Journeys in Japan

Journeys in Japan

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

Atami: The Spa Revival

28:03 | #515 | TV-G

Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture not very far from Tokyo, is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts.

Shizuoka: Wonderland of Green Tea

28:03 | #514 | TV-G

Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka Prefecture during the peak tea harvesting season.

Nishi-Izu, Hidden Gem

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.

Yamaguchi: Landscapes and Their Stories

28:03 | #512 | TV-G

Actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi Prefecture with its various landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan.

Uchiko: Epic Kite Battle

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.

Hieizan: Mother Mountain of Eternal Prayer

28:03 | #509 | TV-G

Peter MacMillan visits Hieizan to explore the deep spiritual connection that people feel for this sacred mountain.

Iga: Keeping the Ninja Tradition Alive

28:03 | #508 | TV-G

Jennifer Julien visits Iga and meets modern-day ninjas who are keeping the ancient tradition alive.

Tateyama: Wondrous Underwater Encounters

28:03 | #507 | TV-G

Tateyama's underwater world has been attracting attention as a place for cool diving adventures.

Road Tripping Around Miyazaki

28:03 | #506 | TV-G

The village of Shiiba and the city of Ebino are explored in western Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.

Oya, Utsunomiya: Stone Town & Quarry Ruins Tour

28:03 | #505 | TV-G

An ancient temple is explored in Oya, an old stone town in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture.

Oku-Echizen: Abundance and Tranquility

28:03 | #504 | TV-G

The Oku-Echizen district, which lies deep in the mountains of Fukui Prefecture, is highlighted.

Makabe: A Promise of Spring

28:03 | #503 | TV-G

The charming old castle town of Makabe is located in the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba not far from Tokyo.

Minami-Uonuma: Weaving New Snow Country Tales

28:03 | #502 | TV-G

Minami-Uonuma in southern Niigata Prefecture, one of Japan's snowiest regions, is highlighted.

Gliding Hokkaido's Powder

28:03 | #501 | TV-G

An ideal place to ski is central Hokkaido Prefecture, on Mount Asahidake and Mount Sandanyama.

Iojima: A Volcanic Island with a Passion for Rhythm

28:03 | #452 | TV-G

Iojima Island lies around 1,000 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, off the south coast of Kyushu.

Okinawa: Architecture of History and Tradition

28:03 | #451 | TV-G

Architect James Lambiasi visits some of Okinawa's most notable buildings and meets local people.

Kikuchi: Slow Food, Slow Travel

28:03 | #450 | TV-G

The city of Kikuchi, in northern Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, is known for its prosperous agriculture and livestock industries.

Iheya: Peaceful Winter Getaway

28:03 | #449 | TV-G

Iheya is the northernmost island of Okinawa Prefecture and has been untouched by large-scale tourism development.

Nagahama: Heading North Along Lake Biwa

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.

Tottori: Crab Lover's Paradise

28:03 | #447 | TV-G

Daniel Woolpert enjoys crab - a winter delicacy, along with a relaxing dip in a snowy open-air hot spring.

Nichinan: A Port City Reviving

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.

Chugei, Kochi: Exploring the Yuzu Road

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.

Isumi-Ichinomiya: Fresh Air and Laid-Back Living

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.

Hagi: The Cradle of Modern Japan

28:03 | #443 | TV-G

One of Japan's best known castle towns, Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is toured.

Munakata: The Sea and Goddesses

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.

Kamioka: Pedaling Ahead to the Past

28:03 | #441 | TV-G

A visit to the Omiya Bonsai Village sheds light on how these small trees are crafted.

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28:03 | #440 | TV-G

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28:03 | #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.

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28:03 | #438 | TV-G

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28:03 | #437 | TV-G

Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit

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.

Hoki-cho: Preserving the Past for the Future

28:03 | #435 | TV-G

The Hoki-cho district lies in the west of Tottori Prefecture close to the foot of volcanic Mt. Daisen.

Passage of Time: Lake Towada In Autumn

28:03 | #434 | TV-G

Lake Towado, on the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures, is one of Japan's most scenic spots.

Fukuoka: A City of Two Faces

28:03 | #433 | TV-G

Spinning top performances and yabusame, the art of mounted archery, are highlighted in Fukuoka.

Mt. Gozaisyo: Going Extreme

28:03 | #432 | TV-G

On the border of Mie and Shiga prefectures, Mount Gozaisho is famous for its outdoor activities.

A River Runs Through Hokkaido

28:03 | #431 | TV-G

Hokkaido's stellar nature, the Mukawa River's deep history, and its Ainu connections are explored.

Kitayama Village: A Community with Unique Charms

28:03 | #430 | TV-G

Kitayama Village, which lies in the mountains of the Kii Peninsula in central Japan, is explored.

The Lost Pirates of the Seto Inland Sea

28:03 | #429 | TV-G

Tatsumasa Murasame visits the Geiyo Islands and learns about pirates from the 14th to 16th centuries.

Iki: Island of Beauty and Promise

28:03 | #428 | TV-G

The island of Iki, which lies off the coast of Kyushu, is explored.

Yanai: Old Town of Goldfish Lanterns

28:03 | #427 | TV-G

Yanai prospered as a port town in the Seto Inland Sea. It was one of the largest merchant cities.

Totsukawa, In Southern Nara Prefecture, Is Nestled Deep In The Mountains

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.

Okushiri Island: Secret Gem Off Hokkaido

28:03 | #425 | TV-G

Okushiri Island, located southwest of Hokkaido in remarkably blue waters, is explored.

Akita: Swaying Lanterns Brighten Summer Nights

28:03 | #424 | TV-G

The Akita Kanto Festival is explored and the pastoral scenery of summer in Akita are showcased.

Aomori: Out of This World

28:03 | #423 | TV-G

Sacred spots in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's Honshu main island, are explored.

Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature

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.

Mt. Fuji: Climbing to the Second Realm

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.

Yuki & Oyama: Neighbors with Interwoven Tradition

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.

Tobishima: Living Life on Island Time

28:03 | #419 | TV-G

The island of Tobishima off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the Japan Sea is explored.

Misugi: Taking It Slow in the Mountains

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.

Remote Ojika Island: Portal to the Past

28:03 | #417 | TV-G

Translator B.T. travels to Ojika Island and discovers the island's appeal through interacting with the locals.

Tsuwano: The Painted Past, Vividly Present

28:03 | #416 | TV-G

Luke Bridgford uses ancient Tsuwano drawings as a map to the town's past, present, and future.

Tsugaru: Amateur Sumo, Indomitable Tradition

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.

Nikko: Contemplating its Architectural Jewels

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.

Atami: The Spa Revival

28:03 | #413 | TV-G

Atami in Shizuoka prefecture continues to delight visitors as one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts.

Ashikaga and Tochigi: Cultivating Nature and Tradition

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.

Agano River: Green Foliage and Spring Rituals

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.

Okumusashi: Spring Forest Feast

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.

Ise-Shima: Experiencing A Lifestyle Close to Nature

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.

Mihonoseki: Land of the Gods

28:03 | #408 | TV-G

Mihonoseki on the eastern cape of the Shimane Peninsula is a fishing port and a gateway to the sea.

Akiu: In the Footsteps of a Legendary Warlord

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.

Following A Samurai Tea Master

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.

Chichibu: A Springtime Pilgrimage

28:03 | #405 | TV-G

Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture, which is home to Buddhist temples devoted to the Bodhisattva Kannon, is visited.

Toyama: A Food Culture Rich In Umami

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.

Nara: Ancient Sanctuary for All Living Creatures

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.

Makabe: A Promise of Spring

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

Hachinohe: Warmth In Winter

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.

A Winter Wonderland of Ice: Eastern Hokkaido

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.

Manazuru: Good Living by Design

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.

Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet

28:03 | #350 | TV-G

Traveler Alessandra Lupi explores the mountain village of Monobe in eastern Kochi Prefecture.

Takada: Community and Tradition in Snow

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.

Fukuoka: City of Food and Flavor

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.

Oita: Rest and Recuperation, Onsen Style

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.

Tsubarkuro-dake: New Year High Up in the Northern Alps

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.

Yokkaichi: Bringing Back The Skies

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.

Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty

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.

SABAE: Eye On Design

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.

Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape

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."

Traces of History: Exploring Around Hiroshima

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.

Nara: Ancient Sanctuary for All Living Creatures

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.

Awa Odori Festival: Spirited Away In Tokushima

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.

Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!

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.

Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit

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.

Passage of Time: Lake Towada In Autumn

28:03 | #336 | TV-G

Lake Towado, on the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures, is one of Japan's most scenic spots.

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Kikuma, Ehime: Pride and Pageantry

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.

Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu

28:03 | #333 | TV-G

Michael gets a glimpse into locals' everyday lives in Odate City and explores the Amekko Festival.

Kagoshima: The Taste and Style of Kuro Culture

28:03 | #332 | TV-G

Potter Euan Craig discovers the deep significance of Kagoshima's kuro culture.

A River Runs Through Hokkaido

28:03 | #330 | TV-G

The Mukawa River in Hokkaido, which cuts through deep forests, is followed 135 kilometers downstream to the Pacific Ocean.

Minami-Izu: Unspoiled Seaside Getaway

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.

Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty

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.

Yanai: Old Town of Goldfish Lanterns

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.

Awa Odori Festival: Spirited Away In Tokushima

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.

Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!

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.

Taisetsuzan: Summer Alpine Discoveries

28:03 | #324 | TV-G

Taisetsuzan, also called Daisetsuzan, is a mountain range home to Hokkaido's highest peak.

Chichibu: An Autumn Pilgrimage

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.

Walking the Nakasendo: A Road to The Past

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).

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Yonaguni: Wild West Escapades

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.

Deep Into The Unspoiled Forest: Shirakami Sanchi

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.

Tottori: Sculpted By Nature

28:03 | #318 | TV-G

The wonders of Tottori, including the Tottori Sand Dunes, and farmers growing rakkyo are featured.

Murayama, Yamagata: Local Delicacies, Local Pride

29:03 | #317 | TV-G

Most of the cherries grown in Japan come from the Murayama district of Yamagata Prefecture.

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28:03 | #316 | TV-G

Meiwa-Cho, Mie: An Ancient Legend Comes to Life

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.

Nanyo, Ehime: Water for Life and Fun

28:03 | #314 | TV-G

The Nanyo area of Ehime Prefecture, on the west coast of Shikoku Island, is abundant with water.

Manazuru: Good Living By Design

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.

Monobe, Kochi: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet

28:03 | #312 | TV-G

The folk belief Izanagi-ryuIn is explored in the mountain village of Monobe in Kochi Prefecture.

Walking The Nakasendo: A Road to The Past

28:03 | #311 | TV-G

Magome is known for beautiful cobbled slopes. Tsumago showcases a stunning, traditional townscape.

Yubari: Mining The Nostalgia

28:03 | #310 | TV-G

Actor Charles Glover explores the relics of Yubari's past and finds there is still life in the city.

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Tanegashima: Guns, Rockets and Surf

28:03 | #308 | TV-G

Tanegashima is an island that has embraced new cultures and people since olden times.

Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape

28:03 | #307 | TV-G

The neighborhood lying alongside the Uchikawa River in Imizu City, Toyoma Prefecture is explored.

Nagoya: Samurai Warlord Chronicles

28:03 | #305 | TV-G

Charles Glover discovers the legacy of local samurai warlord heroes in Nagoya, in Aichi prefecture.

Oya, Utsunomiya: Stone Town & Quarry Ruins Tour

28:03 | #304 | TV-G

Oya, an old stone town in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, is visited.

Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu

28:03 | #303 | TV-G

Michael visits Odate, glimpses into locals' everyday lives and takes part in the Amekko Festival.

Mt. Norikuradake: A Peak Winter Experience

28:03 | #302 | TV-G

Mt. Norikuradak's relatively gentle slope makes it a popular destination for alpinists of all levels.

Hokkaido: Sculpting Winter's Ice and Snow

28:03 | #301 | TV-G

The Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, and the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival are showcased.

Bounty of the Wild North: Cape Soya, Hokkaido

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."

Ibaraki: Savoring Winter Flavors

28:03 | #249 | TV-G

Delicious winter delicacies, nature and a simple way of life in Ibaraki Prefecture are highlighted.

Tokoname: City of Ceramics Past and Present

28:03 | #248 | TV-G

Tokoname, one of Japan's longtime centers for traditional pottery, is a fascinating place to visit.

Suruga Bay: The Bounty of the Deep

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.

Niseko: Snowy Adventures

28:03 | #246 | TV-G

A snowmobile tour and more are enjoyed at the international winter resort of Niseko in Hokkaido.

Ogawayama: A Rock Climber's Paradise

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.

Koza: A Rhythm All Its Own

28:03 | #244 | TV-G

Sabae: Eye On Design

28:03 | #243 | TV-G

Okayama: The Profound Spirit of the Rocks

28:03 | #242 | TV-G

Takahashi City in Okayama Prefecture is a popular destination for sports climbers.

Iejima: Resilient Land, Resilient People

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.

Iwate Winter Rite

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.

Kakunodate: Pride in the Samurai Tradition

28:03 | #239 | TV-G

The ancient town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan, is steeped in history.

Isumi-Ichinomiya: Fresh Air and Laid-Back Living

28:03 | #238 | TV-G

The long, sandy beaches and quiet farming villages of the Isumi-Ichinomiya area are explored.

Hagi: The Cradle of Modern Japan

28:03 | #237 | TV-G

Hagi, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, is one of Japan's best known castle towns.

Yatsugatake: Outdoor Winter Play

28:03 | #236 | TV-G

The Yatsugatake mountain range, just 150 kilometers west of Tokyo, is a convenient destination for outdoor winter sports.

Sacred Mt. Ishizuchi: Autumn Trekking

28:03 | #235 | TV-G

The tallest peak in western Japan, Mt. Ishizuchi has been revered as sacred since ancient times.

Chichibu: An Autumn Pilgrimage

28:03 | #233 | TV-G

Estella Mak returns to Chichibu to complete the pilgrimage she began in the spring.

Walking The Nakasendo: A Road to The Past

28:03 | #232 | TV-G

Nakasendo is one of the five highways constructed in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868).

Mihonoseki: Land of the Gods

28:03 | #231 | TV-G

Mihonoseki is on the eastern cape of the Shimane Peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water.

Yubari: Mining The Nostalgia

28:03 | #230 | TV-G

Yubari, in the center of Hokkaido, is famous for its film festival and its picturesque scenery.

Tanegashima: Guns, Rockets and Surf

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.

A Taste of Nagasaki

28:03 | #227 | TV-G

David hears tales from people who take pride in keeping Nagasaki's unique culinary traditions alive.

Deep Into Kurobe: Toyama Climbing

28:03 | #226 | TV-G

Photographer Peter Skov explores the mountains around Kurobe River's headwaters.

Akita: Swaying Lanterns Brighten Summer Nights

28:03 | #225 | TV-G

Malaysian model Deborah Ten enjoys the Akita Kanto Festival and the pastoral scenery of summer in Akita.

Aomori: Out of This World

28:03 | #224 | TV-G

The sacred spots on Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's Honshu main island, are explored.

Akiu: In the Footsteps of a Legendary Warlord

28:03 | #223 | TV-G

The 16h century warlord Date Masamune remains one of Japan's most popular historical figures.

Iwate Winter White

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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.

Hidden Village Kuma

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A visit to the remote village of Kuma, which is located in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.

Hokkaido: Summer Gardens Under The Northern Sky

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Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, turns into a paradise of flowers in spring and summer.

Okayama: Into The Deep Red

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John Moore and his daughter Ruadh visit Okayama, which has a long history and rich culture.

Bounty of the Wild North: Cape Soya, Hokkaido

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Cape Soya lies at the northernmost tip of Hokkaido Island. It is sometimes known as the "Ireland of Japan."

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Okayama: The Profound Spirit of the Rocks

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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.

Iejima: Resilient Land, Resilient People

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American photographer and writer, Kit Pancoast Nagamura enjoys the slow island life. She also meets the resilient, and resourceful, people of Iejima.

Kinosaki Onsen: Bathing In Tradition

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Kinosaki Onsen, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in western Japan, is explored.

A Taste of Nagasaki

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During several hundred years of national self-isolation, Nagasaki served as Japan's only window to the world.

Komatsu Kabuki Kids

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Children's kabuki is spotlighted during a visit to Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, during the castle town's annual Otabi festival.

Nara: Tranquil Temples and Bountiful Blooms

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Deborah Ten visits temples known for their displays of summer flowers along the Yamanobe Road.

Tendo: An Enduring, Evolving Passion for Wood

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A shogi festival and one of Japan's top designer furniture makers are visited in Tendo City.

Ise-Shima: Experiencing A Lifestyle Close to Nature

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Kashiko-jima, a popular resort island which is where the G7 summit takes place, is visited.

Mihonoseki: Land of the Gods

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The people of Mihonoseki have long cherished their gods and lived with the blessings of the sea.

Akiu: In the Footsteps of a Legendary Warlord

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.

Tomonoura: The Old Folks and the Seas

28:03 | #206 | TV-G

Tomonoura in Hiroshima Prefecture is known for its picturesque location and historic neighborhoods.

Chichibu: A Springtime Pilgrimage

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Estella Mak visits some of the major temples and discovers the culture and traditions of Chichibu.

Okayama: Into The Deep Red

28:03 | #204 | TV-G

John Moore and his daughter Ruadh visit Okayama, which has a long history and rich culture.

Iwate Winter Rite

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A festival called the Somin-sai is visited deep in the north of Japan at a mountain temple.

Kinosaki Onsen: Bathing In Tradition

28:07 | #202 | TV-G

Kinosaki Onsen, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in western Japan, is visited.

Yatsugatake: Outdoor Winter Play

28:07 | #201 | TV-G

A climb of Mount Akadake includes passing through a ravine with a series of frozen waterfalls.

Artisans and Beauty: Koshu, Yamanashi

28:06 | #133 | TV-G

Woodblock print artists David Bull visits the Koshu area to discover this world of natural beauty.

Kakunodate: Pride in the Samurai Tradition

28:06 | #132 | TV-G

The history of the ancient town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan, is explored.

Okinoerabu Island: Home Away from Home

28:03 | #131 | TV-G

Writer and photographer Kit Pancoast Nagamura explores the tropical island of Okinoerabu.

Tsugaru - Apple Kingdom

28:06 | #130 | TV-G

The Tsugaru area of Aomori Prefecture now boasts the largest apple crop in Japan.

Kushiro: The Crystalline Sounds of Winter

28:03 | #129 | TV-G

JJ visits the Kushiro Wetland in Hokkaido, sees Red-crowned Cranes, and takes a dreamy canoe ride.

Takayama & Furukawa: Celebrating Traditions

28:03 | #128 | TV-G

Kit Pancoast Nagamura visits people who are involved in preserving the annual Takayama Festival.

Koyasan: New Year at a Traditional Power Spot

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.

Takachiho: Dancing for the Deities

28:03 | #125 | TV-G

Villagers perform sacred dances called Yokagura in the mountains of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.

Miyako: The Island of Song

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A visit to Miyako Island, which is one of Japan's southernmost islands.

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Mt. Tsurugi: Attacking The Palace of Crags

28:03 | #122 | TV-G

Mt. Tsurugi in Toyama Prefecture is one of the most impressive peaks in Japan's Northern Alps range.

Mt. Tsurugi: Attacking The Palace of Crags

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.

Iiyama: The Landscape of the Heart

28:03 | #120 | TV-G

Iiyama City, located in northern Nagano Prefecture, is known for its beautiful nature and distinct four seasons.

The Thrilling Nebuta Festival

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.

The Sacred Kumano Kodo: Kii Peninsula

28:03 | #118 | TV-G

The mountainous Kii Hanto peninsula in Japan holds sacred places of faiths, including Shintoism, Buddhism, and Shugendo mountain ascetism.

Akita Autumn Feast

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.

Ishigaki: Diving in the Sea of Coral

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.

Nara & Yagyu: on the Road to The Sword of Peace

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.

Artisans and Beauty: Koshu, Yamanashi

28:03 | #114 | TV-G

Woodblock print artist David Bull visits the Koshu area to discover its natural beauty and artisan skill.

Takayama & Furukawa: Celebrating Traditions

28:03 | #113 | TV-G

Spectacularly adorned floats called "yatai" are paraded through the city for the Takayama Festival.

Adventures In Wonderland Iya, Tokushima

28:03 | #112 | TV-G

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.

Mt. Tsurugi: Attacking The Palace of Crags

28:03 | #111 | TV-G

Professional mountain guide Cveto Podlogar scales Mt. Tsurugi in Toyama Prefecture, one of the most impressive peaks in Japan's Northern Alps range.

Tsugaru - Apple Kingdom

28:03 | #110 | TV-G

John Moore travels to Tsugaru during the apple harvest, to meet the local people whose lives are entwined with the fruit.

Pure Himeji Beautiful Castle City, Craftsman Culture

28:03 | #106 | TV-G

A tour of Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. Also, somen noodles and supple white leather.

Savoring Rural Pleasures: Daigo, Ibaraki

28:06 | #105 | TV-G

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.

The Thrilling Nebuta Festival

28:03 | #104 | TV-G

Michael Rivas discovers the Nebuta Festival and gets a close look at the giant lantern floats.

Morioka: Celebrating A Culture of People and Horses

28:03 | #103 | TV-G

Japan's horse culture is explored. Also, sampling three different styles of noodles: wanko soba, Morioka reimen, and Morioka jajamen.

Bullfighting In Uwajima: Passion and Tradition

28:03 | #102 | TV-G

Kyle Card meets local people in Uwajima and discovers their passion for bullfighting.

Naruko Onsen: The Home of Kokeshi Dolls

28:03 | #101 | TV-G

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.

Miyako: The Island of Song

Visit the tropical paradise of Miyako Island, one of the southernmost islands of Japan.

Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape

The neighborhood lying alongside the Uchikawa River in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture is explored.

Hakuba: Off Piste to A Hidden Hot Spring

The Hakuba area of Nagano Prefecture is a popular starting point for backcountry skiing in Japan.

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