Many friends suggested that Kurama is a decent place for a short climb and Onsen - think this would be the perfect starting place for our first meet!
The Mountain is just a touch under 600m, which is probably around an hour of climb (potentially in snow). There is also a temple right at the top which was founded in the 8th Century and it looks pretty mint.
The Onsen in Kurama is also said to be spectacular as you get a view of the mountains and the nature, particularly when it snows.
Dates: Currently looking at 17/18 of January
Costs: A return ticket to Kurama is around 900yen, entry to Kurama-dera is 200yen and Onsen is 1000yen I think, I would probably bring 3000yen.
Meeting place: Demachiyanagi station.
Time: Since it is not too far we might be looking at a later start, guessing around 10. It takes 30mins to get to Kurama and about 1hr to climb to the top of the mountain, another hour to see the temple and then 45mins to get down. After that, we can just chill out in the Onsen.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions!