Identifying Hidden Japanese Imperial Army Buried Treasures


One of the questions that most amateur THs (treasure hunters) often ask is, How to identify a Japanese buried treasure?” or "How to identify the hidden treasure of Yamashita?"

The majority of valuable treasures hidden by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) are actually enclosed within different types of containers. Although, some of these containers cannot be easily recognized such as hidden deposits “inside large rocks or trees”.

treasure chest

Here are the following clever methods used by the JIA in concealing their treasures:

1. Rock or Tree Enclosed Treasure Deposit

The JIA used some kind of powerful chemicals that can easily dissolve various forms of hard materials. This allowed them to make large hollows or holes on rocks and trees with less physical effort. Due to this unknown type of chemicals, they were able to store a lot of their treasures inside the bodies of large rocks or trees. Unfortunately, the only possible way to identify rocks or trees with inside treasure deposit are either through interpretation of the signs or the use EMDs (Electronic Metal Detectors).

Note: The same type of chemical was used by the JIA in marking their engrave signs as opposed to some THs who think that they used manual carving tools.

2. Yamashita Treasures are Covered in Thick Black Asphalt

Most amateur THs often get the wrong impression that once they uncovered a certain Yamashita treasure deposit, they expect that the objects are in their shining and presentable forms. Based on my own personal experiences, most gold items that we recovered were covered with “thick black asphalt”. Perhaps, the JIA covered them with this kind of material to maintain or preserve their shapes especially the golden Buddha.

3. Wooden Boxes and Metal Container Drums/Barrels

The most obvious storage objects used by the JIA for their Yamashita treasures were wooden boxes and “metal container drums or barrels”. Wooden boxes usually contains gold bars while stored in metal drums/barrels can be gold bars, gold/silver coins, jewelries or unprocessed precious materials.

4. Large Ceramic Bowls

The JIA also looted many “antique ceramic bowls/jars” during the WW2 (World War II) period. And just like the storage objects discussed above, they also used these precious antique bowls and jars as containers. They often stored small pieces of precious items such as unprocessed gold/gold dusts, old coins, diamonds and different sorts of valuable jewelries.

5. Human Tombs or Grave

Almost anyone around the world can easily identify a “human tomb or grave”. And as a form of respect, we are taught not to desecrate them by any means. Due to this reason, the JIA took advantage of it by constructing fake human tombs/graves where they actually stored their treasures.

6. Hard Block of Concrete

Many THs already encountered “hard blocks of concretes”. According to them, they all tried every possible means of breaking the concrete but they failed. These blocks of concretes are indeed “extremely hard to break” because the JIA used a special type of cement known as the “Japanese Bunker Grade II Cement”. Anyway, stored within these blocks of concretes are most likely gold bar items. Thus, a Yamashita treasure found is guaranteed especially when you found such kind of block laying somewhere at a remote or old abandoned places.

7. Behind the Waterfalls

Many THs (including me) are amazed how the JIA cleverly hid their treasures in various unique methods such as hiding them behind the waterfalls. Some THs claims that they probably diverted the water allowing them to hide their treasures before putting the water back to its original course.

8. JIA Military Truck Vehicles

One of my sources “Kuitchi Takazagi” (not his real name) who worked under the direct command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita revealed one of the largest deposits that they had hidden. This treasure deposit are composed of several military trucks containing massive amount of gold bars, old coins, golden Buddha and many other precious artifacts. He could still clearly remember that they drove those cargo trucks into a large tunnel and sealed the entrance with a powerful explosion.

9. Human and Animal Bones

Some THs especially the diggers have the bad habit of throwing objects that they thought useless or have nothing to do with the treasures they seek. This is often the case for the “human or animal bones”. To let you know, the JIA actually used bones as containers for some of their treasure deposits particularly small pieces of precious diamond stones.

10. Some Treasures are Exposed

Majority of Yamashita treasures hidden inside caves and tunnels are exposed. Once the secret chamber is discovered, anyone can easily identify and confirm that they found the hidden treasures. However, this is "rarely the case".