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
    136 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 June 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Andrea A
    Muskegon, Michigan141 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 July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • baxter103
    Denver, Colorado85 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 August 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Sylvia G
    Las Vegas, Nevada211 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Juliette K
    7 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
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Lisa W
    Zama City, Canada109 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 December 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • ms_obvious
    Cincinnati, Ohio155 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 November 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • iowacityia
    1,850 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • anandita
    16 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
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Nick
    Round Lake, Illinois29 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
    Traveled on business
    Written January 4, 2024
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Tim C
Tuscola, TX8 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 April 19, 2024
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Lan
Seattle, WA84 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 March 25, 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL762 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 March 19, 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 March 12, 2024
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Mack2424
Huntington, WV276 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 February 27, 2024
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TinkToo
Edmonton, Canada214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We have been to this temple a couple of times on our visits to Oahu. Always enjoy it! Make sure to ring the bell - loud! Enjoy the peace of the Temple and feed the birds. The birds are so much fun! Purchase bird feed for $2 in the gift shop. Lovely place, and for the $5 entry fee you can't beat it.
Written February 27, 2024
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jjluke
Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Byodo-In Temple was a welcome reprieve during our brief visit to the busy island of Oahu. Upon arriving shortly after opening, we were greeted by a beautiful temple overlooking a calm pond with koi, gardens off to the side, and grounds that were upkept well. Once the tourists started packing in later in the morning, we noticed the frequent gong of the bells rung by others. We felt it’s not a competition of how loud you can ring the bell, rather, a soft calm bong to clear your mind was most ideal. Definitely go earlier if you wish to enjoy the more peaceful zen-like nature before the tour buses and cars show up, especially given that the parking lot gets packed as well. Please indicate if you found this review to be helpful as it would be greatly appreciated!
Written February 25, 2024
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Margaret S
New York City, NY60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The grounds and surroundings were amazing, It was a calming atmosphere, there is a meditation area that is secluded .Its a must visit when in Oahu.
Written February 23, 2024
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ACSquare
Seattle, WA555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very peaceful serene place ! Must visit if u like peace and nature . The parking can be tough so plan accordingly !
The store in the property has some good local food to taste!
Written February 18, 2024
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cliu
Vancouver, Canada6,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
First time visiting Byodo-In Temple since we had a rental car. As you first enter onto the property before the temple, it is a large cemetery with different sections like for Chinese, Japanese, and etc. The cemetery is very pretty and is vast and open.

The temple is $4 for seniors and $5 adults...cashless payment only by credit card. The visit was worthwhile because it is so peaceful and serene. Our visit did not take long...about 45 minutes and that included a washroom break. there is a little gift shop and for $2 you can get a bag of fish food to feed the many kois.

Ringing the gigantic bell with a timber log was our highlight. Apparently it is to clear our minds and to bring us clarity. We each rung it twice because the resonating sound of this gigantic bell was so soothing.

After our visit at the temple, we drove for less than 10 minutes to the Botanical Gardens for a free visit. We drove around the gardens and there was a look out point.

The entire morning visiting both these sites were worthwhile and enjoyable.
Written February 13, 2024
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