Being a treasure hunter, what is the first thing that comes to your own mind whenever you hear the word “tunnel”?

Perhaps you are thinking about the “horizontal type of tunnel”. In case that you do not know, there are actually two types of tunnels dug by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers. One is of course no other than the horizontal tunnel. And two is the “vertical tunnel”.

Although, when speaking about tunnel, it is more commonly linked to the horizontal type of tunnel.

If it happens that the type of tunnel that we discovered is the horizontal type, what we need to do is to enter and then follow the passage leading into its innermost portion. It’s because due to experience, the Japanese soldiers often hid their treasure loot at the innermost portion of their tunnels.

In this post, we are going to discuss a Yamashita treasure sign that has something to do about a tunnel used by the Japanese soldiers in hiding their precious loot.

In this image is the illustration of our treasure sign. Based on its symbol, we can say that it has a very close resemblance to the capital letter “T” of the English Alphabet.

The meaning of this Yamashita treasure sign is “Closed” and “Near”. Since this marker has something to do with tunnels, these two words as its meanings are clues on how we can find the “entrance”.

The clear meaning of the word “Closed” is it refers to the entrance or opening of the hidden tunnel. It actually indicates that this entrance is currently sealed or blocked.

Based on my own personal experiences as a treasure hunter, tunnels with hidden treasure deposits had their entrances blocked by huge rocks. This means that the Japanese soldiers did intentionally block them for a reason which is to protect their treasure loot.

Their most common method in sealing the entrances of their tunnels was to cause an explosion to the opening. This will cause the ground to collapse which will block the entrance of their tunnel.

The second word which is “Near” does indicate that the entrance of the tunnel is just nearby. This means that the entrance of the tunnel won’t be far from the object where this particular marker is found.

Actual Photo of Closed and Near Yamashita Treasure Marker

We have here an actual photo of a Yamashita treasure sign that was discussed above.

On this portion of the rock, we can clearly see the engraved symbol of our marker that has something to do with the hidden tunnel on this site. Based on my analysis on how this marker has been engraved, I can say that it is a legit marker made by the Japanese soldiers as a very important clue.

Just like our interpretation above, what we need to do when we encounter such a marker on our site is to search for the hidden entrance of the tunnel. And the best part about it is that we do not need to go far enough from this rock on our search. It’s because we know for sure that the hidden entrance of the tunnel is just nearby.

If we manage to find the hidden entrance of the tunnel, we are sure that the treasure deposit is stored somewhere inside. In order for us to know the correct portion of the tunnel where the item is hidden, we need to pay attention to the succeeding markers left behind by the Japanese soldiers inside the tunnel.


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