Shaka Guides: Byodo-In Temple Oahu Travel Guide 2022
TRIP PLANNING INFO:
The Byodo-In Temple on Oahu is a smaller replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan which is actually a United Nations World Heritage Site. This non-practicing Buddhist temple welcomes all people of every faith to worship, meditate, learn about the history, or appreciate its stunning beauty!
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GETTING TO BYODO-IN TEMPLE:
The Byodo-In Temple is located at the bottom of the Ko’olau Mountains in the valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The temple is 13 miles away from the Honolulu airport and is right off the Likelike Highway. For transportation details click here.
General Admission (ages 13-64) - $5.00
Seniors (age 65 & up) -$4.00
Children (2-12 years) - $2.00
Cash, Visa, Master, Amex & Discover are all accepted
The Temple Grounds are open 8:30am - 4:30pm daily. Last entrance to Temple Grounds is 4:15pm.
Hours may vary during holidays. Check out Byodo-In Temples Website for more information.
Parking is free and located at the end of the road of the Temples Memorial Park. There is a parking attendant there that will guide you where to park.
RELATED: Check out our Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour! Where we guide you through your visit to Byodo-In Temple and many other locations as well.
Modern day Hawaii is heavily influenced by its immigration history. In the late 1800s, when sugar production was the main economic force, hundreds of thousands of immigrants were brought over from Asia and some parts of Europe to work at the labor-intensive sugarcane fields. Some workers eventually returned to their homelands, but many stayed and integrated into the society. In fact, the Byodo Inn temple was constructed in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration in Hawaii.
There is a private mausoleum at the park that formerly held the remains of the late President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. This corrupted dictator served as the president of the Phillipines for over 20 years, and was found to have embezzled billions of public money and set the country on a long economic downturn. Marcos was exiled to Hawaii and died there.
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TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT:
- Always have cash on you. You never know when you’ll need it. The Temple also accepts cash offerings inside.
- Bring a jacket. It rains frequently in this area and you might come across some light rain depending on when you visit.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t forget your camera! This is a great place to take pictures and take in the beauty of this temple.
- Ring the bell! - There is a large bell that can be heard throughout Kahaluu when rung by visitors. The ringing of this sacred bell will bring you happiness, blessings, and a long life.
- Be respectful - Although this is a non-practicing temple it’s still a sacred place. If you enter in the temple you are required to take your shoes off.
WHAT TO PACK:
- Wear comfortable clothing! It does rain frequently in this area but it’s also very humid. So you might want to ‘dress-like-an-onion’ and make sure you have a jacket just in case.
- Bring water- There is a gift shop at the temple with water as well.
- Bring snacks for the road - It’s a beautiful scenic ride but snacks always make everything better - Especially if you have littles ones coming along with you.
- Bring cash - The temple accepts cards and cash but it’s always a good idea to bring cash in case you are going to other locations around the island as well.
- Your phone! Pictures are a must and don’t forget to download the Shaka Guide App so we can give you turn by turn directions as well as fun story telling of the history of Oahu. The Grand Circle Island Tour will take you to Byodo-In Temple as well as many more amazing places.
Can you take pictures?
- In general, personal phones, handheld cameras do not require a permit. No Drones allowed.
Can you feed the fish?
- Yes! But you must purchase the fish food at the temple.
Is there cell service?
- Yes! There is full cell service at the temple
Is this a public place?
- No. This is a privately owned and operated. An admission fee is charged for visiting the Temple grounds and also paying respects to General Zhang Xue-Liang’s site.
For more information visit the FAQ section on the Byodo-In Website.
Want to hear more about Hawaii's history? Check out our Grand Circle Island Tour!