Mt. Nantai San, Japan
Soaring above beautiful lake Chuzenji and the ancient temple-studded town of Nikko is the sacred mountain of Nantai San. Also known as Kurokiyama and Futaarasan, the 2484 meter peak has been a place of Shinto pilgrimage since at least the 4th century AD. Local legends tell of a powerful mountain spirit that assisted hermits and monks in spiritual realization, and by the 8th century Nantai San was a favored site for Buddhist practitioners on solitary retreats. Each year from August 1-7 thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain from the Chugushi shrine.