At the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains stands a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The graceful vermilion... More
At the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains stands a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The graceful vermilion complex is surrounded by the largest Japanese garden outside Japan. At the temple entrance hangs a sobering three-ton bronze bell—ring it before entering the sanctuary to purify the mind of evil and temptation, then meditate to to the nine-foot-tall statue of the Buddha. More than 10,000 carp live in a two-acre reflecting pool and wild peacocks stroll the grounds freely.
The Byodo-In Temple is one of my favorite places to visit on Oahu. The magnificience of the structure and serenity in the air automatically transport you away from the feeling of being at a "tourist stop". The Bon-Sho (or Sacred Bell), when rang, has a very calming tone and is said to cleanse the mind of all evil temptation through its lingering tones. Everywhere you turn on the grounds is anouther beautiful sight. There are ponds that contain hundreds upon hundred of koi, at least one turtle, ducks and geese (the black are my favorite). I've seen several peacocks there, as well. I'm not Buddhist but I truly enjoy the serenity felt when visiting the temple. I would highly recommend this spot of beauty to any and all who are done with the rush and hub-bub of Waikiki and Honolulu.