1. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
At the foot of Mount Fuji is the Aokigahara Forest; there has been an extreme rate of suicide and is now known as having the second highest rate of suicide in the world. Local legend is the forest has been haunted by demons and ghosts for centuries and those who enter with a ‘troubled mind ‘may be persuaded by evil powers to take their own lives. Police have mounted signs all around the forest reading, “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” all to no avail.
The forest workers say annually they discover over 50 bodies and they know many go undiscovered for years as the area stretches over 35-square kilometres. When they find a body they must carry it through the forest to the local station. It is considered bad luck for the ghost of the dead to be left alone so one of the workers has to stay with the body all night. The corpses are said to move on their own and scream throughout the night; not a job a lot of people will be queuing up for.