Take a hike in Japan’s “suicide forest” Aokigahara at base of Mt. Fuji

Looking for an unusual hiking location?  In the shadow of Mt. Fuji you will find a beautiful, and at the same time what may be a little scary, forest.

Known in Japan as the “suicide forest,” it is located at the base of the sacred Mt. Fuji and gives troubled people a place they think best to end their lives.  When hiking the forest it is probably best to keep on the trail, otherwise you might end up running across something you might not have want to have seen.  Watch the above video to get a great feel for the character of the forest and hiking it.

And if you believe in ghosts, you might want to catch the 2015 Hollywood movie, The Forest, which is themed around Aokigahara forest and the supernatural.

There is also the 2016 Hollywood movie, The Sea of Trees, which again features the famous forest.

Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (樹海 Jukai), is a 35-sq km (14 sq mi) forest that lies at Mount Fuji’s northwest base. The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations.

The forest has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, and it is a notoriously common suicide site. For this reason, a sign at the head of the main trail urges suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association.

Aokigahara forest is dense, shutting out all but the natural sounds of the forest itself and can be a beautiful hike and with being at the base of the sacred Mt. Fuji adds a spiritual side to the hike.  And again, if you are in to the supernatural you might even get a chance to see a ghost !  🙂 🙂 🙂

Beautiful hiking trail in Aokigahara
Aokigahara suicide forest
Image credit: Simon Desmarals (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Heading into the forest
Aokigahara hiking
Image credit: Aokigahara forest 03  CC BY 2.0

There are designated trails in the Aokigahara forest leading to the tourist attractions the Ice Cave and Wind Cave.

Entrance to the Fugaku Wind Cave
Fugaku Wind Cave
Image credit: Kumiko   CC BY 2.0

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