‘Mountain Air’ ski area looms east of town. A chairlift runs all year (weekends only in summer) and leads up the mountain – another...
The only travel agent in town equipped to handle foreigners, Omega Plus focuses on Japanese heritage tours but also runs various area...
Museum of Sakhalin Island: A Book by AP Chekhov
Yes, that’s really the name of this two-floor showing of Chekhov’s few months on Sakhalin. Look for the photo of Chekhov at a picnic...
Patronised by many oil-talking businessmen, the Kona Bar is bamboo-loungey and masculine – with football on the big screen and upscale...
It’s not as popular as Mishka, but expats in the know head here for cheaper beer and pub grub, famous seafood chowder (R250) and...
Lonely Planet review
This museum has a modest permanent collection of pre-Soviet Russian oils and Korean and Japanese textiles upstairs, and changing exhibits downstairs (fascinating drawings of 19th-century Aino life when we dropped in). Best is getting inside the unique building, a former Japanese bank built in 1935.