The local JR train from Sendai to Yamagata takes a bit more than an hour:
The cherry blossom spot of Yamagata is Kajo Park:
Other interesting sights:
The concierge at both Westins said that today was supposed to be the Sakura peak in Yamagata. Not close.. I think the best is a week away. I now have a decision to make. On my final Japan Rail Pass day, do I go to Nagano, or back to Yamagata?
On the train ride back there were interesting rocks in Yamadera:
Back in Sendai, I bought for $6 a one day Loople pass, a bus that takes you all around the city. I took only one photo, at the Osaki Hachimangu Shrine:
I was so hungry at 3:30 PM that I dropped off to have lunner at Saizeriya:
But there were blue flowers:
I felt so good about the day that I stopped by a liquor shop and bought a bottle of Hakusho, for last year it won the Best Whiskey award for single malts:
Tomorrow, more sakura, and, perhaps, the best so far on this trip.