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Rediscover Your Zen at O‘ahu’s Byodo-In Temple

November 30th, 2021 Culture
Rediscover Your Zen at O‘ahu’s Byodo-In Temple

Although we strive to provide the most current information, the Byodo-In Temple may close at any time or operate with limited entry, timed ticketing, or reduced hours. We recommend checking their website for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter museums and other similar establishments.

The visually impressive Byodo-In Temple with its curved oversized eaves wouldn’t look out of place in Japan. Remarkably, this astonishing temple is not to be found in Japan, but at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in ʻAhuimanu.

Established in 1968, the non-practicing Buddhist temple was built to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to the islands. Whether you're looking for a spiritual experience, or just want to appreciate the eye-catching architecture, the Byodo-In Temple is well worth visiting on O‘ahu’s windward coast.

In fact, the Byodo-In Temple is one of the most highly-rated destinations on the island, thanks in part to National Geographic naming it one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world. The temple has also appeared in several TV series like Hawai‘i Five-O, Magnum P.I., and Lost.


Besides the gorgeous Japanese Buddhist architecture, the temple’s lush grounds are a wonderful place to explore, complete with a large reflecting pond with hundreds of koi fish and black swans, meditation niches, small waterfalls, and wild peacocks.


Other notable features of the temple include Phoenix Hall, the 5-ft high Bon-sho sacred bell that produces a sound believed to cleanse the mind of evil and temptation, and the golden Amida Buddha, a 9-ft statue thought to be the largest figure carved outside of Japan.

The Byodo-In Temple is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and only a 30-minute drive from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Visit their website for directions and admission information.

Visit the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Blog to find information on more of our favorite cultural experiences on O‘ahu. Stay longer and enjoy extended discounts with our Escape to Hawai‘i offer and save up to 30% off our standard rates. Read more about the exclusive offers only available on our website and start booking your travel plans with us here in Waikiki.

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