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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

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Things to do: museums, winter sports, parks
Though the streets of the modern, wealthy Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are named after Russian communists, some of its history belongs to Japan. After the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and 1905, the southern part of Sakhalin Island was conceded to Japan, only to be awarded to the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The city has retained a bit of its Japanese influence, though its economic success as an oil town means big plans for development and modernization. The streets are mainly lined with drab Soviet buildings, so skip an architecture tour and visit one of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's many museums, parks, or theaters. With our custom trip planner, Russia vacations can be built around trips to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and other destinations in Russia.
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While the selection of accommodations may be somewhat limited in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the city's hotels and guesthouses are known for providing excellent service and plenty of amenities. This is especially true for the high-end hotels, many of which offer gyms, spas, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The smaller pensions, by contrast, give you a more intimate sense of local hospitality. The city doesn't have too many hostels, so if you're traveling on a tighter budget, be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
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