The mountain is iconic, often called the Matterhorn of Japan. But I prefer the literal translation of 槍... The Spear.
Most hike-in-Japan type guides recommend hiking early from the bus terminal in Kamikochi, ascending the mountain range one day, descending the next.
Hiking in Japan can be... challenging.
Enjoy the... trail?
Arrows and chains mean you are going the right way.
Meanwhile, down in Kamikochi, pretty ladies from Tokyo are walking around in high heels.
And back on the mountain, our hands are looking for solid rock to grab.
Terrifyingly amazing view.
Obviously, the sunrise ascent is a popular one.
A few hundred kilometers away, Mt. Fuji pokes out on the horizon. I should really get a zoom lens for these treks.
Check out this site for rad mountain stuff in Japan, including Yari.