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Korsakov (Russian: Корсаков, Japanese: 大泊) is a port town of 36.652 people, in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia. It is located on the shores of Anniva bay, on the southern tip on the island, some 42 km south of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the islands principal city. While rather drab, with few things to entertain the visitor, it does host one of the two ferry connections between Russia and Japan.

Get in

By train

Further information available
See also the itinerary Russia to Japan via Sakhalin for more information on the northern connection between the Trans Siberian railway and Japan

While there are connections by a narrow gorge railway from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, where the islands main airport is placed. Services are random and far between, buses are far more convenient. If the train is your thing, there were 3 daily scheduled departures at the time of writing, departing Yuzhno Sakhalinsk at 05:30,13:45 and 19:44, journey time is a slightly under one hour.

By bus

There are both scheduled, and - leave when full - mini bus connections between Yuzhno Sakhalinsk and Korsakov. both depart for Korsakov in front of the Yuzhno Sakhalin railway station. Mini buses are the most convenient, ask around the different drivers, they will point you to the right bus. Journey time ranges between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the driver and traffic conditions.

Korsakov habour

By ferry

Wakkanai, Japan Ferry's depart for Wakkanai on Hokkaido, Japan, from the sea terminal (Морвокзал) on the southern pier (Южно порт). Ticket sales in Korsakov are handled by the Inflot agency, their office is on the 1st floor of the the large 3 story Upravlinie building next to the sea terminal. The ferry is Japanese operated, by the Heartland Ferry company.[1]

Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kuriles islands There is a ferry service between Korsakov and Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir island in the Kurils, operated by the Igor Farkhutdinov passenger vessel, however there is no set schedule, as the ship departs only when there is freight to carry, the only way to buy tickets are through a tour agency on Sakhalin.

Mainland Russia There are also ferry services on combined freight/passenger ships, to and from the mainland, but schedules and let alone tickets, are very hard to come by if you don't speak Russian, a much easier option to the mainland, is to take the daily scheduled ferry from Kholmsk.

Get around

Unscheduled minibuses and taxi's provide the city's very limited transportation. However the town is compact, and you can easily cover most places on foot.

See

There are very little in the way of sights in Korsakov. But there is a great view over the habour, along with an uninspiring monument, on the hill just behind the sea terminal. The city also has a small museum with exhibitions about the Japanese possesion (1905-1940)

Outside Korsakov there is a few beaches (at the hamlets of Okhotsk and Prigorodnoye), but access to these requires a car or taxi.

Eat

There is a few restaurants located along the the main drag, going south from the central Lenin square.

  • Hotel Alfa The restaurant inside Hotel Alfa has an English menu, with a selection of traditional Russian cuisine

Drink

  • Penguin bar Is a short walk of the seaterminal, you may even meat the occational foreign oil worker or seaman here if you are extremely lucky.
  • Hotel Alfa, 31 Krasnoflotskaya St (at the nortwestern end of lenin square), +7 (42435) 4-10-10. from 5600 RUB.


Sleep

  • Hotel Alfa Is the city`s only Hotel, it is recently renovated with large rooms, and located on the northwestern end of Lenin square. Rates start from 5600 Rubles, but discounts are available if you talk to the manager, who speaks fairly good English.

Contact

The Post Office of Lenin Square, has two computers with Internet access




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