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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

By: Anna Norris on March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Byodo-in Temple in Oahu

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Valley of the Temples

Though it is a replica of the 900-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan, this Buddhist structure stands on its own. Situated in the gorgeous Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, Hawaii, the Byodo-In temple is surrounded by two acres of koi ponds and Japanese gardens (not to mention the gorgeous Ko'olau mountains as a backdrop). This holy place is non-denominational and was built in celebration of Japanese culture in Hawaii.