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Traveling to The Suicide Forest Japan

The suicide forest in Japan attracts travelers of the macabre scale, but if you’re like me, then you may find it curious.

Many ask, is the Aokigahara forest in Japan real? Most people though haven’t heard of Aokigahara  but perhaps you’ve heard of the recent film Sea of Trees starring the very cool Matthew McConaughey.

Aokigahara is widely known around Japan as the suicide forest or the Sea of Trees which lies right at the base of Mt. Fuji. Many apparently think it’s a beautiful place to die, which makes it one of the biggest suicide spots in the world as well as one of the top 10 creepiest places on Earth.

There’s also a myth in Japan that certain people are lured into the forest and can’t escape its power….all the more reason NOT to go there.

But more so, Aokigahara is supposed to be a very beautiful forest with a network of caverns too. I’ve got this thing for enchanting misty forests, although most would argue this forest is probably more Sleepy Hollow than Cinderella.

Contrary to what you might think, Aokigahara tourism is popular.

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Travel Tips For Aokigahara Suicide Forest Japan

One of the creepiest things about Aokigahara is that it’s really easy to get lost in the forest, hence Sea of Trees. I was cautioned that there aren’t too many signs and it’s really easy to wander off into the mist off the monotonous forest because the paths aren’t well marked. I’ve heard stories about people getting lost there overnight and honestly, that freaked me out.

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There’s an urban myth about compasses malfunctioning due to the high magnetic field, though I’m sure that’s all B.S. But I think it all stems from a greater concern that it’s very easy to get lost in this forest, and trust me, this is NOT the forest you want to be trapped in after the sun sets.

There are stories of people discovering bodies, so it’s important to realize that a trip here can indeed yield a nightmarish scenario. Although the government has taken increased measures to prevent suicides, they still occur frequently.

  •  Cell phones may not work deep in the forest either so it’s best to go with someone or to at least bring tape along to tag your route back.

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How to Get to Japan’s Suicide Forest

  • Take the train to Kawaguchiko Station and take the Retro Bus bus #1 line Lake Saiko & Aokigahara to Komoriana Bat Cave. This ride is about 35 to 45 minutes.
  • If you’re traveling to Japan and traveling outside of Tokyo, you will need a JR RAIL PASS. It will save you money in the end. The LTD Express Kaiji & Azusa are covered by the JR Pass. The Shinkansen costs A LOT of money without this pass. 
  • To purchase this pass, please use Japan Rail’s banner link below or click right here. They will provide fast shipment to you. They offer 7 day, 14 day or 21 day passes. 
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  • You can also take the train to Kawaguchiko and also hire a taxi to take you to the forest as well.

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Recommended Aokigahara Tours

  • Go with a tour. This is probably the safest bet and Viator offers regular day trips to the forest and the caverns from Tokyo for $150. They also take you into the ice cave, which is harder to get to.
  • ALSO, this tour via Viator also takes you up to 5th Station at Mt. Fuji. Really an amazing day trip if you ask me.

Aokigahara Forest Ghost Stories

If you’re heading here, you might want to think about taking an EMF detector or downloading an app on your iPhone. But there are stories by monks and others who claims that the spirits in Aokigahara call those to the suicide forest to kill themselves. Aokigahara Forest Stories


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13 Comments

  1. May 24, 2016 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for this awesome guide! We are heading there tomorrow and using your tips to get there, which were really helpful in figuring out the details. Will be getting some tape, so we can get into the depths of the forest.

    • May 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm — Reply

      Happy to hear it was helpful for you! Have fun!

  2. March 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Hi there,

    I read somewhere that its possible to get guided tours of both Aokigahara and the popular ice caves located within are available at many of the shops surrounding Aokigahara, is this true? I want to do this desperately and viator is all booked up for my dates 🙁

    Avs

    • March 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm — Reply

      I’m not too familiar with any other tours than Viator but it seems Veltra.com offers one.

  3. murkiny
    February 16, 2016 at 3:10 am — Reply

    I LOVE THE IDEA OF GOING THERE BUT I KNOW THAT I WOULD LEAVE THE
    TRAIL TO BE ALONE,I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE THE FOREST
    VERY INTERESTING IN DEED .IF I WAS TO TRAVEL THERE FROM HERE
    IN NY STATE WOULD I HAVE TOO EXCHANGE AMERICAN MONEY
    FOR JAPANESE MONEY HOW DOES THAT WORK?I WOULD LIKE TO
    WONDER THROUGH THE FOREST ON MY OWN.

  4. July 23, 2015 at 3:27 am — Reply

    Stephanie,

    I am so interested in this forest and completely forgot about it, so thanks for bringing it back up. Having lived in Japan for a year and recently visiting for a couple of spells there, I’m really kicking myself for not going.

    As a ghost story fanatic/coward, I can barely imagine a trip here without covering my eyes at least a few times. Haha. Anyway, I’m happy to have found your blog and can’t wait to keep reading through your awesome posts!

    Take Care.

    • July 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm — Reply

      Thanks Duke!

      I think this place definitely sounds like a truly unique experience in Japan. I was a bit too scared to go myself too, but I think it’s definitely something off the beaten path. I hope you can make it back there to go!

      I’m happy you found my blog and thanks for connecting. Looking forward to checking out your posts too!

  5. July 15, 2015 at 3:26 am — Reply

    wow. Thank you for this great article. I had never heard of the Aokigahara sea of trees forest before. You’ve made me really want to go there. Back in 2012 my partner and I wild camped in and around the Black Forest in Germany and parts of it were also really creepy and scary and we were too afraid to camp for the night in some spots, but it was still a great and memorable experience. I also love Toyko so this is just another reason to head back to Japan soon. Safe travels 🙂

    • July 15, 2015 at 10:02 am — Reply

      Awesome! I’m glad I was able to inspire you to go here! Honestly, it sounds like a ton of fun and it will certainly inspire some memorable experiences that’s for sure. Not many people know about this place yet, I’m not sure Japan is too proud of it! Safe travels too 🙂

  6. July 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    What an interesting read! I’ve known about the Sea of Trees for a while now, but didn’t know you could go on tours. That’s probably what I’d do, because I’d probably, most likely, get lost!

    Chalsie x

    • July 15, 2015 at 12:22 am — Reply

      Thanks! I think so too.

  7. Jeff
    July 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this place. It sounds interesting, but kinda depressing. I think a group tour is the best way to go, certainly not alone.

    • July 15, 2015 at 10:00 am — Reply

      Definitely a group tour is a good way to go.

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