Billions of dollars in oil and gas investments have brought development and tourism to Sakhalin, an island that once just a penal colony during tsarist times. Major oil companies such as ExxonMobil and Shell maintain a presence there. Good food and hotels catering to foreigners are available. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has only about 200,000 residents, but boasts 52 hotels, countless banks and shopping malls, as well as local and foreign businesses.
ADVENTURE DESTINATION: As an adventure travel destination, Sakhalin has plenty of beautiful natural scenery to offer. Recreational opportunities such as hiking, diving, rafting, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing abound.
MUSEUMS: Housed in a former Japanese administration building, the Sakhalin Regional Museum offers a good collection of natural and historic artifacts from different parts of Sakhalin Island and the Kurils. There are also the Chekhov Literary and Art Museum, featuring items from the everyday life of Anton Chekhov and his family; the Railway Museum features an open-air exhibition of old locomotives and railway trucks, including Japanese machinery operated on Sakhalin; and the Sakhalin Regional Art Museum features exhibitions on Russian and Japanese heritage.
Housed in a former Japanese administration building, the Sakhalin Regional Museum offers a good collection of natural and historic artifacts from different parts of Sakhalin Island and the Kurils. Photo: Vladivostok Air
View of one of the Central Streets in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Sigold, 21-22 May 2014, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The forum is dedicated to implementation of innovations and development of the fuel and energy complex infrastructure, promotion of investment opportunities in the Sakhalin Region. Read more…
Sakhalin Oil & Gas 2014, 22 – 25 September 2014, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Sakhalin and the Russian Far East – Advancing Russia’s Eastern Energy Vector. Read more…
Fishing Industry, 1-2 October 2014, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Exhibition is aimed to facilitate an effective functional infrastructure of the fishing industry, promote advanced technologies and scientific developments, as well as business inter-regional and international contacts in the region. Read more…
Yastreb drill rig and gas flare. Chaivo, Sakhalin Island. Photo: Vladivostok Air
GETTING TO YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK:
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS) to Tokyo (NRT)
Flight HZ9233 Tues/Thur Dept. UUS 13:05 Arr. NRT 13:50
Tokyo, Narita (NRT) to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS)
Flight HZ9234 Tues/Thur Dept. NRT 16:30 Arr. UUS 21:00
All times local