Ancient Aliens: Japan has a Spaceship Made of Stone

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On the Spaceship Made of Stone episode of Ancient Aliens, the theory of aliens visiting Japan is researched. Have aliens been guiding Japan and it’s rulers for centuries?

Japan’s dichotomy of incredibly revolutionary technology and old world traditions is pointed to immediately on Ancient Aliens. In fact, many inventions like driverless cars and extra arm contraptions (i.e. Doctor Octopus arms) are referenced to set the story. Why is such a technological giant, however, attached to the past? Ancient Aliens suggests it’s related to their history of alien contact.

Japan is a hub of UFO activity.

In 2007, over 300 UFO sightings were reported each month in Japan. An official government investigation into the situation was conducted. Subsequently, a report was produced indicating no UFOs. Not much time later, however, Shigeru Ishiba, Japanese Minister of Defense, admitted there was a response plan for alien invasions. Additionally, the prime minister’s wife reported being abducted by aliens and traveling on a UFO. She said, “Venus is a beautiful place.” (Insert Uranus joke here.)

This type of link should cause no surprises. Indeed, teachings of Shintoism have ties to aliens. In fact, their Kami (gods) are said to still roam the lands today. Over 81,000 shrines house their spirits, and many believe they visit still today.

Japanese artifacts link to aliens.


One of Japan’s most ancient documented cultures is the Jomon. And their most noted artifact is the Dogu statues. There have been over 15,000 found on the islands. Their appearance is very peculiar. The statues have giant eyes that could easily be goggles on a space-helmet. Additionally, there are holes or rivets all over the bodies. The ancient astronaut theorists have a theory.

Amaterasu and the Grand Shrine

In Ise, Japan, there lies the grand shrine that is a marvel of construction. Built without nails or metal, it’s unlike any other shrine in Japan. Furthermore, it’s believed to be the shrine of Amaterasu, the sun goddess from whom Japanese deities descend. Of all the 125 individual shrines in the area, the one for Amaterasu is the most important. Consequently, it is said to hold one of the three artifacts known as the Imperial Regalia of Japan. These artifacts were supposed gifts from Amaterasu, and given directly Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan. What makes it very suspicious is the fact that the general public is not allowed to see the artifacts.

Utsuro Bune Incident

In 1803, Japanese fishermen spotted a ship drifting in the distance. When the ship washed ashore, observers likened it to Japanese incense burner. It was literally the shape of flying saucer, very similar to current technology, and was said to be made of silver and glass. A lady emerged speaking a language nobody knew. She wore fine clothing, had red hair, and was very foreign to anything the men had seen before. Inside, the fishermen saw hieroglyphs. There are multiple reports of this encounter. Japanese people are generally well aware of this, and accept it as a god arriving on island.

Giorgio is on the case.

Along with Japanese ancient astronaut theorist Takeharu Mikiami, Giorgio Tsoukalos went to Japan to investigate all things related to Japanese culture and aliens. Their tour specifically targets megaliths with links to aliens and/or gods.

The Ishi-no-Hoden megalith.

For example, the Ishi-no-Hoden megalith is a 500 ton single stone said to have the soul of a kami (i.e. god) inside it. The rock is also called Ame-no-kishi, which translates to “Floating rock from the heavens.” To summarize, it was constructed based on the legend of Ama no iwafune, which translates to “heavenly rock ship.” Indeed, the legend states that a deity flew in a vehicle of similar size and construction. It’s worth noting that many believe the legend’s description is due to the fact that people of the time couldn’t accurately describe the true nature of the ship.

The Masuda-no Iwafune megalith.

Mikiami and Tsoukalos also visit the famous Masuda-no Iwafune (“Rock Ship”) formation in Asuka Park, Japan. It’s an 800-ton structure carved from a single piece of granite. It does not resemble any other architecture in Japan. Some say it’s a tomb, but most think it’s a sky boat in ancient stories.

If you were to walk upon it, the immediate thought of a UFO is unavoidable. Indeed, there are two square hatches on top, and it exhibits the classical saucer shape described ad nauseum by those who have reported sightings. The shape and contour of the rock is very compelling evidence for past alien encounters. In fact, most ancient astronaut theorists in the area believe Masuda-no Iwafune is a replica of a godly vehicle.

Japanese burial mounds of the era are also peculiar.

During the same era, Japanese people began to erect large, keyhole-shaped burial mounds (i.e. kofun) surrounded by moats. The largest of these tombs is in Osaka, Japan. Curiously, it is so large it can only be seen from the sky. For this reason, many are uncertain as the intent of the keyhole design.

Japanese believe the royal family descended from sky gods, and this is the only way for the gods (read: aliens) could recognize the final resting place of the bodies. Over 160,000 kofun are located on Japan. Much like the lineas de nazca in Peru, these kofun cause serious suspicion. Additionally, a similarly shaped mass has been seen on Mars. For those linking aliens to the kofun, there is no better evidence.

Moreover, the kofun mystery is increased by the Ishibutai Kofun, a megalith from 6th century AD. The largest rock in the structure weighs 77 tons, with a total structure weight is approximately 2300 tons. Mikiami and Tsoukalos get special access to go inside where they discuss how an ancient civilization could have built this structure. Giorgio idismisses wooden sleds as a vehicle to carry the large stones. It would be crushed. In fact, he mentioned seeing a 5 ton rock crushing a similar wooden sled elsewhere. As with Egypt and Easter Island, there is much we don’t know about how the ancient civilizations were able to move such large structures. For this reason, the connection to aliens makes that much more sense.

The remaining evidence

Most episodes of Ancient Aliens have a major theme and then several minor, connected details. For example, ancient Japanese texts point to Emperor Jimmu being helped by a three legged crow (similar to a three eyed raven for Game of Thrones fans) named Yatagarasu. This crow was massive, and is usually depicted as being inside a fiery orb. Many believe this is representation of a spacecraft.

Surprisingly, the Ancient Aliens people managed to tie Japan’s role as a tech superpower into the episode. There was a nearly 700-year isolationist policy when the succession of Emperors was not followed, but in 1867 Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu faced with a revolt and relinquished control back to an Emperor with lineage back to Jimmu. Subsequently, the Japanese people took off technologically and became a superpower that rivaled great western empires.

Did reinstatement of the royal family cause a re-connection to an extraterrestrial past?

Similarly, there have been far too many UFO sightings in the past to ignore. There was one over the Fukushima nuclear plant after the meltdown in 2011. Additionally, the famous cluster over the skies of Osaka in 2015 are nearly impossible to explain as anything other than UFOs.

There was even a brief portion where Ancient Aliens covered astronomers attempting to reach a star called Altair, which supposedly represents one of the Japanese gods. The message was a message to the makers, almost like the plot to Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

Total count for the “ancient astronaut theorists suggest/say/theorize” phrase variation: 9.

Ancient Aliens airs Friday nights on the History channel.