The second game is much easier and i seem to recall it was moaned about because of this. Its still a challenge at times, but instead of traipsing for half hour back to your palace (though you still can) you can just warp there saving time..same for all landmarks you find..warp there and back.
The first game -so far- at least doesn't have any fast travel or warp points, this can be a right pain whereby you are travelling to said location, get random attacks along the way...get to where you need to go, die then have to start at your last save point probably half hour back. you can save and save and save whenever but you will get caught out.
I prefer the fight mechanics in the 2nd game as you have more control over the fighting.
It is a game you should play though if you are a jrpg or rpg fan.