If you read the Japan Times you've probably seen Alice Gordenker’s witty offbeat column, “So What the Heck Is That.”
Alice gives awesome bilingual tours to fascinating places in Japan, and has received a government subsidy to offer her next outing, to Tanzawa, at half the cost. The November 28–29 program is in need of one more participant to make it happen. See link here and sign up if interested!
The itinerary is more activity oriented (witnessing a rare shrine dance, making soba noodles, etc.) than strenuous hiking, and Alice’s tours always attract a lively bunch of interesting people.