Russia cancels first Kuril Islands tour by Japanese tourist group
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that the initial tour of Southern Kuril Islands for Japanese tourist group has been postponed indefinitely.
The tour, for October 11-16 scheduled, has been called off because of ‘Russia’s demand to reschedule the trip,’ based on the Ministry.
“In the foreseeable future, the chance of arranging the tour will undoubtedly be discussed with the ongoing parties linked to it,” the ministry said.
According to the sooner announced plan, a combined band of 50 people, including tourists, diplomats, representatives of Japan’s tourism agency in addition to interpreters and doctors, was because of head from the port of Nemuro on Hokkaido on October 11 and arrive on Kunashir on a single day. The tour program included visits to the Orthodox churches and museums on Kunashir and visits to hot springs and white cliffs on Iturup on October 14.
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Russia’on August 15 that following maiden tour s Federal Agency for Tourism said, regular tourist trips to the Southern Kuril Islands will be launched for japan by 2020. The agency added that the project, targeted at boosting tourism to Russia, would also help bring the tourist flow between Russia and Japan to 400,000 by 2023.
Moscow continue consultations on joint economic activities on the Southern Kuril Islands. Russia and Japan consider joint economic activities on the hawaiian islands being an important step towards signing a peace treaty.
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