Inside haunted Japanese forest where people are ordered not to kill themselves

A 'haunted' forest in Japan known as the sea of trees has become known as a suicide hotspot with authorities placing signs along the trails to dissuade people from killing themselves.

Aokigahara is a dense forest located on the slopes of Mt. Fuji and is popular with tourists all year round.

The forest has many natural wonders including wind, ice and lava games and some parts are known to absorb sound altogether making it deathly quiet.

Unfortunately, the area is also known as one of the world's most popular suicide spots with countless people taking their lives in the forest every year.

The practice is thought to have started in the 1960s and continues every year, with authorities finding the most bodies in March at the end of the Japanese fiscal year.

Shockingly, over 200 people tried to kill themselves in 2010 in the forest with 54 succeeding

Authorities have since decided against publishing the numbers to restore the area's reputation.

The most common forms of suicide in the forest are drug overdoses and in some cases hanging.

Dotted throughout the forest, visitors will find signs warning people against killing themselves and imploring them to think of their families.

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In 2018, the forest made international news after YouTuber Logan Paul filmed a video there and was condemned for showing a dead body.

In the video clip, Logan said: “Did we just find a dead person in the suicide forest hanging?”

He then apologised on Twitter, claiming he was “misguided by shock and awe”.

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As well as being known for suicides, the beautiful forest is also said to be haunted by ghosts.

According to Japanese folklore, the area is haunted by the Yurei – or those left to die.

It's thought the Yurei is the spiritual animation of those who have died in a sudden or violent manner.

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