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Valley of the Temples
Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

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An ethereal Japanese temple, immaculate zen landscaping, a palm-lined drive, memorial gazebos overlooking the Pacific and a Koolau mountain backdrop conspire to create one of Oahu’s most peaceful settings. The valley is a memorial park and the final resting place for thousands of Shinto, Buddhist and Christian Hawaii residents, including early Honolulu developer Walter Francis Dillingham (1875-1963) and Zhang Xueliang, a warlord and northern China Army General who died in 2001 at age 100. Visitors explore the grounds, especially to see the bright red Byodo-In temple that looks like it was dropped in front of its reflecting pond via some portal to ancient Japan.

The temple was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first wave of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and is a replica of the nearly 1,000-year-old Byodo-In temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. Here, incense wafts from the main temple building and peacocks strut in front of the waterfalls that trickle into koi-filled ponds. When visitors ring the temple’s giant brass peace bell, the sound resonates along mountain walls. In summer and fall, the park hosts annual Japanese Obon dance festivals honoring ancestors here.

Also within the Valley are a triangular-shaped Christian church with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the green mountain face, statues of the Virgin Mary and unique memorial displays including markers shaped like aloha shirts—the Valley is a multi-denominational place of rest for both the living and the dead.

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47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744
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North Shore and Circle Island Adventure

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Explore Oahu, including the North Shore, on this small-group day trip from Waikiki. Admire the views as you drive across the Ko'olau Mountains toward the Valley of the Temples. Enjoy the scenic shores of Kahana Bay, catch sight of Mokuauia Islet, see the legendary Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, and visit a shrimp farm in Kahuku—with a stop at food truck for an included lunch plate and Hawaiian shave ice.
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Valley of the Temples hours of operation: Open from 6 a.m. til dusk daily and the Byodo-In temple keeps regular business hours (9 a.m. til 5 p.m.). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Valley of the Temples can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Valley of the Temples tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Valley of the Temples costs USD 89.01. Guided Valley of the Temples tours start around USD 89.01 per person. See all 1 Valley of the Temples tickets and tours on Viator.