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Land of beauty and tempest

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 and mangroves, and the central islands, with forested mountains, home to bears and monkeys. Each area has its challenges, and everything that lives here has its own strategies for survival in these unpredictable environments.

Throughout this rich and varied landscape, there remains a powerful association between people and wildlife, despite the fact that this is one of the most modern, crowded, urbanised nations on Earth.

Each episode explores how life survives across this land dominated, from north to south, by volcanoes and earthquakes, savage winters and sultry, typhoon summers. What ways have humans and wildlife found to live alongside the forces of nature?

From the drama of the steaming volcanic mountains, tropical seas and icy, ghostly forests to the detail of humans interacting with nature, this series evokes the true spirit of Japan.

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Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday May 22 at 8:05pm

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 23 at 12:35am

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 23 at 7:20am

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 23 at 11:55am

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 23 at 3:30pm

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Saturday May 26 at 2:00pm

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday May 27 at 6:50am

Honshu

The wild Japanese island of Honshu hosts an astonishing array of wildlife, and it's a place where people and nature co-exist in the most unexpected ways. 1/3

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday May 29 at 8:05pm

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 12:40am

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 7:20am

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 11:55am

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 3:35pm

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Saturday June 2 at 2:00pm

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 6:55am

Southwest Islands

Stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries surround a chain of Japanese islands which stretch towards the tropics - where all life is influenced by the power of the…

Episode 3, Series 1

Tuesday June 5 at 8:05pm

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 12:35am

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 7:20am

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 11:55am

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 3:25pm

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday June 9 at 1:55pm

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 6:55am

Hokkaido

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. 3/3

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