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Wild Japan

Saturdays at 8.30pm

Show Synopsis

Japan - we think of it as a crowded, manicured, highly industrialised archipelago. But Japan has a surprisingly vast range of landscapes, from the far north, where sea eagles walk on frozen waters, to subtropical southern islands, with coral reefs. Each episode explores how life survives across a land dominated from north to south, by volcanoes and earthquakes, savage winters and sultry, typhoon summers, this series evokes the true spirit of Japan.

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This series evokes the true spirit of Japan

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Japan has a surprisingly vast range of landscapes, from the north, where sea eagles walk on frozen waters, to subtropical southern islands, with coral reefs and mangroves, and the mountainous and forested central islands, home to bears and monkeys.

Each place has its own challenges, and everything that lives here has created individual strategies to help them survive these unpredictable environments.

This series explores Japan’s wild side, and finds out how life – human and animal – has adapted to live alongside the huge forces of nature the region faces – from volcanoes and earthquakes to bleak, savage winters and sultry, typhoon summers.

Despite its reputation as one of the most urbanised nations on Earth, Wild Japan shows that there remains a powerful bond between Japan’s people and wildlife.

Next On

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday November 6 at 9:05am

Honshu

Episode 1 | Series 1

Japan's largest island is Honshu: home to over 100 million people, this is the historic heartland, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on Earth.

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday November 6 at 5:35pm

Honshu

Episode 1 | Series 1

Japan's largest island is Honshu: home to over 100 million people, this is the historic heartland, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on Earth.

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 1:10am

Honshu

Episode 1 | Series 1

Japan's largest island is Honshu: home to over 100 million people, this is the historic heartland, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on Earth.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 8:35am

The Southwest Islands

Episode 2 | Series 1

In the far south of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons…

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday November 7 at 5:50pm

The Southwest Islands

Episode 2 | Series 1

In the far south of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 1:05am

The Southwest Islands

Episode 2 | Series 1

In the far south of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons…

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 8:45am

Hokkaido

Episode 3 | Series 1

The northern island of Hokkaido swings from Siberia-like winters to Mediterranean-like summers. Everything living on Japan's wildest island needs to be extra resilient to survive.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday November 8 at 5:25pm

Hokkaido

Episode 3 | Series 1

The northern island of Hokkaido swings from Siberia-like winters to Mediterranean-like summers. Everything living on Japan's wildest island needs to be extra resilient to survive.

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