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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 82 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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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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54 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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76 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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61 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a small shrine reached through a narrow tunnel, just off the main hiking route between Daibatsu and Enkaku-ji Shrine. It's worth the detour, with its many small torii arches dotted around the clearing, plus a few snack cabins and places selling fake money.

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England
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I didn't even recognise this shrine from the name given by tripadvisor, and have written the name above as the one that is used on the literature and sign posts around the area. It is a lovely shrine with a tradition that says any money you wash here will come back to you several times over once spent. We reached... More

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