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'''Sakhalin Oblast''' is a region in [[Southeastern Russia]], located directly to the north of [[Japan]], and consisting of Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Island chain.
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The '''Kuril Islands''' (''[[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Кури́лы, koo-REE-lyh; Japanese: Chishima Islands, 千島列島, Chishima Rettō''), are a chain of islands in the [[Russian Far East]], located directly to the north of [[Japan]] and east of [[Sakhalin]].
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
[[Image:Kurils map.png|thumb|400px|Map of the Kuril Islands, for a map of Sakhalin see the [[Sakhalin|Sakhalin guide]]]]
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[[Image:Kurils map.png|thumb|400px]]
 
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* [[Kunashir]]
* [[Sakhalin]]
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* [[Iturup]]
* Kuril Islands:
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* [[Shikotan]]
** [[Kunashir]]
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** [[Iturup]]
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** [[Shikotan]]
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
  
* [[Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk]] – Regional capital and largest city
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* [[Kurilsk]] – administrative capital of the Kuril Islands.
 
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* [[Severo-Kurilsk]] – northernmost town in the Kurils, close to [[Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky]]
* [[Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky]] – Home to famous writer Anton Chekhov during his stay in Sakhalin
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* [[Kholmsk]] – Sakhalin's western port
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* [[Korsakov]] – Sakhalin's southern port
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* [[Kurilsk]] – administrative capital of the Kuril Islands
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* [[Okha]] – Northernmost town of Sakhalin Island and booming oil hub
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* [[Severo-Kurilsk]] – northernmost town in the Kurils, near to [[Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky]]
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* [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]] – Largest town in the Kuril Islands
 
* [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]] – Largest town in the Kuril Islands
  
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
* Sakhalin: Previously known as '''Karafuto''' by the Japanese, is a large and very sparsely populated island which was the center of a long power struggle between [[Russia]]/USSR and [[Japan]] for control of its large oil and gas resources. Sakhalin is beautiful, but has an undeveloped tourist sector. Because of the energy business, however, good food and hotels catering to foreigners are available. Yuzhno-Sakhalin, due to its large population of stranded Sakhalin Koreans, reputedly has very good [[Korea|Korean]] cuisine.
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Though still claimed by their former owner, Japan, the Kuriles are now thoroughly Russian, sparsely populated and poor. Most locals make their living fishing in the island chain's abundant waters. The chain's most populated island is Kunashir, centered on [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]], but its smaller administrative capital [[Kurilsk]] is located on the biggest island, Iturup.
 
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* The Kuriles: Though still claimed by their former owner, Japan, the Kuriles are now thoroughly Russian, sparsely populated and poor. Most locals make their living fishing in the island chain's abundant waters. The chain's most populated island is Kunashir, centered on [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]], but its smaller administrative capital [[Kurilsk]] is located on the biggest island, Iturup.
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==Talk==
 
==Talk==
  
As elsewhere in Russia, [[Russian phrasebook|Russian]] is the predominant language, but there are also an estimated 30,000 [[Korean phrasebook|Koreans]], mostly in the capital Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, although many do not speak Korean.
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As with much of Russia, [[Russian phrasebook|Russian]] is the predominant language, some Japanese is spoken as well.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
The regions largest city, [[Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk]], is the arrival point for international flights from major Russian cities as well as [[Seoul]], [[Sapporo]] and [[Hakodate]]; most foreign tourists wishing to visit these islands begin here. There are also charter flights booked by oil companies, available to their employees or those visiting these companies.  It may also be possible to book independantly on the charter flights operated by Vladivostok Air, as there appear to be local people unconnected to the energy industry using this flight too.  
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The largest nearby Russian cities with airports are [[Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk]] to the west on the island of [[Sakhalin]], and [[Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky]] to the north. The former's airport has flights on domestic carriers to [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]] and [[Kurilsk]].
  
There are also ferry services between [[Kholmsk]] and the Russian mainland at Vanino, [[Primorsky Krai]] and between [[Korsakov]] and [[Wakkanai]], Japan.
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Travelers going to the Kuril Islands arrive most quickly via plane from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but it is also possible to take a slower ferry from Sakhalin to Kunashir and on to Iturup.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
From Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, domestic carriers offer flights to [[Yuzhno-Kurilsk]], [[Kurilsk]], [[Okha]], and other regional destinations.
 
 
Travelers going to the Kuril Islands arrive most quickly via plane from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but it is also possible to take a slower ferry from Sakhalin to Kunashir and on to Iturup.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
Try kimchi in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, be sure to eat seafood in the Kurils, and enjoy the ubiquitous and tasty everyday Russian soups and meals.
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Be sure to eat seafood in the Kurils, as the fishing in this part of the North Pacific is considered some of the best in the world. You may well see this seafood available in expensive restaurants around the world offered at prices a hundred times what it will cost to enjoy it here.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Remain vigilant in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk; Sakhalin Oblast has the highest rates of juvenile crime in all of Russia.
 
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
* [[Hokkaido]] – [[Japan|Japan's]] northernmost island paradise for skiing, hot springs, and delicious regional cuisine is a relatively short ferry ride away from Sakhalin, although there are no regular ferries between the Kurils and Hokkaido due to the political conflict.
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* [[Hokkaido]] — [[Japan|Japan's]] northernmost island paradise for skiing, hot springs, and delicious regional cuisine is a relatively short ferry ride away from [[Sakhalin]], although there are no regular ferries between the Kurils and Hokkaido due to the political conflict.
  
* [[Kamchatka]] – If you have the time to wait and find someone to ferry you from Severno-Kurilsk it's a beautiful destination for outdoors enthusiasts and a worthwhile addition to a Kurils trip.
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* [[Kamchatka]] — If you have the time to wait and find someone to ferry you from Severno-Kurilsk it's a beautiful destination for outdoors enthusiasts and a worthwhile addition to a Kurils trip.
  
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An empty beach in the Kurils

The Kuril Islands (Russian: Кури́лы, koo-REE-lyh; Japanese: Chishima Islands, 千島列島, Chishima Rettō), are a chain of islands in the Russian Far East, located directly to the north of Japan and east of Sakhalin.

Regions[edit]

Kurils map.png

Cities[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

  • Kurilsky Zapovednik - Impressively beautiful nature reserve, considered the best example of an unspoilt, pristine environment of the same flora and fauna native to Japan
  • Atlasov Island - An Island-volcano in the Kurils praised by the Japanese for its near perfect shape, similar to Mount Fuji

Understand[edit]

Though still claimed by their former owner, Japan, the Kuriles are now thoroughly Russian, sparsely populated and poor. Most locals make their living fishing in the island chain's abundant waters. The chain's most populated island is Kunashir, centered on Yuzhno-Kurilsk, but its smaller administrative capital Kurilsk is located on the biggest island, Iturup.

Talk[edit]

As with much of Russia, Russian is the predominant language, some Japanese is spoken as well.

Get in[edit]

The largest nearby Russian cities with airports are Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to the west on the island of Sakhalin, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the north. The former's airport has flights on domestic carriers to Yuzhno-Kurilsk and Kurilsk.

Travelers going to the Kuril Islands arrive most quickly via plane from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but it is also possible to take a slower ferry from Sakhalin to Kunashir and on to Iturup.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Revered for its perfect shape, the volcano Atlasov

Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Be sure to eat seafood in the Kurils, as the fishing in this part of the North Pacific is considered some of the best in the world. You may well see this seafood available in expensive restaurants around the world offered at prices a hundred times what it will cost to enjoy it here.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • HokkaidoJapan's northernmost island paradise for skiing, hot springs, and delicious regional cuisine is a relatively short ferry ride away from Sakhalin, although there are no regular ferries between the Kurils and Hokkaido due to the political conflict.
  • Kamchatka — If you have the time to wait and find someone to ferry you from Severno-Kurilsk it's a beautiful destination for outdoors enthusiasts and a worthwhile addition to a Kurils trip.
  • Sakhalin — Russia's largest eastern island is the most convenient point of entry to the Kurils, and the most convenient point of exit.


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