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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 4 weeks ago
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Shinto shrine is hidden and interesting. Inside you can proceed with the ritual of washing some money, with the hope of it multiplying ;). The cave where the spring (where you wash your money) is interesting, and for 100 yens you can get a full set for the ritual. I would recommend if you visit Kamakura.

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 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 June 30, 2016

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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Hawkinsville, Georgia
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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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