Some 68 miles past the east coast of Taiwan, off the coast of Yonaguni Islands, a sport diver, swimming in 1995, stumbled upon a field of ancient, sunken ruins.
The ruins are believed to have been the remains of a 5,000-year-old city; a Japanese Atlantis that has been lost to time.
In the center of its ruins is a massive pyramid that once rose 82 feet above the ground. It is an incredibly complex structure, with staircases, hallways, and carved stones; a great building resembling those built in the Inca civilization on the other side of the world.
It must have been a great city in its time. And yet, 2,000 years ago, that ancient civilization was pulled under the water, lost from history, and forgotten.
Nobody knows how it happened. Little can be agreed upon when it comes to Yonaguni-Jima. Some scientists, in fact, insist that the sunken city isn’t even a city at all. Instead, they say it is nothing more than naturally-formed rock structures shaped by erosion over thousands of years.
When it comes to Yonaguni-Jima, it’s hard to say anything for sure. But to many, those perfectly-shaped steps could only be the remains of a sunken pyramid built by a great civilization, buried under the sea thousands of years ago.