Ubuta Shrine (産田神社)
According to Japanese mythology, Izanami Mikoto and her husband Izanagi Mikoto were the creators of land on earth (the islands of Japan) through their offspring.
Izanami later gave birth to Kagutsuchi Mikoto, the god of fire, which led to her being burned to death during the child's delivery.
According to the local version of events, Izanami Mikoto was then buried at what is now the nearby Hana-no-Iwaya Shrine.
The more generally accepted version of the Japanese creation myth has the events taking place in Izumo in what is now Shimane Prefecture. Mount Hiba, near Yasugi on the border of Shimane and Hiroshima prefectures, is noted as Izanami's burial place in The Kojiki, Japan's oldest book still in existence.
Ubuta Shrine is thus associated with safe childbirth. The main hall of the shrine is surrounded by stones from nearby Shichiri-mihama Beach and another belief is that prospective mothers can predict the sex of their future offspring by closing their eyes and reaching behind them to pick up a stone. A round stone indicates a girl, a more elongated stone, a boy.
If the prediction comes true and the birth is successful, the mother brings a stone to the shrine from Shichiri-mihama Beach.
Mie Prefecture 519-4325
Ubuta Shrine is about 1km inland from Arii Station.
Close to Arii Station and Hana-no-Iwaya Shrine is the interesting Kumano City History & Folklore Museum about 1 kilometer from Ubuta Shrine in a straight walk.