Visiting my GF's family in Hokkaido (Biei, I think). She also wants to take me to sight seeing there, and any of the Prefectures that aren't too far away. I've always been pretty interested in Shinto stuff, so do you guys know if there are any temples worth taking a look at there? I mean like, functioning ones. I know Japan is pretty secular, but I would rather not hit up tourist traps.
Or if you have another recommendation, anything, really. Hokkaido's pretty rural, and I'm not sure if there are many interesting spots besides from the usual "beauty of foreign nature" thing.