I had heard of the forest’s beauty and mystery and decided to see it for myself. We left the car at a small parking lot and ventured in. There are signs everywhere in Japanese and English warning visitors to stay on the trails. It is extremely easy to become lost in the denseness of the trees. As we continued on the path, we saw other signs that read “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” These signs have been installed by the police in an effort to prevent suicides.
The snow was falling, and everything was so quiet that you could actually hear the snowflakes hitting the earth. It is one of the prettiest and most serene places I have ever visited. I later learned that the vast silence was due to the lava from Mt Fuji that covered the area over 1,000 years ago. The forest eventually grew out of the lava and volcanic soil but the mixture actually absorbs sound making it seem quieter than it actually is. We walked along the trail for about thirty minutes until the snow started falling heavier and faster. We turned around and made our way through the snow and back to our car.
Everything I had read was correct, it was very thick and impenetrable off of the footpaths. It has been said that due to the vastness of the forest, visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone else inside the Sea of Trees. Hikers are known to carry tape with them to mark their paths. This would allow them to return the same way they came. There are still people that get lost in the 14-mile span of the forest. The landscape is similar and there are no defining features to help keep your bearings. I also caution you to stay on the designated paths.
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