Koyasan is a Buddhist community located on top of Mount Koya in the Wakayama Prefecture (just south of Kyoto and Osaka). We decided early on in our planning to make the trek up the sacred mountain and spend the night at Kongo Sanmaiin, one of the Buddhist temples.
We arrived in Kyoto after dark, but were filled with energy and wanting to explore. Luckily the Fushimi Inari-taisha is open 24 hours, so we headed to the shrine after dinner. Fushimi Inari-taisha is the head shrine of the kami Inari. A kami is a spirit worshipped in the Shinto religion, like a god. Inari is the kami of harvest and business – in fact each red torii was donated by a Japanese business.