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Aug 25

Valley of the Temples: Oahu

Byodo-InValley of the Temples is just another breathtaking place on the islands of Hawaii. Going to the Valley of the Temples is like taking a quick trip to Japan and getting the chance to see some of their temples, because that is exactly what you are going to see when you come here.   There is a replica of 950-year-old Buddhist temple from Uji, Japan.  It was built in 1960 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of immigrant workers from Japan and it is just amazing to behold. Flower

The Valley of the Temples on Oahu is a functioning cemetery, but do not let that put you off from going there.  It is definitely worth the visit, and once you are walking around the temple and seeing the gardens and pond we totally forgot that we were even at a cemetery.  There is a large Budda statue inside the temple, but since we are not Buddhist the inside of the building was not of much interest to Karen and me.  We did like the serene feeling we got while we were there and the temple and setting are just magical.  Karen and I even rang the bell for good luck because you can never have enough of that.Buddhist TempleThe Byodo-In is a beautifully built temple that is backed by the stunning Ko’olau mountain range and has a koi stocked pond in front of it.  The temple grounds are also home to black swans and peacocks.  If you are end up visiting the Byodo-In you might want to bring some insect repellant and if you go into the temple make sure you take off your shoes since this is an active Buddhist Temple.  Make sure you take the opportunity to ring the giant bell!Good Luck  alley of the Temples
Located at 47-200 Kahekili Highway
Cost as of 2011 is $3.00 for adults $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children cash only
Hours of operation 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
For more information visit their website at http://www.byodo-in.com/

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