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Located at the base of Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara is perhaps the most infamous forest in all of Japan. Also known as the Sea of Trees, Suicide Forest, and Japan’s Demon Forest, Aokigahara has been home to over 500 confirmed suicides since the 1950s. Called “the perfect place to die,” Aokigahara is the world’s second most popular place for suicide (the Golden Gate Bridge being the first).

A Horrifying Legend is Born

Legend says that this all started after Seicho Matsumoto published a novel by the name of Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) in 1960. The story ends with two lovers committing suicide in the forest, so many people believe that’s what started it all. However, the history of suicide in Aokigahara predates the novel, and the place has long been associated with death. Hundreds upon hundreds of Japanese people have hanged themselves from the trees of Aokigahara forest.

Wataru Tsurumui’s controversial 1993 bestseller, The Complete Suicide Manual, is a book that describes various modes of suicide and even recommends Aokigahara as the perfect place to die. Apparently this book is also a common find in the forest, usually not too far away from a suicide victim and their belongings. Undoubtedly, the most common method of suicide in the forest is hanging.

Japan’s suicide rate is already bad enough as it is, and having this forest and suicide manual on top of it all is pretty terrible. It’s really sad. Despite many efforts to prevent suicide and provide help to those considering it, Japan’s suicide rate continues to rise.

Legend has it that in ancient times families would abandon people in the forest during periods of famine when there was not enough food to go around. By sacrificing family members to the forest, there would be less mouths to feed and therefore enough food for the rest of the family. Those abandoned in the forest would die long, horrible, drawn out deaths due to starvation. Because of that, Aokigahara is also said to be haunted by the souls of these abandoned people.

In addition, there are many other ghost and demon stories associated with the forest. It is said that these ghastly spirits glide between the trees with their white, shifting forms being occasionally spotted by unsuspecting visitors out of the corners of their eyes.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s soil and trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the gnarled depths of the forest. Aokigahara is not the kind of place you’d want to honeymoon at, that’s for sure.

Terrifying Topography

The vast forest covers a 3,500 hectare wide area and the tree coverage in Aokigahara is so thick that even at high noon it’s entirely possible to find places shrouded in complete darkness. It’s also mostly devoid of animals and is eerily quiet. Hearing a bird chirping in the forest is incredibly rare. The area is rocky, cold, and littered with over 200 caves for you to accidentally fall into.

The discomforting forest is known for the thickness of its trees, its twisting network of woody vines, and the dangerous unevenness of the forest floor. All of this together gives the place a very unwelcoming feeling.

Personally, I love hiking and I think the forest actually looks really pretty during the daytime. However, I think the place would turn absolutely horrifying come nightfall. Who knows when you’ll trip over some snarled root or jagged rock, fall down a hill and land on top of a pile of bones or a rotting corpse. No nighttime hiking in Aokigahara for me, thanks.

Further compounding the creepiness factor is the common occurrence of compasses, cell phones, and GPS systems being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil. I’m sure this fact has helped propagate the legend of the forest’s demonic habit of trapping visitors within it.

Besides bodies and homemade nooses, also scattered around the forest are signs put up by the police with messages like “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult with the police before you decide to die,” in an attempt to discourage would be committers of suicide. Judging from the increasing number of suicides, these signs probably aren’t all that effective.

An Unfortunate Suicide Hotspot

By the 1970s the suicides had become so infamous that the Japanese government started to do annual sweeps of the forest to search for and clear out the bodies. In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, exceeding the previous record of 74 in 1998. By 2003, the rate had climbed to 100.

In recent years, the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara’s association with suicide. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the forest and in 2010, 247 people attempted suicide, 54 of whom succeeded. But that’s just the number they found and reported. Who knows how many more there are that just go undiscovered?

I’m actually pretty surprised that I hadn’t heard about Aokigahara until just recently. You’d think that something like this, being the number two hotspot for suicides in the world, and located right at the base of Mt. Fuji, would be more well known. Maybe it’s just me.

Its Effect on the Locals

Nearly as unfortunate as the suicides themselves is the impact the suicides have on the locals and forest workers. One local man says, “It bugs the hell out of me that the area’s famous for being a suicide spot.” A local police officer said, “I’ve seen plenty of bodies that have been really badly decomposed, or been picked at by wild animals. There’s nothing beautiful about dying in there.” It’s really a shame that such a unique and interesting forest has become sullied by so many suicides.

The forest workers have it even worse than the police who comb and investigate the forest. The workers are tasked with the job of carrying the bodies down from the forest to the local station, where the bodies are put in a special room used specifically to house suicide corpses. The forest workers then play janken to see who has to sleep in the room with the corpse. Talk about terrible.

The reason for these strange sleeping arrangements is that it is believed if the corpse is left alone, it’s very bad luck for the ghost of the suicide victim. Their spirits are said to scream throughout the night if left alone, and their bodies will get up and shuffle around, searching for company.

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like one of the absolute worst ways to spend a night. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if the body is just like a pile of bones, but I can’t imagine how creepy it would be to sleep in a dinky little room with a fresh corpse as a roommate.

To make matters worse, a few years back people started to scavenge the forest for valuables. And by this I mean that people would search the forest for dead bodies and then loot their corpses. Talk about disrespectful, not to mention creepy.

Suicide Forest Documentary

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I also found this awesome video about one of the guys who regularly goes on suicide prevention patrols in Aokigahara. It’s really interesting and definitely worth a watch if you have twenty minutes to spare.

Like I said before, the suicide rate of Japan is one of the highest in the world and really shows no sign of decreasing despite government measures to discourage it. That being said, I don’t really see Aokigahara becoming less of a suicide hotspot anytime soon.

Destination Truth

Aokigahara was also featured on an episode of SyFy’s Destination Truth series because of how famous the place is for being haunted. Unfortunately, you can only view the episode online with Hulu+ (link to the episode here). I signed up for the free trial just to watch the episode, but it’s nothing special.

It’s pretty much just what you’d expect from a paranormal investigation show. Americans getting lost in the woods at night, seeing things in the shadows, and hearing whispers in the night. The best part about the episode is seeing what the place looks like at nighttime, and how easy it is to get lost there.


So, what are your thoughts on Aokigahara, undoubtedly one of the creepiest places in Japan? Would you want to visit and explore the forest, or would it be too scary? Would you be willing to camp overnight in the forest if someone dared you? Have you even heard of this place before? Let us know in the comments!


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Sites Referenced:
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Atlas Obscura
Aokigahara Wikipedia

  • vivianlostinseoul

    Great post. I visited Aokigahara Forest. It’s beautiful and sad, and very eerie. I highly recommend going for how gorgeous it is. Here is my post:
    http://vivianlostinseoul.blogspot.jp/2011/11/aokigahara-forest-and-mount-fuji.html

  • http://twitter.com/Shisu__ Francisca

    First of all, sorry for my English.
    I’ve listened/watched/read things about Aoikigahara before and I was so shocked. I’ve also watched that documentary and makes me feel sad. Suicide matters are a delicated issue because involves lots of things such as families’ pain for those who comitted suicide and so on. I must recognize that I was very curious for this topic the first time I saw pictures of Aokigahara, but now this makes me think about suicide and one of the -I think- topics in Japan that now are a concern for Japan society.

    An interesting but a delicate topic as well.
    :C

  • Michael S

    Aokigahara looks like a pretty place to go for a hike.
    As for suicides, it seems very rude to kill yourself and leave all that clean-up work behind for everyone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001535919021 Heather Stewart

    It really is a spooky place to read about… I feel like there should be a movie here in the states about it

  • sandra03

    really interesting. and creepy. i kind of want to go for a hike there

  • ジョサイア

    It seems like something like this would be bit more known.

    That is a very interesting way to die…O_o

    The Japanese government should use it interrogation…just stick em in the forest for a night…

  • simplyshiny

    great blog! thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.magee.9 Andrew Magee

    You mentioned the area being devoid of animals. I tried checking but I couldn’t find anything as to why. I’m not really privy to the wildlife situation in Japan so I was wondering if you had any idea why the forest is so barren?

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    As far as interrogation techniques go, I’m not sure “let them leave” ranks too high on the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001462817558 Michael Baltazar

    I think he means tie him to a tree or something so he can’t run off. I’d be pretty scared..

  • Emi

    I stumbled upon the forest a good few years
    back when I was reading up on Japans culture. The more I learn about the forest,
    the more I will not want to visit there. It’s not that it’s disturbing, it’s
    just that it’s an area filled with extreme sadness, and I’m quite sensitive to
    that. As for sleeping in a room with a corpse, it’s different when it’s your
    family member. Although, to keep someone company isn’t necessarily a bad thing,
    so I wouldn’t mind.

  • DeTo-13

    What a sad story for a beautiful forest, I don’t know if you’ve covered it before but doesn’t Japan lack in the psychological health department which is what influences the high suicide rate?.

  • ジョサイア

    Tied to something of course…Maybe a tree with a “man on a swing” on it.

  • t. jodo

    this place is referenced in the current manga ‘i am a hero’ by kengo hanazawa. its a zombie manga and the main character finds himself lost in aokigahara and finds corpses of people hung from trees who have come back as zombies.

  • John

    As far as I could tell, I think it has to do with the volcanic soil and the topography. Just the land being so jaggy and stuff. I know there’s some wildlife, like the occasional bird and there’s bats in some of those caves, but there’s a definitive lack of wildlife in Aokigahara compared to the surrounding areas. In other words, I’m not really sure, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/NishiLain LC

    I found about the forest years ago. I felt shocked and scared then. Now that I read about it again I feel sad. I once watched a show whit ex Morning musume member Kago Ai who went there to try to find and help somebody from commiting suicide. Hard gay went there too, but for treasure hunting lol. Thank you for posting that documentary, it was very interesting. I wonder how many people reconsider their decision to commit suicide and come back.

  • Robert Patrick

    “Further compounding the creepiness factor is the common occurrence of
    compasses, cell phones, and GPS systems being rendered useless by the
    rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.”

    Honestly, I want to scream “TOTAL BULLSHIT !” : cell phones are also inoperative in the middle of Yoyogi Kôen. Oh wait, also inoperative in the Shinagawa station.
    Seriously, there are so many places in “modern Japan” where you just get ZERO network, I’m not really surprised you wouldn’t get any in the middle of such a forest.

    Great article, by the way !

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    “… Japan’s suicide rate continues to rise.” – Not true. Recently it actually decreased (though I can’t remember if that was only the rate for those who decide to jump in front of a train …)

    I also never heard about that forest before!
    While I like traveling to weird places, that would be very scary, especially alone.
    I’m not afraid of the forest, but to stumble upon some dead bodies! T_____T …..

  • http://www.myjapanesegreentea.com/ Ricardo Caicedo

    Japan ranks in the top ten countries with higher wealth. Is this a case of “money can’t buy happiness”?

  • Amber Lynn

    This is a very interesting and eerie article-odd how I’ve never heard of it before this. It seems like such a beautiful place; though, even from watching the video I can sense the overall sadness. Odd, I cant see myself ever wanting to go there.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    I heard it decreased as well, but I also remember something rising. Maybe percentage? But yeah, I also heard there was an overall decrease, or something, recently.

  • hikaru1412

    I first heard of this forest by watching the Discovery Truth episode. I really wish I could help all that feel like the answer is suicide. That documentary was very good. The skeleton made me really sad. And you don’t have to be there to feel the sadness that envelops the forest. The man is right, “Nobody is alone in this world. We have to coexist, and take care of each other.” That’s what I feel, too.

  • http://twitter.com/sushimanster hoshiro-

    The moment I read the title I knew it was talking about the forest in Mt. Fuji, so that’s what the forest is called. I learned about it from Lucky Star but I never actually knew the name.

  • Crystal

    Just a couple months ago, I visited the three caves near Mt. Fuji (Bat, Wind and Ice caves). There’s actually an 1-hour guided tour to the Forest, which you can sign up for 500 yen at the Bat cave’s office. But it’s Japanese only. The tour mentioned about wild-life, though I’m guessing they are just birds.

    I didn’t join the tour, but I did hike the part of trail in the forest that linked between the Wind and Ice caves. The trail itself was well marked and took 20 mins… Great for people who want a little taste of Suicide Forest. But I freaked out, because I was pretty much alone on the trail, and the tangling tree roots and small caves along the way was plain creepy. It was deadly silent and I could hear my own breathing… Then all the graphical memories of reading up about the suicide stories flooded back… But gotta admit the topography was quite amazing, it’s really too bad it’s become a famous place for suicides.

  • John

    Happy to help!

  • John

    From what I could tell, it rose from about 1990 to about 2009 and then kind of tapered off, it does seems like it fell a bit earlier this year though.

    http://www.who.int/mental_health/media/japa.pdf
    http://opsafeintl.com/2012/01/crash-update-suicide-rate-in-japan-falls/

  • John

    lol, yes that is true. I just wanted to make the reason clear as to why they would act screwy in Aokigahara since the magnetism in the ground can mess with (normally functioning) devices ranging from a simple compass to a cellphone/gps. In the Destination Truth episode, they show one of the guys holding a normal, old school compass that keeps flipping directions as it’s affected by the ground’s magnetism. But yeah, they’d probably get bad cellphone reception anyway being out in the wilderness like that, haha.

  • Nigger

    I’ve heard of it and I would actually love to go exploring in the Forest of the Dead.

  • A fan

    Great article. Do you generally get your ideas from Japanese sources? I am always looking for good reads in Japanese but don’t always know how to find them. I find it easier to look up things based on the interesting topics of your articles and others on Tofugu.
    Rock on.

  • Ugly Pig

    Ooh, now I get the part in GTO where he tries to bury a student he thinks he killed “in the woods around Mt. Fuji”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.goodman.100 Brenda Goodman

    It’s sad but there is a lot of beauty in certain sadness, I believe it is so in this case. I do not & never shall believe that suicide is the answer for anyone, but one thing was mentioned in the video where he state’s that he does not know the reason that people choose that forest to commit suicide, but clearly they feel that they wont be alone & also it is a beautiful place. And just maybe they want to leave this world surrounded by beauty. If I had the chance to goo to that Forrest, I would go unafraid, with an open & reverent mind to all who has crossed over through that place. There is no reason for fear of they dead. They have after all done what we all must do. I pray for their peace.

  • http://twitter.com/CarlineBenois Carline Benois

    I know I’m being really creepy here, but this article creeped me out then it got me thinking on a creepy tangent..but think of how easy it would be for someone to get murdered and have their body dumped in that forest. It would be easy to write it off as a suicide since dead bodies in the forest are a common occurrence..just saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.L.Abogilal Laura Combs Abogilal

    Actually, an EXCELLANT point:(

  • http://twitter.com/JericaOHagan Jerica O’Hagan

    I have done a lot of paranormal research, and while the topography may be a factor for the lack of animals, they are also very sensitive to the paranormal. Thousands of people have died there according to records, which are only recent. There must have been tens of thousands of deaths there. That’s a lot of spiritual/paranormal energy. Animals feel unwanted, sad, depressed like we do when we enter the forest so they avoid it. I’ve heard of haunted houses where the dog/cat refused to enter a room/section of a house.

  • http://twitter.com/JericaOHagan Jerica O’Hagan

    Um not to argue, but we all die in the end. Should it be considered rude for you to have a heart attack and collapse on the spot, then cease to live and commence to empty your bladder and defecate on the spot, for someone else to clean up? I can’t imagine reviving myself, dressing myself into my death suit, and climbing into my coffin before the funeral. (Sarcasm: the last sentence your death creates work for someone else to take care of your corpse)

  • John

    I usually get them from English sources actually. Sometimes I’ll find an article about something that interests me or articles will make me think of other good ideas to Google search for. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  • http://twitter.com/raazgupta Raj Gupta

    Such a sad documentary. Mount Fuji looked so beautiful at the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NiiCKx3 Nick Coughlin

    It’s odd to me because the beauty of nature is often something that can keep my from feeling sadness of any sort and feel happy about the world and existence. I’ve never suffered from mental illness and can’t relate to being suicidal though, it’s just weird in a place of such natural beauty so many people do such a thing.

  • Chris

    I would love to see a missions trip here, say what you want but if someone could show God’s love to one of these people right before they committed suicide, it would be awesome

  • Carlos S.

    No, I haven’t heard before about this creepy place, thank you for widening my woldly facts’ collection. I guess your interesting article will arise its appeal for suicidees wannabes from all over the world. ‘Suicidal tourism’ may sound too weird but nothing coming from humankind is weird enough, or it just is until you know about the next weirder thing coming.

  • evey

    Really Interesting article. Thanks for putting that documentary up. I didn’t know any of this. The forest is so pretty, its sad that people feel the need to commit suicide there.

  • Mothman

    Creepy.

  • Micsha

    oh, my god. it it sad Japan, does things like that..
    I want to go to this place its so interesting
    inspiration for a macabre story, maybe a graphic novel even

  • John

    Yeah, it seems like a really cool place to explore or go hiking. It’s really a shame it’s become a suicide hotspot :(

  • John

    Yeah, I forgot about that. Thanks!

  • Hickory

    I have never heard of this forest before now, though I have always been interested in Japanese culture. I am very interested in visiting this place. I am also an aspiring Novelist and came across this looking for a setting for a fantasy novel and I think this would be perfect. Thanks!!

  • Sandy

    I pray for these unfortunate souls, to find peace and forgiveness in our Lord and Father, GOD, may they rest in peace!! They are so sad and I pray that more reconsider their lives as being important to me as well as others! I pray they hear my prayers for them. In GOD’S HOLY NAME! Please don’t kill yourselves, someone in the world cares about you SOUL.

  • l Amplify

    Put chills down my spine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.horn.9404 Robert Horn

    I walked through this forest after climbing Mt Fuji at the end of May before the winter season had ended in 2008. The only reason I walked through it was because the last bus left from the 5th station around 4pm and I missed the bus. It was very creepy and not to mention I walked all night and still didn’t reach the road. I did however see some large animal that looked like some kind of mountain lion but I couldn’t be sure. The entire time I felt like I was bring watched, luckily I had not read this article beforehand because I probably would have crapped my pants.

  • Pedia Robinson

    As creepy as this place sounds I actually wouldn’t mind visiting it (: The fact that the hauntings are due to suicides instead of murder is slightly comforting. But I would never spend the night, even if someone paid me.

  • gabbie

    i have been to japan with school and i had never heard of this place. i loved reading about this. i think its totally fascinating. such a beautiful place with a terrible history. i want to go there.

  • ZaK1ller

    I am planning to visit this forest in the future.. Wish me good luck people!

  • Rachel

    Wow, that’s creepy. Though, there’s that curious child-like part of me that wants to go exploring a truly haunted forest. I’m surprised there hasn’t been some Ghost Hunting tv show about it.

    Rachel
    turborachelfitness.com

  • Dylan

    I’d go there, dunno about camping over night… depends on thje money. I’d do it if i had someone with me :D

  • forest_explorer

    I’ve heard of the place before, when I came across a sit on stumbleUpon, and I became interested in this particular spot. This is such a strange place to ‘end it all’, and I feel truely awful for the poor forest workers!! I would like to walk through it during the day, but knowing me, I would chicken out halfway through and go sprinting for the exit!

  • http://twitter.com/ladykayaker Lisa

    I’ve heard of it. I’d like to visit (if I ever get over my fear of planes). But then, I’m a scientifically-trained atheist with a fondness for youkai stories, so the place’s effect on its visitors as a result of the stories is of as much interest to me as the tangled ancient forest itself.
    I’ve worked in healthcare before including with patients who have died, so dead bodies don’t disturb me much. Most pathogens die soon after the person they’re growing in, so people who have died of trauma aren’t usually any kind of hazard to the living.
    The worst I can imagine happening in that forest would be to come across a suicide-in-progress or a failed-suicide, because in that case you have to improvise whatever emergency aid you can give (which may not even be welcomed), and if your efforts fail you’d carry that weight forever after, wondering if some different action or decision might have saved the person you found.

  • http://twitter.com/ladykayaker Lisa

    Dang it, you’re prodding my (writing) plot-bunnies…

  • http://twitter.com/ladykayaker Lisa

    Here in California, the majestic coastal redwood forests are also fairly light in animal life.
    The reason?
    Low light levels at the ground level, and thick redwood duff. Because of the shade, growth of small plants at ground level is sparse–mostly ferns–and the trees themselves offer little edible foliage and no fruit.
    There isn’t much for deer or rodents to eat, so they migrate to the edges of the forest to chow down on the grasses of the adjacent oak-forests and open-oak grasslands.
    The predators follow the prey, and so in the forest itself there are few animals. There are some interesting insects, however–banana slugs, slender salamanders (a class, not just description, of salamanders), the endangered Pacific Giant Salamander–critters of this sort.
    The soil itself is rich–people add redwood compost to their gardens as fertilizer and as a soil-acidifier in alkaline-soil regions. It’s primarily the light-level that limits the herbs and hence the animal life.
    I would guess that low light is the major contributor to the lack of animals in aokigahara. After that, possibly the smell of human remains and the terrain factors John mentioned.
    As for ghosts–I’ve seen no compelling evidence that they exist, though if they did they might be a factor.
    Recently neurological researchers have used focused magnetic fields to temporarily stun targeted areas of the brain, as part of brain research. This is believed to be a non-damaging way to look at brain function (though I personally wouldn’t volunteer to be a subject!). Stimulating certain portions of the brain has produced the sense of ‘someone being there’–of ‘ghosts’ or ‘phantoms’ when no one is present, as well as emotions such as fear or sadness.
    I don’t know how strong a magnetic field must be for this to occur, but if the fields in the forest are strong enough to disrupt electronics, then they may also have some effect on brain function. I know that ‘paranormal investigators’ look for faulty wiring and such trying to rule out such effects as ‘rational’ causes of hauntings before declaring a place ‘haunted’. If it’s strong enough, maybe local magnetic variation has an effect on animals’ decisions on where to live, and on the mood and decision-making ability of already-depressed or desperate people who enter the forest with suicidal intent.
    I don’t believe in ghosts, so I regard this data as potentially supporting my view that they don’t exist, but those who do believe in them may choose to regard these research results as revealing as the mechanism by which ghosts make themselves perceptible.

  • http://twitter.com/Marco_Mo Marco Mo

    I have seen the mini-documentary from VICE before… and it really is a shame that a place that looks so beautiful has such an awful image… it looks like a great place to go and take pictures, but if I ever have the chance to do so, I’ll make sure to do it during the day… it seems to be a very creepy place :/

  • Sai Youcho

    I’ve been planning to go there for years now. And nothing is going to stop me from investigation the place. It is the perfect spot to find out more about what’s going on there.

  • sydnee

    That was very interesting! I enjoyed reading this. I actually would like to hike out there for a couple hours and meditate for a while. I think it would be very relaxing. I would never go there at night though!!

  • Mikey

    Japan’s culture is different then western culture. They believe seeking help for depression as a form of weakness. In their culture people are very proud, they are know for “saving face”

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Unfortunately, I don’t think that stigma around mental illness is limited to Japan. It seems to be a problem all across the world, one that hopefully will get better with time.

  • http://twitter.com/LostDutchie lostdutchman

    Excellent article! Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PaulVincentFarrell Paul Vincent Farrell

    I camped there overnight with a few friends recently. To be honest it seemed far more unnerving in the daytime. The unevenness of the ground means you can’t see a path even a few metres away, so taking just a few steps away can leave you completely disoriented. That was scary, the realization that within seconds you might be lost and unable to find your way back.
    The forest is so incredibly dense and jumbled it’s almost impossible to set any reference point. Hanging ribbons or tags from the trees seems the only way to stay vaguely oriented.
    Of course finding and following such trails can lead to some unnerving discoveries.
    I’ll be putting a detailed report on JapanGasm.com soon.
    http://japangasm.wordpress.com/
    And one of the guys I went with edited his own video of the trip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kkv89OhJEI

  • John

    This was incredibly helpful. Thanks a ton!

  • John

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed.

  • HunterVIPFightingBB

    I actually would be happy to visit there. Although there have been many deaths, its still a tranquil forest. It seems to have an enduring and endearing peaceful quality. A lot of what makes it spooky is knowing about the deaths and ghost stories. While I am sure it is a little eerie, overall i think that forest is really intriguing.

  • Chelsea

    I first heard about Aokigahara a couple of years ago, and it immediately piqued my interest. I have plans to visit it as soon as I can. I would like to hike there, although I don’t know how I would feel about spending the night!

  • Theresaa,

    Perfectly said.

  • Henry Chinaski

    myself and 6 friends live close by tokyo and we decided to spend the night there. we made it till 10:00pm till we left. no one wanted to stay overnight anymore. it was the silence. silence was so sad.

  • JibJobby

    Hopefully they preform some sort of autopsy later on to determine the cause of death.

  • http://twitter.com/MsAngelok Iangolenko Anna

    I read about this forest a couple of years ago while doing a research for the story i was writing at the time.It’s pretty creepy, all the stories, sleeping in a room with decomposed corpses is really creepy, and kindda crazy!
    But nevertheless I would still love to visit the place, it looks very beautiful, plus the element of fear makes it all more of an adventure! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rammstein.fanatischfurimmer Rammstein Fanatisch Fur Immer

    would definitely be a place to go check out at night need like 5 buddies and some very long rope haha

  • rose

    Ya but it seems to be worse over there.

  • SailorD0t

    My friend and I went last Halloween, and I’m going again this Halloween. We have a lot of video form last time but my bosses in the navy said it would be insensitive to post it on youtube. The good news is that i get out in 30 days and i’ll be putting up last years video up soon. youtube is SailorD0t

  • Kalina Ann

    i wonder if there really is an urban legend in that forest. If you ask locals, they won’t tell you anything. . . (that’s what my friend says)
    But it’s really a mystery for me on how the forest could attract suicidal people to go and die there. . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/brock.sakowski Brock Sakowski

    I am a big fan of the haunted and creepy. I’ve actually read about this before and ever sense I have been obsessed with learning more. It would be interesting to go and talk to the locals, explore the forest, and pay my respects. Just wish there was some way to to set that up.

  • rawrbobxD

    I was actually in the forest about a month ago. The creepiest thing about the forest is its quietness. Also, you could see a lot of the tree’s branches cut off, maybe in the attempt to prevent hangings.

  • Sz

    I don’t know, something about the place, the atmosphere, it’s all so wonderful to me… Even if its haunted and know for death. I’d love to camp out and hike around there one time, as long as I have a guide, of course.

  • lexi

    This is so sad, such a beautiful place shouldn’t hold such an awful reputation…

  • GodProtectAmerica

    I drive over the Golden Gate Bridge two times a day. I never felt “creeped out”. I think it is honorable of the Japanese to kill themselves in one area, instead of schoolyards and shopping malls.

  • mckayla

    I agree how can you be so sure that they’re all suicides>?

  • Raven

    You’re not alone in that. I was thinking the same.

  • http://twitter.com/slvrser Frank

    Interesting how no one can seem to correlate the spikes in suicide rates with the economic cycle. Just to name a few – after WWII – hello…Hiroshima? 1970’s – another bad economic recession with a massive influence of inflation. 2000 – end of the dot com bubble and another recession? 2010 – another recession. Japan was never able to even recover from their currency crisis that has been going on for decades.

  • Alex Laing

    I’d love to go there, as i love the countryside and natural forests. Even if people have commited sucide there it dosn’t stop me from enjoying a nice day out in the woodland. It sounds just like the perfect place to go and explore and be scared witless :D

  • Indybun645

    what episode?

  • Monica Flores

    I lived in Japan for a while and I have heard of it. It’s also a very dangerous place to go and be at night because the Yakuza often go in the forests to loot the bodies and they are not known for being super friendly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Last.We.Fall Benjamin Foster

    still makes it a forest of the dead. haha

  • Natalia

    Your blog is just amazing, I really love every story on it :D!, no matter If it’s “creepy” I really enjoy the perspective you take to tell people about japan :).

  • Jessica

    There are probably so few animals because of the high iron levels in the water, with all the bodies around it couldn’t be a lack of food source. Also in Japanese culture it is an honor to die by suicide rather than immobile and forgotten in a ‘living facility’, to die by your own hand or in combat ‘doing something’ is the greatest death for their culture. I’m with the japanese, bring on the suicide, down with nursing homes!

  • pokinsmot

    the youtube video is private : /

  • andoryu

    We did a field trip at mt. Fuji and i think thats the place where my teacher was running like shit she was leading us to a rest house then sundennly she was screaming and saying Niggero or run in english

  • JH

    My friend wants to get a group together and spend the night… im creeped out by the notion but i think id do it.
    stupid eddie!

  • Tara

    I grew up in Japan and I swear I have never once heard of this place until just now. I understand why they would keep this on the down low.
    It is really sad how such an amazing natural phenomenon has turned into such a creepy doomsday. : (

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshman1998 Joshua Brown

    good point…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshman1998 Joshua Brown

    just thinking about going there for Halloween would be wicked scary

  • haley

    I’ve read a lot of articles about this forest of death, it’s very intriguing for some odd reason. I wouldn’t mind visiting, ive also researched and found there is a very high depression rate. They have services for people to basically live out a funeral of their own and get into a coffin to see how it affects others in order to sway them to choose life. It’s so bittersweet, a beautiful forest yet it captures so many innocent souls.

  • JR

    I’m not advocating suicide, but I think dying in a forest is better than being put in a sealed box in the ground. Give your body back to mother nature, recycle yourself and you will live forever in the plants and animals that feed off your flesh! Rotting in a forest may not be an attractive site for the living, but it is a more beautiful death than selfishly rotting in a box.

  • the Turch

    This was a fantastic documentary. I enjoyed every moment. It was complete in that it was educational and it was personal. The gentleman that worked there and was looking for the corpses. . .he added so much to the video because his heart was so pure and he actually tried to help a live person he saw. Here you have this amazing forest filled with beauty and also such ugliness. When someone feels there is no way out, they find this gorgeous place to go to end this wonderful thing we call life. I know what it’s like to feel there is no other answer. I never thought of suicide as a way out, but I could see awaiting death in such a glorious place. I don’t believe in suicide, but I know what it’s like to feel like a social outcast. People can be the most horrible animals in the forest. You can take that any way you’d like. The documentary, I felt, was perfectly put together in both inward and outward feelings.

  • the Turch

    As much as I’d like a paranormal trip to somewhere, I don’t want to be considered another stupid American getting lost in the woods of Japan. That’s a little harsh. People watch for the hope of spotting something exciting. Can’t blame someone for believing and trying. After all, they let Josh in to explore and perhaps find something. Had to be good for the people around and involved!!

  • Jim

    Such an awesome read, thank you for that.
    And yes, Destination Truth is such a crock of a show, people running around thinking they hear or see things, have one of their members running around shaking bushes etc, more BS than a field full of bulls fed nothing but laxatives.

  • seinen jidai

    You’re right about that. Maybe some people murdered by the yakuza had their bodies dumped into the forest and no one will suspect it to be a murder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelique.c.jones Angelique Corrilyn Jones

    wow i am glad i know bout this know very sad and such a beautiful place

  • Brianna

    I have heard a lot about this forest in recent years, and honestly really would like to visit it some day. Never alone, mind you. I think the history and sadness behind the forest is worth showing respect and condolences to, though of course I don’t approve of suicide. I wouldn’t personally be afraid to even spend a night there, though I would be extremely reluctant to wander far from my camp.

  • Christian Cornell

    yeah how ironic because people also come to this forest for the same reason.It’ll cost a lots for your family to cover the expense to pay for the rail company or your office or anyw public places you choose to die, so they decide to take this place instead.

    But I won’t consider it as rude though.They have their own problems, we just can blame them for not figuring a way to resolve it

  • SaraWyatt

    Apparently it has a plentiful bounty of spiders to go along with its corpses. Guess which one is more likely to keep me strictly on the trails and cause me nightmares if encountered.

  • jojo

    ah very interesting point I wonder if it has happened before….on the other hand the murderer then risks being trapped and lost in the forest as they will obviously need to dump the body at night to avoid being seen.

  • Maka

    Isn’t that a more of an all-round asian thing?
    Or maybe it’s just me.

  • ME

    It’s possibly a mixture of both, both theories seem correct, unless you don’t believe in ghosts.

  • weh

    Less than 1% of Japan’s population is Christian you fool.

  • anonemus

    I think it was a thought provoking movie, about a subject our society tries to dismiss, as being the fault of the person committing suicide. Meanwhile if you are suicidal you will be met with condemning eyes, from friends, family, even those people who actually work helping people who is suicidal! Being a “Monkey Zero” isnt easy, and at times its even devastating! being all alone in this world, having lost more then one man can pay, and facing the society alone is the hardest part of staying alive!

  • candy

    woah

  • Chloe

    No it’s not. Even compared to China, Japan’s suicide rate is significantly higher.

  • http://twitter.com/Reaon4 Reaon

    I never heard of it but it seems fucked up.

  • Kimberly Diamond

    Honestly I would go stay the night there and there is so many more places I want to go stay at I plan on making a documentary of the worlds most terrifying things once I get the funding needed to do it I will be doing one heck of a video I hope to have a full movie done by 2014 because of so many places to go to and stay a night at wolud be quite amount of time

  • Tyler

    this is just sad and creepy why would they kill themselvs and not try to get some type of help plz spare there unfortunate souls

  • Groovy Zilean

    I wanna die here.

    I’m not suicidal, but I believe humans, as conscious beings, ought to have the right to end their own life. So after I’ve gone out an lived a damn good life, I’ll ‘retire’ in this forest.

    Not to sound insensitive to those who’ve passed, but to me it seems like almost a romantic way to go – surrounded by spirits of thousands of others who’ve died there? I don’t know, really.

  • Joe

    I went there in the 80’s and the ghost of Mr. Crowley tried to touch my ace.

  • Pewdie

    Oh my gosh…. thats’s sad :/

  • Rhonda

    Very sad story,i think i would go during the the day,and might think about staying over night.the video was also worth a watch and over all i give this a thumbs up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/puppyamore Heather Rae Rotondi

    Perfect English!

  • Rose_Madder

    Didn’t you understand it’s NOT romantic? They said that in the article. . .
    It’s horrible you’d make some poor forest worker have another body to take down to the police station.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaimenicolaslopez Nicolas Kira Lopez

    Un lugar mas para ir a Japon :)

  • jaz

    I actually have seen this documentary short video on the forest before. It is a super creepy place but for me thats the kind of thing that i love! I would totally stay the night there. See if i hear anything creepy! I would love to do that! haha call me a creep but its fascinating to me!

  • bluesborn

    I’m haunted by the idea that there are probably bodies hanging from the trees deep in the forest that haven’t been found and may never be found.

    “Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
    For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
    Here is a strange and bitter crop.”

    Final verse of “Strange Fruit”

  • Jsea13

    As scary as it sounds, I would love to go and check it out! It is too bad that such a unique place is the hot spots for suicides, but I’d still love to go. Not too sure about spending the night there though…..

  • sherry-lee

    Its really sad that so many pwople commit suicide i came on this site because i have a project for school to make a newspaper i already saw the documentary of vice by fate on yputube , but to make a long story short i would go to the forest to explore and pray for those who died.
    May their soules find peace .
    Ps i reallyyt like your article , it will help me a lot keep up the good work.
    Arrigato & Ganbatte!!!!!;)

  • NIGGA

    this is the scariest forest ever soooo you can just like step into the forest and from the first 10 steps you make you find a dead body!?

  • Manu

    definitely worth a read! :)

  • just me

    never heard of this place before very well told held my attention and left me wanting to learn more

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ina-Plassa-travis/100000989743025 Ina Plassa-travis

    Your English is quite good, and the topic is both interesting and delicate – I think every country, every people, has a different understanding of death, and a different way of looking at suicide, and I find myself interested by the idea of going to die in a place that it already full of spirits who, having come themselves, would understand. I was also interested that the forest workers might not like the duty, but keep vigil with the dead, as is honourable.

  • kyla.

    interesting .. :)

  • Lizard

    I would camp there (in hopes to give others hope). I have never heard of it before. It doesn’t seem scary but a sad place like most cemeteries. I doubt that i’ll ever have the money to go there. I don’t think it is haunted by the dead but the living wanting death.

  • Lizard

    by the way i thought this was a great place for the information i was looking for. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/squishy12812 Kaylee Lenger

    This was so interesting. Incredibly sad but interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catlyn.harrier Catlyn Harrier

    my boyfriend and i want to go to this place… we are both a bit morbid lol but ive seen pictures of just the forest and it really is quite beautiful, its a shame that so many people want to kill themselves

  • http://thecreativebent.com/ Swati of TheCreativeBent

    I don’t know why I am reading this at 3:00 am in the morning. Even sitting in the comfort of my home I am scared. Suicide is sad, and I was not aware either of the forest or suicide being such an issue in Japan. An eye-opener for me.

  • A crowe

    I do believe in a persons right to choose suicide, but it is very sad. I guess if I WAS going to finish myself off it would be nice to do it in a place of beauty and calmness. If only for your soon to be lost piece of mind. I would love to visit it yes, and maybe get a sense of what peace these people think they have found in their final hours. All and all, pretty creepy. It is kinda of nice though… to have a place so many agree would be a good “jumping off point” …not sure about the Golden Gate Bridge. Unless you want somewhere famous to cast off at!? Who knows. Really interesting though. It is my hope that they have finally found peace and rest.

  • http://twitter.com/vanezza_vanity Rawr, its Vanessa c;

    they should put cammeras to see if they are actuall suicides c:<

  • Anonymous

    I just heard about this place yesterday, and im only 13, but at some point in my lifetime i really want to go and explore it.

  • AllWorkAllPlay

    I’ve been fascinated with this forest since about 2007 when I first heard about it. I’m nowhere near there, and I don’t necessarily want to be, but I agree with most other commenters…it’s sad, spooky and surreal. I wouldn’t pass up a free chance to explore!

  • Kaylee

    You need to learn proper citations, I read the Wikipedia article right before this one and you copied and pasted an entire paragraph word for word. Did you not learn about plagiarism in high school? Silly goose.

  • Dresdijn

    Term soi trout pelique du nan de prestijn lo fa nur. Embidanesa Fodor ati ma an.

  • Yolanda

    Such profound sadness that someone felt they must take their own lives it is a long term solution for a temporary problem. God rest their souls.

  • Jamie

    I’ve heard about this forest before. I’d like to visit it in the daytime and exit the forest around dusk. It would be quite an experience. Has anyone ever thought about this place being used to stage suicide, but it’s actually murder? I wonder how many of these people are murder victims. Anyhow, I’d love a chance to visit this place.

  • bbb

    People have been murderd and dumped there but many murderers are scared to go there.
    I have been to this forest and as far as im concerend ‘ghosts’ are only unfreidly if uyou make them so.

  • d

    only if the dead were rich…I would bet their demographics vary pretty randomly on the spectrum of social status.

  • Mike Moglia

    33 yrs. ago Myself and 3 fellow Navymen camped overnight in this little piece of hell. When darkness fell we heard indescribable sounds coming from several directions and various distance’s. Sobbing, a scream, maniacal laughter and yelling in Japanese.

  • Mike Moglia

    After 3 hrs. of this a small boy,12 or so, in a red checkered shirt and Levi’s appeared at the edge of the clearing we had camped in about 30ft. away. We stood up and faced him in the light of our fire. He raised his face up and began to smile. His smile grew until the corners of his mouth almost touched his ears. Then his mouth opened to reveal two sets of long, pointed teeth. All of started throwing rocks and branches at him. A few seconds later he just dissipated and there was no trace of him. It was almost daybreak so we said the hell with this place and left the same way we came in but at a much faster pace. True story.

  • Sully

    This is creepy, but I wouldn’t mind investigating it and staying over night if someone dared me. I know it sounds stupid, but I’m really in to scary stuff. So… yeah! :)

  • danny k

    How did I miss this place on my trip to Japan…

  • John Roberts

    I’d rather spend the night there than a forest with bears or mountain lions. I had a friend who was attacked by a mountain lion one time during an outing. He shot and killed it with a .357 revolver and said it was the toughest thing he’d ever had to do. He sent the head to the Center for Disease Control and it was found to be rabid. I’d hate to spend the night anywhere unarmed and without my Klarus ST11 flashlight and my Inova UV light (for scorpions). Maybe the Aokigahara Forest has no dangerous animals, I don’t know, but right now, if I were in Japan, I’d be more afraid of that damn reactor that’s still belching out radioactive materials than I am a few ghosts.

  • A. Brown

    I actually just went hiking there yesterday. Aokigahara is a very beautiful, quiet, and serene place. It is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities in Japan where you regularly just hear traffic and other sounds of the city. They have some beautiful caves that you can explore and the paths are quite well marked for hikers. That being said, off of the path it is extremely dense forest. You could walk 50 yards and be completely removed from any sign or sound of civilization. It would be quite easy to get lost! I feel that the place is so quiet and peaceful that is why it is chosen by folks as a place to punch their own ticket. Walking though the forest is something like being exhausted and falling into a comfortable bed…you really dont want to leave! Some people just choose to stay. All death aside, it is a beautiful forest and one that nature lovers in Japan should make a trip to see if you are in the area of Fuji-san. Just make sure that you decide to leave again! Life is too short to check out before your time.

  • Scarred Sword

    Suicide is deeply ingrained in Japan. The samurai would commit sepuku to regain their honor and get a better reincarnation. Even though the samurai are gone, the ideas still continue and you hear about high school students committing suicide if they get a bad grade or don’t pass because it shames their families.

  • Impeding Lies

    Even for people with terminal illness or incurable chronic conditions? I suffer from chronic fatigue and it just isnt taken seriously nothing has ever been proven to treat it and I don’t want to live with this overwhelming fatigue anymore. Pseudo science pushers make money off sufferers because there is so little known. Why should I go on at the mercy of whenever some drug makers decide my life is worthy of living?

  • Impeding Lies

    No. That does not mean the wealth is fairly shared through the classes because there is certainly working poor and poverty class people in Japan.

  • Beverley Davis

    fascinating article

  • Mandee

    I’m surprised I’m just now hearing about this since I’ve been obsessed with Japan for quite some time now. This absolutely blows my mind. It really is beautiful though. I’d still like to visit, during the daytime to check it out. Great article, thank you!

  • Julie Voye

    Yeah, shove Jesus down someone throat ehen they are sad, because Christians never commit suicide. s

  • lovejapan

    Well,i dont know about you guys…..but do take a look at the cover picture in the header of the page……..if it’s edited it’s disrespecting the forest…if it’s true……RUN! RUN! RUN! what the hell was the cameraman doing there….

  • lovejapan

    yes of course….the knife or bullet wounds willl be ignored…and u r an ass

  • Sarah Wesner

    Thanks for explaining the Destination Truth episode. I have been searching for a way to view it for free, but haven’t had any luck. I was thinking of paying the $2 to watch it on YouTube, but now I know I can save my money.

  • Philippine Girl

    i just read most of the people comments here and it appeared like this was a year ago… well i just had the chance to watched this video. i didnt even know that this forest exist plus stories behind this forest. We dont know what can be the reason why people end up hanging themselves up there, but definitely those that killed themselves are likely people who never cared about anyone or anybody in the family/ friends or they have disregarded it because they are determined to die… going to the forest alone, hang & die there – well no one will search their bodies…. there could also be another reason, that this place can be like a dumping place for bodies other than suicide issues. well its easy to say and people remain stigma up to the stories or history. who will care but what people know is “suicide forest”… i never want to cross this forest, if this is what the is being described about. and probably for those people who are adventurous, maybe were lost and they died becuase they could find their way out then… so many things can come across the many mind of the people. So how can we stop this? well, maybe its in their culture… or people are just insane and high at that time and they probably is not in the state of their minds….. not a good place.. there are so many places that we can appreciate…. let them RIP. For there is still light so their souls can find the way out…. just believe

  • Reader MLA

    forest can be a crime place, suicide, name it all. But people remind themselves of suicide forest and that is what impacting now to the many minds of the readers…. no intact person will kill themselves…. depression can be treated by medication now a days.. these people are born out of there genes/DNA that has the killing link.

  • 🐾AℵįℳąL🐾

    i feel the sudden urge to go camping

  • Kristin

    Watched a movie called Grave Halloween and it was about this forest. Scared the hell out of me!

  • lizzie

    Tho Mt Fuji is so well known, I had never heard of this place. Suicide has been even a noble way out in Japan for so long. Myself, knowing that the area is so popular for that reason, I would have no desire to even visit. I am glad to know that the volunteer has such compassion to do the work that he does, which is commendable. As he commented that people need to help one another stay connected in this world, I felt sad because I know that the once close-knit villages and towns are really of yesteryear and more people do feel disconnected. Was interesting, but I feel offended by the questions posed as though this was some kind of Halloween story.

  • Lana Rogers

    Wow I think I wouldn’t have been able to walk through there alone in the dark if I had read abt it either…

  • Lana Rogers

    I agree w you and was actually thinking about this while I was reading it…

  • Angela

    I think it would be an amazing place to go and explore,.. But I most likely wouldn’t be stayin the night there, or know how I would react if I found the remains of someone who couldn’t handle the beautiful life they were givin.

  • Banshari Mridha

    okkeeh!! Enough internet for today :-S

  • dixiepixie

    I had never heard of this place befor and I am an avid ghost hunter fan! This is very sad though..the Japanese people need Jesus!!

  • Jesse

    It IS and idea, but there are not a lot of christians there. There is a Buddhist temple near it, and I heard one of the monks makes it a point to find and help save people that may be attempting suicide, but also to help the spirits transition to the next step/cycle instead of lingering. So using religion IS attempted, but one temple/monastery cannot cover such a forest.

  • Jesse

    It’s a lot less selfish, for sure. Least someone like a kid wouldn’t stumble across it.

  • Jesse

    From the pictures, it looks like there is little plant life besides the trees and their roots, maybe not enough food for something like a deer to live in?

  • Jesse

    I believe ghosts, but I also believe that magnetic fields can and WILL screw with your mind, and is usually the case in most “hauntings”. This place may be both cases. Real or not, the brain cannot tell the difference.

    And I think your post on the redwood forest may also help give insight as to why there isnt a lot of life in Aokigahara.

  • ken

    why were you in japan white boy, never comeback to my country again

  • laschwill

    I think people go to this forest because they know so many before them felt the same way and most of the time, they don’t think anyone understands – kind of a twisted fraternity. It’s incredibly sad, but knowing a thing or two about the culture, the pain of depression and the thought of burdening your family/friends with it is usually the tipping point and many see no other way out. Don’t get me wrong, I do not agree, only understand the reasons.

    The reality is everyone leaves a print on the world… physically, emotionally, digitally, etc. and it cannot be erased by suicide. The burden is far greater when you are gone – even to a complete stranger. Hayano-San seems to genuinely care based on his reaction of finding a skeleton. He still has so much hope. Personally, I would not spend the night and I am not even sure about a day trip. It would be too hard to see what he sees on a regular basis. It will take a very long time to change this mindset. Ironic… I live in San Francisco and am writing this days after seeing Mt. Fuji from the train – yes, I did think about this infamous forest :/

  • Ellen Gwaltney Bales

    This is the most depressing video I’ve ever seen. I had never heard of this forest before nor did I know what a high suicide rate Japan has. I watched it in its entirety and it has left me feeling so sad. I need to do something to cheer myself up quickly. This is not something I will easily forget.

  • Angela Tran

    Who wrote this article? I need to cite this but I can’t find a First AND Last name..

  • Wendybird

    Watched an hour of video once of two guys wandering around the forest in November claiming it was completely silent. It was not! There was an almost continual echo of Japanese Warblers piping timidly in the background. And Much of the supposed “mysterious rustling” sounded like squirrels. I think the problem is that the Japanese people have lost touch with what actual wilderness is like, this forest is wilderness. To someone who has never touched that it’s damn scary. I would love to visit, for the natural beauty and bird life.

  • Jake Folger

    Actually I was going to go backpacking through Japan in April and Aokigahara is one place that I wanted to camp at. I am really looking forward to it. I am not going for the sad and ghastly reputation of the forest, but for the scenery. It is a very lovely forest right next to the towering mount Fuji.

  • Theo

    Nah, they’d pick Angeles National Forest for that. Rumor has it there are hundreds of shallow graves there of mafia victims never heard from again. Aokigahara is interesting — reminds me of Mirkwood Forest in the Hobbit.

  • Traeyeshaune Wilson

    We are not GOD. HE and HE alone is the giver and taker of life although man seems to think they are as well. People are gonna learn GOD is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end.

  • Traeyeshaune Wilson

    That song described how Caucasians hung our ancestors in poplar trees, and set them on fire. Has nothing to do with japan’s forest.

  • Traeyeshaune Wilson

    GOD is the only one who can help. If they leave this world then their time was up, and that’s how it had to happen. They are in a better place, no pain, suffering or worry. GOD said we all will return to him one day. WE ARE HIS CHILDREN.

  • Julie Voye

    Rant on, bigot. Your imaginary friend must be very proud of how you turn people’s stomachs and vhase them away from your pretend diety.

  • Tamara

    This sad but scary. Wouldn’t do it personally. But why does Japan have such a high suicide rate?

    And sorry if you don’t mind, you stated that you’d be lucky to get a bird chirping in the tree let alone any animals be near there, why is there bodies “picked at by wild animals”?
    If there are wild animals somewhere, wouldn’t the people abandoned be able to find some food.

    Sorry i;m just a very curious person.

  • dave

    your english sucks white girl, dont ever speak my language again.

  • ken

    god dont exist, idiot. someone mispelled dog. dont ever post on this blog again, lameass.

  • Mum of two

    It might have a reputation but they’re far from spooky looking. If you want a truly spooky looking forest, try Wistman’s Woods in Dartmoor, Devon, UK.

  • that 1 awesome p3rson

    Racest!

  • Rex Johnson

    Im into ghost hunting i would love to stay. The night

  • Xephos0

    This is really sad. :( Japan is such an awesome place especially what they make for us around the world. Why would people think about killing themselves?

  • annamarie

    anyone that wants to travel to other countries can do so at their own free will, ken…you have nothing to say on the matter. deal with it. and dont be such a racist pig over it.

  • annamarie

    ewww…dont give them any ideas!!

  • annamarie

    she can speak whatever language she wishes, dave, wow are you a racist pig…get over yourself…

  • annamarie

    this person didnt say it had anything to do with japans forest. they posted the poem because it is fitting…

  • annamarie

    actually the christian population of japan is a lot higher than 1%, since many japanese are catholic…granted the number is still small but it is much higher than 1%.

  • annamarie

    ken you really have some issues, obviously you are an atheist. god does exist, if he didnt you wouldnt have come here talking smack to others. grow up

  • annamarie

    julie, i really feel sorry for you. pity your parents didnt take you to church and teach you about god’s love and your very own creation. nuff said.

  • Janis Joplin

    Wounds may not be apparent, due to decomposition or animal activity……….it would depend on when they find the body and if any damage was caused to the bones. The thing about it is, that the city there is already absorbing the costs of deposing of the bodies and with the amounts they have found, they are most likely racking up a hefty bill………..I really doubt they can do autopsies on all the bodies…..(but who knows?)

  • JANIS JOPLIN

    That’s not nice, Dave =((

  • JANIS JOPLIN

    ………………………………………If I go to visit the Aokigahara Forest and check it out, I’ll be taking NASA with me!!! . . . . . . . . . . . This is all so seriously sad to me, that those people shown in pictures had come to such desperation in their life. This has been on my mind for a couple of days (since I read about it) Such a fantastically beautiful forest, yet so mysterious and eerie………….So MUCH history, and so many stories and secrets dwell there, in “The Sea of Trees”. It’s all very thought provoking!

  • JANIS JOPLIN

    PSALMS 83:18

  • JANIS JOPLIN

    How C@@L……….You climbed Mt. FUJI =))

  • JANIS JOPLIN

    KEN, somehow I don’t think you have a say in the matter =))

  • Timothy Barton Jr.

    I’d stay a week if I were rich lol

  • lucy brenndant

    it really intrigues me , the forest . I was told of it by my father when I was eight and since its became a fascination of mine . Its plagued by sadness , when it deserves to have enough respect for the people who die within its clutches . after all , they did what they feel they needed to .. RIP to everyones who has or will die in that forest .. Its certainly on my bucket list to visit and pay my respects to the deceased

  • general777@hawaii.rr.com

    Stop taking the drugs from medical pimps, find another way. Don’t take the easy way out lightly.

  • general777@hawaii.rr.com

    He is just a troll, not worth an electron

  • general777@hawaii.rr.com

    How are you going to set someone on fire if they are hanging from a tree? just sounds racist to me, but please explain.

  • general777@hawaii.rr.com

    God doesnt mean just Christian, open your mind.

  • William Sanders

    I want to go there. I want to walk in the Shadows. Converse with the Spirits of The Forest. Hear Their point of view on the whole Human suicide thing.
    Feel the atmosphere. And possibly, talk to one of the Dead. Find out the reason for doing it. And possibly an answer to the question “Was it worth it?”
    Can I talk to the Dead? Dunno. But I am willing to try. I’ve spent time in places people were killed, and in a place a friend killed himself. Never attempted to talk or otherwise communicate with them. Just spent time there, feeling things, and imagining what it was like while they were there. I think it may be possible to communicate.

  • William Sanders

    I’ve talked with some Forests. Others are silent. The forests in Colorado are, for the most part, silent and have a sullen, Fuck Humans, attitude. The deeper you get, farther away from civilization, the more the forest is willing to talk. Wilderness forests in Alaska and Canada, are chatterboxes to those that can listen. Forests in Europe are quiet, yet are willing to talk. And don’t dislike humans as much as other places. All are deadly to those entering unprepared. The forest will not actively help you survive. But they do talk. To those of us that know how to listen.

  • William Sanders

    Can I talk to the forest at Aokigahara? I don’t know. It is, as far as I know, a natural forest. So it likely has several thousand voices, much like those in North America. But, as I’ve never been there, I am not sure I could understand the voices. The ones in Europe were hard to hear and understand, at first. I’m betting that Aokigahara would be similar.

  • spookycute33

    I would have loved to have made it there while I was in Japan. I have been fascinated with the stories from there for some time now. Although I’m a rather big Destination Truth fan, the episode in the forest has always been one of my favorites! Great read :)

  • stationone123

    Eerie photo. The Golden Gate bridge holds the number one title for
    suicides. I respect these people who kill themselves, because they should pick a
    location like the Golden Gate due to cleanliness. There is talks about the
    Golden Gate bridge getting nets—-that would make the bridge look stupid. It’s
    a beautiful bridge and should be left alone as a place for those to go to enjoy
    or die. These suiciders will just shoot themselves in a house where the poor
    home owners insurance has to lose money cleaning up and the neighbors have to
    tolerate the odor and so foth and so forth. Let me toss in some advice—-we all
    die. Doesn’t have to be today.

  • stationone123

    I heard a rumor that a guy tried impressing his girlfriend and took her out here on Halloween. He brought about 200 yards of string tied from a tree so that they wouldn’t get lost and somehow the string was cut. They managed to make their way out; hit by a foul smell of death. They never went back.

  • sarajean1982

    NIm sorry you have to suffer withthis condition. But please don’t take your life. Aneffective medication can come along. if you need to talk to someone call 1800 suicide or talk to a friend, family member, or therapist. your life is valuable.

  • Draganica

    I’ve heard that most people kill there..