Byodo-In Temple, Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is located about 20 minutes north of Kailua, on your way up the north shore of Oahu.  It features a 1968 replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple complex in Kyoto, Japan.

Byodo-In Temple on Magnum PI

Byodo-In Temple on Magnum PI

On our departure from Kailua, we decided to go the long way around to Honolulu and drove up the north shore. We’d heard about the Byodo-In Temple, and it seemed the perfect place to go to be a bit quiet and meditative after a few heady days.

The temple itself is a fair way off the main highway, well within the grounds of the Valley of The Temples. As soon as we arrived, the Temple was instantly recognisable from the times I had seen it on the TV show, Lost.

There have been more than a few Lost sightings on this trip, which has made me very happy.

As a side note, the Byodo-In Temple has also been featured in Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I.

The entry fee of $3 each was more than fair, with Clarrie being free (as one would expect for a 6 month old).

We wandered through the grounds for some time before heading to ring the Sacred Bell. Doing just that was a nice way to start the journey through the temple. It had a significance I wouldn’t have thought possible only seconds before ringing it.

Me about to ring the Sacred Bell

Me about to ring the Sacred Bell

Rambling through the grounds is a pretty serene way to spend the morning. After a small wait, we made our way to the Meditation Pavillion, which again was just what we needed.

Clarrie decided that was a pretty good venue for a feed, and seeing as there was no-one waiting behind us, it worked well.

The Meditation Temple at Byodo-In Temple

The Meditation Temple at Byodo-In Temple

2015-07-27 09.54.03To Enter the temple, you must remove your shoes. Inside is a 9 feet (2.7 m) Amida Buddha statue sitting on a gold lotus leaf.

Wandering through is a lovely experience, and the grounds are well kept.  The impressive bamboo thickets (that surely looked familiar from Lost?) were ever present.  The enormous Carp in the pond were a sight to see as well.

The Byodo-In Temple, as well as the Valley of the Temples grounds are well worth seeing if you’re in the area.

Admission is $3 per adult, with Senior Citizens being $2, and children $1. Entry is cash only.

More information is at www.byodo-in.com or TripAdvisor.

Valley of The Temples is located at 47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744

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