Japan's lost super-civilization

Yonaguni Monument, Okinawa

In recent years the increasing number of books and programs on television discussing the mysteries of ancient Japan, reflect a renewed interest in this area, highlighting the many unanswered questions which still hover over the pages of Japan's history books. Many theories and hypothesis have been put forward over the years, and while conflicting at times, they all insist on one common point - somewhere in the pages of Japan's ancient history certain crucial chapters are missing. With new discoveries of ancient ruins both on land and underwater are being brought to light, the possibility of an advanced civilization which existed during the Jomon Period ( approx.10,000 BC - 300 BC) or earlier, is gaining creasing credibility. As extraordinary as this sounds on first hearing, until any other official explanation can be offered about the many unidentified ruins existing across all of Japan, the startling and exciting possibility of a lost civilization cannot be ruled out.


Oyu Stone Circle, Akita
This report aims to present a general review of the physical body of evidence to support a theory that a super civilization once existed in ancient Japan.This is part of  a body of ongoing work I started in 2001, to record and photograph the many sites of unidentified ruins across Japan. The distance and difficulty in accessing remote areas to find these sites was challenging and at times dangerous, but the excitement that such an impressive network of mysterious ruins existed across Japan kept me motivated and I have now shared this body of work with thousands of people across Japan and overseas. Most people when seeing the photos for the first time think I have been to Easter Island, or that they are looking at an ancient Mayan ruin. How many jaws have dropped I wonder when I tell them that all the ruins can be found in Japan!

Masuda Iwabune ruin - over 100 tons, Nara

Regrettably however, much of the physical evidence that could support the theory of a lost civilization in Japan has been lost, left to neglect or continues to be destroyed due to modern day expansion. In other cases, it would appear that the stone from these ancient ruins have been used to create the castes and temples that ironically make up the official version of Japan's ancient history today. In recent years extensive investigation into some of the megaliths such as the Kanayama ruins in Gifu have brought forth startling evidence that the megaliths were used as a sophisticated solar calendar. How did people living in the stone age of Japan have such impressive knowledge of the universe and how were they able to move stones which weigh hundreds of tones? The questions still remain unanswered and what remains today is a trail of puzzling ruins, pyramid mountains, ancient script and petroglyphs found scattered across Japan from remote mountain tops to way beneath the waves of Japan's seas. It is imperative that we ensure the protection and investigation of Japan's remaining ruins and OOPARTS (Out of Place Artifacts), as they may be the last keys we have to unlocking the true origin of Japan and her people and the remaining chapters of history waiting to be written.

Kanayama Megaliths, Gifu


Most people would be surprised to learn that an ancient network of pyramids exists across Japan and that these pyramids may in fact be the oldest pyramids in the world. This startling information was first brought to the attention of the public by Katsutoki Sakai in 1932, when he publicly announced the discovery of Ashitake Mountain in Hiroshima, the first place in Japan to be acknowledged as a pyramid mountain.

Ruins at the top of Mt. Ashitakeyama Pyramid, Hiroshima

Sakai was greatly influenced by the mysterious Takeuchi Document which amongst other startling revelations coded in ancient script (神代文字), records the existence of pyramid mountains across Japan. Japan's pyramid mountains are not the same as the stone structures we usually associate with the Egypt or Mexico, but rather make use of natural mountains themselves of which Japan is abundant.

Kuromanta Pyramid, Akita

Sakai claimed that in countries where natural mountains were not present it became necessary to create man-made pyramids. Sakai's public announcement caused a pyramid boom in pre-war Japan which then eventually died down until recent years, when startling new survey results renewed an interest in Japan's pyramid network. Mountains believed to be pyramids can be found across Japan and share certain common characteristics which define them as pyramids : 
astrological positioning of the mountain and actual pyramid shape, existence of stone megalith alignments either at the top of the mountain or in the nearby vicinity, existence of a stone circle and/ or sun-stone at the very top of the pyramid and presence of earthenware believed to be used for ceremonial purposes .

Whale rock, Fukushima

These certain characteristics have led to some theories that pyramid mountains served as energy conductors for the earth in a vast network of ancient technology spreading across Japan. Strange phenomenom such as bright lights and UFO sightings are also common at pyramid sites further adding to the mystery of their purpose and origin.

Senganmori Pyramid, Fukushima

OOPARTS is used to denote ancient artifacts and other physical evidence that do not fit the current accepted view of history and archeology. Although unknown to the general public atlarge, OOPARTS can be found all over Japan supporting the strong possibility that certain chapters of Japan's ancient history are missing. Due to the large number of OOPARTS in Japan a selection has been chosen for this report and divided into the following three categories:


Mysterious face megalith, Yonaguni, Okinawa

A surprising number of mysterious ruins leave a puzzling trail across Japan scattered on distant mountain tops, hidden deep in ancient forests, or lying off Japan's coastal waters. They all exhibit consistent features and markings which suggest they all share a common origin but not one that has been identified by our history books.

Turtle Rock, Asuka, Nara - 10 tons

The majority of these ruins have yet to undergo any formal investigation except for those ruins whose massive size alone ensured that they were noticed leading to formal research and surveys of the site. Most famous of all of Japan's OOPART ruins is the underwater temple structure discovered in 1986 off Yonaguni Island in Okinawa. Continued research by Masaaki Kimura (University of the Ryukyus) has led to conclusive evidence that the 
structure is man-made and may certainly pre-date what we currently believe to be the world's oldest civilizations.

Turtle stone, Yonaguni
Glass-bottom boat tour

Main evidence to date includes: tool marking, road and stairway structure, letters/symbols, Maoi head, terrace formation as well as a sun-stone and animal relief structures. It is imperative that we ensure the preservation of Japan's ancient ruins found both on land and underwater so that research may be carried out to evaluate whether they pre-date what are believed to be out oldest civilizations today as evidence so far suggests. If estimates that the Yonaguni monument date back to between 6000-10,000 BC are correct, and that there is a connection between the underwater ruin and the lost ruins on land, then the implications for human history are astounding.

Terrace steps, Yonaguni underwater monument

Ancient stone megaliths such as those alignments found at Stonehenge and Carnak are recognized the world over, but few people know about Japan's considerable number of striking megalith alignments found across the country. Often found at the peak or upper side of pyramid mountains or places of sacred importance, these mysterious formations of no yet known origin pose some serious questions. Foremost of which being the question of how people in ancient times were able to move or maneuver massive stones often weighing hundreds of tons.

Mysterious megalith atop mountain in Yakushima Island, Kyushu

Surprisingly very little research has been undertaken concerning Japan's ancient megaliths, and it is only in recent years that surveys like the one being carried out at the Kanayama Megalith in Gifu are revealing fascinating evidence that whoever placed these stone structures had a deep understanding of astronomy and the movement of the sun on days such as the equinox and the solstice. 
For further information the Kanayama megaliths please access: http://www.seiryu.ne.jp/~kankoukanayama/megaliths/index.html

Kanayama Megaliths, Gifu
Many of Japan's megaliths are found near to or at the top of pyramid mountains suggesting that their function was closely connected to the purpose of the pyramids themselves. If theories that Japan's pyramid mountains served to regulate the flow of energy into the earth are correct, then these stone megaliths may have acted as energy conductors for the forces of cosmic energy on days of astrological importance such as the equinox and solstice.

Tojintaba Megaliths, Kochi

When examining the ruins which have no known origin across Japan's remote mountains and forests, it appears almost they have collapsed in the wake of a huge cataclysm. If it can be proved that the underwater monument in Yonaguni is connected to the lost ruins across Japan then the possibility of a 10,000BC dating would confirm that that these ruins did indeed survive the cataclysm of the last ice age which would also account for the apparent collapsed state.

Unknown stone remains, Iwate

Japan's underwater ruins have better survived time than those ruins remaining ruins on land which have been subjected to weather corrosion and the massive land development of modern day Japan. It is a formidable task therefore to compile a conclusive body evidence to show they may be the remains of Japan's oldest civilization. One vital key however exists in the form of strange rows of markings found on certain ruin stones which are almost consistent in shape and form all over the country.

Obviously the work of human hands, what is the purpose of these rows of holes which have been found all over the country from lonely mountain tops in Iwate prefecture all the way down to the shores off Yonaguni? How were these holes made in an age where no metal tools existed? Since they have been found at sites all over the country, it is highly likely that they are the work of the same civilization but according the history books no such civilization existed in Japan's pre-history.


Petroglyphs found in Adogawa, Shiga

Although it is generally believed that the introduction of kanji into Japan from China in the 5th century are the beginnings of written script in Japan, traces of earlier script and petroglphys have been found across Japan. This script is known as Kamiyoji and has been found in ancient texts and carved into the stones at shrines and in other objects of spiritual worship. Petroglyphs have also been found across Japan and OOPARTS such as the Okinawa Rosetta Stone raise serious questions as to the true origins of written script in Japan. The Rosetta Stones which is currently housed in the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, are a series of stone tablets found on the Okinawan mainland starting from the year 1932.

Okinawa Rosetta Stone

Anyone who stands in front of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge or the Nazca Lines in Peru, cannot help feel an excitement and sense of awe at the power and wisdom of the creations left to us by ancient civilizations. The same feeling is felt when the Yonaguni underwater monument in Okinawa first comes into sight, especially when our current understanding of history has no place for such anomalies. 

For centuries human curiosity has been sparked by the fantastic tales of lost civilizations of Atlantis, Mu 
and Lemuria, but it is only in our recent age today that actual archeological findings are turning these tales of fantastic fiction into the new chapters of our ancient history!
Japan is emerging as a surprising location for numerous ruins both underwater and on land which hold vital clues to finally unravel many of the world's ancient mysteries. Can it be dismissed as a pure coincidence that the many ruins found underwater and on land across the Pacific just so happen to be where the continent of Mu was supposed to have sunk?

Of even more immediate interest are the findings that the Yonaguni monument may have existed around 10,000BC when Mu was supposed to have disappeared under the waves. What is the origin of the many underwater ruins being discovered off the waters of Okinawa in recent years? Many stories which have been past down from ancient times speak of a lost paradise once known by humanity, and the Okinawans too speak of a godly paradise known as Nirai Kanai which exists across the waves.

Yonaguni Monument, Okinawa

New understanding of our history and roots as the human race can serve as a beacon of renewed hope for our age to follow. If like our ancestors we return to a way of life which honors the cycles of nature and our earth above all else, we may also once again witness great creations on our earth when the human mind becomes one with nature. Let us turn a new page in our history books together and seek to create a magical legacy for future generations to come just as our ancestors did for us in a far off golden age. 

Yakushima Island, Kyushu

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Kara is the author of "Spirit of Mu - the untold story of Japan's ancient history and has over fifteen years of experience visiting the many ancient ruins of Japan which have yet to be identified in terms of origin and age. On thorough investigation however, the evidence is overwhelming that the many ruins lying scattered across Japan have the same base roots as the Yonaguni underwater monument in Okinawa, which is now believed to be up to 10,000 years old. Our history books however, have no record of any advanced civilization at this time. Japan may be the vital proof archeologists and historians need to fill in the missing chapters of our true world history. Seeing one of these ancient sites is an amazing experience which you are sure never to forget and will change your idea about Japan forever.

Kara's research and photos have been featured in magazines and she has been asked to appear on Japanese television on several occasions. She hopes to share her work with a global audience to share the magical world of ancient Japan which she believes can help us navigate our way to a more harmonious and joyful future on the planet.


  1. Great post. Traveling through Mie and Wakayama prefectures, I've felt the presence of ancient sites. I've suspected that there are a great many that people are not aware of.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! What a wonderful area you are travelling through. I love Nachi waterfall. Yes, there are many ancient sites there. Enjoy your adventures : )

  2. I have always had this image of Yamato royalty linked to the Mu continent.



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