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Contrary to concerns that Japanese tourists might be put off by high-priced tours to Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, tour operators say sales have been brisk.

Sochi, a resort area in the Krasnodar Krai district located on the Black Sea coast, is not easily accessible from Japan, with no direct flights. The shortest flight time, via Moscow, is 15 to 16 hours.

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