Japanese Symbol for Treasure


Most recovered “Japanese or Yamashita treasures” in the Philippines were “purely accidental”. Lucky individuals who often discover such fortune are construction workers, farmers, tree loggers, miners and even homeowners making simple renovations around their houses. Due to this reason, many other people got influenced and motivated to find their own treasures.

However, anyone who wish to pursue a career or hobby as a TH (treasure hunter) in the Philippines are warned about the risks and dangers involve. This is not like an ordinary THing (treasure hunting) activity in the beach or park where you get to enjoy and have fun. It is a serious type of activity involving risk, money, time and physical effort.

Despite of the dangers involve, many individuals particularly THs are still willing to take the risks because they are already aware about the rewards of their efforts and sacrifices. The YTs (Yamashita treasures) actually consists of undocumented number of golden statues (Buddha), gold bars, jewelries and gold/silver coins. Anyone who is able to recover even just a single deposit of these hidden YTs could become an “instant billionaire”.

As a TH myself with years of experience, my greatest advice to all amateurs is to start learning the Japanese or Yamashita Treasure Codes. These are sets of symbols used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) as markings that pinpoints the exact locations of their treasure deposits.

Common Symbols Indicating the Presence of the Hidden Treasure

Let us cover the most commonly used symbols by the JIA “indicating the presence of the hidden treasure” on a certain site.

1. The Commonly Used X Sign

The X sign is one of the most commonly used symbol “indicating the spot” where the treasure was hidden or buried. Unfortunately, it has several other different meanings already covered on this post, Meaning of X sign.

2. Millions Worth of Deposit

If you encounter a sign similar to an “asterisk” symbol, it actually mean “Millions worth of Deposit”. This refers to the “value” of the hidden treasure back in WW2 (World War II) which was worth “millions” but on this present day, this value could be worth “billions” or perhaps even more!

3. The M Symbol

A symbol that look like “letter M” actually means that the treasure deposit is hidden within a certain “body of water” such as the river, pool and stream. Although, recovering such deposit really offers extreme difficulty especially if a strong force or current of flowing water is involve.

Tip: When dealing with water related projects, it is best advised to work on them only during the “Low Tide” season.

4. A or Au

The JIA used the symbol “A” or “Au” in denoting their gold treasure deposits. These items can be in the form of golden Buddha, gold coins, gold bars or any objects made out of gold. The relationship of these symbols to gold is due to Au representing the gold element on the “Periodic Table”.

5. Dots or Holes

Small “dots” or “holes” are common JIA treasure signs indicating more specific locations of the hidden items. Let us have an example. Assuming that you found an X sign with a dot on its right side engraved on the surface of a large old rock. This basically means that on the right side of the large old rock is the “exact digging spot” of the buried object.

6. Triangles

Triangles just like the X sign also have several different meanings but in reference to the hidden deposit, it means “volume of treasures”.

7. Human Figures

Some signs consists of human figures but most of them only have heads with missing bodies. This is because “the heads” provides the most important hints about the location of the hidden object. Anyway, any signs composed of human figures indicates that the hidden deposits are images of golden Buddha.

8. Rock Enclosed Treasure

Encountering a “rock enclosed treasure” deposit means that the object is hidden or contained inside the rock itself. Thus, digging is not required but breaking the rock.

9. Rectangles

The meaning of rectangular signs is almost similar to the other signs discussed above. However, it offers a lot more specific description about the contents of the hidden treasure which mean “boxes of gold bars”.

10. Diamonds

Aside from gold deposits, “precious diamonds” were also hidden by the JIA. There are actually several different treasure signs pertaining to diamond deposits but the most commonly encountered sign by THs are those with figures similar to the number “7”.