Tucked away in the back of the Valley of the Temples cemetery is a replica of the 11th-century Temple at Uji in Japan. A 2-ton carved wooden statue of the Buddha presides inside the main temple building. Next to the temple building are a meditation pavilion and gardens set dramatically against the sheer, green cliffs of the Ko'olau Mountains. You can ring the 5-foot, 3-ton brass bell for good luck and feed some of the hundreds of carp, ducks, and swans that inhabit the garden's 2-acre pond. Or, you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and just relax.
Mar 8, 2006
It was misty on our visit there which lent a wonderful otherworldly feel. If there is a tour bus be patient until it leaves so that you can really get the feel of the building. The description neglects to mention that this is located in a cemetary. Best sign - plots available with ocean view! Local jeweler was making and selling items that made a lovely reminder of our Hawaii visit.