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星月井 The Well of Stars and Moon

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

This historical marker is located at the base of Gokurakuji Pass as you enter Kamakura. The Sekihi, or stele, reads:

This well is one of the Kamakura Jui (Ten Wells of Kamakura). It is called the Hoshizukii (well of stars and moon) Well or the Hoshino Well. The name of this area is Sakashita. In the past, this area was full of trees and it was dark even in the daytime, so it was called Hoshizuki valley. The well's name probably comes from this fact. Many old people here also believe that in the past, the reflection of a star was visible in the well even in the daytime, so it was named after it. In June of 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa returned to Kamakura from Kyoto and passed by this well. It has been famous ever since. The water quality is clean and cold, making it ideal for drinking.

Erected in March of 1927 by the Kamakura Seinendan Young Adult Association.


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