Meaning of a Heart Yamashita Treasure Sign

One of the most common and repeatedly asked questions is about the meaning of a “heart Yamashita treasure sign”. Heart signs that were left behind by the Japanese Imperial Army can come in two different forms. The first type of form is that, heart sign can be in the form of an engraved symbol. It can either be engraved on surfaces of rocks and on bodies of old large trees. The second type of form is that, the heart sign can be in the form of a rock or stone bearing the shape of a heart.

Before we proceed on the meaning of a heart sign, I would like to inform you that heart signs particularly heart shape rocks or stones is very commonly encountered around. You can easily spot one especially when you are on areas with a lot of rocks or stones. Thus, it is important that you should be able to distinguish authentic heart signs from those that are not. So how are you able to distinguish it?

It is expected that experienced treasure hunters already knew how to distinguish authentic Yamashita treasure signs but for the amateurs, they most likely do not know. It really can take some experience before an amateur can correctly spot a legit sign or marker. So if you are an amateur treasure hunter with little to no experience at all, what I suggest you to do is to “look for additional signs or markers” nearby. If you managed to find at least two or more additional signs then that would be enough to consider the heart shape sign you found as authentic.

But, what if you only found one sign or marker? If there is only one sign or marker present around the area then you need to closely study it and make sure that it is no doubt a man-made sign or marker. So if this is the case then, you may consider the heart shape rock or stone as an authentic Yamashita treasure sign or marker.

Now, let’s proceed to the meanings.

Large Treasure Deposit

Every time that when somebody asks me about the meaning of a heart sign with no further additional details about it, what I often respond is its general meaning which means “hidden large treasure deposit”. However, this meaning can change or becomes more specific depending on the influence of other signs or markers that are present around it. Anyway, what really makes a heart sign quite interesting is that, it gives you an estimate idea about the volume of the hidden item which can be very motivating for you to work on it.

Heart treasure signs can actually be discovered on the ground surface or buried under the ground. Those that are found on the ground surface are more likely interpreted with the meaning pertaining to the volume of the hidden treasure deposit. As for the buried heart sign, it may have a slight and much better meaning that it even provides hint to the exact location of the hidden item.

Treasure Deposit is Buried Under

Assuming that you have uncovered a heart shape rock sign under the ground at a certain depth, it actually offers a much better meaning than those that are found on the surface. It’s because it also indicates that right underneath it is the treasure deposit spot. Thus, all you have to do is to continue your diggings once you managed to uncover such type of particular sign or marker.

A much accurate type of heart sign indicating that the item is buried underneath its spot is a “heart with a dot or hole inside” particularly at the center as shown on this illustration. We have already covered the meaning of a dot or hole in the other previous video where it often represents the hidden item. When combined with a heart sign, the dot confirms the spot as the “digging spot”.

Dots or holes can also be replaced by X which is still interpreted with the same exact meaning.

What if there are multiple heart signs or markers?

On some cases, heart signs or markers can also be interpreted like an arrow sign. As shown on this illustration, the pointed tip of the heart can be treated similarly to the pointed tip of an arrow head. Going back to the question, presence of multiple heart signs or markers is best interpreted by treating them as arrow signs.

Let’s say for example that you found three heart signs on your prospected site as shown on this illustration.

What you have to do is to follow their directions and determine their “common intersecting spot”. Let’s plot the common intersecting spot of these three hearts by simply extending their directions.

As you can see, all the lines meet together at one spot. Thus, this will be the digging spot.

What if the heart signs or markers do not have a common intersecting spot?

Let’s say on this example that you have found these four heart signs on your excavation site.

If you are going to take a close look and study their directions, you will notice that each of them leads to the locations of the other succeeding heart signs or markers.

When it comes to the exact location of the digging spot, there are two possible options.

The first option is to follow the direction pointed by the last heart sign and hopefully there will be another sign or marker which finally confirms the digging spot.

If there is none then proceed on the second option where the last heart sign is the digging spot.

What if the heart signs or markers are pointing towards some random directions?

If it happens that you encountered heart signs or markers that are simply pointing towards some random directions then they are “not meant to be interpreted as directions”.

Again, presence of other types of signs around is pretty much needed in order to clarify their meaning. However, let’s assume on this example that you completely surveyed the entire area and you did not find any other presence of signs or markers. On this case, your final option is to plot the locations of the heart signs and analyze what type of figure can be formed.

On this example, the heart signs form a triangle.

If you are going to ask the location of the digging spot then there is a very good chance that it is at the center.

Next to the center are the three corners.

Anyway, base on my experience it is very rare to encounter just a group of heart signs or markers. They are actually more often accompanied by other different type of signs that provides further specific details about the location of the hidden treasure deposit.

Hope and Patience

Perhaps the meaning of heart sign that is often overlook by most amateur treasure hunters is “Hope and Patience”. This actually means that you are dealing with a treasure deposit that involves a lot of hard work. So in order for you to succeed, don’t ever lose your hope and you must have an endless amount of patience. In short, “never give up”.

View Comments (16)

  • Can you send me an email address so I can send photos of what I have for your assessment.



  • What about a V sign with a dot in the middle?

    • The V sign can be considered as an arrow head while the dot is confirming that particular spot. In short, it means that you dig right exactly on that spot itself.

  • Sir, what is the meaning of spoke.

    • Spoke has something to do with the distance. You have to count the number of spoke and the equivalent is the distance which is commonly in terms of feet.

  • Agustin alcala says:

    I had heart stone in the center creek but there is no other sign only heart. Help me Sir what I had to do sign.

    • If it is only the heart sign around then you can give it a try digging underneath it.

  • I've seen heart shapes at the top of flat big stone. As an amateur, I start digging around the big stone and I found just 1 ft below my digging an engraved heart sign. What does it mean Sir?

    • If you have found it buried under the ground then you should continue digging down further.

  • JON ASY YUSON says:

    What is the meaning of the heart sign present in the edge of hole 4 edges in 4 small hearts then have a right foot and small left foot.

    • What you have to do here is to follow the all the directions of the heart signs that you found. As already covered in this post, follow the pointed tips of the heart. Do the same with the foot sign which I also covered in another separate post. Follow their directions and they will most likely lead you into your digging spot.

  • Good day Sir Elmo,

    At the depth of 19 feet, we uncovered a big heart shaped mountain rock coated with cement lying underground. We follow and dug the tail/arrow of the rock at 3 meters distance but we found nothing. We continued to dig underneath it for 3 meters below but there is still no sign. When we used the L dowsing rod below, it pointed both sides of the heart shaped rock. The dowsing rod did not point underneath it and its tail direction. What particular distance or depth from the heart shaped rock should we dig?

    • Try to follow the direction indicated by the tip of the heart sign that you have found.

  • How about 2 stones heart sign and they have 2 black dots in the center. What does it mean?

    • If the two tips of the heart signs that you found are pointing to each other then right at that spot is your digging spot.

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