We're interested in traveling to Yamadera from Sendai and have a few lingering questions about how much time to allot for this daytrip.
We have a JR east pass and I believe we can travel directly from Sendai to Yamagata. I think the trip is an hour. How often does this run?
We wanna get there as early as possible because we got to get back to Sendai sometime in the late afternoon. Oh, and Yamadera- how strenuous is the hike up? How much time should we allot?
Lastly, I am interested in purchasing a tetsubin cast iron teapot( I understand it is made in Yamagata and another region)- where are the best places to get them in Yamagata? Are there workshops there?
And if it is not too much to ask: recommended places to eat near the Yamagata station, Yamadera or near somewhere where I can purchase the teapot?