Suicide has become a serious issue, and also a negative stereotype of Japan. There are some infamous suicide spots with many myths and stories. Aokigahara, also known as the suicide forest, has been the most famous place for suicide in Japan, and among the top 3 most famous popular spots for suicide in the world.
Despite of those rumors, myths and creepy stories, you can not just ignore the beauty of nature in places. Please pay a visit, with joy and excitement.
A grand and mysterious primeval forest spreading out at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Situated to the northwest of Mt. Fuji, the large forest is at the 1000m level. Remaining in pristine condition, it is popular for the guided walking tours and the lava caves.
Untouched nature remains in this primeval forest Aokigahara Jukai Forest, which is also known as Fuji’s Jukai, was created more than 1100 years ago. Trees grew in abundance on top of lava which had flowed down due to an eruption of Mt. Fuji, and over the centuries, a great forest covering about 3000ha was created. It has been designated as a National Natural Monument as a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. On entering deep into the precious and unspoiled primeval forest, it still stays fairly dark even in broad daylight, and with th...
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Popular as a power spot, giant trees such as the Kodakara-no-Sugi thrive
A historic shrine built by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi, it is located very close to Shuzen-ji Temple. It is also famous for being the place of confinement for Noriyori Minamoto, who was suspected of rebellion by his brother Yoritomo.
A quiet old shrine where splendid ancient trees thrive Hie Shrine was built in the year 807. It is said that when Kobo Daishi established Shuzen-ji Temple, a village shrine was built in the location northeast of the temple as protection since the direction was considered unlucky. Afterwards, with the issuing of the edict separating Shinto and Buddhism at the beginning of the Meiji Era, this shrine was made independent and was re-named to its current name of Hie Shrine. Once you go beyond the torii gate at the entrance, you will pass wonderful...
The huge column-shaped cliffs that spread out below are examples of world-class scenery
The picturesque scenery of these massive strangely-shaped rocks going along the coastline is a wonderful natural sight created from ancient volcanoes and eons of erosion by the sea. Explore these valuable precipices that are said to be only one of three such sights in the world.
Basaltic cliffs that are Natural Monuments The picturesque Tōjinbō which is located within Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park is a series of large and attractive columnar cliffs. Created from volcanic activity 13 million years ago, strangely-shaped rocks were carved out from the rough waves of the Sea of Japan and countless huge columns rose up to make this astounding landscape of dynamic beauty. This extremely valuable topography is one of just three examples in the world of the geological feature known as columnar joints. The legend...
With its cascading impact kicking up the spray, this is one of Japan’s prominent waterfalls
The water falling over a long distance from a great height is just like slow motion. Check out the intensity that is quite hard to capture in a photograph.
From downtown Nikko to a nature spot Kegon Falls is located by the outlet for Lake Chuzenji which was formed from the eruption of Mt. Nantai. The underground water from the steep cliffs flows out forming 12 small waterfalls that are wrapped into the main waterfall which creates a unique scene. Monk Shodo Shonin has been credited as the first discoverer of Nikko, and the name of the waterfall is derived from the sacred book of Buddhism, “Kegon Kyo” (Avatamska Sutra) of the Tendai sect. A waterfall with a long drop in elevation need...
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