Utashud Island and Vestnik Bay, Kurils, Japan

Utashud Island is located in Vestnik Bay, off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Kuril Islands. The Kuril islands are a chain of islands in the Russian Far East, located directly to the north of Japan and east of Sakhalin.

Utashud island is a small steep island of snow covered volcanic peaks. Visitors to the island will see tufted puffins, horned puffins, pigeon and Brunnich’s guillemots nesting here.

Things to See & Do

* Northern Fur Seals
* Horned Puffins
* Slatey-Backed Gulls
* Tufted Puffins
* Brunnich’s Guillemots

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Yen (JPY)
Language – Japanese
Population – 705,500 approx
Land Area – 789.88 km2
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus hours nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – 81

Port Location – Visitors to the Kuril islands depart from the Otaru passenger terminal. It is centrally located 5 mins by taxi from Otaru station.


Travel Links – The largest nearby Russian cities with airports are Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to the west on the island of Sakhalin, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the north. The former's airport has flights on domestic carriers to Yuzhno-Kurilsk and Kurilsk.

Travelers going to the Kuril Islands arrive most quickly via plane from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but it is also possible to take a slower ferry from Sakhalin to Kunashir and on to Iturup.

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