Visit the Island City of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

The Island of Sakhalin forms part of the Russian Far East and the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is the administrative center for the entire island. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, also known as just Yuzhno, is the biggest city on the island, which has an estimated population of approximately 180 thousand residents. It was founded in the year 1882 by a group of Russian travelers, and in 1905 the island fell under the rule of the Japanese. After World War II, the Island of Sakhalin was returned to Russia.

As an island, transportation is important for the infrastructure, as without it the economy on the island would not survive. Fortunately, it has a railway system and the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport has been servicing the island since 1945, and has grown from a military airstrip to a 3 400-meter runway (concrete), a passenger terminal, is able to accommodate cargo and has parking for sixteen aircraft. Some of the airlines that fly to the island include KrasAir, S7 Airlines, Aeroflot, Dalavia, Transaero, Domodedovo Airlines, SAT Airlines, Vladivostok Avia and Asiana Airlines.

As a tourist destination in Russia, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has a lot more to offer than expected from an island city. There aren’t any large department stores in the city, but rather what locals refer to as ‘Torgovli’ centers. Here visitors will find small clusters of boutiques and souvenir shops, which tend to be a little overpriced in comparison with some other stores. There are also local shops and supermarkets, but as the city is so remotely located, many food products are very expensive. Recommended items and food-stuffs that are affordable and value for money, include salmon caviar, beer, vodka and legendary Matrushka Dolls. The city has many tourist attractions and lures tour groups and individual travelers here each year. Recommended sites include the Lenin Square, the Orthodox Cathedral, Velikano Bay, the Museum of Local Lore, the Art Museum, the Gagarin Cultural and Recreational Park, the Dirty Volcano, Tunaicha Lake and the Okhotskoe Village. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is also home to the Tsunami Warning Centre (YSTWC) that researches changes in weather patterns and provides information to warn Russia of any impending natural disasters or dangerous weather conditions.

As a business destination in Russia, the city has a flourishing industrial sector that produces footwear, furniture and has distilling and brewing plants. Large companies. such has Shell and ExxonMobil, have invested in Yuzhno as it is rich in natural resources such as oil. It is a diverse city, which has grown into a successful business sector and noteworthy tourist destination.


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