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First Expedition: Exploring Aokigahara

Hello and welcome to our first Official Expedition in the land of samurais.

In our very first expedition, we will be exploring the forest of Aokigahara in Yamanashi, Japan.

For those who are not that familiar with the forest, Aokigahara (aka Jukai or Sea of Trees in English) is a 35km forest that lies at the base of Mt. Fuji and contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. The forest is also a well-known place for suicides in Japan and supposedly the world’s second most popular suicide location after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

According to the suicide report released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department last week, 10% of all suicide cases in 2009 occurred in that forest.

This trip is NOT for the faint of heart! Please bear in mind that some visitors have reportedly seen dead bodies, haunting and even heard unexplainable noises in a forest that is also known for its eerily silence due to the wind-blocking density of the trees and absence of wildlife.

These are a few related sites that I found for your reference:
• CNN Report – http://bit.ly/cREafu
• Weird Asian News – http://bit.ly/cBxgwp (contains some graphic images, viewer discretion is advised)
• Haunted American Tours – http://bit.ly/9xHea5 (contains some graphic images, viewer discretion is advised)

When are we going?
Saturday, June 5th 2010. Based on the weather forecast for that weekend (at least for now), the sun will be shining high in the sky on the 5th (fingers crossed!).

What are we doing?
Our trip will not be only about hiking, we will also visit at least one of the caverns (TBD) and do some dining in the Lake Motosu area.

Who will be joining us?
We will rent a car with capacity for 9 passengers. So, the first 9 individuals who reply ‘Yes’ will be joining us on this trip. For now we have 4 confirmed participants and if I get a lot of responses then I will try to squeeze in one more person, totaling 10 participants.

How are we getting there?
This is our plan…

TIME DETAILS
06.00AM Pick up the car
06.30AM Meet with everyone else at Shinjuku Sta. West Exit
09.00AM Arriving at Aokigahara
02.00PM Leaving Aokigahara
     | free time to visit other spots and eat
07.00PM Return to Tokyo
09.00PM Return the Car

How much will it cost?

Car Rent ¥20,000 (1-day hire)
Gas ¥10,000*1
Toll ¥ 6,400*1 (round trip)
Total ¥36,400*1
Total p/ Person
(with 8 participants)
¥ 4,550*1
Total p/ Person
(with 9 participants)
¥ 4,044*1
+ Personal Expenses ¥ 3,044

What to wear?
First and foremost, we must protect ourselves. So, wear long pants (jeans should be fine) tucked into your socks and hiking shoes that come well above your ankles.
Please mind that even if the weather is fine, inside the forest will be swampy.

So, would any of you guys be willing to sneak out for an ultimate adventure in the dark forest of Aokigahara on June 5?

We are taking all precautions to make this trip a safe one to all of us. And if you wish to join us, please reply by May 26.

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Alex Kawano.
Official HE Blog Author

*1 Estimated costs. The final cost might differ slightly.

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  1. Keio Falah Pamudji
    May 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Alex,
    Thanks for the initiatives and planning. I definitely bring my camera.

  2. YK
    May 21, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Hmm, I’m considering wearing a Shrine Priest uniform…

  3. May 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Hey Alex, Sounds as good as you mentioned. Looking forward to exploring with you.
    Hilary

  4. Sayoko
    May 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Although I am not a big fan of ghosts, I would like to escape from Tokyo and want to have fun. Look forward to joining you guys! Thanks for coordinating, Alex!

    • ruinsaficionados
      May 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      @Sayoko We will do our best to make everyone feel safe.

      • Sayoko
        May 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

        Sorry! I was double-booking that weekend. I signed up for the rice planting. Since I am still nervous about going to the ghost hunt and bringing the ghosts back with me, I must pass this ghost hunt. Please enjoy and let me know how things went! Please have a safe trip and I really hope you won’t get lost in the forest.

  5. Haruko
    May 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you for planning. I’m looking forward it!!

  6. keio Falah Pamudji
    May 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

    A friend of mine would like to join us. Indonesian guy name Bayunto.

    • ruinsaficionados
      May 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      keio Falah Pamudji :

      A friend of mine would like to join us. Indonesian guy name Bayunto.

      Anyone is welcome to join us!

  7. Haikyo Explorers
    May 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Keio’s friend Bayunto has confirmed his participation. Welcome Bayunto!

    Haikyo & Urban Explorers.

  8. Haikyo Explorers
    May 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Jennifer will also join us on this trip.
    Only one week to go! I am so very much looking forward to it!! It will be a wild and glorious experience!!

  9. Haikyo Explorers
    May 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Only 1 – 2 spots left!

  10. YK
    May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Just quoting some lyrics from my favourite ‘Cure’ song ^^

    ‘I hear her voice
    calling my name
    the sound is deep
    in the dark
    I hear her voice
    and start to run
    into the trees
    into the trees’

    • Haikyo Explorers
      May 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      YK, that’s so u dude! Hahahahaha!

    • keio Falah Pamudji
      May 31, 2010 at 9:50 am

      sound so Goth!

  11. WPL
    June 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Ghosts aren’t real, people.

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