Japanese Symbol for Treasure


Most Japanese treasures that has been found in the Philippines were purely accidental where these lucky individuals managed to find it through renovations of highways, building their houses, tiling their farm land and etc... This is the reason for the growing number of Treasure Hunters all over the country seeking for the abundant wealth that was hidden by the clever Japanese Empire in World War 2.

If you ever want to pursue or join this kind of serious activity, you need to know first about the risk and danger that might happen to you. This isn't like any treasure hunting activity on beaches, parks or areas where you are just doing it for fun and entertainment.

Buried treasures by the Japanese Empire involve huge amount of wealth in the form of Gold Bars, Golden Statue (Buddha) and Jewelries such as diamonds. Being able to find any of these items will make you an instant millionaire or billionaire which is the goal of every treasure hunter in the Philippines.

It really sounds pleasantly good to the ears hearing about the Japanese treasures that it can almost tempt anyone to try and dig their own places as well. But, take note that the risk involves real danger that it can take your life away especially when you do not know what exactly you are doing. The Japanese soldiers weren't stupid to bury or hide their treasures without setting-up a trap. They commonly setup bombs and poisons that when the diggers gets closer to the object, it will be triggered. I will leave it into your own imagination as to what will happen to you or your digger.

There are actually plenty of Japanese codes or symbols that you need to conduct further researches beside on this blog. Below are some illustrations of these codes that you can add to your references:

The X, Cross and (*) Asterisk

Encountering an X sign is the most obvious symbol that denotes the spot of the buried item. But, this is not the common case where it also means danger or stop digging. If you continue digging further, you might trigger the trap putting your life at risk.

Sometimes, the cross symbol is misinterpreted for an X. You really need to observe the sign carefully if it is an X or a cross. An interpretation for the cross symbol is that the hidden item is just around the area so make use of your handy detector for locating it.

Asterisk sign denotes exactly the same as the X sign but with the statement that there is worth of millions of buried deposits hidden right on that spot.


The Japanese soldiers didn't hide all their treasures on the land. They also filled bodies of water which makes the recovery of their hidden treasure a lot much harder as compared to digging the ground. If you encountered a symbol that looks like the letter M and there’s a presence of river, pool or any bodies of water around the area then it means that the treasure is hidden under the water.


Piles of gold bars and old coins are the most common treasures that can be found or recovered as compared to the Golden Buddha and other precious jewelries such as diamonds. A common sign of a gold hidden treasure deposit is A or Au which is also the symbol of gold indicated on the periodic table.

Three Circles or Dots

If you found three circles or dots engraved on the surfaces of rocks or trees, it means that there are triple deposits hidden around that area. Another sign is needed to pin-point the exact spot of the hidden items, but if none then you have to rely on your detector.


You should be happy when you found a triangular sign because it means that the hidden item is composed of volume of treasures.


There are hundreds of signs used by the Japanese Imperial army to hide their treasures in the Philippines. You might even encounter signs that look like Chinese or Korean characters. But, most complicated signs indicates big amount of hidden treasure deposits.

Interpreting signs correctly is very important in the field of Treasure hunting activity. It will let you avoid danger and points you towards the right direction. If you are a newbie and you have found an interesting sign but it’s unknown to you, it’s best to ask help from a trusted professional treasure hunter. You might never know that the sign can be a "warning sign" of a dangerous trap setup ahead.

For more Japanese treasure symbols that has already been discussed, you can check them out under the Category - "Signs and Codes".