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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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Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
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USD129.00 per adult
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Perfect option to cherish the nature of Oahu
Perfect trip to enjoy the natural beauty of Oahu. The drive along the coastal highway is an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to everybody.
Saptarshi_G, Mar. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Great day on the Island
Alicia_C, Mar. 2023
Hidden Gems of Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo In Temple
Our tour guide and driver John were the best. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the island and historical facts of the island. He also had an amazing personality. He timed everything perfectly so we wouldn’t have to wait Lind at any stop to purchase items or use the bathroom. We did a lot of things in one day and seen or were told about most of the major areas on the island.. I would recommend this excursion for anyone visiting the island for the first time.
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Outstanding Tour
Lester_F, Feb. 2023
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Waterfall.
Captain Vince was extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable. He kept everyone involved and went out of his way to help whenever he could. Tons of fun!!
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Canoi our tour guide was...
Sherry_M, Feb. 2023
Ultimate Grand Oahu Circle Island Tour w/Snorkeling and Much More
Canoi our tour guide was amazing. She was engaging all of us and made us all laugh and have a lot of fun together.
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Circle Tour Fun
Kelly_B, Feb. 2023
Ultimate Grand Oahu Circle Island Tour w/Snorkeling and Much More
Our whole family loved this tour. Our guide Darian was awesome. He made the trip so much fun, super informative, and went above and beyond.
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Island tour
Jewell_B, Feb. 2023
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Waterfall.
Our experience was great! Solomon did a great job with our tour. I will definitely be booking again.
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Tour of knowledge
Jasmine_M, Jan. 2023
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Love the island. I really appreciate the history and feeling welcomed. The mountains are beautiful the oceans are amazing the people are so affectionate.
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Great tour!
Jamie_C, Dec. 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Our tour guide Nasar (sp?) was great he was so informative and friendly. We had a great time, and the day of the tour was our best day of vacation.
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Amazing
Belinda_M, Feb. 2023
Ultimate Grand Oahu Circle Island Tour w/Snorkeling and Much More
Our tour guy and driver gave tons of information. Beautiful island and I’m glad I did this tour to see it.
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Great tour and narration
Manognya_G, Dec. 2022
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Waterfall.
Excellent tour with great narration m, captain vince was kind enough to take pictures as well. Highly suggested
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Our Driver, Fred, was fantastic!!
Brenda_F, Nov. 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Our driver and tour guide, Fred, shared with us information about Oahu, its culture, good places to eat and visit. He gave us suggestions that will help us for the remainder of our stay here. Fred is a very safe driver and his thoughtfulness to each one of his passengers came through in every aspect of our day. I would do today all over again with Fred!
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Best tour & tour guide ever!
Maria_M, Oct. 2022
Enjoy an Amazing Island Adventure with Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Waterfall.
The tour was amazing & Captain Vince was awesome! He’s funny & gives you so much info about the island & its culture. We arrived from a cruise a little late. He waited for us & even took us on our own private tour! It was fun & we learned a lot. I definitely recommend Captain Vince & his tour company!
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Beautiful beaches......
rexeen_l, Sep. 2022
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Beautiful beaches... loved the shrimp Truck for lunch great history of that side of the island. Freddie was great
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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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