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Journeys In Japan

In JOURNEYS IN JAPAN, English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan exploring the culture, meeting local people, visiting historic sites, and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks. The series provides an eye-opening look at the many unique places to visit in Japan.

Journeys In Japan  
  • Nanyo: from Wheels to Wings
    Friday, December 13
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nanyo City lies in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. The city is focusing on boosting tourism for visitors with disabilities. Wheelchair influencer Ryoko Nakajima visits Nanyo together with US-born TV talent Michelle Fujisaki, to enjoy the barrier-free facilities. They harvest fruit, visit a hot-spring hotel and listen to local folk tales. Then, using special equipment, Ryoko tries paragliding assisted by an experienced instructor.
  • Osaka: The Architecture of a Vibrant Metropolis
    Saturday, December 14
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Osaka is the largest city in western Japan. The 16th-century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan after a long period of civil war, chose it as his power base and built a castle there to serve as the power base for his clan. In the years that followed, Osaka became a major logistical and economic hub. From the mid-19th century, Osaka rode the wave of Japan's modernization and the city expanded rapidly. The development of its spinning industry brought prosperity. During this period it was known as "Great Osaka" and saw the construction of many handsome commercial buildings, several of which survive to this day. From the late 1940's, the city was a driving force for Japan's postwar reconstruction and rapid economic growth. In 1970 it became the first city in Asia to host a world's fair, known as Expo '70. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American architect James Lambiasi visits Osaka and explores its history and culture, as reflected in its impressive architecture.
  • Monday, December 16
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, December 16
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, December 17
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, December 17
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, December 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Thursday, December 19
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 19
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 19
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Osaka: The Architecture of a Vibrant Metropolis
    Friday, December 20
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Osaka is the largest city in western Japan. The 16th-century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan after a long period of civil war, chose it as his power base and built a castle there to serve as the power base for his clan. In the years that followed, Osaka became a major logistical and economic hub. From the mid-19th century, Osaka rode the wave of Japan's modernization and the city expanded rapidly. The development of its spinning industry brought prosperity. During this period it was known as "Great Osaka" and saw the construction of many handsome commercial buildings, several of which survive to this day. From the late 1940's, the city was a driving force for Japan's postwar reconstruction and rapid economic growth. In 1970 it became the first city in Asia to host a world's fair, known as Expo '70. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American architect James Lambiasi visits Osaka and explores its history and culture, as reflected in its impressive architecture.
  • Saturday, December 21
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, December 23
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, December 23
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, December 24
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, December 24
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, December 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, December 27
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, December 28
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 1
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 3
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 4
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 8
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 10
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 11
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 15
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 17
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 18
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 22
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 24
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 25
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 29
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 31
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 1
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, February 5
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, February 7
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 8
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, February 12
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, February 14
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 15
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, February 19
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, February 21
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 22
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, February 26
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, February 28
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, February 29
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, March 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, March 6
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, March 7
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, March 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, March 13
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, March 14
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, March 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, March 20
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, March 21
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, March 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, March 27
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, March 28
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.

 

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  • Thursday, December 12
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 12
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 12
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Osaka: The Architecture of a Vibrant Metropolis
    Wednesday, December 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Osaka is the largest city in western Japan. The 16th-century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan after a long period of civil war, chose it as his power base and built a castle there to serve as the power base for his clan. In the years that followed, Osaka became a major logistical and economic hub. From the mid-19th century, Osaka rode the wave of Japan's modernization and the city expanded rapidly. The development of its spinning industry brought prosperity. During this period it was known as "Great Osaka" and saw the construction of many handsome commercial buildings, several of which survive to this day. From the late 1940's, the city was a driving force for Japan's postwar reconstruction and rapid economic growth. In 1970 it became the first city in Asia to host a world's fair, known as Expo '70. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American architect James Lambiasi visits Osaka and explores its history and culture, as reflected in its impressive architecture.
  • Makabe: A Promise of Spring
    Tuesday, December 10
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the history and culture of Osaka through its architecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Makabe: A Promise of Spring
    Tuesday, December 10
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the history and culture of Osaka through its architecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Makabe: A Promise of Spring
    Monday, December 9
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the history and culture of Osaka through its architecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Makabe: A Promise of Spring
    Monday, December 9
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the history and culture of Osaka through its architecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nanyo: from Wheels to Wings
    Sunday, December 8
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nanyo City lies in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. The city is focusing on boosting tourism for visitors with disabilities. Wheelchair influencer Ryoko Nakajima visits Nanyo together with US-born TV talent Michelle Fujisaki, to enjoy the barrier-free facilities. They harvest fruit, visit a hot-spring hotel and listen to local folk tales. Then, using special equipment, Ryoko tries paragliding assisted by an experienced instructor.
  • Nanyo: from Wheels to Wings
    Saturday, December 7
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nanyo City lies in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. The city is focusing on boosting tourism for visitors with disabilities. Wheelchair influencer Ryoko Nakajima visits Nanyo together with US-born TV talent Michelle Fujisaki, to enjoy the barrier-free facilities. They harvest fruit, visit a hot-spring hotel and listen to local folk tales. Then, using special equipment, Ryoko tries paragliding assisted by an experienced instructor.
  • Ise: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Japan
    Friday, December 6
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ise City is in southeastern Mie Prefecture in Central Japan. It is home to one of Japan's most sacred sites, Ise Jingu Shrine. For hundreds of years it has welcomed pilgrims from all over the country. This has nurtured many traditions, such as the tasty confectioneries it offers to travelers and crafts that serve as souvenirs. Jennifer Julien from France takes in the most important rituals of the year, and experiences the culture that was cultivated over time through Ise worship.
  • Thursday, December 5
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 5
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Thursday, December 5
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Nanyo: from Wheels to Wings
    Wednesday, December 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nanyo City lies in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo. The city is focusing on boosting tourism for visitors with disabilities. Wheelchair influencer Ryoko Nakajima visits Nanyo together with US-born TV talent Michelle Fujisaki, to enjoy the barrier-free facilities. They harvest fruit, visit a hot-spring hotel and listen to local folk tales. Then, using special equipment, Ryoko tries paragliding assisted by an experienced instructor.
  • Hachinohe: Warmth In Winter
    Tuesday, December 3
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Ryoko Nakajima and Michelle Fujisaki enjoy the barrier-free potential of Nanyo (Yamagata). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Hachinohe: Warmth In Winter
    Tuesday, December 3
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Ryoko Nakajima and Michelle Fujisaki enjoy the barrier-free potential of Nanyo (Yamagata). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Hachinohe: Warmth In Winter
    Monday, December 2
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Ryoko Nakajima and Michelle Fujisaki enjoy the barrier-free potential of Nanyo (Yamagata). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Hachinohe: Warmth In Winter
    Monday, December 2
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Ryoko Nakajima and Michelle Fujisaki enjoy the barrier-free potential of Nanyo (Yamagata). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Ise: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Japan
    Sunday, December 1
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ise City is in southeastern Mie Prefecture in Central Japan. It is home to one of Japan's most sacred sites, Ise Jingu Shrine. For hundreds of years it has welcomed pilgrims from all over the country. This has nurtured many traditions, such as the tasty confectioneries it offers to travelers and crafts that serve as souvenirs. Jennifer Julien from France takes in the most important rituals of the year, and experiences the culture that was cultivated over time through Ise worship.
  • Ise: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Japan
    Saturday, November 30
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ise City is in southeastern Mie Prefecture in Central Japan. It is home to one of Japan's most sacred sites, Ise Jingu Shrine. For hundreds of years it has welcomed pilgrims from all over the country. This has nurtured many traditions, such as the tasty confectioneries it offers to travelers and crafts that serve as souvenirs. Jennifer Julien from France takes in the most important rituals of the year, and experiences the culture that was cultivated over time through Ise worship.
  • New Wind Blowing In Iwamizawa
    Friday, November 29
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Iwamizawa is located about 40 minutes by train from Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture. It flourished as a transportation hub for coal, but spiraled into decline following the closure of the mines in the 60's and 70's. However, blessed with vast farmland, Iwamizawa was able to transform itself into a leading agricultural district in Japan. These days, people from across the country are migrating to the area where the miners once lived, sparking a new movement. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Kyle Card from Canada meets people bringing a new vitality to Iwamizawa.
  • Ise: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Japan
    Wednesday, November 27
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ise City is in southeastern Mie Prefecture in Central Japan. It is home to one of Japan's most sacred sites, Ise Jingu Shrine. For hundreds of years it has welcomed pilgrims from all over the country. This has nurtured many traditions, such as the tasty confectioneries it offers to travelers and crafts that serve as souvenirs. Jennifer Julien from France takes in the most important rituals of the year, and experiences the culture that was cultivated over time through Ise worship.
  • Tuesday, November 26
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Jennifer Julien from France makes her first pilgrimage to Japan's sacred Ise Jingu Shrine where she enjoys the complex, the old town and its delicacies as well as rousing rituals.
  • Tuesday, November 26
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Jennifer Julien from France makes her first pilgrimage to Japan's sacred Ise Jingu Shrine where she enjoys the complex, the old town and its delicacies as well as rousing rituals.
  • Monday, November 25
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Jennifer Julien from France makes her first pilgrimage to Japan's sacred Ise Jingu Shrine where she enjoys the complex, the old town and its delicacies as well as rousing rituals.
  • Monday, November 25
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Jennifer Julien from France makes her first pilgrimage to Japan's sacred Ise Jingu Shrine where she enjoys the complex, the old town and its delicacies as well as rousing rituals.
  • New Wind Blowing In Iwamizawa
    Sunday, November 24
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Iwamizawa is located about 40 minutes by train from Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture. It flourished as a transportation hub for coal, but spiraled into decline following the closure of the mines in the 60's and 70's. However, blessed with vast farmland, Iwamizawa was able to transform itself into a leading agricultural district in Japan. These days, people from across the country are migrating to the area where the miners once lived, sparking a new movement. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Kyle Card from Canada meets people bringing a new vitality to Iwamizawa.
  • New Wind Blowing In Iwamizawa
    Saturday, November 23
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Iwamizawa is located about 40 minutes by train from Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture. It flourished as a transportation hub for coal, but spiraled into decline following the closure of the mines in the 60's and 70's. However, blessed with vast farmland, Iwamizawa was able to transform itself into a leading agricultural district in Japan. These days, people from across the country are migrating to the area where the miners once lived, sparking a new movement. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Kyle Card from Canada meets people bringing a new vitality to Iwamizawa.
  • Kishiwada Danjiri Festival: Thrills and Local Pride
    Friday, November 22
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals in all of Japan. Over 2 consecutive days, ornately decorated floats known as Danjiri are pulled through the streets at high speed by teams of over 200 men. The wheels on the Danjiri floats are fixed straight ahead, so they cannot be steered like a car, but the teams pulling them skillfully maneuver the floats around corners. Drawing on their expertise, experience, and bravery, they even put their lives at risk. These thrilling turns are the highlight of the festival. David Pavlina is from the United States. He visits Kishiwada to watch the Danjiri Festival and meet the people taking part. He also visits a local furniture store to discover the traditional craftsmanship, and samples some of the street foods that are popular in this region of Osaka Prefecture.
  • Thursday, November 21
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks ... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • Thursday, November 21
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks ... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • Thursday, November 21
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks ... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • New Wind Blowing In Iwamizawa
    Wednesday, November 20
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Iwamizawa is located about 40 minutes by train from Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture. It flourished as a transportation hub for coal, but spiraled into decline following the closure of the mines in the 60's and 70's. However, blessed with vast farmland, Iwamizawa was able to transform itself into a leading agricultural district in Japan. These days, people from across the country are migrating to the area where the miners once lived, sparking a new movement. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Kyle Card from Canada meets people bringing a new vitality to Iwamizawa.
  • Tuesday, November 19
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card explores a mining town in Hokkaido where he meets old residents developing new products, as well as new residents converting vacant housing into cafes and inns.
  • Tuesday, November 19
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card explores a mining town in Hokkaido where he meets old residents developing new products, as well as new residents converting vacant housing into cafes and inns.
  • Monday, November 18
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 18
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Kishiwada Danjiri Festival: Thrills and Local Pride
    Sunday, November 17
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals in all of Japan. Over 2 consecutive days, ornately decorated floats known as Danjiri are pulled through the streets at high speed by teams of over 200 men. The wheels on the Danjiri floats are fixed straight ahead, so they cannot be steered like a car, but the teams pulling them skillfully maneuver the floats around corners. Drawing on their expertise, experience, and bravery, they even put their lives at risk. These thrilling turns are the highlight of the festival. David Pavlina is from the United States. He visits Kishiwada to watch the Danjiri Festival and meet the people taking part. He also visits a local furniture store to discover the traditional craftsmanship, and samples some of the street foods that are popular in this region of Osaka Prefecture.
  • Kishiwada Danjiri Festival: Thrills and Local Pride
    Saturday, November 16
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals in all of Japan. Over 2 consecutive days, ornately decorated floats known as Danjiri are pulled through the streets at high speed by teams of over 200 men. The wheels on the Danjiri floats are fixed straight ahead, so they cannot be steered like a car, but the teams pulling them skillfully maneuver the floats around corners. Drawing on their expertise, experience, and bravery, they even put their lives at risk. These thrilling turns are the highlight of the festival. David Pavlina is from the United States. He visits Kishiwada to watch the Danjiri Festival and meet the people taking part. He also visits a local furniture store to discover the traditional craftsmanship, and samples some of the street foods that are popular in this region of Osaka Prefecture.
  • Yamanashi: Escaping The Heat by the Katsura River
    Friday, November 15
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Katsura River runs through a beautiful valley in Yamanashi Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. Fed by springs from Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, the river is known for the clarity and volume of its water. This episode of Journeys in Japan introduces fun ways to enjoy the Katsura River, such as rafting, tubing, traditional angling, and Sawanobori (river climbing), making it the perfect getaway from the muggy midsummer heat of downtown Tokyo.
  • Thursday, November 14
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, November 14
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, November 14
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kishiwada Danjiri Festival: Thrills and Local Pride
    Wednesday, November 13
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals in all of Japan. Over 2 consecutive days, ornately decorated floats known as Danjiri are pulled through the streets at high speed by teams of over 200 men. The wheels on the Danjiri floats are fixed straight ahead, so they cannot be steered like a car, but the teams pulling them skillfully maneuver the floats around corners. Drawing on their expertise, experience, and bravery, they even put their lives at risk. These thrilling turns are the highlight of the festival. David Pavlina is from the United States. He visits Kishiwada to watch the Danjiri Festival and meet the people taking part. He also visits a local furniture store to discover the traditional craftsmanship, and samples some of the street foods that are popular in this region of Osaka Prefecture.
  • Tuesday, November 12
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 12
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 11
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 11
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Yamanashi: Escaping The Heat by the Katsura River
    Sunday, November 10
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Katsura River runs through a beautiful valley in Yamanashi Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. Fed by springs from Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, the river is known for the clarity and volume of its water. This episode of Journeys in Japan introduces fun ways to enjoy the Katsura River, such as rafting, tubing, traditional angling, and Sawanobori (river climbing), making it the perfect getaway from the muggy midsummer heat of downtown Tokyo.
  • Yamanashi: Escaping The Heat by the Katsura River
    Saturday, November 9
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Katsura River runs through a beautiful valley in Yamanashi Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. Fed by springs from Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, the river is known for the clarity and volume of its water. This episode of Journeys in Japan introduces fun ways to enjoy the Katsura River, such as rafting, tubing, traditional angling, and Sawanobori (river climbing), making it the perfect getaway from the muggy midsummer heat of downtown Tokyo.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Friday, November 8
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Yamanashi: Escaping The Heat by the Katsura River
    Wednesday, November 6
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Katsura River runs through a beautiful valley in Yamanashi Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. Fed by springs from Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, the river is known for the clarity and volume of its water. This episode of Journeys in Japan introduces fun ways to enjoy the Katsura River, such as rafting, tubing, traditional angling, and Sawanobori (river climbing), making it the perfect getaway from the muggy midsummer heat of downtown Tokyo.
  • Tuesday, November 5
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 5
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 4
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 4
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Sunday, November 3
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Saturday, November 2
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Friday, November 1
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.