Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a small town on Sakhalin Island located near Russian seaport Korsakov. The vast majority of tourists come to Yuzhno-Sakhalisk during visa-free shore tours after they arrive on cruise ships to Korsakov. Sakhalin trip is mostly about nature: Sakhalin island is home to many species of birds, animals, and plants. The main site tourists like to visit in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are the Regional Museum and Church of Saint Nicolas, and three main squares: Glory, Victory, and Lenin square.

Regional Sakhalin museum is designed in Japanese style and keeps a great collection of exhibitions and items connected with Sakhalin's history, ethnography, and nature. The Church of Saint Nicolas is the classic example of wooden Orthodox architecture. To watch the city from the bird's eye view, come up to the top of the mountain in a gondola in the Mountain Air ski center. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is not at all similar to the big Russian cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but being a mixture of Russian and Japanese culture, it is worth a short visit to feel the diversity of Russia.

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