In this post, we are going to answer several interesting questions from one of our fellow treasure hunter in this community. His questions had something to do about the traps that me and my crew had encountered in all of our operations. 

In case you are new here on my blog, Yamashita treasure deposits are classified into four different volumes. They are the give-aways, small, medium, and large volume of treasure deposits. Now the question here by our fellow treasure hunter is, “What are the traps involved when dealing with each type of volume treasure deposit?”


Let’s start with the give-away treasure deposits. Give-aways can be a single piece of gold bar, coin, or precious jewelries. And finding them on the site can be easy. In fact, there were already many ordinary individuals who were not treasure hunters but they were able to discover give-away treasures by accidents.

When it comes to traps, “there is no trap involved for give-away treasure deposits”. This is why we treasure hunters refer to these treasure deposits as “give-aways”. The JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) had intentionally left these give-aways behind as a marker indicating that the site is positive that they buried a certain Yamashita treasure.

Small Volume of Treasure Deposits

When it comes to the small volume of treasure deposits, just like the give-aways, there is no trap involved as well. It’s because these small treasure deposits were buried by the Japanese soldiers who were in a hurry so that their pursuers couldn’t catch them.

But unlike the give-aways, small volume of treasure deposits were cleverly hidden by the Japanese Imperial soldiers. They can be buried at shallow depths but locating their exact deposit spots can be very tricky.

Medium Volume of Treasure Deposits

Being able to uncover a medium volume of treasure deposit already offers a very large fortune. Thus, the Japanese Imperial soldiers who buried them made sure that it wouldn’t be easy to recover.

Based on my own experiences, medium volume of treasure deposits can either be equipped with a booby trap or poison trap. The trap used actually depends on the condition of the soil underground. So if the condition of the soil is dry then you should expect a poison trap which can be in the form of gas or chemical. But if the condition of the soil is wet then you should expect a booby trap.

You may say that these booby traps won’t work because they probably got rusty where their mechanical parts that trigger them are no longer functional. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The Japanese Imperial soldiers used a certain type of oil that preserves and protects their booby traps from rust. Thus, they are always active and dangerous.

Aside from the trap involved, there can also be obstacles such as large rocks and hard to break concrete.

Large Volume of Treasure Deposit

All large volume of treasure deposits were seriously hidden by the JIA that took them several years of preparation. So if it took them several years to bury a certain large volume of treasure deposit, you will probably have an idea about how much time it will take you to recover these precious items.

Since the process of hiding a large volume of treasure deposits was carefully planned by the JIA, particularly their high ranking Generals, it is always expected that there are traps involved.

Unlike the medium volume of treasure deposit that consists of only a single trap, large volume of treasure deposit does consist of multiple traps. Aside from these traps, you will also encounter one obstacle to another.

The next follow-up question by our fellow treasure hunter is, “How do you deal with the traps according to the volume of the treasure deposit?”

Mechanical or booby traps on medium volume of treasure deposits can be simple and easier to be disabled. But for the large volume of treasure deposits, such traps are quite more complicated. We actually have a crew member who specializes in disabling booby traps. And he already shared some of his knowledge with me. But despite knowing this knowledge, I am still afraid to apply it in the actual field of our operations.

I was planning to share this knowledge but this topic is forbidden to be discussed here in public. Thus, I am planning to do this in a separate private post on one of these days.

As for the gas and chemical trap, you have to know that these kinds of traps are a lot more potent when encountered very deep under the ground. Anyway, there are many different methods on how we handle these kinds of traps but we always do it by wearing our proper equipment.    

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