If you’re going to Enoshima, be sure to stop at Zeniarai Benten Shrine!
If you’re headed towards the popular tourist destination, Enoshima, extend your trip to the ancient capital, Kamakura. Among the many temples in Kamakura, Zeniarai Benten shrine was founded in 1185 by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Kamakura shogunate of Japan. It is said that the shrine was built when Minamoto no Yoritomo had a revelation from a dream—which happened on the most auspicious day of the year—in which he discovered a water source that performs miracles. This water is one of the five most famous waters in Kamakura. Rumor has it that if you wash your coin in the water, then it will increase twofold. The shrine can get particularly crowded with worshipers on tsuchi no tomi which is the most auspicious day. Also if you take the Enoshima Electric Railway you can view other attractive tourist destinations like the Kamakura Daibutsu.
Where is it??
- 2-25-16, Sasuke, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0017, Japan
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Take JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo Station to Kamakura Station (about 55 minutes), then walk for about 30 minutes to reach your destination.