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Hundreds Have Taken Their Lives in Japan's 'Suicide Forest'

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Japan Suicide Forest

Over the years here on FEARNET, we've virtually taken you to some of the creepiest places in the world, from Mexico's 'Island of the Dolls' to the abandoned mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, the latter of which served as the inspiration for Silent Hill's title location. But none of those places come even close to being as horrifying as Japan's 'Suicide Forest,' which is the most popular suicide spot in the world.

Per Wikipedia, the real name of the so-called 'Suicide Forest' is Aokigahara, a 35-square-kilometer woodland that's found at the base of Mount Fuji. The forest is known in Japanese mythology for having an association with demons, and many believe that it is those demons who draw Japanese people deep into the forest, forcing them to take their lives.

Suicide Forest

An average of 100 suicides take place in 'Suicide Forest' every single year, with hanging and drug overdoses being the most common methods. So routine are suicides in the forest that signs can be found hanging throughout that encourage people to reconsider their choices, and the local government has recently stopped publicizing the amount of bodies found per year, in an effort to downplay the locale's notorious history.

The last known statistic is from 2010, when over 200 people attempted suicide in the forest, with a reported 54 of them succeeding. 105 bodies were found in 2003, and another 108 the following year.

Suicide Forest

Out of respect for the dead, we've chosen not to publish any photos of the bodies that have been found in the forest, but they're out there, if you've got a morbid curiosity.

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