Gagarin Park

Sakhalin Island

This large park is full of rides and amusements, but there are some very pleasant parts for strolling away from the crowds, and even an attractive ornamental lake.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sakhalin Island attractions

1. Sakhalin Regional Museum

0.35 MILES

The pagoda-roofed Sakhalin Regional Museum has a strong exhibit (sadly in Russian only) exploring the Japanese/Soviet overlap of the city’s history,…

3. Chekhov Statue


This attractive statue of Anton Chekhov, whose visit to Sakhalin in the late 19th century put the little-known penal colony on the map, shows the great…

4. Art Museum

0.92 MILES

This museum has a modest permanent collection of pre-Soviet Russian oil paintings and Korean and Japanese textiles upstairs, and changing exhibits…

5. Cathedral of the Nativity


This extraordinary new addition to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's otherwise ho-hum architectural ensemble is a staggeringly impressive golden-domed cathedral, which…

6. Lenin Statue


This looming statue of the revolutionary leader still stands in pride of place in front of the train station.