Aokigahara Jukai (Forest Sea)
Walk through a vast lava plateau looking at trees full of vitality standing over you
(C) Yamanashi Tourism OrganizationAokigahara jukai is an ancient forest stretching over the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Yamanashi. The forest grows on a lava plateau generated by lava flowing out from Mount Nagao, which erupted halfway up Mount Fuji. It is called Jukai (Forest Sea) because the trees as viewed from above look like a rolling sea. In Jukai there are many old-growth coniferous trees, such as hemlock and Japanese cypress, that have lived 330 to 360 years. They are all covered with moss, which supply water necessary for their growth. Not only plants but also many small animals and birds live in the forests, so some tourists enjoy bird watching.
Aokigahara jukai is a popular sightseeing spot for its beautiful landscape and Forest Bath for spiritual healing through contact with trees. However, please stick to the designated trail when walking through Jukai. If you step out of the trail, you will only see trees around you, making it very easy to get lost.
Address: Shoji, Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Yamanashi
Phone: 0555-72-3168 (Fuji Kawaguchiko Sightseeing department)
Directions: 45 minutes by bus from Kawaguchiko Station on Fujikyuko (2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station) to Komoriana bus stop and a short walk to the destination. (Car) 20 minutes from Kawaguchiko Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.