Byodo In Temple
A Sacred & Magical Spot on Oahu

Byodo In Temple is a beautiful and sacred place located in the Valley of the Temples on Oahu's windward side. As a replica of the 950 year old Buddhist temple in Japan it signifies the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii over 100 years ago.

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Byodo In Temple


There are lots of little gardens, nooks and reflecting pools to meditate in. I like to stop by sometimes and just clear my thoughts.


Temple Grounds

Although it is an active Buddhist temple you are welcome to pray there or to simply walk the grounds and admire the beauty.

There are koi ponds, statues and meticulous landscaping to admire. Inside is a large Buddha statue to gaze up at and a visitors shop in which to buy souvenirs.

Outside there is a sacred bell that you can ring that will echo throughout the valley. This is a very peaceful and spiritual place to

It has also been used for the filming of popular television series such as Hawaii 5-0 and Lost.



Sacred Bell

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It takes about 30 minutes to stroll through the temple and grounds, more if you wish to meditate and purchase goods at the souvenir shop. It can easily be incorporated into a day trip around the island. Do it on your way to Kualoa ranch and the Macadamia Nut Farm if driving up the windward coast on the way to the north shore.

Some circle island tours incorporate a stop here which is very nice. You can also see it by purchasing an activities pass which allows you to see it along with other popular attractions at a huge discount. I recommend this.

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Interior Area


Ringing the sacred bell or the Bon-sho is said to clear the mind of evil and negativity. It is customarily rung before entering the temple to learn and spread the teachings of buddha.

The sound sets the tone for meditation and tranquility. At more than 5 feet high ringing it can also bring harmony, joy and peace into your life. The original in Japan is over 900 years old.



It only costs $5 cash to enter and visit. Getting there is another matter. It's located about 45 minutes outside of Waikiki and the bus doesn't go there. Either stopping by with a car or as part of a circle island tour are the ways to go.


FREE entry with the Go Oahu card AND a free Jeep option with a 3 day pass or longer

PRICING & AVAILABILITY on circle island tours (choose the $79 one)


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