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Zeniarai Benten Shrine, Kamakura

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Free admission
Opening hours: 8-17

A Shinto shrine founded in 1185 on the day of the snake in the month of the snake, and for this it was dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten (often associated with snakes in Shinto culture).

The main entrance is today a tunnel in the rock, built in 1958, while the original entrance is located on the other side of the temple and reaching it is more complicated.
zeniarai benten shrine entrance tunnel kamakura the entrance to the tunnel leading to the shrine
This shrine is the second most visited shrine in Kamakura after the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and is famous mainly for its "sacred waters" in a cave, where a lot of Japanese go to wet their money looking for good fortune in business.
In fact, it is said that coins wet with this water will double.
zeniarai benten cave people washing coins kamakura zeniarai benten cave people washing coins kamakura zeniarai benten cave people washing coins kamakura you have to put the money in the baskets, stoop to the source and pour the sacred water
Another peculiarity of this temple is the presence of typically Buddhist elements, although it is a Shinto shrine, like some statues and incense as purifier.
zeniarai benten shrine kamakura zeniarai benten waterfall kamakura zeniarai benten shrine kamakura some photos taken around the Zeniarai Benten shrine
 
two videos shot around the Zeniarai Benten shrine

How to get to the Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura and map

This shrine is located about 1.5 km west of Kamakura station and can only be reached on foot in about 20 minutes (a part of the route is slightly uphill) or by taxi, there are no buses. You need just a map or simply follow the directions along the way.
It is located in a isolated position from the city, the only two close shrines are the Sasuke Inari Jinja and the Kuzuharagaoka Shrine.

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