Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine – Kamakura, Japan

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Money Instructions

The Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine is a very popular shrine in Kamakura for one special reason. It is believed that if you wash your money in the shrines water, your money will double.

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Street Signs

After leaving the Starbucks Kamakura Onarimachi, I turned right and followed the signs. Unfortunately, either the signs are very wrong or I took a very circuitous route in getting to the shrine despite following the signs. Instead of being 800 meters away, I probably walked over a mile, which is all uphill.

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Entrance Stone

There are no signs in English announcing the shrine. Instead, look for this large stone structure which sits to the left of the entrance tunnel to the shrine.

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Tunnel Entrance

Next to the large stone, sits the opening to a short tunnel that will lead you to the shrines grounds.

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Chozuya

Once you exit the tunnel, the chozuya is located to the right. This is where you purify yourself before entering the by cleaning your hands and mouth, along with the ladle.

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Torii
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Torii

Next are the torii, or the shrines gates.

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Shrine

There is a small shrine located to the right.

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Shrine
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Waterfall

Further to the right is another shrine, along with a small waterfall.

There is a small open courtyard, in which ema, little wooden plaques where you write down your wishes, hang.

The main attraction Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine are the magical waters to wash your money.

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Cave Entrance

This waters are located in a small cave-like structure, which is actually fairly large.

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Basket Rental

Before entering the cave you can rent a basket for ¥100.

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Money Washing

I’m not sure if your money will double after washing it at Zeniarai Benten Ugafuku Shrine, but you will certainly get a good workout.

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