Historical records claims that buried “Japanese or Yamashita Treasures” in the Philippines consists of undocumented number of golden Buddha, gold bars, gold/silver coins, jewelries and antiques. Can you just imagine yourself being able to recover any of these items? If you do, you will surely be living in a wealthy life. But despite of the fortune, THs (treasure hunters) are actually risking their lives every time they attempt to dig any of these hidden Japanese treasures.

The JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) back in WW2 (World War II) buried most of their war-loot treasures by equipping them with “dangerous traps”. These traps includes poisonous gas, toxic chemicals and vintage bombs. Many THs actually fell as victims into these traps which unfortunately ended their lives. Thus, THing (treasure hunting) in the Philippines either as profession or hobby must always be treated with “utmost risk”.

Aside from dangerous traps are “natural causes” particularly earthquakes and landslides. No one can actually predict when an earthquake is going to happen. Due to this reason, THs or anyone working under the ground are at risk when it unexpectedly occur.

Unlike earthquakes, landslides are caused by bad weather conditions which our modern age technology now allow us to predict their occurrences. So it is always best advised “not to go THing” during “rainy seasons” or “incoming bad weather” is announced.

Assuming that you have successfully recovered a certain Yamashita treasure deposit, the risk involve still does not end here. Bad people will come after you especially when they found out about the valuable item in your possession just like the case of “Roger Rogelio Roxas”.

THing in the Philippines is indeed a very risky type of activity which can never be avoided by THs. If you cannot afford to take the risk then hunting for the buried Yamashita treasures is not for you.

Risk and Danger

Avoiding the Risks of Digging WW2 Japanese Treasures

All the risks involve mentioned above can be avoided provided that you know exactly what you are doing. Experienced THs most likely know how to handle those risks but for the amateurs, it is vital for them to learn some guidance.

Here are some of the following tips on how to avoid or minimize the risks of digging the Yamashita hidden treasures:

1. EMDs (Electronic Metal Detectors)

EMDs are not just meant to be used to detect buried treasure deposits. It is actually a tool that can also be used by THs to avoid the risks of accidentally triggering booby traps. Thus, if it happens that your equipment detected a certain metallic object then “do not be too hasty” enough to dig it. You have to take extra caution and dig slow.

2. Gloves and Boots

If a treasure sign indicating a warning about “poison trap” is found, diggers must wear their gloves and boots to avoid “skin contact” with the soil (All Yamashita treasure found must also be handled with gloves on). The JIA often contaminate the inner layers of soil with deadly chemicals which emits strong scent of odor. This scent could either be “sweet” which smells good like perfume or terribly bad like a rotten dead corpse of rat.

Exposure to contaminated soil will first have a symptom of experiencing “itchiness”. After several hours, the victim will experience “dizziness” then later, “paralysis” and “death”. It is a very slow process of dying with no known possible cure even up to this date.

3. Gas Mask

Other than a contaminated soil as discussed above, a poison warning sign also indicate “deadly gas traps”. Unlike the chemical poison, inhalation of this poisonous gas leads to an “immediate death”. This form of trap can only be encountered deep from the ground. And unfortunately, the only possible way to avoid this danger is by “wearing a gas mask”.

4. Timbers

When a hole or tunnel is dug on a ground consisting of “loose type of soil”, it has the huge tendency to collapse. Any experienced or skilled diggers will surely suggest the use of “timbers for support”.

Note: The Philippine Government just recently implemented a strict “Law” prohibiting illegal or unauthorized cutting of trees even when they are at your own backyard.

5. Water Pumps

“Water trap” is another risk involve when digging the Yamashita treasure. When unsuspectingly triggered, a sudden burst of water will fill the hole causing it to collapse burying and drowning the diggers to their own death. Sadly, the only possible way to avoid water traps is to interpret early warning treasure signs.

Some THs who encountered water traps but persistent to continue working on their projects does not have any other options but to use “water pumps”. Although, the risk involve remains the same because at any given time, the water could suddenly overpower the water pumps.


79 Comments to “Risk of Digging Buried Yamashita Treasure | Dangerous Traps”

    • We found a stone just as big of a fist, which cut into halves and formed into heart shape. Located in a 25 feet deep below. What does it mean? under stream.

    • A heart sign usually denotes a great hidden wealth. But since you encountered a broken heart, it means that there are two deposits which are hidden on two different spots.

    • Hi Sir, we found a stone that has a sign engrave on it. The sign looks like a circle with rays. Actually looks like a sun.

    • The number of rays refer to the distance. In most common cases, it is the number of steps towards a certain direction. But, that direction is being directed by another undiscovered sign. Thus, try exploring the surrounding of your site for additional signs.

    • Sir, we already dug 22 feet the soil and rocks smell like perfume and soil looks corals. Please tell me how long we need to dig. Thanks.

    • Simply keep digging until you will encounter a more interesting sign pertaining to the hidden object. As for the odor, you have to refrain from smelling it because it could be dangerous.

    • We need help how to decode sign. We have a lot of sign I don't know how to interpret those sign. We are seeking help because my relatives keep digging 70 ft now. The area is positive I can send you a proof. The problems is we don't have knowledge of hunting.

      Thanks and I hope you help us good day.

    • Can I ask about the sign of engrave circle, what kind of sign is it?

    • Sir Elmo! Good day,

      We already reached about 21 ft. digging in our backyard (site target). We pass already the sticky and hard soil. Now we reached the black sand and suddenly we dug red color sand. What does this mean? and how deep we need to dig if its positive?

      Thanks and hope you can give me an idea.

    • Sir, we had found a cemented parcel along the corner of my cousin's rice field which is rectangular in shape. We consulted experts and they confirmed that something precious is really in there, however upon knowing that some of my female cousins peep in the hole where they were digging they already decided not to show at the site to continue the operation of unveiling what's inside because they claim that it is a bad omen.

      Do they have point on this? Some of the members of our family were digging the site already but as I have read your blog and other related articles on treasure hunting I was able to learn the dangers and risks of it. I am anxious with my family's safety.

      Please advise us. Right now they have reach for about 1.55 meters digging and have found a 2 meters length by 1 meter width cemented vault which they claim to be very hard.

    • My advise is to break the rectangular shape concrete that you found. Forget about that bad omen because sometimes, claimed bad omen are just made up by people in the past to protect something precious such as treasures.

      If the bad omen is real, then you maybe contacted by spirits warning you about touching that rectangular concrete.

    • Good day Sir, I'm from Vizcaya. I found something interesting. A heart shape with an inverted j connecting to it, there is also 4 metal equally buried down on it. The sign is 3 inches wide.

      What is the meaning of this Sir? Please tell it to me. Thanks and God bless.

    • An inverted J marker is a very interesting sign indicating that there is something buried right on that spot. Thus, I suggest to dig on the spot where you found the sign.

    • Sir, I just wanna ask if there is any solution for those deadly poisonous chemical?

      Actually, my father and his friends dug up to 150 feet with positive signals and symbols. They also encountered poisonous chemicals. Inhaling those chemicals in the air which cause them feel dizzy and itchy on their skin.

      Up to now they are still continuing. But now, there is a big pond of water down there. They used long bamboo stick to know how deep it is. At least 10 feet long stick they are using but still it can't be reached.

      They stirred the middle of it and they saw shinning something (we don't know) in the middle. The water is positive with chemical mixtures. We don't know what and how to fight those poisonous chemicals. We are 100% sure that there is a big deposit there.

      Please give some advice Sir. Or you can contact me.

    • Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed cure for Japanese poison traps. Thus, the best way is to avoid or prevent them in the first place.

      Anyway, I am still conducting a research especially those treasure hunters whom I know who made contact with these kinds of poison traps and they were able to overcome it. I might be able to publish a post about it by the end of this month.

    • Good day Sir Elmo, I am from Mindanao. My uncle dug about 3 or 4 feet then they encountered a green soil. After 2 feet maybe, a blue soil then they continued digging and they found five cemented seashells in an oily but soft soil. Is this a sign that they are near the treasure Sir?

      Thanks a lot Sir. Hoping for your reply.

    • Follow up question Sir, what does it mean about the color green circle soil and a blue circle soil? They found also live ants under before they found a 5 seashell.

      Thanks Sir have a nice day.

    • These colored soil are layers which are considered signs which goes the same with the seashells. They are considered as a guide which simply confirms that you are digging in the correct direction. Anyway, I already have a post discussion about this topic and I suggest that you read it in case you still haven't.

    • Sir, good day. I would like to ask if the site we are working is positive or not. We are digging close to a two palm trees and Acacia tree. We are almost 18 to 20 ft now. In our first hole, we found a cracked bottle which is dark green. There is some sort of a compass at its bottom part.

      At 15 to 18 ft, we encountered ashes which seems to be from a human. The bone is not complete though. Now, my question is, Is our site positive?

    • Basing from those strange objects that you encountered along the way of your diggings, I can say that your site is positive. However, I would like to advice that you should be aware of signs that tells you of a change in direction.

    • Hello Sir Elmo. I just would like to ask, can the scanner really locate a gold deposit underneath? My brother is digging a hole of about 12 feet already. Water is pouring out and then there are sands also. Then they hit a hard structure but cannot go through digging because of the water. Is there a treasure in their site?

    • If your basis is the equipment which is a scanner for the presence of any possible treasure deposit then it really all depends on how accurate it is.

  • Good day Sir,

    Me and my friend found a tunnel and its a loose soil. What should we do to prevent it to collapse? The entrance of the tunnel is beside the Pulangi River above the cliff about 4 meters high from the water. We entered the tunnel already and we reached for about 30 meters inside. We didn’t touch anything inside because we are afraid it might collapse. We also take some pictures inside and when we review our pics the other day, we found out that we captured a strange face looking at us. Ad at the entrance, there is also a pic of dog. The scary one is a devil face. Is this a warning not disturb them?

    • Basing on how you described your encounters with those entities, it seems that they really do not want you there. The dog at the entrance already means that the tunnel is being guarded. The unknown face that you captured probably means that strangers are not welcome while the devil face shows how violent they can be. Anyway, the tunnel can be reinforced by using timbers for support. Moreover, it is a good project to pursue but it seems that you will need a person who is an expert in the field of mining or a person who have knowledge on how to setup those timbers. Aside from that is an expert spiritual medium.

  • Hi Sir! My dad found a Japanese kitchenware just 1ft below. Also, he found a block of cement 1 meter away from our well. Below that cement, there’s a tushar of piston. He continued digging and found a pile of 18th century vintage broken bottles (such as pepsi, tanduay and ketchup). Just beside the hole that they dug, they also found a black soil about 11/2 meter long with a diameter of 3 inches which is totally different color from the soil there. They also noticed that that soil in that area is very soft.

    Please give us an advise currently we are now at 4m depth. Thank you.

    • Those signs and markers that you describe here are all interesting dictating that your site is positive. Currently, my advise for you is to simply continue with your excavation.

      • Thank you. How about an inverted Y engraved in a boulder just beside an old Madre Cacao?

        • It means that there is an intersection of a certain pathway such as an old trail or old creek.

  • Good evening Sir. We did treasure hunting now and we are at 140 feet already. Our workers smell scent of perfume in the hole. What does it mean Sir? Thank you.

    • There is a huge chance that the scent is a poison so your diggers should avoid inhaling it too much. The good side is that, it usually indicate that the item is nearby.

  • Thank you Sir, we found also 2 horizontal breathers forming a heart shape. Big enough to crawl inside. We followed it and only to find out the 2 breathers met. At the intersection is another breather going up. Almost 12 ft high. Down is a room enough for a person to stand. Now we cleared the area. Sand was over, the floor now is hard. May I ask where the item is? Thank you.

    • I believe it is under that hard flooring. It’s because based on my experience, the item is often hidden or placed at the hardest portion so that it is obviously hard to be recovered.

  • Sir good evening. The hard floor was over but we found nothing. Instead, a pointed rock at the center. Not so big. They also found a stone that had letter V engraved on it. What does it mean Sir?

    • The V sign can also be interpreted as an arrowhead sign. So if it is pointing to a certain corner, then you have to dig that portion.

  • Good day, thank you for the answers Sir. After the hard floor is again smooth and easy to dig but our diggers smell foul odor and they felt so hot in there. Are they really close to the item? Thank you.

    • You need to warn your diggers about that foul scent because it could be a poison. As for your question, I can only answer that if you have any markers that you diggers have recently found.

  • Good day Sir, I read your post. Hope I’m one of those lucky people who will receive such prizes. Sir, after the sand our diggers dug plenty of black small stones. Are these still signs? How I wish this will be the end of our TH.

    • If they are strange black stones or pebbles then yes, they are definitely markers. Signs like this means that you should continue.

  • Good day Sir, we dug a hole for pump well but we noticed the sudden change of color of soil from brown to black like asphalt with crushed pebbles about 2.5m deep. A foul odor like rotten flesh of animal can be smell. Is this a sign of a treasure?

    • Yes, it is possible but you need to do more digging until you can discover more additional markers.

  • Good day Sir,

    In our excavation we found a room with sands at the center. What was that Sir?

    • The sand being piled on the center is what makes the situation strange but interesting.

      What you should try to do is to get some sample of the sand and pan it. I think that I already a discussion on how to pan which is a process of identifying raw form of gold.

      Yes, that is correct. There is a possibility that those sands could be raw and unfiltered type of gold.

      • Good day Sir,

        We smell gun powder and there’s flat shiny stone that have triangle sign. What was that Sir? This was 100 ft or more below the ground.

        • It is strange for you to smell such kind of scent down there so I think you should try to determine where it is coming from. As for the shiny stone, the triangle sign on it is referring to a certain corner. In my opinion, this corner could be an opening to the hidden chamber.

  • Sir, we dug 4 feet. There were wood timbers surrounding the hole. We are trying to dig at 6 feet. We dug sands and corals its hard to dig because there were spring all over the area, could it be water trap?

    Location was coastline. Is there any possible traps in there? We are only relying on dowsing rods estimated to be 9 feet deep.

    • Since there are timber woods, it could mean that you are probably dealing with deep tunnel here.

      The presence of the water source in your site could possibly indicated that there is a presence of water trap. So the answer to your question is, yes.

  • Sir we found a turtle stone with head in front there’s a water source maybe 20 meters away from the turtle stone. How could you read this sign Sir and where is the item? Thank you Sir.

    • That turtle sign tells about direction especially that its head is very emphasize than its other body parts. I already have a post about turtle signs and I suggest that you read about it.

      Anyway, it is still hard to say where exactly is the item hidden. You need further surveying of the area before we can make any further speculations.

  • Good morning Sir Elmo,

    We found something suspicious soil below the ground in 3 feet we encounter layers of diff. Color of soil in 10 feet from the ground we found and we continue digging and the soil diff. Color. Red. Yellow. Grey. Brown. And thick soil color white mixed.

    • As you as you are encountering different layers of soil especially when it comes to their colors, this means that you are on the right track. My advice is simply to continue digging.

  • Good morning Sir Elmo,

    We found something suspicious soil below the ground in 3 feet we encounter layers of diff. Color of soil in 10 feet from the ground we found and we continue digging and the soil diff. Color. Red. Yellow. Grey. Brown. And thick soil color white mixed with black soil like powder or cement powder. And in 15 feet we found white stone mixed with black. Orange yellow red. Brown but more in white and some part is hard. Pls help us thanks.

    • Have you experienced any other suspicious things aside from the different colors of the soil layers? Like strange odor, your skin being itchy, and etc….

      Anyway, I already covered on another post a topic about different layers of soils and they are considered as a very good sign. All you have to do is to keep following the layers down to its end. And most likely, it should take you to the buried deposit itself. On your case, you have encountered a mixture of white stone and black soil. They are still considered strange to be there at 15 feet deep. Thus, you may want to continue digging a little bit more.

  • Sir good morning can I get your personal not in public, because this is very confidentially. I have something to tell about the Y.T here in my location.

    • You can send me a Private Message on my FaceBook Page.

  • How do you ship any treasure found from the Philippines? Do you need to report any finds to the Philippine government?

    • No we don’t. We have direct buyer from the Philippines itself.

  • Sir, we had our digging and as such every now and then water are coming in every corner which covers the whole the next day. We had dugged for about 7 meters and what I noticed is the water have oil on it. Every time we uncover the hole with water I always observed the oil colored black. Its like an oil spill in the sea water. Was it a positive location or what does it mean?

    • You have to confirm is that is really an oil by setting it on fire. If it goes on flame then you have to find where it is coming from.

  • Good day Sir Elmo, I need help how to unearth the yamashita treasure buried in my relative backyard, according to their stories behind this treasure, it is a huge deposit of gold bars and it is one of the hidden yamashita treasure, you can contact me on this no. 0063 9776383820

  • Does treasure vault have bombs or traps? If treasure located inside a big rock does it have a bomb or other dangerous traps?

    • The answer to both of your question is “Yes”.

  • Sir does rock enclosed treasure have hidden traps or bombs? Does treasure vault has bombs inside? Or other traps? Thank you Sir.

    • For the rock enclosed treasures, it is most likely poison trap. As for the vault, it can be booby trap or poison.

  • Sir Elmo, we are currently on our 32ft mark. From the 15ft mark, we have passed different colors of soil.
    I only took pics of the soil from the 20th feet :
    20ft – 22ft – dark brown with light brown specs ( no stones ) fine sand
    22ft – 26ft – greyish white ( no stones ) very very fine sand
    26ft – 28ft – yellowish brown ( no stones ) fine sand like finishing sand
    28ft – 29ft – thin layers of sand with colors black, violet and red
    29ft – 30ft – white sand like mud ( no stones ) water level mark
    30ft – 32ft – yellow

    On the 28th feet, they can smell foul odor like of coins deteriorating
    and upon reaching water level they felt itchiness on the skin and dryness of throat.

    On the 30th feet, they smell gun powder and they felt somehow the hole getting hotter and seems a light visual smoke inside the hole as can be seen from their companions above the hole.

    The last color as of these writing is already yellow.

    May I know what can you say with our site Sir?

    • Base on the last layer that you reached on your digging, that smell of a gun powder is quite interesting. You have to continue your digging by following it because it will lead you into the hidden item. However, you need to be careful because there could be presence of a booby trap.

  • Hello Sir, I am from Ifugao. We found a rifle and a bayonet inside a hole of an old tree. What’s the meaning Sir? Is this a sign?

    • Yes, they are markers. You should give it a try digging underneath the tree to see if you can uncover some additional markers.

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