Pure Spring Waters Quench Thirst for Good Luck

Zeniarai Benzaiten is said to provide financial benefits

Polytheistic Shinto teaches a concept of “Yaoyorozu no Kami,” which literally means eight million gods, but idiomatically it expresses “uncountably many.” In this concept, people believe that there are special gods according to their wishes such as “the god of financial success” and “the god of love.”

Zeniarai Benzaiten in Kamakura City in Kanagawa prefecture is a famous shrine for being said that if you wash your money in spring water from the cave of the precincts called “Zeniaraimizu,” the amount of money you have will multiply. “Zeniarai” means washing money in Japanese.

Zeniaraimizu flows from the cave

Its formal name is Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine. Its origins are unclear, but according to legend, in the year of 1185 when continuous natural disasters brought poverty, Minamoto no Yoritomo, a first shogun of Kamakura shogunate built it as he had a revelation in a dream telling him “If he held a memorial service for gods and Buddha with the spring water in the northwestern spiritual realm, the whole country would be peaceful.”

Left: Putting money in a wicker basket and washing it with Zeniaraimizu./ Right: The cave entrance at  Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine.

People take out money from their wallet and wash it with the “dip up” water. Why don’t you try washing the money from your own country, making it dry, and taking it back home? In Japan, they say the use of money provides the economy with vitality, and many feel that this will provide them with prosperity. It is certain that the “blessings” of Zeniarai Benten will continue to provide you with good fortune after you return to your home country.

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

Address: 2-25-16, Sasuke, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Worshiping time: Visitors are free to engage in sightseeing in the precincts. (The amulet reception counter where visitors can purchase omamori (charms) is open for business from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.)

Access: Exit at JR – Enoshima Electric Railway “Kamakura Station West Exit” and walk about 30 minutes (2 km / 1.24 miles)

A mysterious omikuji telling fortunes with Kifune – Jinja Shrine’s spring water!

Kifune – Jinja Shrine in Kyoto City is known as the god of love with a long history that dates back from approximately 1300 years. It has “Mizuura-mikuji” that is popular for visitors. This omikuji is different from normal omikuji. When you pull the omikuji, nothing is written on it. Then, you dip it in the “Goshinsui,” a spring water from Kifune Mountain, the sacred mountain in the precincts, the messages will appear!

New “Mizuura-mikuji” Kifune – Jinja Shrine / KyotoiitokoVideo

Also, this historically significant Kifune – Jinja Shrine in Kyoto has implemented a translation system starting from this year for the tourists who cannot read Japanese to let them see the messages in their language.

Reading a QR code printed on omikuji with a smart phone

If you read the QR code printed on omikuji with a smart phone, translations will be displayed in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Korean. Cutting-edge smartphone technology has made it even easier to read the messages written on omikuji.

Kifune – Jinja Shrine

Address: 180 Kifune-Cho, Kurama, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: Nearest station: Exit at the Eizan Train “Kifuneguchi” station. Transfer to the Kyoto Bus and exit at “Kifune.” Walk for 5 minutes.

Wherever you go in Japan there are many shrines and temples all over the place. The two shrines that we introduced here are related to water and especially believed to have fresh spring water with more blassings. Japan is a land of great natural beauty, so go there and see for yourself while pondering the belief of the nature-revering Japanese people.