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Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine銭洗弁財天宇賀福神社


Popularly known as “Zeniarai Benzaiten,” the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is located in the Sasuke district of Kamakura City. According to legend, the shrine was founded when, in the evening of the Day of the Snake in the Month of the Snake in 1185, Minamoto no Yoritomo was told in a dream that “If you pray to the Shinto deities and to the Buddha at this spring, peace will come to the land.” Subsequently, after the local ruler Hojo Tokiyori washed coins in the spring while praying for the prosperity of his clan, the belief spread that washing coins in the spring inside the cave would cause that money to increase. This practice is believed to be particularly effective if performed on the day of the temple festival dedicated to the goddess Benten, so the Shrine is usually thronged with worshippers on that day. The spring at the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine is classed as one of the “Five Famous Springs of Kamakura.”


Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Sasuke 2-25-16 (Shonan / KamakuraArea)

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Review of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)

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Reviewed:2018/07/29 Great experience
This shrine is in the hills, about 20min walk from Kamakura station. It’s really worth a visit, as you have to walk through a tunnel in the rock to visit it and it’s awe-inspiring that the first...
Reviewed:2018/05/13 Washing money in the hidden old cave
Zeniarai Benten, where people have visited for 800 years praying for good fortune.
It is known that by washing money in the water at this shrine , you will get family prosperity and wealth.
Reviewed:2018/03/18 Iconic but peaceful shrine
Up a hill and through a tunnel about 15-20 minutes walk from the station is the famous money washing shrine. A little piece of "heaven" this iconic place is also suprisingly peaceful and comes...

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          Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo's most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.

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