I'm attending a conference in Kanagawa, Japan in October. At the end of the conference, I will have three nights (Oct 11 through 14 I fly out on Sunday afternoon). I'm really not sure where is the best place to go for that limited amount of time.
My goals: I'd like to stay at an onsen ryokan for one two nights. I'm not big into cities, so would like to not be in Tokyo. Ideally, I'd have a day to explore a shrine and a temple and a day to do something in nature (hike with views or vistas) and really just unplug.
With the time constraints I cannot venture too far from the Tokyo area. Was contemplating Lake Kawaguchiko. But cannot ignore Nikko or Kyoto (I know it is a city but really has some amazing stuff there too... just cannot see the chance to stay in an onsen ryokan.
Suggestions would be appreciated!