Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Zeniarai Benten, the money-washing shrine.

This is a very neat shrine!  We visited the Zenirai Benten Shrine on Monday, mid-morning and it was surprisingly crowded.   
The shrine is about a 25 minute walk from Kamakura Station, and kind of out of the way.  When you leave the station on the Enoden gate side entrance, continue walking straight.  Make a right at the first intersection after the Starbucks.  Follow that road and you should see signs for Zeniarai Benten and Sasuke Inari Shrine.  We visited that shrine as well.  I will do a separate post on that.
These people are all at the money washing area inside the cave.   
The sign outside the entrance reads, "It is believed that if you spend the money that has been washed in the spring's water, it will increase many times and come back to you.  The spring is one of Kamakura's five famous water."
This is the entrance into the money washing area.  For 100-yen, you buy an incense stick, two candles and borrow a basket to use to wash your money.  That guy in the brown coat is at the place where you can light your incense and a candle.  You take the incense stick and stick it in the sand, wafting the smoke over yourself.  The candle you light and stick on one of the thorn-like things in that black area.

After doing the the incense, you enter the cave, put your money in your basket and ladle the spring water over your money.
It's hard to tell from my picture, but this was a beautiful little area right next to the money washing cave.  There is a small waterfall on the left and koi swimming around below the  bridge.
This area you may miss unless you look for it.  It is kind of behind the building where you get your temple book signed and stamped.

There is a lot to do and see in Kamakura.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Again, your pictures came out great! My bracelet looks so pretty ;)

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