SAKAMOTO in SEPTEMBER
Lying at the foot of Mount Hieizan in Shiga Prefecture, with views over Lake Biwa, Sakamoto is a beautiful place in late summer. Tree lined streets with mossy stone walls lead up to the cable car station for Hieizan. Quaint traditional stores invite you into their cool dark interors. Glorious vermilion red shrine buildings and wooden lanterns contrast with green maple leaves. A cool stream floored with yellow sand flows under an ancient stone bridge, and red dragonflies flit amid the green grasses on its banks.