A peace­ful place to con­tem­plate his­tory

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - — D.G. Hil­ton

You can step into Ja­panese (and TV) his­tory by vis­it­ing the By­odo-In Tem­ple in the Val­ley of the Tem­ples, about 30 min­utes by car from down­town Honolulu in Ka­neohe.

This half-size replica of a 900-year-old tem­ple near Ky­oto, Ja­pan, built in 1968 to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­rival of the first Ja­panese im­mi­grants to Hawaii, is used for cer­e­monies and re­treats.

By­odo-In is not an ac­tive Bud­dhist tem­ple (there’s no res­i­dent monk or con­gre­ga­tion), but no mat­ter: Nes­tled at the foot of the Koolau moun­tains and sur­rounded by lush Ja­panese gar­dens and wan­der­ing white pea­cocks, it feels like one.

If it also feels as though you’ve seen it be­fore, you prob­a­bly have: It has been a set­ting for such TV clas­sics as “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mag­num, P.I.”

Soak up the seren­ity, ring the 3-ton peace bell, and walk in the foot­steps of Danno and Mag­num.

Info: www.by­odo-in.com

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