10 Things to Do in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk That You Shouldn't Miss

September 4, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russian: Ю́жно-Сахали́нск, literally "Southern Sakhalin") is a city in Sakhalin island, and the administrative center of Sakhalin Oblast, Russia. It was called Vladimirovka (Влади́мировка) from 1882 to 1905, then Toyohara (Japanese: 豊原市, Hepburn: Toyohara-shi)) from 1905 to 1946. Population: 181,728 (2010 Census); 175,085 (2002 Census); 159,299 (1989 Census).
Restaurants in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

1. Museum of Local Lore

Kommunisticheskiy Ave., 29, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693000, Russia +7 424 272-75-55
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Museum of Local Lore

Reviewed By Mei T

Exploring the Museum of Local Lore gives us a better perspective and understanding of the history of Sakhalin and its connection to Japan. The museum building is a beautiful Japanese architecture and houses some displays of the local history. The Japanese garden outdoors is very beautiful.

2. Gorny Vozduh (Mountain Air)

V ul. Gornyy Vozdukh 1, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693010, Russia +7 424 251-11-10
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4.5 based on 457 reviews

Gorny Vozduh (Mountain Air)

"Gorny Vozdukh" is one of the fastest growing ski resorts in the Far East. The unique location - in the heart of the capital of the Sakhalin region, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city - allows guests be in the center of winter sports very quickly. Ski resort offers 10 traces of various levels of difficulty, for both beginners and professionals alike. Their total length is more than 23 km. "Gorny Vozdukh" provides three ski areas: "green" slopes suitable for those who are just taking their first steps, "red" - for those who are confident in their skills and abilities, and "black" traces which can be tested by experienced ski-professionals. There are also training slopes, ski cross traces and snowboard park at the territory of "Gorny Vozdukh". Soft and snowy winters allows to extend the season that begins in December and lasts until the end of April. The thickness of snow is usually two meters. But just in case Sakhalin weather suddenly shows its capricious nature, there is a system of artificial snow covering in "Gorny Vozdukh". The slopes of "Gorny Vozdukh" are in operation not only during the daytime, but in the evening also. When twilight comes, traces change due to artificial lighting. An active rest on the slopes of ski resort, undoubtedly requires post-replenishment. For this purpose, "Gorny Vozdukh" has a chain of restaurants and cafes, that will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. "Gorny Vozdukh" is an all-season tourist complex. In summer the resort becomes a place for recreation for islanders and visitors of the regional capital. "Gorny Vozdukh" offers travel escorts for visitors and residents of Sakhalin Region. Today, "Gorny Vozdukh" is one of the main organizers of tours along Sakhalin Region. Among the main directions such as sports, sightseeing, business tourism, "Gorny Vozdukh" focuses on environmental tourism. Today there is a network of paved hiking and biking routes available to all residents of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is developed by the ski resort. Each of them exposes familiar to islanders scenery from a new side: lush green Valleys, dense Forests, pure mountain Springs, magnificent panoramas of the regional center. In addition, the "Gorny Vozdukh" is the center of mass entertainment: almost every weekend sports and cultural events, music festivals and art Exhibitions, children's and youth festivals are held on the grounds of the complex.

Reviewed By Sajai M - Bangalore

The ski slope is situated close the city and is equipped with ski lift. This is pretty good during winter for Ski and also in summer for walks.
Ski rental is available at the base. Ski from 1st station or the 2nd station. Instructors are available at the base. Enjoy the city view as you ski down. Carry sun glasses during bright days!
During summer, take cycles along or walk from top to below. Have a snack / coffee at the cafe at the top. Enjoy the clouds around and the city view.

3. Gagarin Park

Detskaya st., 1, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693001, Russia +7 424 272-45-75
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4 based on 204 reviews

Gagarin Park

Reviewed By Andrew M

Gagarin Park is named after Yuri Gagarin, the famous Soviet astronaut who was the first human to orbit the earth in 1961. It is located at the intersection of Komsomol'skaya and Sakhalinskaya Streets. The main entrance is on Komsomol'skaya Street, and you will see the large black painted gates, with a grey statue of Yuri Gagarin with arms upraised, sitting atop a white pedestal that has his signature inscribed on it. This was our first photo of a Gagarin statue. The Sakura Alley is the main paved walkway in the park, but we found it much more pleasant to stroll on the grassy areas next to the "slingshot river" which winds through the park.The river empties into "Lake Superior", which is a few minutes walk away from the Gagarin statue.
Most attractions are in the area of the park near to the lake. There is a terminus for the train that runs around the park and quite a few boating activities.We thought that this area was the best in the park, as there were lots of food and beverage options, although most were geared to children. The north west entrance/exit to the park on Detskaya street, is a sort stroll from the entrance to the zoo. I would advise that you combine a visit to the park, with the zoo, particularly if you are travelling with children.Other attractions near to the park include the Voskresensky Cathedral which is to the right of the park's main entrance, and the three small parks on Sakhalinskaya Street which are dedicated to famous explorers of the 1800's.
Gagarina Park is a must see when visiting Yuuhzno Sakhalinsk. It is open daily between the hours of 9am - 8pm, free of cost and photos may be taken.

4. Sakhalin Zoo

Detskaya st., 4A, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693001, Russia +7 424 272-45-09
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4 based on 133 reviews

Sakhalin Zoo

Reviewed By RK3006 - Singapore, Singapore

The zoo in Sakhalin is located close to the Mega Palace Hotel and Gagarin Park. It has somewhere around 30 different animals including a Lion, Brown Bears, Camels, an Ostrich, Reindeer and some birds of prey however..
The animals are kept in old small cages and don't look like they are kept very well - it is only $3 to get in so the revenue they get must be very low compared to the cost of keeping and feeding the animals they have. The zoo is also quite small and only takes an hour or so to go around it.
Its not really worth visiting unless you don't have anything to do, and don't mind seeing animals in cages which most zoos have phased out now, although without us paying for tickets and visiting the animals might be worse off..

5. Island of Sakhalin Literary and Art Museum of the a. Chekhov's Book

Mira Ave., 104, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693000, Russia +7 424 243-66-36
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Island of Sakhalin Literary and Art Museum of the a. Chekhov's Book

Reviewed By GalvestonJT - galveston, texas

Please do not miss this lovely museum with displays and a film. But first, here is the condensed story of Checkov in remote Sakhalinsk - in the 1890s.
The story: In the 19th century, Korsakov became a place of exile for hard-core Czarist prisoners sentenced to forced labor. Torture and starvation were the orders of the day.
The families of the early prisoners actually came with them becoming early settlers of the area. The Russian author, Anton Checkov endured a miserable journey from St. Petersburg to Sakhalinsk in the 1890s to shine some light on the penal colony. In many of his Literary works, one can read of the horror. Now that you know the short story, do not miss the museum.
A visit should take no more than 1-2 hours.
Also, there are two small parks with statues next door to the museum.
The trip from the port of Korsakov out to Sakhainsk takes about 1 hour by car or bus.

6. Sakhalin Puppet Theater

Kommunisticheskiy Ave., 28A, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693010, Russia +7 424 245-80-60
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Sakhalin Puppet Theater

Reviewed By Langery22 - Novorossiysk, Russia

Несколько раз бывали на представлениях театра. Красочные, забавные. Ребята работают с энтузиазмом. Ребенку в 3 года сложновато было высидеть весь спектакль: длинноват.

7. Chekhov Book Museum

Kurilskaya ul., d. 42, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693000, Russia
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Chekhov Book Museum

Reviewed By victoriaprokofeva - Санкт-петербург, Россия

На Сахалине посещение этого музея считаю обязательным! Чехов посетил Сахалин и оставил нам полные боли воспоминания о прошлом острова.. Нельзя забывать об этом!

8. The Sakhalin International Theatrical Center

Kommunisticheskiy Ave., 35, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 693000, Russia +7 424 250-52-35
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

The Sakhalin International Theatrical Center

Reviewed By RS24 - My house

When you speak Russian this is a wonderful resource (obviouly less important for Musical events) I've seen a number of producitons here from regional, national and international theatre companies. its a must when a company from Moscow or StPetersburg visit - but tickets can be snapped up really quickly

9. Lenin Square

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin, Russia
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4 based on 62 reviews

Lenin Square

Reviewed By Bartje1965 - Breda, The Netherlands

The Lenin square is nothing else then a normal square that you will find in many cities. Traffic, a few bars, some shops and a statue. There is not a lot of grandeur to see or experience. The city is a bit worn out anyway.

10. Museum of Local Lore

ul. 60 Let Vlksm 16, 60 A/Ya 43, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin 694500, Russia +7 424 552-19-00
Excellent
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Museum of Local Lore

Reviewed By Dairis - Riga, Latvia

When visiting some place we usually wish to learn about the people, nature, traditions, cuisine and other things of the particular place/region. This museum gives an overall view on all that. The selection of items exhibited is wonderful. You can see the dresses of locals, the tools, the buildings. The animals of the area and some history as well.
The park/garden outside is beautiful too.

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