Who ever thought that you would find a smaller scaled replica of the Byodo-In Temple from Uji, Japan here on Oahu, Hawaii? When I first moved here I pictured beaches, hikes, waterfalls but never would of thought of seeing a temple such as this one. When I found out I knew I had to go and see it. I love their style of religion. The meditation and the tranquil environment. It just puts anyone at ease with the world and like nothing else matters.
Quick History Of The Byodo-In Temple
The Byodo-In Temple was established on June 7, 1986 to commemorate 100 years of the first Japenese immigrants to Hawaii. This temple is a much smaller replica of the of the actual Byodo-In Temple located at the United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The original Byodo-In Temple is over 950 years old.
Touring The Byodo-In Temple
This gorgeous temple is located at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. When you arrive to the park you drive through various cemeteries until you arrive to the temple. Once you arrive you pay to go on in ($3 for adults/ $1 for children) but it’s very worth it. After having paid we walked across this bridge which over looks a creek and you can see the temple from it. Once we walked across the bridge we walked to our left. The first thing we got to see was the Bon-Sho or The Sacred Bell. We got to ring the bell which was pretty neat.
After ringing the bell we walked over to the Meditation Pavilion. They had a cute little creek running through and a small waterfall. Very relaxing and beautiful. After there we made our way to the temple. We got to see Amida Buddha and turn on an incense. Before walking in we had to take our shoes off to show our respect to their culture and beliefs as well as the temple. It was very beautiful inside.
To end our tour, we visited the Tea House Gift Shop and got food pellets for the fishes. I let my daughter enjoy some time feeding them as well as looked at the souvenirs they had. It was a short little tour but very worth it. We had fun and learned a lot and though it’s a replica, it’s still very interesting. Feel free to comment below with your own personal experience of your trip or any questions/comments you may have.
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
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