Yamashita’s gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to the alleged war loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines. It is named for the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed “The Tiger of Malaya”. Though accounts that the treasure remains hidden in Philippines have lured treasure hunters from around the world for over fifty years, its existence is discounted by most experts. The rumored treasure has been the subject of a complex lawsuit that was filed in a Hawaiian state court in 1988 involving a Filipino treasure hunter, Rogelio Roxas, and the former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos.
I am Don Martin and have lived in the Philippines for a number of years. I have done a lot of interviews with knowledgeable people regarding hidden treasure In the Philippines. It does exist. I have seen and handled silver coins hidden in a cave in the mountains of Luzon taken from Thailand during the war. There are barrels of them hidden. I have interviewed a Japanese friend whose father buried gold in the mountains of Mindanao. I have interviewed Filipino’s in Siargao Island who know where gold is buried. They are just lacking the equipment and proper tools to extract it and to keep it away from the government. I have interviewed an American in Angeles City who used some sophisticated equipment to find a “hit” where suspected gold is buried. The place on which the “hit” comes from is on private land and the owner is not willing to share the possible find. If a team can be organized, there are possibilities, but it comes with some risks whenever you do a treasure hunt in a foreign country. The Japanese have been known to burry a lot of treasure in the Philippines. Some of it has been discovered, but much of it is still hidden. I will enjoy any feedback to this blog. Those of you who enjoy casual treasure hunting with a metal detector can find a good metal detector at competitive prices at: www.your-place-online.com