If you wash money in spring water, it will multiply!? A spiritual spot in a mysterious cave at Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura.

Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura government, was concerned about
people who were suffering from poverty caused by long periods of war.
On the day of the snake, in the month of the snake, he received a message in a dream from the God, Ugafuku-jin.
The God told him that if he worshipped Shinto and Buddhist deities with spring water in a valley to the northwest, peace would be restored in his country.
The next day, Yoritomo found the holy spring that the God told him about and built a shrine for Ugafuku-jin. Thus, the country settled into peace and people's lives improved.
It is said that this is the origin of the Zeniarai Benten Shrine.

2017-01-13   Destinations, Kanagawa,

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Going to the precincts of the shrine after passing through a tunnel in the rock wall…

Do you know about a very famous shrine that brings luck with money, up in Ancient Kamakura?
The formal name is Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine, but it was commonly called “Zeniarai Benten”.
It is said that if you wash your money in the spring water there, in one of the five famous springs of Kamakura, it will multiply.

Let’s go to Zeniarai Benten Shrine to get good luck for money!

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The shrine is about a 20-minute walk from the west exit of Kamakura Station, a little bit of a long distance to walk. After walking through a residential area, you’ll go up a fairly steep slope, which leads to the shrine. The entrance of Zeniarai Benten Shrine has a mysterious atmosphere, much like a cave.
As expected, it’s not that easy to get good luck with money….

Well then, I will show you how to worship, which by inquiring at the shrine office.

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1)After passing through a tunnel at the entrance , you’ll find a temizusha (手水舎:Purification trough) on your right. Before worshipping, wash your hands and rinse your mouth to purify yourself here. You are not supposed to wash your mouth directly from the ladle or swallow the water at this time! In one of your hands, take some water that you have scooped with the ladle and put it in your mouth.

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2)After this, go inside passing through the torii gates.
The shrine office is on your right. Pay 100 Yen to get a three-piece set (candle, incense sticks, and a bamboo basket) for worship.

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3)Visit the main shrine, light incense sticks with the large candle there, and put it on the incense burner. Then, fan the incense smoke around your head and body.
This is to drive away evil spirits.

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4)Light the candle at the main shrine and put it on the candleholder.

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5)Worship at the main shrine.

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6)Finally, let’s go into the cave to wash your money!
Put your money into the basket and pour the spring water on it with the available ladle.
Coins or bills, both will be ok, or you can wash both at the same time. But you don’t need to immerse the money and scrub it in the water. All you need to do is pour the water over it a couple of times. In the case of bills, it’s enough to just pour a little water on the edge of it!

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Please return the basket to its set place in the cave.

Well, that’s all!
Most importantly, spend the washed money and don’t keep it in your wallet!
There’s an old saying that「金は天下の回りもの(Kane ha tenka no mawarimono)」, which means “Money comes and goes” or “Money is a great traveler in the world”.
Money won’t stay in one place. It’ll circulate from person to person.
It will come back to someone who is in need someday.

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Worshipping modestly is important!

Zeniarai Benten is famous for luck with money, but you are not supposed to pray with an irreverent mind like, “I wanna make a killing!”
The original meaning of this ‘washing money faith’ is that, you can purify your soul and body by washing money. Therefore it is believed to grant good fortune.
We should care about mind in order to purify body and soul here.
If you effectively spend the washed money (the favorable money) with feelings of gratitude, it will go around from person to person and return in double-value to you someday!

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Have a break after offering prayers

There are other good points to see in the shrine precinct.
“Shichifuku-jinja” enshrines the Seven Lucky Gods and has been familiar among people since ancient times.
The upper and lower “Sui-jingu” that enshrines the god of water, are both located in the shrine precinct, too. You’ll find the small, yet beautiful “Ichijo Waterfall” at the lower sui-jingu!

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There is a rest area with wayside teahouses. You can take a rest after offering prayers and strolling around the shrine precinct.

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I bought matcha shaved ice, because this day was awfully hot. It was light, cool, and delicious!
(I bought it with that favorable money. I hope this money goes around the world….)

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2-25-16, Sasuke, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa Pref.

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Waddy

Waddy

writer/ translator

Born and raised in Tokyo. A legitimate “Edokko” or Tokyoite. I love wandering and experiencing unusual things. Japan is where I was born and raised, but it’s still full of mystery to me. I’d like to share some of my endeavors with you.

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