Given many names including ”Suicide Forest” and ”Sea of Trees”, Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan earns A History of Mystery’s second most haunted forest in the world behind Hoia Baciu.
Filled with suspected supernatural and paranormal presence, Aokigahara Forest draws local residents in and fills them with feelings of sadness, driving them to attempt suicide, many of which succeed. It’s unknown why Aokigahara forest seems to have such a dark presence, but when people who are overcome with such feelings manage to escape alive, they just describe the feeling as being drawn there.
Local officials have even put signs in place to prevent people going off the public path and more further down the off-track warning them to re-consider their decision and think of their family members before taking their life.
There have been hundred of mysterious suicides in the forest over the year with 105 bodies found in 2003 and more than 200 suicide attempts in 2010, of which 54 succeeded.
Most victims commit suicide by hanging with the second most common way be drug-overdose. It is said that the yearly peak of the suicide happens in March, which is the end of the fiscal year in Japan.
Aokigahara Forest gained international notoriety from the mysterious supernatural activity, so much so that a movie titled The Forest was made, using the suicide forest as the inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster. In our opinion, the movie depicts the actual reports and events from Aokigahara brilliantly and gives an excellent true-to-life re-enactment. Here’s the trailer if you care to take a look:
There have even been photographs taken from tourists and ghost hunting from within the ”do not enter” advisory area of the forest with faces, shadows and apparitions captured, but the validity of the photographs has not been verified.
Many ghost hunters have been to the forest with their video cameras for their Youtube channels, but few have caught more than an eerie vibe. Still, Aokigahara forest stands as one of the most haunted locations on earth and has claimed the most lives of any forest directly linked to dark supernatural energy.
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