The Rugby World Cup trophy has been brought to the summit of Japan's highest peak, Mt. Fuji, ahead of the tournament that begins in the country next month.
The Webb Ellis Cup arrived in Japan in June and has been on a nationwide tour that includes the 12 cities where the World Cup matches will be played.
Tournament organizers and university rugby players began climbing Mt. Fuji on Monday.
They arrived at the summit before dawn on Tuesday. They held up the 4.5-kilogram cup as the sun rose and prayed for the success of the tournament.
The officials and players wore gloves when handling the trophy, as only members of the World Cup winning team are allowed to touch it with their bare hands.
The trophy will be displayed at the venues of the opening match and other fixtures during the tournament.