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Setting sail from Otaru
The charming port town of Otaru, on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, is a common start and end point for cruises visiting both Japan and the Russian Far East. The town has a notable history, playing an important role in the herring trade during the 19th century, and this is reflected in the stone warehouses alongside the picturesque canal. It's only a small place, so if you run out of things to do then the city of Sapporo is just a half-hour train ride away, or you can explore the wild and beautiful landscapes of rural Hokkaido.
Here’s a weird thing – there is a thriving Venetian glass industry here, dating back to the need for glass fishing floats.
Tyuleniy is the Russian word for ‘seal’, and this tiny island, located off the south east coast of Sakhalin in the Sea of Okhotsk, is an important breeding ground for both northern fur seals and Steller sea lions.
Russia: Yankitcha Island
The uninhabited island of Matua is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Islands, Sarychev, which last erupted in 2009. Matua was home to a Japanese military base during the Second World War, and the island’s rich bird life includes Siberian rubythroats, peregrine falcons and eye-browed thrushes.
Russia: Lovyshki Islands, Makanrushi Island
Russia: Atlasova Island
Atlasova Island is dominated by the Alaid volcano, the tallest in the Kuril Islands, and fringed by black lava beaches where you may spot birds including peregrine falcons, buzzards and tufted ducks. The island was a women’s gulag during the Soviet era, but these days it is uninhabited.
Russia: Utashud Island, Ruskaya Bay
Russia: Commander Islands
Russia: Zhupanova River
The Zhupanova River flows for 100 miles across the eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The river is filled with rainbow trout, salmon and char, making it a popular fishing spot for Kamchatka brown bears and Steller’s sea eagles.
Arriving in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Petropavlovsk is the main city on Russia's remote and wild Kamchatka peninsula, a hardy place where bleak Soviet tower blocks stand in the shadow of two giant volcanoes and a ridge of snow-capped mountains. It's a spectacular setting, and the city serves as the main gateway for exploring Kamchatka's otherworldly landscapes and incredible wildlife.
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Where to stay in Otaru
If you’ve always wanted to stay at a ryokan, Ginrinso could be a great choice – expensive, but pretty special.
Take a tour of Otaru
A local tour by ebisuya (rickshaw) is easy paced with a great guide thrown in.