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Korsakov

human settlement in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

25km

46.6333142.7667

Kholmsk

Kholmsk is a port town in Sakhalin Oblast facing the Tartar Strait, with a population of some 35,000 people. An utterly drab city, the only reason to visit here is the ferry connection to the mainland.

99km

46.65141.8667

Wakkanai

Wakkanai is the northernmost city in Japan. It has a population of about 37,000, and is in the subdistrict of Soya in northern Hokkaido. It is Japan's gateway to Russia's Sakhalin Island.

155km

45.44141.82

Sakhalin

Sakhalin (Russian: Сахали́н, suh-khah-LEEN), formerly known as Karafuto (樺太, kah-rah-foo-toh) to 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.

260km

50.5143

Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky

town in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

294km

50.9142.15

Kunashir

Kunashir is the southernmost of the Kuril Islands in Sakhalin Oblast. Known Kunashiri (国後) in Japanese, the island is only 24 km away from Hokkaido, Japan, and is visible on a clear day. Appropriately enough, the Japanese characters mean "after the country", although the original Ainu name actually means "Black Island".

416km

44.190082145.930985

Okha

human settlement in Okhinsky District, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

468km

53.583333142.933333
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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Russia
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, also spelled Uzno-Sakhalinsk and previously known in Japanese as Toyohara (豊原), is the largest city and capital of Sakhalin Oblast, in the Russian Far East, with a population of around 173,000. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a booming oil town. While the city in general looks quite rough, it does have some beautiful buildings from the Japanese period, as well as some state-of-the-art buildings.

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