Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

Byodo-In Temple lies at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Honolulu, Hawaii. This nondenominational Buddhist temple was built in 1968 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Temple is a beautiful replica of the 950 year-old Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan. It is one of the most tranquil and peaceful spots on the island of Oahu.

Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

This incredible structure was built without any nails, and the grounds themselves are a lush paradise filled with koi carp and wild peacocks. The large reflecting pond provides stunning views which took my breath away. The essence of being alive seems to run through everything at this beautiful sanctuary.

Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

On the way to the temple, don’t pass up the opportunity to ring the Bon-sho or sacred bell.

Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

The tone of the bell will make you feel calm and peaceful and was one of my favorite things about being on the temple grounds.

Byodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

Ringing this 3-ton brass bell just once before entering the temple is said to cleanse the mind of evil spirits and temptation before meditation.

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

You will feel the vibration running through your entire body every time you strike the bell.

Up the hill behind the temple, you will find the meditation pavilion. This is a wonderful spot that reminded me that all I needed to do to be fully present is breathe. When I am present, I can  be more fully mindful of all that I am.

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

Take a walk around the grounds and enjoy backdrop of the misty mountains, the small waterfalls, tropical flowers, and black swans.

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

The koi are some of the biggest you will every see because many of them are over 100 years old!


yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

yodo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

Inside the Byodo-In Temple is Amida, a golden Buddha unique to the entire world. This 9 foot Buddha is thought to be the largest figure carved outside of Japan. Make sure to remove your shoes before entering the temple.

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In HonoluluWhile this site isn’t a touristy spot, I had to laugh as there was even WiFi access at this tranquil spot. And, perhaps a way of representing the Laughing Buddha?

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In HonoluluThe Byodo-In Temple Grounds are open 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. Admission for the temple is $5 for adults and $2 for children, and it’s cash only. I also recommend bringing bug spray, as there are a lot of mosquitoes in the area.

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

If you are looking for a calming oasis right in the middle of Oahu, Byodo-In Temple is the place to go to become more centered and balanced, and to leave your worries behind.

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu

odo-In Temple: The Place For Meditation In Honolulu