Box of Buried Yamashita Gold Bar Deposit | JIA Treasure Sign

Medium to large Yamashita treasure deposits were placed on different types of containers such as wooden boxes, cylindrical drums, ceramic bowls and even inside human or animal bones. As for small deposits, they do not usually have containers because they consists of only few number of items such as one or two pieces of gold bars.

In most cases, majority of the hidden Yamashita treasures were stored in boxes. In fact, the large deposit uncovered by “Roger Rogelio Roxas” in Baguio City, Philippines were composed of several “large piles of boxes” known to contain precious gold bars.

When it comes to Yamashita treasure signs, there are plenty of “boxes related signs” on the list. Thus, we should cover only those that are commonly encountered by most THs (treasure hunters).

Boxes of Gold Bars

The JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) used the sign above to indicate the contents of their buried treasure deposit. It means that the item consist of “boxes containing gold bars. As you can see, the symbol consists of “four boxes”. The three boxes are aligned vertically but one is at the middle positioned at a different direction. Regardless of their arrangement, they represent “gold bars” as deposits.

On the left side of the symbol are two inverted “Cs”. This means that the items are “enclosed or contained” within two or more boxes.

The above symbol are also interpreted exactly the same by these following signs:

Treasure Deposits in the Box or Chest

The above treasure sign is interpreted as “treasure deposits in the box or chest”. As shown in the image above, the sign consists of a rectangle with a dot at the center. The dot represent the item while the rectangle as the container box.

Other signs with similar meanings to the sign above are the following:

Box of Gold

This is another Yamashita treasure sign which means, “Box of gold”. It is simply illustrated by a big letter C engulfing the smaller size letter B.

Moreover, you might have noticed the differences of the signs with one another. They actually have slight similarities. On the first four sets of signs above, the two inverted Cs are represented by the next three signs with 3, B and 8 accordingly. On the second set of signs, they all consists of rectangular boxes.

The reason about their slight similarities is due to different individuals who illustrated those signs. Just for information purposes, these treasure symbols used by the JIA are “Kungi” symbols which was a long forgotten ancient form of writing from Japan. Thus, even the JIA themselves were not quite familiar with them which explains those differences.

Above all, encountering any of the signs above ensures the presence of the hidden deposit in the area.

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  • Anonymous says:
    • Sir Good Day. At about 25 feet of our diggings, we encountered a hard rock or concrete. When we slowly chiseled it, we noticed that there are three rectangular shape that are aligned. They are about 1 foot apart from each other. What does it mean? Thank you Sir for your help. God Bless.


      Most rectangular signs refer to a certain container. It basically mean that the item is stored or enclosed inside a certain rectangular object. Thus, it could be a wooden box, concrete or rock with rectangular shape.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Norman Jan Malalis says:

      Sir Elmo good day.

      I found a turtle formed rock at the center island in Y shaped river. The turtle rock is 1 meter in height and 1 meter in diameter. Upside of the turtle rock or the shell is perfectly flat that has 5 side or pentagon in shape. The turtle rock have no sign of feet or tail only the head assumed to be sleeping because it has no extended neck exactly 3 feet away from turtle rock because I measured it I found a pointed stone pointing to the turtle rock near the water of the river with an engraved marking of inverted big C's engulfing a dot or hole.

      In the opposite side of river about 10 meters there is also a frog head formed stone which is facing also to the turtle rock. All other sign is pointing directly to the turtle rock. What does it mean Sir Elmo. Thanks.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Hello Sir Elmo, we found some sign including shells, rock and now our divers found a red color of big wood. We dig more than 52 feet and they encountered black and gray sand color.

      Hope you can answer my question regarding this. Thank you.

    • Before you started digging your site, may I know the whole story about it?

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Sir Elmo, how about the old brick stone we found?

    • I need more details about these old bricks that you found. Have you found it under or buried down the ground? Is it just one or there are many piled together? Are they heavy? Have you tried breaking it apart?

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Good day Sir. We found dark green old bottle and have engrave big letter B inside the circle. What does it mean Sir?

    • I am not sure about it but I think that sign tells something about the deposit which is a Buddha.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Sir, I have found an engrave inverted letter C with a dot(hole) at the tip of the inverted C. Estimated size of inverted C is about 5 inches. It was engrave in a big rock at the top of slope maintain wherein on the top of the slope is a flat soil surface. What is these this mean and possible location of the deposit Sir?

    • It is one of the most common and easily interpreted Japanese treasure sign which means inside the rock deposit. The only problem is, find the rock where the item is stored.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Golden Drop says:

      At 45 feet, we encountered green soil then smooth cement wall with triangle rock. What will we do? Thanks.

    • The green soil is a good sign which mean that you are digging on the right spot. The wall means, at that depth you need to pay attention to any other succeeding signs such as the triangle rock. This triangle rock means that you need to have a close observation at the corners as you proceed digging deeper.

  • Goria aque geraldoy says:

    Good day Sir, what about the big grider stone? My father opened it already but sad to say he is gone already. There are files of rock. They dig it but water comes inside the hole (big grider stone). Is there any possibility that this place is one of the Yamashita treasure? I need your help because my husband wants to pursue it. Thank you.

    • Yes, it is possible. However, based on your description about the site, it lacks more signs or markings that can confirm the presence of a hidden deposit. This, my suggestion is to tell your husband to conduct further exploration and investigation about the site before deciding to start the operation.

    • GD PM Sir,

      We found a cement in the area shape like cone and have a wood size 2x4x36 inch each buried horizontally with 1 foot visible on the ground, we break it and we found inside the cement a sqaure cement with the hole in the center. We refer it to the treasure code which means treasure in the box, scattered around and treasure in the chest. What do you mean of this? Is it suggesting to dig around of how many meters from the marker and what direction, N,S,E,W?

      Many THs suggested to go to west 2 meter from the marker, aside of that we try to dig 20m from the marker East. We found a cement platform visible in the ground and broke it but no gold found aside of soil with full of nails.

      We dig the side of the cement platform and we found a big single upside shell and refer it to the treasure code (Treasure under). We dig 3 meters from a shell and at the 14ft we have dig a decayed logs and green clay and this clay becomes black clay and hard went it is expose in the sun, continue digging at the 18ft we have found a green soil. Is it true that the green soil means we are in the right track? Suggesting to continue digging to add additional 10ft to reach the item or we will meet another sign as a pattern of buried treasure?

      • It is nice to know that you know how to interpret signs. As for your question, you should always base your decision according to the signs that you encounter.

        Green colored soil is a marker that often indicate contamination of the ground with poisonous chemical. So if you feel itchy after being exposed to the green soil or it emits a strong scent of odor, it confirms that the ground is contaminated.

        • Yes Sir, all my companion have feel itchy without contact the soil. What we are going to do now? We continue digging using backhoe.

          • Using a backhoe is a wise decision.

  • We found a green old bottle in the area with a Number 2 engraved at the bottom inside with map reflection. The map chambers of the bottle was engraved on one of the two big stones which was overflowed by water from two streams meeting at the two stones. Forming a Y in between the stones was a bamboo tree.

    • I think somewhere close on that area is an old stream or creek that has an intersection which is indicated by the Bamboo tree. The two big stones probably contains engraved markers which should give you the next clues about what to do next.

  • Turtle gents says:

    Sir, I found a turtle without head and a tail but there's a horse shoe sign and circle on top, also ⬜ with an arrow on both sides.

    • Those are very good signs. All of them are signifying that the item is buried on that particular spot.

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