Yatsu ga Take
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Narita International, Kansai International|
|Convenient Center:||Suwa, Kofu|
Yatsu ga Take (Mountain of Eight Peaks basically) is an ancient volcano that has crumbled into several rugged peaks, the highest being Aka Dake at 2,899 metres. The mountain is best climbed from the end of summer to late autumn, however it is an extremely popular mountain to climb for the New Year's sunrise and so in January the snow on the route is packed down well enough by many feet so that regular crampons are sufficient for the ascent. There are routes leading to the various peaks of Yatsu ga Take and from the summit of Aka Dake there is a great view over the North, South and Central Alps, as well as the Oku Chichibu Mountains and Mt. Fuji. There is a lodge near the summit and a bigger facility below the summit.
Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.