The first year of the Bunji era(1185) was the year of the snake.
In this year, on the day of the snake, in the month of the snake, Minamoto Yoritomo had a dream in which the god Ugafukujin delivered a divine message.
He was told, ‘In a valley to the northwest, there is a miraculous spring that gushes out of the rocks. Go there and worship the gods of Shinto, and peace will come to the people.’
He found the spring, as it had been described, and immediately enshrined Ugafukujin.
So it is said that the shrine was established, with the spring water being used in Shinto memorial services.
It is believed that if you spend 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.