Mount Hotaka prides itself as the "leader of the Northern Alps."
With its peak at 3,190 m, it is amongst the highest in Japan after Mount Fuji and Mount Kita.
It is also a habitation for many wild animals: Snowy mountain top and time lapse of the sky above the mountain at night.
Underwater: manta rays, the most graceful swimmer in the Okinawa oceans
Drone shot: autumn at Onuma Quasi-National Park in Hokkaido
Amazing rocket launch moments in Japan
Festivals in Japan: Aomori Nebuta Festival
Underwater: northern sea lions flock to a tiny island