Aokigahara is the forest spreading at the
northern foot of Mount Fuji.
It is located to the south of Lake Sai and Lake Shoji.
The forest spreads at the level of 920-1,300 meters, and the width is about 3,000 hectares.
In Japanese, it is called "Aokigahara-jukai", and "jukai" means "sea of trees".
This forest was formed on the lava plateau after the eruption of Mount
Fuji in 864.
It is a primary forest mixing coniferous trees and broadleaf trees.
Some walking trails are set up, and we can enjoy walking in the woods.
But the forest is very thick and the ground in the forest is rugged with lava. So if you have swerved a trail, you may be less able to return the original trail.
As a result, here has been a famous place for suicide.
There are many signages and posters to get diverted from suicide along the trails.
There are the following spots in this forest.
From Kawaguchiko station, the route bus "Retro bus" is operated.
It runs around Aokigahara area. The main bus stops to walk on the trails are "Saiko-Yachou-no-mori-kouen", "Fugaku-Fuuketsu" and "Ryuuguu-douketsu-iriguchi" and "Saiko-Koumori-ana".
From Kawaguchiko, about 35-50 minutes.
From Kawaguchiko, about 12-15 km.