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The Sea of Trees - David Richards
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The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

The forest floor mostly consists of volcanic rock which can be difficult to penetrate with hand tools such as picks or shovels. Since the forest is very dense, in recent years, hikers and tourists trekking through Aokigahara have begun to use plastic tape to mark their paths so as to avoid getting lost.  Designated trails lead to several tourist attractions such as the Narusawa Ice cave, Fugaku wind cave and Lake Sai Bat cave which are three larger lava caves near to Mount Fuji, the ice cave being frozen all around the year. The first kilometer of the forest is littered with tape and other rubbish left by tourists, despite officials’ attempts to remove it. After the first kilometer into Aokigahara towards Mount Fuji within the forest is in better condition, with few obvious signs of human presence.

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