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Exploring Aokigahara Forest: What is the "Suicide Forest" and How To Get There



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I'd first off like to say: please treat all locations and cultures with respect. I was waiting to put together a video of my experiences in Japan so I could upload them all together, but I felt it was important to quickly edit this and share it now, given there has been a recent discussion about Aokigahara forest.

I made this video into 3 separate parts.

Part 1: What is Aokigahara Forest?
The actual translation of the name is "Sea of Trees." However, it unfortunately is also called the "Suicide Forest" because of the high rate of suicide performed within the trees. This isn't something which should be romanticized, and I try to focus on how the forest is just that-- a forest. It is full of wonderfully mossed trunks, with a layout of roots that twist and turn on the floor. The flora is abundant with conifers and broadleaf shrubs. When visiting, see if you can spot all the different species of plants! Even with your head down, you'll be able to spot the different leaves comprising its dense namesake.

It is surrounding the base of Mt. Fuji, which brings us to the next section.

Part 2: How do I get to the forest?
Transportation there is actually sort of interesting. If you look up "how to get to Aokigahara?", you may be met with confusing instructions. Instead, I recommend focusing on "how to get to Mount Fuji." This will bring up immensely more helpful instructions. But really, what you'll be doing is getting to a train station, and then to a bus station, and then to a cave, and then to the forest. You can rent a car, but in all honesty, it's easier to use the public transportation (as is basically true of most of Japan, as their public transit is immensely better than that of many other countries).

If you want to follow in my footsepts, that'll bring you to the next step.

Part 3: How did I, personally, get to the forest?
Well, I basically just gave that away. But it was through the tourist bus, and then I dropped myself off at the Saiko Bat Cave, and hiked over to one of the forest's entrances. As it was somewhat difficult to actually find information on how to get to the forest, I wanted to make a step-by-step guide. Just watch the video for the details!


I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions about my trip to Japan, let me know. If you ask something in Japanese, I might be able to answer-- but I'll be relying on Google Translate.


I know it may not seem like it now, but it can be okay. And, of course, I know that sounds stupid...but I think that it might be better to sound stupid than to sound like nothing at all. Please contact someone to help.


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