“Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction as the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.” - Source.
Due to the amount of suicides and negative energy in this forest, it is deemed by many to be one of the most haunted places in Japan. Witnesses have reported seeing figures wandering the forest, but quickly disappear as soon as they are chased down.
Some spiritualists believe “that the trees themselves are filled with a malevolent energy, accumulated from centuries of suicides. They don’t want you to go back out.” (Source.)
A note from the blogger: The television show Destination Truth spent a night in this forest. If you enjoy watching things like that, I suggest you look up this episode. It’s eerie and you will be surprised by the evidence they gathered.
If you ever have the chance to explore this place, please do so with caution. It is extremely easy to get lost.