The beautiful far eastern city, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, is very attractive for modern tourists. Despite its remoteness from the European part of Russia, the city is visited by many guests. Most of them are attracted by the “eastern” atmosphere of the city. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was founded in 1882. For many years, Japan had been fighting for the right to have a better territory from a strategic point of view. In 1905, the settlement came to Japan and had been its part for 40 years. It was called Toekhara at that time.
The Soviet army conquered the city in 1945. It started developing exactly in that period. Torkhara was renamed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and became the capital of the Sakhalin Region. The central street Nisiitidzyo-doori was renamed after Lenin, which was quite a symbolic event. Modern travelers know the city as a place where large economic and industrial centers are located.
This atmosphere is complemented with plenty of Japanese restaurants where travelers can taste a lot of interesting treats. During the past few years, a lot of upscale hotels were opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Everyone can find here the most suitable one. Your vacation in the city promises to be interesting and comfortable. Its infrastructure is developing from year to year.
Gourmets will be delighted by a worthy choice of gastronomic venues. Fans of entertainments will be impressed by popular leisure centers, which numbered about 100 in the city. In the warm season, tourists can admire the beauty of local parks and gardens, most of which are decorated in accordance with eastern traditions. The beautiful Russian city with its eastern spirit will impress those travelers who have got used to vacation in unusual places. Its rich cultural heritage will let learn about the locals’ life and traditions.
One of the most recognizable city attractions is the Local History Museum. It occupies the incredibly beautiful historic building that resembles the luxurious Japanese palace with its silhouette. The beautiful building was constructed in 1937. It is an architectural monument in the teikan yoshiki style. In the first half of the 20th century, Sakhalin Island belonged to the Japanese government. Today, the unique building houses thousands of exhibits telling about the natives’ culture. Most of the museum exhibits are dedicated to local nature. At the entrance to the museum, there is a wonderful landscape garden with a fountain.
Nature admirers will be really impressed by the Sakhalin Zoo and Botanical Garden that was founded in 1993. Nowadays, dwellers of 170 different species dwell here. Most of them are very rare and listed in the Red Book. The visitors of the zoo center can see here a rare alligator snapper, an Ussuri bear, an Amur tiger, an Amur leopard, and other rare animals transported from different corners of the world.
In the city surroundings, there are very interesting nature attractions, one of which is the Frog Rock. This is called like this because the rock formation on its top really resembles a huge frog with its outlines. You can visit this picturesque mountainous area in a warm period. There are hiking routes of different levels and length. The Frog Rock is also a very important historic area, as the remains of ancient iconic constructions were found here.
Fans of boat trips are offered to admire the picturesque Aniva Cape. It is very big and resembles a fabulous ship with its outlines. In 1930, a lighthouse was built on the small island near the cape. It had been protecting ships from underwater rocks for several decades but then was abandoned. Today, the lighthouse and the cape have a status of popular tourist attractions.
On the territory of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, there is a top-rated ski resort called Mountain Air. The first resort was formed here in 1905. Over the decades of its existence, it has been developing an upscale infrastructure and offers all the conditions for comfortable and interesting recreation now.