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Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)

2-25-16 Sasuke, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0017, Japan
+81 467-25-1081
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Ranked #8 of 83 Attractions in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: Legend has it that washing your money in the spring at this shrine will make it double.
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Winnipeg
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

At the end of the hike we came upon this wonderful shrine in a cave. The grounds were so peaceful , quiet and serene. There were few other people there at the time of our visit which made this shrine so special.. The shrine in the cave is cool and dark, there you can partake in the money washing tradition... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I decided to go for the day to Kamakura en Enoshima. We new that Kamakura was well known by its temples and particularly the giant Buddha. We didn't really plan the visit so we went to where we felt it was nice. After visiting the Buddha we took a trail that connected in 30 min. with an... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I spent alot of time up there since the walk was a but tiring up the steep hill, but so worth it! I didnt know to wash my money in there, but I spent lots of time by the ponds with the beautiful Koi just relaxing and taking in the serenity. Met two gorgeous girls in traditional dress that were... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

calm enjoyable atmosphere Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a popular shrine in western Kamakura, which people visit to wash their money (zeniarai means "coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Among Japanese this little temple is very popular and for a good reason. My friend who went there years ago suggested me to pay a visit and told me to keep the washed money in my wallet and not spend it. As I entered the temple and read the signs that said you should wash the money I realized my... More

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Aveiro, Portugal
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It's very quiet and you get a shot at increasing your cash. A friend even tried washing his VISA to see if it would work, sadly it didn't. The entrance is quite unique as it was dug through the "hill". Worth a visit indeed

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This was a fun shrine, though not as spectacular in beauty as other ones visited in Kamakura. However, the ritual of washing one's money (to make it double) definitely makes it worth the visit. The entry way was fun and feels a bit like you're in an Indiana Jones film.

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Akashi, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I wouldn't go out of my way to see this site. Its up a hill, through a cave (which is kinda cool) but there isn't much to see at the shrine. Lots of kids running around with baskets of wet money.

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San Francisco, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

My sister and I came here to wash our New Year's money (お年玉) for good luck. People bring their money to wash here so that it will multiply. But, the money washed here must be spent for it to grow! After arriving at the shrine, we spent a lot of time observing how other people washed their money because we... More

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Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It's quite a long walk...uphill. Once you arrive, you get the feeling that someone took their old campsite and crammed some fire pits, water fountain, and portable gift shops on the side of the hill to make some money by concocting a story about luck and money washing... HINT: save you time and money and visit other temples.

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