Byodo-In Temple | Things to do in Hawaii, Oahu

Byodo-In Temple is located in Kanoehe, HI. Located at the back of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, it sits at the base of the Ko’olau Mountain Range. The temple is a local gem. If it’s been raining recently, you’ll be surrounded by waterfalls cascading down the mountains. It’s a dreamy as it seems.

Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

With so much to do on Oahu, Byodo-In Temple is a local secret that is easily missed. It’s tucked away in the back of a cemetery, first of all. Ok, it’s a memorial park. Once you start coming closer to the mountains, you forget how eery it is, and are just in AWE. The setting is so peaceful. The mountains provide a nice change of scenery from palm trees to lush green pine trees. It feels like you are in Japan, honestly. It’s pretty cool.

Once you get there, pay the $5 entry fee, and then head over to ring the bell. The rest is a self guided tour through the temple, gardens, gift shop, bamboo forest, and small pond with a black swan. Wildlife consists of:  wild peacocks, many birds, and hundreds of Japanase Koi Carp.

It’s a very fast trip, plan to spend less than an hour at the site.

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For other places to visit on Oahu, or Hawaii, check out my Things to Do in Hawaii page!

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Creative entrepreneur, photographer, and founder of The Modern Daydream, a lifestyle blog. Kristine is a Michigan girl, currently living in Hawaii.