posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 06:28 AM
I've been there.
I was exploring the area a few years back after a climb of Fuji. Saw a few cars at the roadside, and a hiking trail, so we decided to have a look.
Wandered in for a little bit, and got a bit freaked out after seeing a couple of offerings (people leave sake and flowers where people have died).
Just did not seem to be a happy place, even before that. We turned around and left.
About a year later, I saw something on TV about it - they have squads of volunteers who patrol the area, trying to talk people out of suicide. Was the
first I'd heard of it from that angle. I'm fairly certain that there's some kind of folklore surrounding the place that makes it a suicide
destination, kind of like throwing yourself off the golden gate bridge or something.