Zeniarai Benten Shrine
Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine
Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Hidden above Kamakura, along the Daibutsu Hiking Course is an amazing little shrine, Zeniarai Benten. Not very well known by foreign tourists, this shrine is popularized by locals as a shrine for wealth. The primary draw of the shrine is a cave, where spring water freely flows into a basin tucked inside. Visitors may (for a price) wash their money in the basin. Where it is believed, upon spending that money, it will return to your several fold. The higher the denomination of the currency you wash, the more money returns.
From the road, only a tunnel and a Tori gate denote Zeniarai Benten shrine. Pass through the tunnel into the open grotto, housing not just one, but several shrines. Shrines to various gods and spirits of luck. Koi ponds, bridges, incense, and the cave really make Zeniarai Benten a special place.
1: Kotoku-in; The Kamakura Daibutsu (The Great Buddha of Kamakura). On the Western end of Kamakura is a colossal statue of a Buddha, one of the largest and oldest in Japan. It is best reached by cab, though the hiking trails and paths are a great alternative.
:How to get there:
Follow the Daibutsu Hiking Course out of Kamakura's main thoroughfare.
:When to go:
Any time of year is a great time to visit Kamakura. I visited in mid December, and the temperature was very pleasant.
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