Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS
russian visa


Russian Tourist Destinations: The Kuril Islands - Japanese Russia or Russian Japan?
June 28, 2007 11:51


“Thousand islands” – this was the way the first Japanese explorers called the Kuril territories. The archipelago lost in the Pacific Ocean has always lived its own, special, life. The influences of Kamchatka and Japan along with the longstanding traditions keep many mysteries and secrets. The unexplained contrast of natural phenomena, flora and fauna impressing the imagination make the island a unique place. Here it is possible to walk for weeks and yet not to come upon a single person around.

Japan considers the Kuril Islands a Japanese territory illegitimately occupied by the Soviet army. While no one has any doubts that Sakhalin Island belongs to Russia, the islands between Kamchatka and Japan cause many disputes. As a result of the defeat in the Russian-Japan war 1904-1905 Russia lost Southern Sakhalin, and in 1920-1925 Northern Sakhalin was also occupied by Japan. When the Russian diplomats reminded the Japanese that it ran counter to the treaty of 1875 they responded that wars annulled all treaties and as Russia was defeated the situation must be seen in the new perspective.

When in 1945 the USSR broke the non-aggression pact and occupied Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, it was a time for the Japanese to boil over, although not at once. The disputes over the Kuril Islands have even reflected in geographic maps: for instance, Japanese maps happened to distort the real territories of Russia and showed the Kuril Islands as belonging to Japan.

Nevertheless, one of the main advantages of the Kuril Islands being under the Russian protectorate is the absence of civilization on the islands and wide opportunities for extreme tourism. As the islands are mainly used as industrial and military bases, there are no a lot of local dwellers constantly living there. The main tourism directions to develop in the islands are ecological tourism, hunt, fishing, educational and adventure tourism.

The majority of locals call themselves “Russian”, regardless of their real nationality, including Ukrainians who are a considerable part of the islands` population. The original Ukrainians on the Kuril Islands consume less alcohol, work more that Russians, but are more secretive in their habits, which often irritates their Russian neighbours.

Many Kuril citizens know what the roads were like when the islands were populated by Japanese. It is said that if a Japanese man carted and noticed a pit on the road, he stopped and didn’t go on his trip unless he evened the pit, unlike Russians.

Going to the Kuril Islands means to see virgin lands of geysers and volcanoes, to bathe in the health-giving wells, to see the fantastic fumarole fields with thick gas clouds and hot red ground, to visit real mud and water geysers, and a lot more.

Source:     turistua.com

Natalya Lavrentyeva


Tags: Russian tourism Russia adventure tours Sakhalin Islands Kuril Islands  

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Vladivostok Fortress: labyrinths of defensive constructions Historical and Cultural Complex White Sea and Baltic Canal Muromtsevo: Gothic ruin next to Golden Ring Ganina Yama Kargopol Wanders









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Illustration  Moscow  Russian politcs  Aleksey Mordashov  Art Bicycle Race  Startups  Kaliningrad  Eurovision  Kirov  travel to Russia  Suzdal  Vagai island  Russian shops  Old Ladoga  Chelyabinsk meteorite  Circumnavigation  Vladivostok  Rosselkhoznadzor  Russian business  Tyumen  Russian regions  Irkutsk Museums  Ufa  Kazan  Russian customs  Modest Mussorgsky  Russian Magazines  Russian directors  Exhibitions in Moscow  Krasnoyarsk  accommodation in Russia  Chaliapin Opera Festival   State Tretyakov Gallery  Buryatia  Bashneft  Dmitry Krymov  Exhibitions in St. Petersburg  Russian Cinema  Kabardino-Balkaria  Russia's military  Russian tourism  Olympics 2014  hostels in Moscow  Russian Internet  Georgy Taratorkin  St. Petersburg  Festivals in Moscow  Ecology of Moscow  Legal Services in Russia  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites