Sakhalin Island is the largest island of Russia and the richest source of natural resources. It is washed by the Okhotsk Sea and the Japan Sea. Located between the Far East and Japan, it became a place where two completely different cultures Russian and Japanese merged. It has even Japanese name, “Karafuto”.
About 500 thousand people live on Sakhalin. Russians are the most numerous nationality (more than 85%), then Koreans, Ukrainians and Tatars. The native inhabitants of the island, the Nivkhis, also live in the northern part.
The regional center of Sakhalin is the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It is located in the southeastern part of the island, on the Susuya River.
One of the business cards of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is considered a sports and tourist complex "Mountain Air", located on Bolshevik mount. On the territory of 800 hectare there are 25 km of tracks for skiing of various length and complexity.
Sakhalin island attracts travelers with a variety of landscapes and a unique mixture of Russian and Japanese cultures. Its main features: dense and lush vegetation, which turns into almost impossible jungles almost any forest (especially the giant burdocks reaching human growth), and a rich fauna (fish, crabs, seals, bears, foxes). More than 300 species of animals and plants of Sakhalin listen in the Red Book.
The special position on Sakhalin is occupied by the Japanese heritage. The Japanese owned the southern half of the island for forty years - from 1905 to 1945 of the year - and left behind many original buildings, monuments, military installations, bridges and railways.
Rest on Sakhalin is mostly active, it includes various fishing and hunting tours, ecotourism, hiking, jeep tours, ski resort. This amazing island has everything that you need for an active holiday, and it's all next to the incredible beauty of nature.