The Mysterious Underwater Ruins of the Lost World in Yonaguni
Yonaguni / Photo from ryoki
Yonaguni Islands epitomize the island culture of Japan in miniature. Situated 68 miles beyond the east coast of Taiwan, Yonaguni is remarkable for its rugged and mountainous coastlines. This 4 by 10 km island has a refreshingly virgin atmosphere, unspoiled by the influence of modernity. Its small populace is mostly traditional Japanese with a touching warmth and hospitality. Yonaguni is known for its wonderful natural settings that offer endless scope for adventure and exploration to spirited tourists.
However, the real attraction of these islands is the submerged ruins that you find in the southern coast of Yonaguni. A superb 100x50x25 meters man-made artifact made of solid rock slabs stands erect at right angles. Its age is estimated to be around 8000 years old, which is remarkably early for the kind of technology that has been used for carving it. Different theories exist about the possible identities of this structure.
Yonaguni Monument, thought to be a man made temple, although it is more likely that the rock carving was done by a geological component. / Photo from Nemi.Kaunistytto
While some opine that these ruins are the remnants of the missing Continent of Mu [Video], other archeologists attribute them to be the outcome of unexplained geological processes. Although when you see the finely designed hallways and staircases, this ‘natural phenomenon’ idea will appear sheer out of place.
Stairs / Photo from amakusaleanne
This wonder megalith was discovered quite accidentally by a sport diver in 1995 when he had strayed beyond the permissible limit off the Okinawa shore. He was awe struck to find the reigning stone structure on the seabed covered with coral formations. His snaps created a great sensation after they were published the next day in the major Japanese newspapers. Further searches were conducted by organized teams of experts after the initial findings and soon specimens of other ancient underwater civilizations were discovered.
Photo from amakusaleanne
The interesting thing about this massive stone building was that it had arches made of beautifully fitted stone blocks bearing resemblance with the building architectural style of the Inca civilization.Debates were rife about the ruins being associated with the prehistoric Motherland of Civilization. Surveying the ruins minutely takes time and skill because of the rough oceanic currents.
Okinawa Rosetta Stone / Photo from sarmoung
Yonaguni symbol / Photo from Doremon360
The manmade vs. natural debate has come to rest ever since the marine geologists have confirmed the artificial origin of the ruins. Japanese intellectuals like Professor Masaaki Kimura of the Ryukyus University are no more enamored with the Mu Continent legends. Though contradicted by historians, some even claimed that the ruins of the sunken civilization could date back to 10,000 years, i.e. even before the commencement of the Egyptian civilization!
Besides the ruins, Yonaguni Islands have many spots of interest to draw adventure enthusiasts. You will invariably encounter congregations of hammerhead sharks during your wintry dives. The giant whale shark is an added attraction since you scarcely get to see it in any other parts of the world. Divers with an archeological interest love to visit the myriads of caverns and rock structures that throng the southern coastline of the islands. The Temple of Light and Daiyati are known for their incandescent white radiance.
Photo from amakusaleanne
The journey to Yonaguni Islands could prove to be a difficult venture. Flight and ferry services are regularly disrupted by bad weather conditions. Only 1-2 flights from Ishigaki per day land in the small Yonaguni Airport fields at the rate of Y10000/17000 one-way/return. You could also travel by ship leaving on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Ishigaki charging Y3460/6580 one-way/return. Once you reach Yonaguni, you have to be mentally prepared to face more than one hurdle while embarking upon this thrilling underwater venture.
The revision of History-Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids at Yonaguni / Photo from HIDDEN KNOWLEDGE