lot of people are unfamiliar with this concept but then complaining about it to the poor temple guide accomplishes absolutely nothing.
Written 21 May 2024
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sskroll
Orlando, FL1,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an interesting site inside a large cemetery. It is very accessible and there is a gift shop on the property. As well as the temple itself there are also gardens and ponds that are beautiful. There is plenty of parking.
Written 16 May 2024
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Chelsey G
Calgary, Canada199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Just left Oahu and we finally sent to see the Byodo Temple! You only need about 20-30 mins here. It's absolutely stunning, beautiful gardens, koi ponds and within the temple is breath taking. I recommend you go right at 9am if else by 930am the tour buses arrive and parking gets nuts. We showed up right at 9 thankfully, but the parking lot is small so I would say once 20 or so vehicles park, there's no more parking. Also they only accept card to enter, it's $5/ person. You will drive thru a cemetery to get to the temple.
Written 30 April 2024
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JBNZ1969
Auckland, New Zealand90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful temple. Well worth the visit.
Give yourself an hour to walk around.
Very serene, lovely and green. Amazing mountain backdrop.
Written 22 April 2024
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Tim C
Tuscola, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful place! It’s nice to walk through and see everything. A part of Hawaii’s history we did not know about. Ring the bell before you leave.
Written 19 April 2024
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Lan
Seattle, WA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Peaceful, Serene, Beautiful Place to visit, and, to pray and meditate. Byodo-InTemple is uniquely situated on a foothill at the end of the Valley of The Temples Mortuary, protected by the hilly landscapes, all in which I find very architecturally and spiritually thoughtful!
Getting there: My first visit to the Byodo-In Temple was in May 1989 via a rental car from my stay in Turtle Bay, North Shore. This time, from Waikiki Beach, I took The Bus #65 from Ala Moana shopping center, the bus dropped me off at its final stop which is located across street from the entrance of the Mortuary. It was a cleansing preparation walk before entering into the temple, an enlightenment feeling.
Environment: The attendant at the ticket booth was pleasant, the visiting guests around me were very respectful as they walked around the temple. The Temple and grounds are kept clean.
It was a beautiful sunny and breezy Palm Sunday afternoon, a perfect blessed day for this visit!
Written 25 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Such a beautiful temple and grounds. Very nice place to walk around and maybe meditate if you like. You can go inside and see the Buddha. There is a gift shop and a snack shack. Dont forget to ring the bell and say a prayer.
Written 19 March 2024
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Heidi C
Clayton, WI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place wasn't on our original itinerary but was so worth checking out! Beautiful setting and so many things to enjoy, from feeding the koi and birds to the big chime. Peaceful and serene, as well as informative. We couldn't spent hours there.
Written 12 March 2024
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Mack2424
Huntington, WV444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This please is beautiful . Nice to see other cultures . The grounds are so well maintained. . The fish were beautiful and colorful
Written 27 February 2024
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