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“so beautiful”
Review of Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple
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Chicago, Il
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“so beautiful”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

We did kayaking on Kahana river, and on the way back we went to the Valley of Temples. You pass through the cemetery; it is $3 per person. The Byodo-In Temple is so beautiful and peaceful site with black swans on the pond. Don’t miss it.

Visited December 2012
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“A peaceful hidden gem”
Reviewed 7 February 2013

I read about the temple in a guidebook, and its tranquil setting appealed to me. Although this spot is actually across the street from a movie theater, once you drive through the cemetery and see the misty Ko'oalu mountain range looming behind the temple, you will feel like you've been transported to Japan.

There is not a lot to do/see here. For me, it was more a quick stop to enjoy some serenity and a replica of Asian architecture. At $3 p/p admission fee, it's also probably the cheapest attraction in Oahu. You can see the large Buddha status inside the temple (being sure to remove your shoes before entering!), admire the largest koi I have ever seen, and ring the enormous bell which is supposed to bring you good luck. The botanical gardens are also nearby.

Visited January 2013
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Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
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“Serene”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

The temple is situated at the foot of the beautiful Koolau mountains. So scenic and peaceful. Lot of people take their wedding photos here.

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Although you have to pay to get in, it's a very serene place to spend some time in Kaneohe. The temple itself is very pretty, but the surroundings are breathtaking. You can come into the temple to meditate, or feed the ducks & geese outside. Lots of great photo ops!

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Temple of Tranquility”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Not really a touristy destination, but once you enter the peaceful temple grounds in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, you are glad its not well promoted. Byodo-In Temple is a replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a U. N. World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The lushly landscaped gardens include koi ponds and waterfalls. Wild peacocks wander as you hear the sound of the temple bell. Bring your camera and enjoy the tranquility so far removed from the crowds of Waikiki. The $3 admission fee ($1 for children) is well worth it.

Visited November 2012
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