Aokigahara Forest, Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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Aokigahara Forest , also known as the Suicide Forest or, is a forest on the northwestern flank of Japan's Mount Fuji thriving on 30 square kilometers (12 square miles) of hardened lava laid down by the last major eruption of Mount Fuji in 864 AD. The western edge of Aokigahara, where there are several caves filled with ice, is a popular destination for tourists and school trips. Parts of Aokigahara are very dense, and the porous lava absorbs sound, helping to provide visitors with a sense of solitude.The forest has a historical reputation as a home to "yūrei" or ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology. In recent years, Aokigahara has become internationally known as one of Japan's most popular destinations for suicide, and signs at the head of some trails urges suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association.GeographyThe forest floor mostly consists of volcanic rock which can be difficult to penetrate with hand tools such as picks or shovels. Since the forest is very dense, hikers and tourists trekking through Aokigahara have begun to use plastic tape to mark their paths so as to avoid getting lost in recent years. Beyond the designated trails leads to several tourist attractions such as the Ice Cave and Wind Cave. The first kilometer of the forest is littered with tape and other rubbish left by tourists, despite officials' attempts to remove it. After the first kilometer into Aokigahara towards Mount Fuji within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the forest is in better condition, with few obvious signs of human presence. However, portrayals of Aokigahara where navigational compasses go haywire are false. The needle of magnetic compasses will move if placed directly on the lava, but are otherwise stationary if held at a normal height.
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  • September 8, 2017
    Aokigahara has a bit of a reputation for being a suicide hot spot but it is much more than that. It is really interesting to walk through the forest and see how nature has returned to the scorched ear...  more »
  • August 26, 2017
    A vast forest of Mt. Fuji sleeve. On the way from Lake motosu Lake. out of the car. Do not dare go in the vast, cold, and also that of the suicide.
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  • August 23, 2017
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