Byodo in Buddhist Temple, Valley of
Temples, Oahu Island
Byodo in Buddhist Temple,
Byodo-In Temple is located along the
Kahekili Highway in the Valley of Temples in
Oahu Island in Hawaii. It is a
non-denominational Buddhist temple is a
replica of a Buddhist place of worship at
Uji in Kyoto, Japan which dates back to nine
hundred years ago. The temple was built to
celebrate the centennial anniversary of the
entrance of Japanese culture to Hawaii.
The Byodo-In Temple is home to the largest
wooden Buddha made by hand in over nine
hundred years. The Lotus Buddha is nine feet
high, and is covered in lacquer and gold.
Outside the temple is a brass peace bell
that weighs in at three tons. Large
enchanting koi ponds surround the temple.
The ponds cover two acres of space, and
around them are picturesque Japanese gardens
beautifully set against the Ko’olau
mountains. The gardens often attract playful
sparrows and colorful peacocks.
Thousands of tourists and worshippers from
all over the globe visit the Byodo-In Temple
every year. The temple is open to people
belonging to varying faiths and traditions.
The temple is also a very popular venue for
weddings and office meetings.
The Byodo-In Temple has undergone
restoration in 2001. Improvements to the
structure will be made continuously in the
spirit of preserving the Japanese ancient