Japan's Deadly "Suicide Forest" Is Becoming A Tourist Hot Spot

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If you're on the lookout for a holiday destination as chilling as it is beautiful, there's a spot just two hours outside of Tokyo you'll want to check out.

The Aokigahara forest in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture has become famous around the world for two things: its incredible natural beauty, and the dark history the forest's workers are trying to forget.

A sign warns visitors not to take their lives inside Aokigahara.Japan Times

You might have heard about the forest before. It was featured in a number of very creepy documentaries, and even inspired the horror movie The Forest, starring Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer.

It's easy to get lost in the 12 square mile forest. That's partly because the bed of volcanic rock it's located on can mess with a compass's sense of direction. But many visitors enter Aokigahara with no intention of leaving in the first place.

The park has become infamous as Japan's "Suicide Forest," and the second most popular place to commit suicide in the world, following the Golden Gate Bridge.

An abandoned jacket inside the forest.Sick Chirpse

Since the 1950s, between 10 and 30 people a year have taken their own lives inside the forest. The worst years were 2002 and 2003, which set records with 78 and 105 suicides respectively.

But despite the forest's gruesome history, tourists are flocking to Japan to see the park with their own eyes.

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