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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 2, Series 1

Wednesday October 16 at 12:30am

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 October 16 at 6:30am

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 October 16 at 9:15am

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 October 16 at 12:55pm

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 October 16 at 4:30pm

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 October 20 at 8:45am

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 October 20 at 7:10pm

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 October 22 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 October 23 at 12:30am

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 October 23 at 6:30am

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 October 23 at 9:20am

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 October 23 at 12:55pm

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

Wednesday October 23 at 4:30pm

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 1, Series 1

Wednesday November 27 at 4:10am

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

Thursday November 28 at 3:15am

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

Thursday November 28 at 4:10am

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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