Stairs or Flight of Stairs as Yamashita Treasure Sign

This is one of the most requested topic in the past where several of you guys wanted to ask for its meaning. Recently, somebody asked it again in my eMail which finally reminded me about it.

Interpreting stairs as markers can be quite tricky but I will try my best to explain it in clear detail.

Two Types of Stair Markers

There are actually two types of stairs used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers in marking their hidden treasure deposit:

  1. Engraved Stair Markers

In some cases, the Japanese soldiers often engraved signs similar to what is shown in this image. They often engraved them on surfaces of old rocks, trees, and old houses.

  1. Actual Stair

The second type of stair marker comes in the form of an actual stair. Thus, this can be an actual stair of an old house or stairs under the ground such as inside tunnels and caves.

Interpreting Engraved Stair Signs

Let’s first tackle the engraved stair signs.

Assuming that you found one of the engraved stair signs illustrated above, what you need to do is to examine the surrounding environment. In my other previous post, part 1 of the Treasure Hunting Method that I shared, I stated that gathering information about your site is one among the most important steps that you need to accomplish.

Thus, learn the history of your site especially when there was an old house that used to be situated on it.

Let’s say for example that there was indeed an old house on your site however, it is no longer around at this period of time. In this situation, the stair sign means that the treasure deposit is hidden at the portion of the old house’s stairs.

In my own personal experience as a treasure hunter, the Japanese soldiers had more often engraved their stair signs in the old house itself rather than on the objects outside. Common corners of the old house include the walls, floor, and ceilings.

But what if the old house does not have a stair?

If you happen to encounter one of the stair sign but the old house does not have a stair then it is referring to the main entrance of the house.

How about when you explored the entire site and you came to learn its history but it ended up being a forest since the occupation of the JIA?

In this kind of situation, the sign means that there is a hidden entrance of a tunnel or cave somewhere around. But what’s really more interesting about it is that this sign also confirms that the treasure deposit is hidden inside the tunnel or cave.

Interpreting an Actual Stair Marker

Aside from an actual stair of an old house, stairs can also be encountered under the ground particularly inside tunnels and caves. It is actually very surprising that the Japanese soldiers were quite good in building their underground tunnels.

Now when it comes to stairs under the ground, there are two possible treasure deposit spots. One is at the lowest end of the stairs. And second, it is right underneath the middle portion of the stairs.

Aside from the traditional stairs, there is also what they call as the “flight of stairs”. These are a type of stairs that go in different directions rather than one straight direction. With this kind of stairs, many amateur treasure hunters had been confused and failed to find the treasure deposit.

So when it comes to stairs, it is always best to confirm that you really reached the lowest end of it. Once confirmed, then that’s the time that you should dig the particular spot.

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