After the recent — and justified — outrage over a video from YouTuber Logan Paul that featured a victim of suicide in Aokigahara forest, many might be wondering what, exactly, is Japan’s “Suicide Forest.” Often referred to as “the perfect place to die,” Aokigahara forest is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji and is approximately two hours away from Japan’s capital, Tokyo.
The woods are filled with dense trees and sit on an area of 30 square kilometers of hardened lava laid down by the last major volcano eruption in 864 AD.
It has become one of the most popular spots for suicide in the world, coming in second to the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact, there have been so many suicides in the area that the forest’s hiking trails are filled with signs urging those with suicidal thoughts to consider their families and seek help. Read More