What to see in Sakhalin? 6 places to visit
Tariel Gazhienko August 2, 2023, 1:15 PM Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Visit an abandoned lighthouse or soak in hot springs – the choice is yours!
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Sakhalin is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Russia. This island in the Pacific Ocean is only 40 km from Japan, so Japanese and Russian cultures are combined here. I’m talking about what to look for during a trip to the island.
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The abandoned Aniva Lighthouse is one of the most impressive sights in the region. It is located far from civilization and is not only a historical building, but also a symbol of mystery. To get to the lighthouse, tourists have to navigate rubber boats, overcoming the waves of the ocean. This will give the expedition an end fee. And during the trip you can see sea lions.
Upon arrival, you will find yourself surrounded by wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Around the lighthouse you can contemplate a unique landscape, where for centuries the interaction of man and nature has created a special atmosphere of mystery and tranquility.
Aniva Lighthouse is not only a great place for photo shoots, but also a testimony to Sakhalin’s history. Its abandonment and solitude give this place a special charm, attracting adventurers, solitude seekers and fans of unusual terrain.
A place for lovers of picturesque views. The rocks surrounding the bay give the impression of impregnability and power, and crystal clear water, combined with dense vegetation, creates a unique atmosphere that wins the hearts of tourists from all over the world. Walking along the bay, you can capture the beaches with rare shades of pink or purple sand. Additionally, it is known for its perennial coral reefs, which are home to many species of marine life.
They were built by the Japanese, the doors were at the entrances to the temples as symbols of worship to the gods. After the island became part of Russia, many Torii were destroyed. However, some of them can still be seen today. These architectural structures testify to the Japanese influence on the island’s history, and visiting them provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of yesteryear and learn more about the culture and traditions of this region.
One of the islands of the Kuril chain, which is part of the Sakhalin region. It is famous for its nature: here you will find beautiful beaches, volcanic mountains and picturesque landscapes. The island also has hot springs where you can relax and unwind.
The administrative center of the island and one of the largest cities. Here you can visit the Sakhalin Regional Museum, where you will learn about the history and culture of the region. It is also worth visiting the Church of St. Nicholas, the symbol of the city, and walking along the central Lenin street, where you will find shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sakhalin is not only an island rich in nature and history, but also a place where the gastronomic experience becomes unforgettable. The locals warmly welcome their guests and organize real feasts with fresh crabs. They know how to cook them in a huge variety of variations, and the freshness and tenderness of the products make these dishes truly unique.
Among other things, Sakhalin cuisine offers a lot of interesting food, which is the result of a mixture of various cultural influences.
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