As you walk over the bridge your senses start to experience absolute euphoria. An amazing overload of sight, touch, smell, taste and sound engulf your soul. To experience this try to be one of the first people there as soon as it opens at 8:30am, 7 days a week.
Inside the Byodo-In Temple is an 18 ft (5.5 m) statue of the Lotus Buddha, a wooden image depicting Amitābha. It is covered in gold and lacquer. Outside is a three-ton, brass peace bell.
Surrounding the temple are large koi ponds that cover a total of 2 acres (0.81 ha). Around those ponds are lush Japanese gardens set against a backdrop of towering cliffs of the Koʻolau Range. The gardens are home to sparrows and peafowl.
The temple covers 11,000 sq ft (1,000 m2).
The Byodo-In Temple is visited and used by thousands of worshipers from around the world. It welcomes people of all faiths to participate in its traditions. Apart from worship, the temple grounds are also used for weddings and office meetings.
Overall it makes for a great family day. Our teenagers really enjoyed it and well what more could you ask for? If teens think it’s cool then it must be!