Meaning of X | Yamashita Treasure Sign


General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men had commonly used the symbol “X” in marking most of their hidden treasure deposits in the Philippines. Many "Filipinos" and THs (Treasure Hunters) actually claim that they more often encounter this type of sign than any other signs around. Even I myself have actually encountered X markings numerous times in most of my THing (treasure hunting) projects.

When it comes to the meaning of the X symbol, it generally means "this is the spot”. It actually emphasize that there is something hidden or worth checking on that portion. However, it does not guarantee that the deposit can be recovered right on that spot. You may just probably find another important sign that will direct you into another different location.

The meaning of X is best interpreted through the help of other nearby signs around. Assuming for example that you have found an arrow sign marked on the surface of a nearby rock pointing directly into the location of the X. The arrow is actually emphasizing the significance of the X mark stating that “you should definitely check it out”. Thus, presence of other nearby signs can increase your chances of interpreting the situation if you will be able to recover the item right on X spot.

If it happens that you searched and explored the nearby surroundings and you did not found any other signs around then the X sign could be a “dud” intended to confuse THs. So when you dug underneath it or to any portion of it, you will only get disappointed to find nothing. Worst, you will encounter dangerous traps.

I am not actually saying that “when you have found an X sign but there are no other signs that can support its very existence, then just leave it”. You have to consider the instance that the other signs around it might have been lost. This is a very common issue for signs that were carved on old trees where they end up getting lost due to tree logging activities.

Thus, detectors plays an important role when dealing with an X sign. If you are an expert dowsing tool operator then you can confirm if the item is directly buried on that spot. As for metal detectors, you have to use a deep penetrating type of MD. If you don’t have either of these tools then I suggest digging a shallow depth which is just around 3 to 5 feet only. This depth should be good enough for you to assess and uncover possible signs if it is worth continuing to dig or not.

As you dig, I suggest that you need to take a close observation into the rocks that you have uncovered. Inspect their surfaces for any carving of signs so as their shapes. Other than the rocks are the type of soil. Try to observe if the soil is “loose” and seems cultivated years ago. Expert THs actually refer to it as “disturbed soil”. In some cases, you will uncover trashes such as bottles, broken pieces of ceramics, broken glasses and etc… These are actually positive signs which means that you should “continue digging”.

On the other hand, if you dug and reached 3 to 5 feet depth but you encountered nothing much interesting such as those mentioned above then it is best for you to stop.

The Meaning of the X Symbol Based on the Japanese Treasure Codes and Signs

The X sign seems to be one of the simplest treasure code used by the Japanese Imperial Army. It is indeed simple but it is actually quite complicated to interpret because it has several different meanings. It actually works best when there are other nearby signs that can support it. But if there are none, then you have to perform my suggestions above.

Here are the following different meanings of the X symbol according to my Yamashita Treasure Sign References:

1. Target

When speaking of “target”, it is referring to the hidden “object” or the “item”. It is actually the best meaning of X that every THs are expecting.

Treasure Map X Sign

On t-maps, X symbols also represents the exact location of the hidden deposit.

2. Stop

As I mentioned above, WW2 Japanese Imperial soldiers were tricky enough to place fake signs. And since the X is a very common type of sign that represents the hidden deposit, they also commonly use it as a dud. So when you dug it, you will just end up wasting your time and energy digging for nothing. This is the reason why X also stands for the word “stop” which means “don’t dig”.

3. Danger

Any amateur THs would never expect that X is also a danger sign. In relation to its meaning above which is “stop”, you should definitely stop and don’t proceed digging because there are dangerous traps setup ahead.

4. 10

X has something to do with the value of “10”. It could be a depth or distance that goes 10 feet. Or, it can also mean 10 steps away. To explain the relationship of the number 10 to the X symbol, it is actually the equivalent of the “Roman Numerical” value of X.

5. 24

Just like 10, X can also represent the number “24”. Thus, it can also be used to denote depth and distances. The relationship is that, the letter X is the 24th letter of the “English Alphabet”.