For some reason, the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) preferred to hide their Yamashita treasures on places with waterfalls. This is probably due to the reason that they were able to utilize the location and natural force of water as protections to their hidden treasure deposit. Thus, if you are dealing on a project that is situated on a waterfall then expect dealing with the water and rock climbing.
Basing on my own personal experiences with our projects on waterfalls, the signs or markers are commonly found on the top portion. So if there is a certain waterfall in your area that you suspect to have Yamashita treasure deposit then go to the top portion and carefully search for signs or markers. It is very important that you need to look for these succeeding signs or markers because they will guide you into the spot that you need to dig or break if it is on a huge rock.
Again basing on my own personal experience, waterfall treasure deposits often involve breaking hard rocks. And on some cases, if it’s not hard rock then it’s going to be hard concrete.
However, the hardest task when working on a waterfall is avoiding the danger or risk of accidentally falling down from the waterfall down to its bottom.
I would like to share to you one of these clever design by the JIA on how they had hidden their Yamashita treasure deposit on a waterfall. Although, this kind of design only work on a small waterfalls where the water can be diverted from the top to a different direction.
As shown on this illustration is a top view of a waterfall. In order for the JIA to hide their Yamashita treasure, they will create a canal on one side. As I already mentioned, the purpose of this canal is to divert the entire flowing water. Thus, the canal must be able to accommodate it.
After they were able to create a canal, the JIA soldiers will completely block the original pathway of the water by using rocks or bags of dirt.
When they successfully diverted the water, the next task was to hide their Yamashita treasures. Their hiding spot will be on the cliff of the diverted waterfall which is somewhere at the middle portion. They will dig a horizontal hole that most likely goes around 5 to 15 ft deep only because of the difficulty of digging involve. However, if the portion of the cliff is made of pure and natural hard type of rocks then the JIA soldiers tends to use their special cement. Through their special cement, they can create special concrete enclosure attached to the surface of the rocks.
If the JIA soldiers did not hid their Yamashita treasures on the cliff then they may pile them down at the bottom of the water particularly at the original spot where the water falls from above.
And finally, when everything was set in place then the JIA soldiers can now put the flow of water back to its original course. As a result, the water acts as the obstacle that protects their hidden treasure deposit. Thus, if a certain group of amateur treasure hunter attempts to recover the hidden treasure without doing the same thing as the JIA soldiers then it will most likely lead into accidents.
Three Common Waterfalls Yamashita Treasure Signs
There are several Yamashita treasure signs pertaining to the waterfalls but on this post, let’s just cover three of the most common signs around.
The first sign that we have here is known as the “Taki-Falls”. This sign is actually a Kanji symbol. But what does the word “Taki” mean? Taki is a Japanese term which means or refers to a “plunging waterfall”.
The second sign of a waterfall that we have here seems like another Kanji symbol. However, it is not actually a Kanji symbol but a very simple drawing of a waterfall.
Let’s try to add more details into the symbol to illustrate the accurate features of the waterfall.
Can you see it now?
And finally, this is the third sign of a waterfall. Just like the second sign, this one is obviously another simple drawing of a waterfall.
Let’s add again more details into this symbol to make the waterfall more noticeable.
Interpreting Waterfall Yamashita Treasure Signs
Interpreting the meaning of a waterfall Yamashita treasure sign is quite very simple. It actually represents the location of the waterfall in which you need to search. So let’s say for example that you found one of the signs that we discussed above on a certain site. What it means is that, you need to search for the nearest waterfall on that area. Considering that you have found the waterfall, what you need to do next is to explore it for additional signs or markers which confirm that you found the correct place.
On the Yamashita treasure maps, waterfall signs or symbols are commonly used as “Landmarks”. Landmarks can also be considered as bearing points. And most importantly, they are used for confirmation that you are on the right place.
Moreover, waterfalls signs are a type of clue that does not provide any clue to the exact spot where the treasure deposit is hidden. They are more commonly used as directions telling you that the next place you need to go is at the waterfall.