Machida (Japon) : The Tabata Stone Circle
A Jomon stone circle dating to 3,500~2,800 years BP.
Some pottery finds were excavated on site(see photo above), as well as pit graves
The tallest stones are smaller than the height of a man. They resemble the stone circle in the Shaanxi area of China, rather than those of the Central Asian steppelands.
Locals say the sun sets over the peak of Mt. Hirugatake (1673 m.) the Winter Solstice day which can be seen from the stone circle. ‘Hiru’ means ‘daytime’, a cognate for which is ‘sun’.