Sakhalin is a Russian island in the Pacific Ocean, north of Japan. In the capital of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a pagoda-style building houses the Sakhalin Regional Museum. On display are indigenous artifacts and a rich paleontology collection. Nearby, the Chekhov Book Museum explores writer Anton Chekhov’s time on the island. In a stately 1930s building, the Sakhalin Art Museum focuses on 19th-century Russian paintings.