We only managed one day trip out of Tokyo, despite our best intentions to head to Mt. Fuji, the Jukai and Fujikyu for the scariest haunted house in the world (haunted hospital, actually). We did make it to Mt. Takao, or Takao-san, which is a mountain around one hour out of Tokyo. It was so refreshing to get out of the city, even though the weather was not great. It actually stopped raining for out little hike, so we were lucky to enjoy the chirping birds, screeching monkeys and barely turning fall foliage. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji, though I'm not convinced that Tokyo ever has a clear day...
C is making the acquaintance of the Tengu, who lives atop the mountain. We rode in Japan's steepest cable car to get to the mountain trails... eep.
Shibu Onsen park we visited in Spring. Unfortunately it was more like a zoo, and I felt really sad for the beautiful monkeys locked up in their glass enclosure.