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Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)

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Address: 2-25-16 Sasuke, Kamakura 248-0017, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Legend has it that washing your money in the spring at this shrine will...

Legend has it that washing your money in the spring at this shrine will make it double.

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Ugafuku Shrine - Fusion of Buddhism and Shinto elements

This is a great place to visit in Kamakura. It is a famous Shinto Shrine having dozens of torii (Shinto gates) and so many Buddhist statues. A real fusion of Buddhism and Shinto... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit in Kamakura. It is a famous Shinto Shrine having dozens of torii (Shinto gates) and so many Buddhist statues. A real fusion of Buddhism and Shinto elements. There is a tradition of washing money at the spring within the tunnel with the hope of seeing it multiply. There are many stalls around the... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The shrine is located around 15 minute walk from Kamakura station. However, we walked from Great Buddha temple and cost us longer time. The shrine is located in pretty hidden area (but sign board and crowd will lead you there) with tiny climb to reach. The money washing process was indeed exciting and fun. Hope the money will turn out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an important Shinto Shrine in Kamakura with a legend about increasing your money by washing it in the well. It is very popular with Japanese people. There are several wells, and also stalls with gifts, food and drinks. I imagine this was what places of pilgrimage were like in Europe in the Medieval period, so it makes for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This shrine can be reached via the trail system or a walk from town (we came in one way and left the other). It's a small shrine but worth the visit. Our guide discouraged us from money washing since we don't appreciate the full meaning of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Also known as Zenirai Benzaiten entering via a tunnel in the mountain and then there is more places beautiful places on the other end of the tunnel. Worth the walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not your typical polished attraction but its "rawness" adds to the interest. First, it's a cave! I liked the way the candles lit the whole place; it gave an atmosphere of calm. The numerous statues of Buddha in certain chambers, gave it true sense of a place of worship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Another of several beautiful shrines that we visited. I still have the 1000 yen note that I washed there, carry it with me always. The shrine was not that crowded when we were there, and the cherry blossoms were lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We came to Zeniarai Benzaiken shrine in the Golden Week weekend and it was so busy, with locals lining up for ages to light incense and wash their money. It was very interesting to visit, with a lot going on. You get there by going through a tunnel in the hillside, which is halfway down from the park on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The Zeniarai Benton shrine, which is known for being a place where you wash your money with the hope that it will return back to you doubled. I was surprised to see that people were washing notes too, I thought it would be just coins but I suppose you're never gonna hit the big bucks with coins! There was lots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is the famous money washing shrine of Kamakura, you really got to visit it. Just getting to the shrine is a feat, you have to climb up a really really steep road, and once you are there you are greeted by a underground entrance. It is really cool. The shrine grounds has various stores selling food and souvenirs etc.... More 

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