Suicide Forest (Worlds Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy BatesSUICIDE FOREST IS REAL - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan...and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.
When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning--and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.
Aokigahara Forest Facts
Since the s, recorded suicides in the forest have been rising at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. In , a record number of suicide victims were discovered here. Each year dozens of corpses are found by volunteers who clean the woods, but many are forever lost in the very thick woods. Japanese authorities have discontinued publishing exact suicide numbers in order to avoid making the place even more popular. The novel culminates in Aokigahara as the characters are driven to joint-suicide. What those hoping to take their lives may not consider is the impact the suicides have on those living near an area famous for being a suicide spot.
See Again. Location - Aokigahara is approximately a two-hour drive from Tokyo. Sea of Trees - Aokigahara has so many trees and its vegetation is so dense that it became known as the 'Sea of Trees. Popular suicide spot - The forest is one of the most popular suicide sites in the world. Seppuku - Suicide in Japan does not carry the same stigma as in the West. Until the end of World War II, this type of suicide was thought to be honorable. Suicide is big in Japan - Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
Aokigahara is one of the world's most popular suicide spots
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At the foot of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain peak in Japan, sprawls a square-kilometer forest called Aokigahara. For many years, the shadowy woodland was known as the Sea of Trees. But in recent decades it has taken on a new name: Suicide Forest. For some visitors, Aokigahara is a place of unbridled beauty and serenity. Hikers looking for a challenge can wade through dense thickets of trees, knotted roots, and rocky ground to access amazing views of Mount Fuji.
Northwest of the majestic Mount Fuji is the sprawling But it's the Japanese landmark's horrific history that made the woods a fitting location for the spooky horror film The Forest. Untold visitors have chosen this place, notoriously called The Suicide Forest, as the setting for their final moments, walking in with no intention of ever walking back out. Here are a few of the terrible truths and scary stories that forged Aokigahara's morbid reputation. Statistics on Aokigahara's suicide rates vary, in part because the forest is so lush that some corpses can go undiscovered for years or might be forever lost. However, some estimates claim as many as people a year have successfully killed themselves there. Self-inflicted death doesn't carry the same stigma in this nation as it does in others.