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Zeni Arai Benten: Washing our money

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Published on 02.26.2016 When I found out there was a shrine that supposedly doubled your money... I had to put my skepticism aside and check out Zeni Arai Benten. When we found the entrance to the shrine, I knew I was going to like it. The entrance is a tunnel that is carved into a small hillside with a small gate. I waited patiently in line for my turn to wash my money. I can't tell you whether it actually worked or not, but a cool expericence none the less.

Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a famous shrine in Kamakura where you wash your money for good luck and the hopes that your money will double. The leader of the Kamakura Goverment, Minamoto no Yoritomo ordered it built after he had a crazy dream and a god appeared to him telling him to dedicate a shrine there to bring peace to the country. Another cool thing about Zeniarai is that it's one of the few remaining examples of the mixture between Shinto and Buddhism.

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Zeniarai Benten Shrine is located about a 25-30 minute walk northwest of Kamakura Station. There is no bus station or other famous attraction nearby. However, the shrine is located along the Daibutsu hiking trail which connects Kita-Kamakura with the Great Buddha.

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