10Mt. Fuji in Japan
A mountain does not have to be tall to be lethal. At the base of Mt. Fuji, which is 12,388 feet high, there sits a forest that is overrun by lava during a massive eruption in 1707 and has attained a cult status among people as the perfect place to die. Aokigahara, the lush forest known as the Sea of Trees, flowering in the solidified lava cover of the last eruption of Mount Fuji, in its northwest, is a pleasant attraction for many visitors. This dense forest with numerous paths and caves filled with snow during the winter was a mysterious place, for which there are many stories and legends. The suicides forced the locals to leave the country. Putting signs and convincing inscriptions on the trail, and the association’s activity to prevent suicide, has yielded useful results. Mount Fuji, this highest volcanic creature in Japan, on the island of Honshu, just 100 kilometers south-west of Tokyo, is the sacred mountain and symbol of ancient Japanese history. Its beautiful conical shape, its scenic beauty and its historical heritage have been an inspiration to poets and artists for centuries. So in 2013 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural site. Thousands of tourists from around the world try to reach the top of the mountain in June-August to enjoy the beautiful views of the silent crater and the spectacular view of the sunrise. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!