Aokigahara Suicide Forest

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This seems like an extremely inappropriate “cool and unusual thing to do in Japan” that does not respect the victims. Suicide is not a tourist attraction. The photos are extremely graphic and jarring.

Hi @cmccaggiano. Thank you for your feedback. We take sensitive locations such as this forest very seriously, and I appreciate you flagging it. Thanks to comments and feedback such as yours, we are currently discussing more considerate solutions to the inclusion of sensitive locations in our database. This could include design and format changes which would separate places such as this from our “cool and unusual things to do,” presenting their history and importance without promoting it as somewhere to visit. You may see these and other changes in the coming months.

In the near term, we have altered the title and verbiage of the entry to make it more respectful, and we have also removed the graphic image from the site.

Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.