Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura, Japan

Open Hours and Fees
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: 8: 00-16: 30
Closed day: Open every day (no holiday)

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a famous shrine in western Kamakura. That’s it popularly known simply as Zeniarai Benten, is a Shinto shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. In spite of its small size, it is the second most popular spot in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture after Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.

Minamoto Yoritomo who the founder of the Kamakura government, ordered the shrine’s construction after a god appeared in his dream and recommended him to build the shrine in order to bring peace to the country. Because the dream occurred on the day of the snake, in the month of the snake of the year of the snake, the shrine was later also dedicated to Benten, a Buddhist goddess associated with snakes.

The history of this shrine is unusual. Because of the combination of Buddhism and Shinto religion that remains. Since the discrimination occurred during the Meiji period. It can be said that very perfect combination on that period. People come and visit especially in the spring will increase twice. This is because very popular in making money washing ceremonies. Also another belief that has existed since ancient times that they believes if you wash money in the spring will increase two times so during that time people will pour more in the shrine.

How to get there:

By train:

  • From Kamakura Station and walk about 25-30 minutes northwest.
  • From JR Kamakura Station from exit east side and walk about 20 minutes up towards to the mountain Kamakura-yama. The entrance is a stone tunnel.

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