Inside Japan's Suicidal Sea of Trees
Exploring Aokigahara, known as Japan's "Suicide Forest," and the setting of the upcoming film "Sea of Trees," starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and directed by Gus Van Sant.
Unlike Van Sant's Sea of Trees, this is filmed on location.
Japanese authorities recover up to a hundred bodies a year in the sea of trees, most victims of suicide.
I went into the sea of trees, also known as Jukai in Japan, on the morning of July 31st.
The portion of Aokigahara infamous in Japanese culture and folklore for its restless spirits can be reached from the walking path that connects the Fugaku Lava Cave and Narusawa Ice Cave, accessible by the No. 1 Green Line bus from Kawaguchiko station at the base of Mt. Fuji.
I don't recommend going in alone.