Hello friends, I am a woman travelling alone to Kyoto for late Oct-early Nov 2014 sort of on a whim, and after researching it I realize I don't want to be in a city that long. Can you make suggestions for places to explore for 2-3 days at a time near Kyoto or Osaka? I am hoping to see some nature (oceanside, hills, peaceful gardens, I'm not picky), some temples or shrines, eat some great food and experience some Japanese culture (current or historical). I looked on previous forums and I saw some good ideas (Wakasa, Kayabuki-no-sato-Kitamura, Kinosaki) but the reviews are all in Japanese. I would consider a tour although I've never taken one before. Also any suggestions on choosing a medium price ($300ish) ryokan in Kinosaki or Miyama-cho) would be helpful. Thank you!