Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

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.”

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  • A hidden gem
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.12
    We actually found the place accidentally on our way back to the Kamakura station.It is really nice and something special made in a cave and with the water flowing from the stone down.The nicest...
  • Great stopping off point on Daibutsu Hiking Course
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.10.19
    We spent almost a hour at the money washing temple in our detour from the Daibutsu Hiking Course.To get here you take a marked turn off the hiking course, if you are coming from the Jochiji Temple...
  • Visitors love this Shrine - Money!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.08.10
    Impressive, historic, inspiring Shrine that visitors love. Unusual and inspiring, recommended if you are visiting the Kamakura area.

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