NILA
Season:
June-September
Duration:
7 days
Difficulty level:
Medium
Number of people in group:
from 4 people
Transport:
Bus, motorboat, boat
Escort:
Guide
Nutrition:
Breakfast and dinner on the days, mentioned in itinerary
What to take with you:
Comfortable clothes and hiking boots for climbing, windproof suit, camera

In the world of tourism Sakhalin region is quite famous. This is the only region in Russia, that is completely located on islands. This is the region where the penal colony existed in XIX-XX centuries. In XX century Sakhalin was divided between Russia and Japan, and during Japanese governorship a lot of Koreans were brought here as a workforce. After the end of World War II many Koreans and Japanese remained on Sakhalin.

All these events took its toll on gastronomy image of Sakhalin. Japanese and Korean cuisines are widely spread on Sakhalin no less than the traditional Russian one.

Sakhalin and Kuril Islands are rich with a wide variety of sea food and delicacies. Crab, oysters, scallops, sea urchins, red caviar, etc., this is a long list to describe. The history of cooking and eating fish appeared on Sakhalin few centuries ago. Even during the time, when Sakhalin was inhabited by indigenous people – such as Nivhs, Ainu, Evenks, Nanaians – fish was the main source of catching and living.

You have a unique opportunity to get a true gastronomy delight, while learning more about our unusual region. Historical, cultural and natural attractions intertwine with gastronomy adventure. You will not only taste huge oysters, freshly cooked shrimps, sea urchin, mussels, different kinds of crab and fish and fresh red caviar, but also take part in master classes, learn the secrets of cooking traditional dishes of Korean and Japanese cuisines. Moreover, you will witness the ceremonies of indigenous people of Sakhalin and learn the mystery of their recipes, that have been collected for centuries and passed on from generation to generation.

Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine is the first cuisine you will get acquinted with during your journey. You must have heard quite a lot about sushi, rolls, miso soup and ramen. But have you ever had an opportunity to cook rolls and sashimi with fresh seafood? This day you will have a chance to make your favourite rolls with your own hands. Additionally we would cook miso soup with tofu and shiitake mushrooms.

Korean cuisine

Every one of us wants something spicy from time to time. And here Korean cuisine is at your service. We would not only tell you about different kinds of He salads but also choose the one you would like the most. You would taste familiar to Sakhalin people salads with wild herbs and kimchi. And of course, the main dishes - Hemultan soup (made with fresh seafood) and spiced Kimchi Bokkeum.

Salmon dishes

What are you thinking about when you hear about Sakhalin? We are sure that the first words that come to your mind are fish and caviar. We would share the best recipe of fish soup, cooked at the open fire, smoke the fish according to old techniques and, of course, make a fresh caviar, that you would cook under the supervision of our chief. And finally we would cook a salted salmon, that you can take with you when you go back home.

Giant oysters at Busse lake

Have you eve heard about our oysters? And have you ever been at the lake, which shallow waters are full of oysters? You are going to be very surprised by what you see. Oysters, scallop, whelk, mussels. Our chief would show you the ways of cooking them. Many people are surprised when we say that all of this could be cooked, since they are used to eat them raw, but we would show you the best recipes of these amazing delicacies.

Fishing at Okhotsk sea

It is time to go fishing, since we are on Sakhlin and are surrounded by sea. The motor boat awaits to take us to Okhotsk sea, when you can try your luck at fishing perch, codfish, greenling and salmon. After fishing, at the seaside the already familiar chief with fresh and living crabs would meet us. This way, apart from the fish you would be able to catch, you would have the main symbol of Sakhalin cuisine at your table - crab. 

The price includes:

  • Accommodation at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk hotel “Pacific Plaza Hotel” or "Santa Resort Hotel" (twin room).
  • All transfers included in tour itinerary.
  • Nutrition included in tour itinerary.
  • All master classes included in tour itinerary.
  • Insurance during the tour period.

Additionally paid:

  • Flight to and from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Tour Program

Day 1

Arrival at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Transfer to hotel. Accomodation till 02:00 PM.

05:30 PM - Master class of cooking Japanese dishes at restaurant. Supper.

07:30 PM - 08:30 PM - Evening sightseeing tour at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Transfer to hotel.

Day 2

08:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

09:00 AM - Transfer to Okhotsk sea coastline. You will board the fishing boat to go to sea and enjoy the pleasure of a real sea fishing with skilled fishermen-instructors. This day the point of our interest would be codfish, perch and greenling.

After returning from fishing, you will be met with installed tents, tables filled with appetizers and our chief will cook the fish you caught and living crabs with you. Dinner.

05:00 PM - Transfer to hotel.

Day 3

08:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

09:00 AM - Excursion to Kholmsk, Devil’s Bridge and Witch’s bridge.

After the end of excursion transfer to camp, where you will have a master class of cooking dishes of Korean cuisine. We will get you familiar with the culture of Korean cuisine, its main differences from other Asian cuisines and together cook the most popular Korean dishes on Sakhalin. Dinner.

06:00 PM - Transfer to hotel.

Day 4

08:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

09:00 AM - Gastronomy tour to Busse lake.

Have you heard about huge Sakhalin oysters? You will not only see them in their natural habitat, but also feel their amazing taste with a glass of champagne. Moreover, you will taste other sea food, such as scallops, sea urchins, mussels and many others.

We will take you to oyster-bank, where you will have enough time to find something to your liking.

05:00 PM - Transfer to hotel.

Day 5

08:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

09:00 AM - Excursion to Tihaya Bay. On the way you will make a stop to collect some amber and before arriving at the Bay we would get a chance to find out more about Japanese history and visit Japanese gates – Torii.

Upon arriving at Tikhaya Bay, we will have a walk to tell you about its peculiarities and history.

This day we will tell you how to cook salmon and show a quick way to cook red caviar in just 5 minutes. 

06:00 PM - Transfer to hotel.

Day 6

08:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

09:00 AM - Excursion to Lyagushka (Frog) butte.

After the end of excursion, we will depart to fish market with a chance to buy some delicacies.

Transfer to hotel till 02:00 PM.

Day 7

09:00 AM - Breakfast at hotel.

Checking out.

10:00 AM - Transfer to airport.