I'll be traveling solo in Shimoda between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. I'm more interested in seeing fall foliage and soaking in some good onsen rather than the beaches (I'm sure it will be too cold to get in anyway).
Can you please recommend some good public onsen or places to see the leaves changing color? Would you recommend renting a car to get around the peninsula? If so, how mountainous is it? While I wouldn't classify myself as a terrible driver, I do have difficulty going up and down mountain passes that wind--I tend to go slower than everyone else appreciates.