We arrived via a tour bus, and what struck me as odd was having to go through a cemetery to get here, how very strange indeed.! However once we saw this beautiful temple set in a glorious setting ringed with mountains, we knew we were in for a rare treat. Just walking towards this temple had me franticly reaching for my camera and at the very large ornate Bell I admit I did have a good "Bong" with it, moving along I was acutely aware of the large ponds filled with thousands of Koi carp and Black swans surrounding this temple. And upon entering the main hall the sight of the very large golden Buddha brought back memories of the golden Buddha in Bangkok another magnificent sight to behold too, moving through here you do get the sense of being somewhere special in Oahu and the colours of the building so vibrant and calming just like the many magnificent peacocks strutting around.!
Being on a timed visit with a tour does have one drawback.. Lack of time. And with this in mind we tried to make the most of ours here, moving swiftly along we found a gift shop selling some fascinating Japanese merchandise, it was here we bought a lucky cat and an ornamental dragon which were reasonably priced considering where we were. You can also buy some fish pellets to feed to the Koi carp for a Dollar or so and create your own "Feeding Frenzy" in the moat that rings the temple which we duly did, and with the amount of fish here one could easily "walk" on the fish across to the other side, so many in fact. As has been noted watch out for those seriously annoying mosquitos ( They're almost as bad as some of the irritating fellow squawking tourists wandering around.) a good repellent should suffice. All in all this was one major highlight on our tour and how I wished I could have stayed longer but, as it was we were the last ones back much to the "Annoyed" looks of our fellow travellers, like I cared.!
My advice here folks is simple, just try and get to this glorious temple under your own steam and do spend some quality time enjoying the peaceful setting and the friendly Japanese people maintaining it, I just wish we could have stayed longer and wandered the grounds as it's one of these places you simply can't miss while on Oahu..!
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