The mountains of Japan are iconic in the early morning. After scouting the location for a few days, I had a feeling the view from atop Wakakusayama would be epic on the right morning. On my final day in the village of Nara, I finally got my shot. Hiking up to the top of the mountain while the rest of the village was sleeping, I was sitting in the perfect spot to watch as the sun started painting the surrounding hills with shades of light. The density of the forests and the row upon row of mountains fading into the dawn’s rays make this shot one of my favorites from an incredible trip!