Isedōtai・Ōyu Stone Circles
The Mystery of Jomon
Hidden in the Stone Circles of Akita
If you think about ancient stone circles, Stonehenge in England is reasonably what comes to mind. But did you know that there are stone circles in Japan as well? The largest stone circle in Japan is in Akita and is called “Ōyu Stone Circles”, which also has a neighboring site called “Isedōtai”-- both were built in the late Jomon Period. But why did they build stone circles back then?
This guide explores the theories behind stone circles using clues from history. But don’t just take our word for it-- take a moment to put yourself in the place of the Jomon people from 4,000 years ago and imagine what kind of lives they led.
※Note that the sites are closed during the winter due to snow. Please contact each facility before you visit to confirm the touring hours.