12. Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Aokigahara has been dubbed the “suicide forest” and has long been connected to ghosts and death in Japanese literature and folklore. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and up to 100 people a year have committed suicide in Aokigahara Forest.

 

This 13.5 square mile forest lies on hardened lava northwest of Mount Fuji. The trees are so prolific that locals refer to it as the Sea of Trees and signs are posted at trailheads with helpline numbers in case you get lost. If you got the cojones to explore this hike, do as the signs suggest and stay on the trail.

 

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