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Byodo-In Temple
Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

The Basics

Constructed in 1968 to commemorate the centenary of the first Japanese arrivals, Byodo-In Temple is a popular place for Buddhist communities from both Hawaii and Japan to celebrate together. Although it’s not a practicing temple, visitors are welcome to wander the peaceful grounds. Check out the golden Buddha believed to be the largest of its kind carved outside of Japan, and the brass bell cast in Osaka and reputed to mirror the original bell hanging in the original Japanese temple. Or, stop by the meditation pavilion, or the reflection pond filled with hundreds of koi.

Many circle-island tours include the temple.

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Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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It would take a month or so to get to all these places. Take a tour , do a luau get the cultural experience.
andrea_b, Jun 2022
Grand Circle Island Tour with Byodo Inn Temple.
Very interesting historical sites About the culture of Hawaii. Pineapple,coconut and coffee are all very tasty. Recommend you do a luau and a tour.
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Superb
Thomas_M, Jun 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Had a wonderful time. Our guide tour was alot of fun. He stopped every where and mad our time worth while.
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A great day!
Timothy_J, Jun 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
It was great to take some time to get around the entire island of Oahu! You’ll just see and discover so much more on a guided tour than if you try to do it all on your own the first time on the island.
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Best tour ever meant
HAMISI_K, May 2022
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple & Waimea Falls Waterfall.
Captain Vince is the best. Friendly and engaging, you feel at home while touring with him. Postive vibes, Friendly and knowledgeable about everything. Thank you Epic 1
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Great Fun!
Lorraine_L, May 2022
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple & Waimea Falls Waterfall.
Poppa P and Captain Vince were great! Poppa P told great stories with historical background. Although the Falls were closed, Poppa P took us to other exciting places. I would do the tour again and hope to get Captain Vince and Poppa P again.
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A great, comprehensive tour of Oahu!
Valerie_S, May 2022
Grand Circle Island Tour with Byodo Inn Temple.
Ben was a fantastic guide. He gave us plenty of time at each stop and was informative and fun. Highly recommend this tour for a comprehensive view of Oahu. If you only have one day to see the island this is the way to do it!!
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Fantastic day trip
April_C, May 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
We had a great time. Uncle James was wonderful. He had many stories to tell and very friendly. He let us stop at places that were off the beaten path. Lots of places for bathroom breaks. Would recommend to do early in your trip, this way if some place really interested you, you have time to go back.
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Excellent tour
htwild1, May 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Nice road trip with frequent stops. Professional tour guide. Excellent lunch stop (Fumis). Good for seniors.
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Best trip ever!!
PRIYANKA_K, May 2022
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple & Waimea Falls Waterfall.
I signed up for this trip and I must say it was worth every penny! Captain Vince is awesome and super fun. This was a very educational trip and I learnt so much about Hawaiian culture not to mention learnt many words. Not a boring moment the whole day. You get to see the best spots on the island and it was so much fun! We enjoyed thoroughly!! Great experience and highly recommend!!
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Circle Island
Dennis_F, May 2022
Grand Circle Island Tour with Byodo Inn Temple.
We had an excellent tour guide. He was very pleasant and alot of fun to be with. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Colette_K, May 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Excellent and James our driver was awesome. Beautiful way to see some of the sites. The Temple was the best. Thank you
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Wonderful
Jocelyn_L, Mar 2022
Grand Circle Island Tour with Byodo Inn Temple.
The sights were breathtaking. The weather was perfect! The only down side was we didn’t have enough time to fully enjoy The Dole plantation and Kualoa Ranch visits.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Byodo-In Temple is a must for travelers interested in Japanese culture and architecture.

  • There’s a small entrance fee.

  • As the temple is a sacred space, be respectful and speak quietly.

  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple.

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How to Get There

Byodo-In Temple is about a 30-minute drive northeast of Honolulu. To get there by public transit, take bus 8 from Waikiki’s Kuhio Avenue to Ala Moana Center, then bus 65 to Kahekili Highway / Hui Iwa Street East. Walk across Kahekili Highway and enter the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

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When to Get There

The grounds are usually open every day except Christmas. The temple hosts regular events featuring musicians and artisans—see the website for details.

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Valley of the Temples

The Byodo-In Temple is situated inside the beautifully landscaped Valley of the Temples. Much of the park is a cemetery honoring people of different faiths, including the heroic Chinese military leader General Chang Hsueh-liang, who died in Honolulu.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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