Although Mt Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, and Tanigawadake the most dangerous (in terms of numbers of dead climbers), Mt Yari is possibly the best-loved among the climbing community due to its distinctive shape and enviable location at the heart of the Japan Alps.
Last week the Japanese Matterhorn was looking more imposing than ever after a fresh dusting of snow brought the backcountry skiiers out to play. Before you grab your ice axe and crampons though, check here for up-to-date weather reports, live cameras and other climbing information. Also see here for more on Mt. Yari.