Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - the administrative center of Sakhalin
Region - used to be named Toyohara during Karafuto period. The buildings of
Japanese period that keep the “spirit of history" still remain in the town.
For an example, the building of Sakhalin Regional Museum (which used to be the
Museum of Karafuto Governorship) and the building of Regional Art Museum (former
building of Toyohara Takushyoku Bank branch). Nowadays, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is
an actively developing town with many mini parks. Its architectural image reflects
three historical periods - Japanese, Soviet and Russian.