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The Byodo-In Temple

Kaneohe, HI, United States
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The Byodo-In Temple is located in one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen. The mountains rise above the temple in a scene that begs to be photographed. Up close, the temple starts to lose a bit of its luster. It is not especially well maintained, and the inside doesn't live up to the beauty of the surroundings. Worse is the bell, which reverberates around the whole area. It seems that every Tom, **bleep** and Harry needs a photo of themselves ringing the bell, which will ruin the contemplative aspects of the location. It's a must see, but don't expect to spend all day here.
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Culture and experiences

Heʻeia State Park
Oceanside tropical park with mountains and scenic views. Nice visitor's center too.
The Tomb of General Zhang Xueliang
Visit the final resting place of the famous general. Very peaceful.
Swan Temple Lake
A glimmering, sparkling calm lake in front of the temple.

Points of interest

Valley of the Temples
A well known cemetery with lush manicured gardens and a interesting temple.
Byodo-In Temple
Gorgeous spot to stop at. Too many tourists ignoring the signs though.


Times Supermarket
Convenient place not far from the temple--good for a quick lunch


Puu Maelieli Trail
Nice gentle little hiking trail from the temple down to the beach.

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1 Comment

by glennlaz


WOW!! The mountains make a beautiful backdrop for the temple!