Kanagawa - The Money-Washing Ritual at Shinto Shrine

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The Money-Washing Ritual at Shinto Shrine

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(52 reviews)
Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
50 mins

About the tour

Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a popular shrine with a natural spring tucked away in a little valley in Kamakura. The shrine occupies a cave and a miraculous spring flows through its atmospheric interior. This shrine offers a lot more than just a walk around. Legend says that if you wash your money in the spring, it will multiply and come back to you. But, the money washed here must be spent in a good way for it to grow! Eriko will walk you through the fun money-washing ritual step-by-step and share hidden stories of Zeniarai Benten Shrine. Let's explore this beautiful shrine and participate in the ritual while learning the symbolism of Shinto in Japanese culture.

Meet Eriko Shiratori

Eriko Shiratori

Eriko has been sharing her love of Japanese culture with people around the globe since 2017. In her words, Japan is beautiful, unique, and weird all at the same time! She's been lucky to have traveled to dozens of amazing countries and she got a chance to live overseas, in Australia and Canada, for a couple of years. Being exposed to other cultures has given her a new lens to look at her hometown and its traditions. Her great-grandfather was a kimono craftsman in Tokyo, and today she is honoured to wear the kimonos that were passed down through generations. She is looking forward to exploring Japan and sharing a smile with you!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Kanagawa with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Kanagawa. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

🇨🇦 Wendy B.

19 July 2021

Liz L.

18 July 2021

I had been wanting to take this tour for a while and was glad that it was offered at a time I could make it. It lived up to my already high expectations. Eriko is a wonderful guide and this tour is a great tour for those that want an in-depth tour about Shinto. The tour was very interesting and relaxing and Eriko explained everything very well and answered lots of viewer questions. Highly recommended.

Deborah S.

18 July 2021

An interesting and informative tour. Eriko made sure to take time with her shots and was very patient in answering questions. Thank you, Eriko for sharing your culture with us.

Chris W.

18 July 2021

This tour is not only fun, but so relaxing and extremely beautiful. Excellent presentation Eriko, I feel so humbled being here and experiencing these beautiful temples and shrines with you, there absolutely spectacular. Arigatō Eriko. 🙏🏻 I can't say enough great things about the places you take us on your tours. I believe this is my second tour here and it gets better each and every time. There is so much to see in Japan, from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Tokyo to peaceful places like Zeniarai Benten Shrine. ❤️ Eriko-san, arigatōgozaimashita. 🙏👏 🙌🇯🇵

Bruce B.

18 July 2021

Eriko is a very nice person and very knowledgeable about the information she gives

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