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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

Monday December 31 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

Tuesday January 1 at 1:30am

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

Tuesday January 1 at 5:05am

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

Tuesday January 1 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 1, Series 1

Sunday January 6 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 1, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 12:10pm

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 January 6 at 4:30pm

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 2, Series 1

Monday January 7 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

Tuesday January 8 at 1:25am

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

Tuesday January 8 at 6:50am

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

Tuesday January 8 at 12:00pm

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

Tuesday January 8 at 4:25pm

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 January 13 at 6:50am

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 January 13 at 12:15pm

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 January 13 at 4:25pm

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

Monday January 14 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

Tuesday January 15 at 1:25am

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

Tuesday January 15 at 6:50am

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

Tuesday January 15 at 4:25pm

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

Sunday January 20 at 6:50am

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 January 20 at 12:10pm

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 January 20 at 4:25pm

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

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