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Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/30 01:19
I plan to travel to Yamadera and Dewa Sanzan, early October. I have questions for u;
- How much time should I spare for Yamadera temple.
- What is the shortest way to travel from Yamadera to Tsuruoka?
- Is it possible to travel to three shrines in one day, and back to Tokyo, on early October?
- it seems difficult to find hotel in Tsuruoka. How can I find one?

Many thanks.
by BitzB  

Re: Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/30 11:47
- How much time should I spare for Yamadera temple.

3 or 4 hours should be enough

- What is the shortest way to travel from Yamadera to Tsuruoka?

Yamadera - Yamagata - Shinjo - Amurume - Tsuruoka

- Is it possible to travel to three shrines in one day, and back to Tokyo, on early October?

It is not possible to visit all three shrines in a day and get back to Tokyo. You will probably not be able to visit Gas-san due to it being closed due to snow.

- it seems difficult to find hotel in Tsuruoka. How can I find one?

There seems to be quite a few Shuboku's that I've seen as I'm considering visiting here in late June....
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/30 12:55
Many thanks for your useful info.

Let me ask one more question. How much time should I spare for Hagoro-san and Yudono-san then?
by BitzB rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/30 15:33
I haven't been to Dewa Sanzan by public transport so can't really advise on the times. It depends a lot on how much you want to walk I guess ...

I have been there in September and my guess is that snow shouldn't be a problem at Gassan in October. Here are some photos from late September.
http://ponkanchan.blogspot.jp/2009/09/yamagata-ga-san.html

You need to be really aware of train timetables because trains and buses are infrequent.
by girltokyo (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/30 18:07
@ mfedley
Not "Amurume" and "Shoboku" : Amarume and Shukubo[hV]
http://templelodging.com/
http://templelodging.com/spot/01tohoku/011shukubo_dewa.html

@ BitzB
Where 3rd temple name?
Tsuruoka is one of city name in Yamagata maybe impossible in one day.

Yamadera[R] to Tsuruoka[߉] :
direct bus(no need booking) cheaper from Yamagata sta(east exit)[R`wO] bus stop.
http://www.yamakobus.co.jp/kousoku/jikokuhyo.html
http://www.yamakobus.co.jp/kousoku/yamagata-turuoka.html.
via Shinjo plan is by Yamagata shinkansen and local trains.
JR Yamagata stn placed tourist office/visitor center on 2F near train ticket gate.
https://www.tohokukanko.jp/yamagata/12996/

Yamadera placed over 1000 steps only no short cut/car road.
by NWo (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera to Tsuruoka 2015/1/31 02:19
Considering your hotel options: I remember at least two business hotels at tsuruoka station - one of them the route inn tsuruoka ekimae
http://www.route-inn.co.jp/english/pref/reserve_frame_en.php?hotel_id=... (you can find them via booking.com as well but they have only a few rooms available that way so it's best to use the direct website - furthermore the hotel name is only written in katakana, so it is recommended to look it up before).

We stayed there in november '13 and it was quite nice - they also feature a considerably priced restaurant.
by EvilKneavel (guest) rate this post as useful

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