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.

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@EricGrundhauser
It would also help if you talk about some of the cool stuff the town is doing to help promote the forest as a tourist destination of great natural beauty, not just a morbid curiosity. I spent a couple days hiking there, and it was amazing! The “bat cave” stop you mention in the article is an actual underground cave and active bat habitat you can visit (there is a wall at a certain point to prevent you from disturbing the bats.) There is also an underground “ice cave” you can walk through that is full of ice year-round, and the “wind cave” that has a recreation of how and why similar caves were used to raise silkworms!

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