Back in the 1960s, before the average Japanese had enough money to travel long haul, a popular foreign destination was the Soviet city of Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. Most of the Japanese who traveled there were young people with wanderlust who also had a romantic attachment to the socialist experiment. And it was easy: You took the train to Niigata and boarded a special ferry to Vladivostok.

Very few Japanese go there anymore, so this week’s special edition of the travel show “Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kampai” (“Tsurube Toasts Families”; NHK-G, Mon., 7:30 p.m.), which takes in the city, may surprise older Japanese who think they remember it.

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