This lifestyle series provides an eye-opening look at the many unique places to visit in Japan. English-speaking visitors travel the length of the country, exploring the culture, meeting the local people, visiting historic sites, and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
All Past Episodes
28:03 | #520 | TV-G
Australian photographer Peter Skov delves into the sacred traditions, climbs to the summit, explores the wild nature on the mountaintop, and discovers the natural splendor at Mt. Hakusan in central Japan.
28:03 | #519 | TV-G
We visit Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture, known for its vast farmlands and rice fields.
28:03 | #518 | TV-G
Shizuka Anderson discovers the beauty of the unspoiled natural environment on Mt. Hachimantai.
28:03 | #517 | TV-G
The Tsugaru area of Aomori Prefecture is one of Japan's top districts for developing sumo wrestlers.
28:03 | #516 | TV-G
Nikko, home to the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, is known as a sacred place of mountain worship.
28:03 | #515 | TV-G
Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture not very far from Tokyo, is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts.
28:03 | #514 | TV-G
Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka Prefecture during the peak tea harvesting season.
28:03 | #513 | TV-G
Nishi-izu, with stellar views of Mt. Fuji, is located on the western coast of the Izu Peninsula. Leina Bambino explores the culture nurtured in a small port town.
28:03 | #512 | TV-G
Actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi Prefecture with its various landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan.
28:03 | #511 | TV-G
Australian actor Luke Bridgford explores historic Uchiko, discovering its traditional architecture and candle craft, as well as an ancient kite festival in which he participates in a sky battle.
28:03 | #509 | TV-G
Peter MacMillan visits Hieizan to explore the deep spiritual connection that people feel for this sacred mountain.
28:03 | #508 | TV-G
Jennifer Julien visits Iga and meets modern-day ninjas who are keeping the ancient tradition alive.
28:03 | #507 | TV-G
Tateyama's underwater world has been attracting attention as a place for cool diving adventures.
28:03 | #506 | TV-G
The village of Shiiba and the city of Ebino are explored in western Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.
28:03 | #505 | TV-G
An ancient temple is explored in Oya, an old stone town in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture.
28:03 | #504 | TV-G
The Oku-Echizen district, which lies deep in the mountains of Fukui Prefecture, is highlighted.
28:03 | #503 | TV-G
The charming old castle town of Makabe is located in the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba not far from Tokyo.
28:03 | #502 | TV-G
Minami-Uonuma in southern Niigata Prefecture, one of Japan's snowiest regions, is highlighted.
28:03 | #501 | TV-G
An ideal place to ski is central Hokkaido Prefecture, on Mount Asahidake and Mount Sandanyama.
28:03 | #452 | TV-G
Iojima Island lies around 1,000 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, off the south coast of Kyushu.
28:03 | #451 | TV-G
Architect James Lambiasi visits some of Okinawa's most notable buildings and meets local people.
28:03 | #450 | TV-G
The city of Kikuchi, in northern Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, is known for its prosperous agriculture and livestock industries.
28:03 | #449 | TV-G
Iheya is the northernmost island of Okinawa Prefecture and has been untouched by large-scale tourism development.
28:03 | #448 | TV-G
In winter, the remote northern coast of Lake Biwa - Japan's largest - is a place of unspoiled peace and silence.
28:03 | #447 | TV-G
Daniel Woolpert enjoys crab - a winter delicacy, along with a relaxing dip in a snowy open-air hot spring.
28:03 | #446 | TV-G
Locals create new businesses that revitalize the city of Nichinan, Miyazaki, and the port town of Aburatsu in southwestern Japan.
28:03 | #445 | TV-G
The Chugei district, in the east of Kochi Prefecture, is Japan's highest producer of the winter citrus fruit yuzu.
28:03 | #444 | TV-G
An American living in Japan explores the Isumi-Ichinomiya area, which is in Chiba Prefecture and an hour's train ride from Tokyo.
28:03 | #443 | TV-G
One of Japan's best known castle towns, Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is toured.
28:03 | #442 | TV-G
Munakata City's 1,400-year-old Munakata Taisha holds an annual ritual that features hundreds of fishing boats carrying vibrant banners.
28:03 | #441 | TV-G
A visit to the Omiya Bonsai Village sheds light on how these small trees are crafted.
28:04 | #440 | TV-G
28:08 | #439 | TV-G
Take a trip to the cedar forests in the Akita Prefecture and meet the people that have been blessed by these majestic trees.
28:03 | #438 | TV-G
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28:03 | #436 | TV-G
Karatsu Kunchi is a three-day festival held in November each year in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. The highlight is the gigantic floats known as hikiyama that are hauled through the streets of the old town.
28:03 | #435 | TV-G
The Hoki-cho district lies in the west of Tottori Prefecture close to the foot of volcanic Mt. Daisen.
28:03 | #434 | TV-G
Lake Towado, on the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures, is one of Japan's most scenic spots.
28:03 | #433 | TV-G
Spinning top performances and yabusame, the art of mounted archery, are highlighted in Fukuoka.
28:03 | #432 | TV-G
On the border of Mie and Shiga prefectures, Mount Gozaisho is famous for its outdoor activities.
28:03 | #431 | TV-G
Hokkaido's stellar nature, the Mukawa River's deep history, and its Ainu connections are explored.
28:03 | #430 | TV-G
Kitayama Village, which lies in the mountains of the Kii Peninsula in central Japan, is explored.
28:03 | #429 | TV-G
Tatsumasa Murasame visits the Geiyo Islands and learns about pirates from the 14th to 16th centuries.
28:03 | #428 | TV-G
The island of Iki, which lies off the coast of Kyushu, is explored.
28:03 | #427 | TV-G
Yanai prospered as a port town in the Seto Inland Sea. It was one of the largest merchant cities.
28:03 | #426 | TV-G
Winnie Hsu visits Totsukawa to join its residents in the Oo-Odori dance. She also experiences farm life when she stays at a farming family's inn. Winnie discovers how deeply Japanese people are connected with their ancestors and ancestral homes.
28:03 | #425 | TV-G
Okushiri Island, located southwest of Hokkaido in remarkably blue waters, is explored.
28:03 | #424 | TV-G
The Akita Kanto Festival is explored and the pastoral scenery of summer in Akita are showcased.
28:03 | #423 | TV-G
Sacred spots in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's Honshu main island, are explored.
28:03 | #422 | TV-G
Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain. Michael Keida visits two areas that can be accessed along this railroad.
28:03 | #421 | TV-G
Mt. Fuji is the most famous peak in Japan. It is also a place of worship, and for centuries pilgrims have made their way to the summit as part of their spiritual practices. Peter Skov traces the route of the ascetic monks and other pilgrims, following an ancient trail from the seashore at the very foot of Mt. Fuji, up to its very highest point.
28:03 | #420 | TV-G
Yuki (in Ibaraki Prefecture) and neighboring Oyama (Tochigi Prefecture) are famous throughout Japan as the home of traditional hand-made textiles known as yuki-tsumugi. Leina Bambino meets with some of the artisans in Yuki who produce textiles.
28:03 | #419 | TV-G
The island of Tobishima off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the Japan Sea is explored.
28:03 | #418 | TV-G
The town of Misugi is located deep in the mountains of Mie Prefecture, central Japan. Ninety percent of the town is covered with forests, and forestry is the leading industry.
28:03 | #417 | TV-G
Translator B.T. travels to Ojika Island and discovers the island's appeal through interacting with the locals.
28:03 | #416 | TV-G
Luke Bridgford uses ancient Tsuwano drawings as a map to the town's past, present, and future.
28:03 | #415 | TV-G
American translator B.T. travels to the Tsugaru area to watch young sumo wrestlers, takes in the majestic view from the top of Mt. Iwaki, and visits a museum exhibiting gigantic neputa festival floats.
28:03 | #414 | TV-G
Explore architectural jewels that quietly reveal Nikko's history, including the Nikko Toshogu Shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined, former villas of foreign embassies, and a classic hotel.
28:03 | #413 | TV-G
Atami in Shizuoka prefecture continues to delight visitors as one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts.
28:03 | #412 | TV-G
Leina Bambino visits Ashikaga and Tochigi where people continue to live with tradition, while preserving the natural environment and creating new attractions.
28:03 | #411 | TV-G
Photographer and haiku poet Kit Pancoast Nagamura meets the people living alongside the Agano River and observes how they mark the arrival of spring.
28:03 | #410 | TV-G
China-born mountaineering guide Haiyan Huang enjoys spring foraging for sansei wild edible plants, as well as taking in temples and architecture on Okumusashi's gentle hiking routes.
28:03 | #409 | TV-G
The Ise-Shima area of Mie Prefecture is best known for its beautiful, indented coastline. Sonia del Campo begins her journey on Kashiko-jima, a popular resort island which is where the G7 summit takes place. The island is also famous because this bay was the birthplace of modern pearl cultivation 110 years ago.
28:03 | #408 | TV-G
Mihonoseki on the eastern cape of the Shimane Peninsula is a fishing port and a gateway to the sea.
28:03 | #407 | TV-G
Poet Peter MacMillan arrives in Akiu on the cusp of spring. He discovers the history and natural beauty of the area.
28:03 | #406 | TV-G
David Wells travels to Kyoto, Gifu and Osaka, tracing the lifeline of Furuta Oribe to discover the roots of Oribe ware.
28:03 | #405 | TV-G
Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture, which is home to Buddhist temples devoted to the Bodhisattva Kannon, is visited.
28:03 | #404 | TV-G
People in Toyama use more of the seaweed in their local cuisine than almost anywhere else in Japan. Mai Rapsch from Germany visits Toyama to explore its rich food culture and traditions.
28:03 | #403 | TV-G
The ancient city of Nara lies close to Kyoto and Osaka. Around 1,300 years ago it was the capital of Japan, and numerous sacred sites are preserved there dating back to that period of history. Poet and scholar Peter MacMillan explores Nara and the spiritual practices of this timeless heartland.
28:03 | #402 | TV-G
The charming old castle town of Makabe is located in the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba, not far from Tokyo. It flourished as a regional cultural and industrial center from the Edo through Taisho periods. The Hina-matsuri (Hina Doll Festival) in Makabe is held annually from the beginning of February to early March. T
28:03 | #401 | TV-G
Michael Keida visits Hachinohe to experience how the local people have endured the long, severe winters. He also meets groups of people who work hard to keep their Enburi - a ritual folk dance to pray for abundant crops - tradition alive.
28:03 | #352 | TV-G
Every year from February to March, ice floes from Russia's Amur River float across the Okhotsk Sea to the shores of eastern Hokkaido, packing against the shoreline.
28:03 | #351 | TV-G
Kyle Card discovers this small coastal town near Tokyo and its simple attractions, which remain intact not by chance, but by design.
28:03 | #350 | TV-G
Traveler Alessandra Lupi explores the mountain village of Monobe in eastern Kochi Prefecture.
28:03 | #349 | TV-G
Kyle Card explores the Takada area and meets the people living there, to find out how they feel about their distinctive traditional townscape.
28:03 | #348 | TV-G
Fukuoka is the largest city in southern Japan, and the political and economic hub for all of Kyushu. Chef David Wells explores the area around Fukuoka City to discover the local flavors.
28:03 | #347 | TV-G
Oita Prefecture in Kyushu is one of Japan's best known places for onsen or hot springs. The city of Beppu is especially famous for its numerous hot spring sources and the volume of hot water - and it attracts many tourists.
28:03 | #346 | TV-G
The Northern Alps, which has many mountains over 3,000-meters in height, is located in central Japan. It attracts many mountaineers even in harsh winter when it's covered in snow and ice.
28:03 | #345 | TV-G
On this journey, we visit Yokkaichi in northern Mie, central Japan. This industrial city, with a population of just over 300,000, is home to Japan's first petrochemical complex. Journalist Alice Gordenker travels to Yokkaichi, a city that has recovered from air pollution.
28:03 | #344 | TV-G
John Moore explores the Nagara River, meeting with residents who feel a strong bond with this waterway and who work hard to keep the river clean and clear. Their efforts are maintaining the habitat of the ayu fish and supporting the work of local artisans.
28:03 | #343 | TV-G
Sabae City, located on the Sea of Japan in central Fukui Prefecture, is renowned as a center for craftsmanship. Meet people of Sabae who continue to protect Japan's traditional culture of making items by hand.
28:03 | #342 | TV-G
This neighborhood lying alongside the Uchikawa River in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture has been a thriving fishing port for over 1,000 years. Because of its proximity to the water and its unified townscape, it has been nicknamed the "Venice of Japan."
28:03 | #341 | TV-G
Tokyo-based architect James Lambiasi explores the history of Hiroshima - and the nearby areas of Onomichi and Iwakuni - through architectural sites, as well as simple, old dwellings.
28:03 | #340 | TV-G
The ancient city of Nara lies close to Kyoto and Osaka. Around 1,300 years ago it was the capital of Japan, and numerous sacred sites are preserved there dating back to that period of history. Peter MacMillan explores Nara and the spiritual practices of this timeless heartland.
28:03 | #339 | TV-G
The Awa Odori, a dance festival that takes over Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, for four days in early August, is spotlighted.
28:03 | #338 | TV-G
Kyle Card catches Kochi's summertime festival fever by joining in the dynamic Yosakoi where hundreds of colorfully attired people dance throughout the city.
28:03 | #337 | TV-G
Kyle Card visits Karatsu to discover the spirit of Kunchi, a three-day festival held in November each year in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. He observes the 14 floats, which each belong to a different neighborhood. And he meets some of the men who make this event happen.
28:03 | #336 | TV-G
Lake Towado, on the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures, is one of Japan's most scenic spots.
28:03 | #335 | TV-G
28:03 | #334 | TV-G
Kikuma is known for its production of kawara roof tiles, an industry with a history of more than 700 years.
28:03 | #333 | TV-G
Michael gets a glimpse into locals' everyday lives in Odate City and explores the Amekko Festival.
28:03 | #332 | TV-G
Potter Euan Craig discovers the deep significance of Kagoshima's kuro culture.
28:03 | #330 | TV-G
The Mukawa River in Hokkaido, which cuts through deep forests, is followed 135 kilometers downstream to the Pacific Ocean.
28:03 | #329 | TV-G
A visit to Izu Peninsula in in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is a popular destination for those who enjoy marine sports, including surfing, snorkeling, and fishing.
28:03 | #328 | TV-G
John explores the Nagara River, meeting with resident who feel a strong bond with this waterway and who work hard to keep the river clean and clear. Their efforts are maintaining the habitat of the ayu fish and supporting the work of local artisans.
28:03 | #327 | TV-G
Yanai prospered as a port town in the Seto Inland Sea. It was one of the largest merchant cities in the region during the late 18th century.
28:03 | #326 | TV-G
The Awa Odori is a huge dance festival that takes over Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, for four days in early August.
28:03 | #325 | TV-G
Kyle Card catches Kochi's summertime festival fever by joining in the Yosakoi Festival, where hundreds of colorfully attired people dance throughout the city.
28:03 | #324 | TV-G
Taisetsuzan, also called Daisetsuzan, is a mountain range home to Hokkaido's highest peak.
28:03 | #323 | TV-G
Estella Mak returns to Chichibu, home to 34 Buddhist temples dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, to complete the pilgrimage she began in the spring.
28:03 | #322 | TV-G
Tour Magome and Tsumago, two towns situated on the Nakasendo, which is one of the five highways constructed in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
28:03 | #321 | TV-G
28:03 | #320 | TV-G
The tiny island of Yonaguni in Okinawa Prefecture is visited. Included: the original culture and customs of the island; and marlin fishing.
28:03 | #319 | TV-G
Shirakami Sanchi is a vast region of forested mountains in northern Japan and home to one of the largest virgin beech forests in the world. The core area of Shirakami Sanchi has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.
28:03 | #318 | TV-G
The wonders of Tottori, including the Tottori Sand Dunes, and farmers growing rakkyo are featured.
29:03 | #317 | TV-G
Most of the cherries grown in Japan come from the Murayama district of Yamagata Prefecture.
28:03 | #316 | TV-G
28:03 | #315 | TV-G
A visit to Meiwa-cho in Mie prefecture, host of the annual Saio Festival, which celebrates the area's ancient tradition as a sacred site in the Shinto religion.
28:03 | #314 | TV-G
The Nanyo area of Ehime Prefecture, on the west coast of Shikoku Island, is abundant with water.
28:03 | #313 | TV-G
Manazuru has thrived on quarrying and fishing since olden times. Kyle Card discovers this small coastal town near Tokyo and its simple attractions, which remain intact not by chance, but by design.
28:03 | #312 | TV-G
The folk belief Izanagi-ryuIn is explored in the mountain village of Monobe in Kochi Prefecture.
28:03 | #311 | TV-G
Magome is known for beautiful cobbled slopes. Tsumago showcases a stunning, traditional townscape.
28:03 | #310 | TV-G
Actor Charles Glover explores the relics of Yubari's past and finds there is still life in the city.
28:03 | #309 | TV-G
28:03 | #308 | TV-G
Tanegashima is an island that has embraced new cultures and people since olden times.
28:03 | #307 | TV-G
The neighborhood lying alongside the Uchikawa River in Imizu City, Toyoma Prefecture is explored.
28:03 | #305 | TV-G
Charles Glover discovers the legacy of local samurai warlord heroes in Nagoya, in Aichi prefecture.
28:03 | #304 | TV-G
Oya, an old stone town in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, is visited.
28:03 | #303 | TV-G
Michael visits Odate, glimpses into locals' everyday lives and takes part in the Amekko Festival.
28:03 | #302 | TV-G
Mt. Norikuradak's relatively gentle slope makes it a popular destination for alpinists of all levels.
28:03 | #301 | TV-G
The Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, and the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival are showcased.
28:03 | #250 | TV-G
Cape Soya lies at the northernmost tip of Hokkaido Island. The landscape is very different from the rest of Japan - and it is sometimes known as the "Ireland of Japan."
28:03 | #249 | TV-G
Delicious winter delicacies, nature and a simple way of life in Ibaraki Prefecture are highlighted.
28:03 | #248 | TV-G
Tokoname, one of Japan's longtime centers for traditional pottery, is a fascinating place to visit.
28:03 | #247 | TV-G
Suruga Bay, off Shizuoka Prefecture, is the deepest bay in Japan, plunging to a depth of around 2,500 meters.
28:03 | #246 | TV-G
A snowmobile tour and more are enjoyed at the international winter resort of Niseko in Hokkaido.
28:03 | #245 | TV-G
Ogawayama (Mount Ogawa) is known as a "rock climber's paradise." Located near Kawakami Village in Nagano prefecture, it takes about three hours to reach from Tokyo by car.
28:03 | #244 | TV-G
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Takahashi City in Okayama Prefecture is a popular destination for sports climbers.
28:03 | #241 | TV-G
Iejima is a small island off of mainland Okinawa and was the scene of fierce battles in World War II. American photographer and writer, Kit Pancoast Nagamura enjoys the slow island life. She also meets the resilient, and resourceful, people of Iejima.
28:03 | #240 | TV-G
Deep in the north of Japan at a mountain temple, a festival called the Somin-sai and nicknamed the Naked Festival, has been held for around one thousand years.
28:03 | #239 | TV-G
The ancient town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan, is steeped in history.
28:03 | #238 | TV-G
The long, sandy beaches and quiet farming villages of the Isumi-Ichinomiya area are explored.
28:03 | #237 | TV-G
Hagi, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, is one of Japan's best known castle towns.
28:03 | #236 | TV-G
The Yatsugatake mountain range, just 150 kilometers west of Tokyo, is a convenient destination for outdoor winter sports.
28:03 | #235 | TV-G
The tallest peak in western Japan, Mt. Ishizuchi has been revered as sacred since ancient times.
28:03 | #233 | TV-G
Estella Mak returns to Chichibu to complete the pilgrimage she began in the spring.
28:03 | #232 | TV-G
Nakasendo is one of the five highways constructed in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
28:03 | #231 | TV-G
Mihonoseki is on the eastern cape of the Shimane Peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water.
28:03 | #230 | TV-G
Yubari, in the center of Hokkaido, is famous for its film festival and its picturesque scenery.
28:03 | #229 | TV-G
Tanegashima is an island that has embraced new cultures and people since olden times. Dean Newcombe meets the energetic people and discovers the diversity of Tanegashima.
28:03 | #227 | TV-G
David hears tales from people who take pride in keeping Nagasaki's unique culinary traditions alive.
28:03 | #226 | TV-G
Photographer Peter Skov explores the mountains around Kurobe River's headwaters.
28:03 | #225 | TV-G
Malaysian model Deborah Ten enjoys the Akita Kanto Festival and the pastoral scenery of summer in Akita.
28:03 | #224 | TV-G
The sacred spots on Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's Honshu main island, are explored.
28:03 | #223 | TV-G
The 16h century warlord Date Masamune remains one of Japan's most popular historical figures.
28:03 | #222 | TV-G
Deep in the north of Japan at a mountain temple, a festival called the Somin-sai and nicknamed the Naked Festival, has been held for around one thousand years. British actor, Dean Newcombe, travels to Oshu, in southern Iwate, to join in this enigmatic festival.
28:03 | #221 | TV-G
A visit to the remote village of Kuma, which is located in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.
28:03 | #220 | TV-G
Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, turns into a paradise of flowers in spring and summer.
28:03 | #219 | TV-G
John Moore and his daughter Ruadh visit Okayama, which has a long history and rich culture.
28:03 | #218 | TV-G
Cape Soya lies at the northernmost tip of Hokkaido Island. It is sometimes known as the "Ireland of Japan."
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Sports climber and TV producer Christian Storms travels to Takahashi City in Okayama Prefecture, where he scales one of the rock walls of Bichu.
28:03 | #215 | TV-G
American photographer and writer, Kit Pancoast Nagamura enjoys the slow island life. She also meets the resilient, and resourceful, people of Iejima.
28:03 | #214 | TV-G
Kinosaki Onsen, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in western Japan, is explored.
28:03 | #213 | TV-G
During several hundred years of national self-isolation, Nagasaki served as Japan's only window to the world.
28:03 | #212 | TV-G
Children's kabuki is spotlighted during a visit to Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, during the castle town's annual Otabi festival.
28:03 | #211 | TV-G
Deborah Ten visits temples known for their displays of summer flowers along the Yamanobe Road.
28:03 | #210 | TV-G
A shogi festival and one of Japan's top designer furniture makers are visited in Tendo City.
28:03 | #209 | TV-G
Kashiko-jima, a popular resort island which is where the G7 summit takes place, is visited.
28:03 | #208 | TV-G
The people of Mihonoseki have long cherished their gods and lived with the blessings of the sea.
28:04 | #207 | TV-G
A visit to Akiu in Japan's Tohoku region, which was a favorite destination of the legendary 16th-century warlord Date Masamune.
28:03 | #206 | TV-G
Tomonoura in Hiroshima Prefecture is known for its picturesque location and historic neighborhoods.
28:03 | #205 | TV-G
Estella Mak visits some of the major temples and discovers the culture and traditions of Chichibu.
28:03 | #204 | TV-G
John Moore and his daughter Ruadh visit Okayama, which has a long history and rich culture.
28:03 | #203 | TV-G
A festival called the Somin-sai is visited deep in the north of Japan at a mountain temple.
28:07 | #202 | TV-G
Kinosaki Onsen, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in western Japan, is visited.
28:07 | #201 | TV-G
A climb of Mount Akadake includes passing through a ravine with a series of frozen waterfalls.
28:06 | #133 | TV-G
Woodblock print artists David Bull visits the Koshu area to discover this world of natural beauty.
28:06 | #132 | TV-G
The history of the ancient town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan, is explored.
28:03 | #131 | TV-G
Writer and photographer Kit Pancoast Nagamura explores the tropical island of Okinoerabu.
28:06 | #130 | TV-G
The Tsugaru area of Aomori Prefecture now boasts the largest apple crop in Japan.
28:03 | #129 | TV-G
JJ visits the Kushiro Wetland in Hokkaido, sees Red-crowned Cranes, and takes a dreamy canoe ride.
28:03 | #128 | TV-G
Kit Pancoast Nagamura visits people who are involved in preserving the annual Takayama Festival.
28:03 | #127 | TV-G
There are about 50 temple lodgings (known as shukubo) at Koyasan. Jenn Barr stays at one of these lodgings and experiences the way the New Year is welcomed at this traditional power spot.
28:03 | #125 | TV-G
Villagers perform sacred dances called Yokagura in the mountains of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.
28:04 | #124 | TV-G
A visit to Miyako Island, which is one of Japan's southernmost islands.
28:03 | #123 | TV-G
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Mt. Tsurugi in Toyama Prefecture is one of the most impressive peaks in Japan's Northern Alps range.
28:03 | #121 | TV-G
Mt. Tsurugi in Toyama Prefecture is one of the most impressive peaks in Japan's Northern Alps range, rising to a height of 2,999 meters.
28:03 | #120 | TV-G
Iiyama City, located in northern Nagano Prefecture, is known for its beautiful nature and distinct four seasons.
28:03 | #119 | TV-G
The Nebuta Festival attracts some three million visitors to Aomori City every August. Nebuta are giant lantern floats measuring five meters and nine meters wide.
28:03 | #118 | TV-G
The mountainous Kii Hanto peninsula in Japan holds sacred places of faiths, including Shintoism, Buddhism, and Shugendo mountain ascetism.
28:03 | #117 | TV-G
Actor Charles Glover visits the northern land in late autumn when local people are busy preparing for the long winter.
28:03 | #116 | TV-G
In the waters of Ishigak, British diver Bonnie Waycott gets up close to one of the world's largest coral colonies and marine life, including manta rays. She explores the lifestyle of the islanders who co-exist with the ocean.
28:03 | #115 | TV-G
Stephen Nagy visits Yagyu, the ancestral home of the Yagyu family, which established Yagyu Shinkage-ryu. This sword art school was adopted by the Tokugawa Shogunate for its defense strategy.
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Woodblock print artist David Bull visits the Koshu area to discover its natural beauty and artisan skill.
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Spectacularly adorned floats called "yatai" are paraded through the city for the Takayama Festival.
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The Iya Valley is a land of legends hidden in Tokushima Prefecture, deep in the heart of Shikou. Surrounded by mountains rising to over 1, 000 meters, it is a remote Shangri-la that was cut off from the outside world for centuries.
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Professional mountain guide Cveto Podlogar scales Mt. Tsurugi in Toyama Prefecture, one of the most impressive peaks in Japan's Northern Alps range.
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John Moore travels to Tsugaru during the apple harvest, to meet the local people whose lives are entwined with the fruit.
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A tour of Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. Also, somen noodles and supple white leather.
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The program casts light on the little-known town of Daigo and its cultural attractions. This rural area is easily accessible from Tokyo, but preserves a traditional lifestyle based on sustainable farming and fishing.
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Michael Rivas discovers the Nebuta Festival and gets a close look at the giant lantern floats.
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Japan's horse culture is explored. Also, sampling three different styles of noodles: wanko soba, Morioka reimen, and Morioka jajamen.
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Kyle Card meets local people in Uwajima and discovers their passion for bullfighting.
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Akane Nakajima experiences making her own kokeshi doll using traditional methods. She learns about Japan's hot spring culture and meets warm local people, listening to their thoughts and enjoying their Tohoku hospitality.
Visit the tropical paradise of Miyako Island, one of the southernmost islands of Japan.
The neighborhood lying alongside the Uchikawa River in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture is explored.
The Hakuba area of Nagano Prefecture is a popular starting point for backcountry skiing in Japan.