Wild Japan

wild japan

Japan’s incredible landscapes range from magnificent snowy mountains to subtropical warmth. And they are full of extraordinary wildlife, with the lives of animals and people often crossing as they adapt to these extremes. This fascinating natural history documentary looks at the astonishingly varied creatures and landscapes of Honshu, Hokkaido and the Southwest islands.

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Episode 1: Honshu
Japan’s ‘big island’ is home to millions of people and an astonishing range of wildlife.

The central island of Honshu is home to over 100 million people and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on earth. But it has a wild heart with most of Honshu mountainous. As this natural history documentary reveals, this wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife including black bears, monkeys, exquisite fireflies and even cow demons.

Episode 2: Southwest Islands
The extraordinary wildlife in the long chain of islands in the far southwest of Japan.

In the far southwest of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics. It’s a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and volcanoes and typhoons are forces to be reckoned with. This natural history documentary begins at an island at the top of the chain and travels south, revealing unexpected stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries.

Episode 3: Hokkaido
A look at Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost, wildest island and a place of contrasts.

Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost, and wildest, island. It’s a place totally unlike the rest of the country. Every year, it swings from a bitter Siberian winter into the warmth of a Mediterranean-like summer, when the thaw reveals a landscape changed beyond all recognition. But, as this natural history documentary reveals, it takes tough animals and tough people to survive there.

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