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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  
  • Nara: Ancient Sanctuary for All Living Creatures
    Thursday, July 18
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Translator B.T. travels to far-flung Ojika, one of the islands in the Goto Chain, where he experiences its rich history and warm, easy-going community.
  • Nara: Ancient Sanctuary for All Living Creatures
    Thursday, July 18
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Translator B.T. travels to far-flung Ojika, one of the islands in the Goto Chain, where he experiences its rich history and warm, easy-going community.
  • Nara: Ancient Sanctuary for All Living Creatures
    Thursday, July 18
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Translator B.T. travels to far-flung Ojika, one of the islands in the Goto Chain, where he experiences its rich history and warm, easy-going community.
  • Atami: The Spa Revival
    Friday, July 19
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture, is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts and is only 45 minutes from Tokyo. The city, which has been a resort for hundreds of years, has seen hard times. Tourism was down from the 1990's to 2011. However, in recent years it has been showing miraculous recovery, and the city is regaining its vibrancy. On Journeys in Japan, American actor Charles Glover gets a sense of Atami through its enterprising residents - some running veteran establishments and others turning to innovation to secure their future. He experiences, and shares, why Atami continues to delight visitors.
  • Nikko: Contemplating Its Architectural Jewels
    Saturday, July 20
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nikko, which is a leading tourist destination in Japan, has long been venerated as a sacred place of mountain worship. It is home to the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan and founded the Tokugawa shogunate in the beginning of the 17th century. In the mid-19th century, after a period of isolation, Japan resumed international relations. Nikko soon became one of the most sought-after summer playgrounds for Westerners due to its abundant nature and cool climate. On this episode of Journeys in Japan we 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.
  • Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!
    Monday, July 22
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    In Tsugaru (Aomori Pref.), B.T discovers the deep role that sumo plays in people's lives. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!
    Monday, July 22
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    In Tsugaru (Aomori Pref.), B.T discovers the deep role that sumo plays in people's lives. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!
    Tuesday, July 23
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    In Tsugaru (Aomori Pref.), B.T discovers the deep role that sumo plays in people's lives. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kochi's Summertime Fever: The Yosakoi!
    Tuesday, July 23
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    In Tsugaru (Aomori Pref.), B.T discovers the deep role that sumo plays in people's lives. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nikko: Contemplating Its Architectural Jewels
    Friday, July 26
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nikko, which is a leading tourist destination in Japan, has long been venerated as a sacred place of mountain worship. It is home to the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan and founded the Tokugawa shogunate in the beginning of the 17th century. In the mid-19th century, after a period of isolation, Japan resumed international relations. Nikko soon became one of the most sought-after summer playgrounds for Westerners due to its abundant nature and cool climate. On this episode of Journeys in Japan we 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.
  • Saturday, July 27
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, July 29
    5:30 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, July 29
    11:30 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, July 30
    6:30 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, July 30
    11:30 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.
  • Traces of History: Exploring Around Hiroshima
    Thursday, August 1
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    American organic farmer Michael Keida finds himself enveloped in nature in the mountains of Mie Prefecture where he slows down for forest bathing, sustainable forestry, foraging and more.
  • Traces of History: Exploring Around Hiroshima
    Thursday, August 1
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    American organic farmer Michael Keida finds himself enveloped in nature in the mountains of Mie Prefecture where he slows down for forest bathing, sustainable forestry, foraging and more.
  • Traces of History: Exploring Around Hiroshima
    Thursday, August 1
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    American organic farmer Michael Keida finds himself enveloped in nature in the mountains of Mie Prefecture where he slows down for forest bathing, sustainable forestry, foraging and more.
  • Friday, August 2
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, August 3
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, August 5
    5:30 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, August 5
    11:30 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, August 6
    6:30 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, August 6
    11:30 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.
  • Yokkaichi: Bringing Back The Skies
    Thursday, August 8
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Leina Bambino meets artisan families in Yuki (Ibaraki Pref.) and Oyama (Tochigi Pref.). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Yokkaichi: Bringing Back The Skies
    Thursday, August 8
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Leina Bambino meets artisan families in Yuki (Ibaraki Pref.) and Oyama (Tochigi Pref.). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Yokkaichi: Bringing Back The Skies
    Thursday, August 8
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Leina Bambino meets artisan families in Yuki (Ibaraki Pref.) and Oyama (Tochigi Pref.). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Friday, August 9
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, August 10
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, August 12
    5:30 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, August 12
    11:30 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, August 13
    6:30 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, August 13
    11:30 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.
  • Tsubarkuro-dake: New Year High Up in the Northern Alps
    Thursday, August 15
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Following the ancient yamabushi pilgrim route, Peter Skov climbs to the peak of Mt. Fuji. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Tsubarkuro-dake: New Year High Up in the Northern Alps
    Thursday, August 15
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Following the ancient yamabushi pilgrim route, Peter Skov climbs to the peak of Mt. Fuji. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Tsubarkuro-dake: New Year High Up in the Northern Alps
    Thursday, August 15
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Following the ancient yamabushi pilgrim route, Peter Skov climbs to the peak of Mt. Fuji. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Friday, August 16
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, August 17
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, August 19
    5:30 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, August 19
    11:30 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, August 20
    6:30 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, August 20
    11:30 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, August 22
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Thursday, August 22
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Thursday, August 22
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Friday, August 23
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, August 24
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty
    Monday, August 26
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    On Tobishima, in the Japan Sea, John Moore enjoys life on island time. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty
    Monday, August 26
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    On Tobishima, in the Japan Sea, John Moore enjoys life on island time. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty
    Tuesday, August 27
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    On Tobishima, in the Japan Sea, John Moore enjoys life on island time. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nagara River: Pristine Beauty, Waterborne Bounty
    Tuesday, August 27
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    On Tobishima, in the Japan Sea, John Moore enjoys life on island time. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Friday, August 30
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, August 31
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, September 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, September 6
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, September 7
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, September 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, September 13
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, September 14
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, September 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, September 20
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, September 21
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, September 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, September 27
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, September 28
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 2
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, October 4
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, October 5
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 9
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, October 11
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, October 12
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 16
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, October 18
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, October 19
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 23
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, October 25
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, October 26
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 30
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.

 

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  • Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit
    Tuesday, July 16
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the architectural wonders of Nikko from the splendid Toshogu Shrine to villas built by ambassadors that mix Japanese and Western elements, as well as the landscape.
  • Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit
    Tuesday, July 16
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the architectural wonders of Nikko from the splendid Toshogu Shrine to villas built by ambassadors that mix Japanese and Western elements, as well as the landscape.
  • Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit
    Monday, July 15
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the architectural wonders of Nikko from the splendid Toshogu Shrine to villas built by ambassadors that mix Japanese and Western elements, as well as the landscape.
  • Karatsu: Festival Floats, Deep Community Spirit
    Monday, July 15
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    James Lambiasi explores the architectural wonders of Nikko from the splendid Toshogu Shrine to villas built by ambassadors that mix Japanese and Western elements, as well as the landscape.
  • Shizuoka: Wonderland of Green Tea
    Sunday, July 14
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Japanese green tea is produced from tea leaves that are steamed and then dried, unlike black tea, for which the leaves are first fermented. Shizuoka Prefecture is the largest tea-growing region in Japan. Various kinds of green tea are produced there, according to the ways in which it is grown and processed. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American actress Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka during the peak tea harvesting season. She delves into the history of the region, to find how tea came to be such an important industry. And she meets the people who devote their lives to producing this remarkable drink.
  • Atami: The Spa Revival
    Saturday, July 13
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture, is one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts and is only 45 minutes from Tokyo. The city, which has been a resort for hundreds of years, has seen hard times. Tourism was down from the 1990's to 2011. However, in recent years it has been showing miraculous recovery, and the city is regaining its vibrancy. On Journeys in Japan, American actor Charles Glover gets a sense of Atami through its enterprising residents - some running veteran establishments and others turning to innovation to secure their future. He experiences, and shares, why Atami continues to delight visitors.
  • Shizuoka: Wonderland of Green Tea
    Friday, July 12
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Japanese green tea is produced from tea leaves that are steamed and then dried, unlike black tea, for which the leaves are first fermented. Shizuoka Prefecture is the largest tea-growing region in Japan. Various kinds of green tea are produced there, according to the ways in which it is grown and processed. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American actress Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka during the peak tea harvesting season. She delves into the history of the region, to find how tea came to be such an important industry. And she meets the people who devote their lives to producing this remarkable drink.
  • Thursday, July 11
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    In Ehime's Nanyo area, Michael Keida follows the flow of water from mountaintop to sea. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, July 11
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    In Ehime's Nanyo area, Michael Keida follows the flow of water from mountaintop to sea. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, July 11
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    In Ehime's Nanyo area, Michael Keida follows the flow of water from mountaintop to sea. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu
    Tuesday, July 9
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Actor Charles Glover leaves frenetic Tokyo behind for a nearby escape to Atami, a once fading hot spring resort springing back to life with a new take on the old.
  • Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu
    Tuesday, July 9
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Actor Charles Glover leaves frenetic Tokyo behind for a nearby escape to Atami, a once fading hot spring resort springing back to life with a new take on the old.
  • Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu
    Monday, July 8
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Actor Charles Glover leaves frenetic Tokyo behind for a nearby escape to Atami, a once fading hot spring resort springing back to life with a new take on the old.
  • Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu
    Monday, July 8
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Actor Charles Glover leaves frenetic Tokyo behind for a nearby escape to Atami, a once fading hot spring resort springing back to life with a new take on the old.
  • Shizuoka: Wonderland of Green Tea
    Sunday, July 7
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Japanese green tea is produced from tea leaves that are steamed and then dried, unlike black tea, for which the leaves are first fermented. Shizuoka Prefecture is the largest tea-growing region in Japan. Various kinds of green tea are produced there, according to the ways in which it is grown and processed. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American actress Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka during the peak tea harvesting season. She delves into the history of the region, to find how tea came to be such an important industry. And she meets the people who devote their lives to producing this remarkable drink.
  • Shizuoka: Wonderland of Green Tea
    Saturday, July 6
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Japanese green tea is produced from tea leaves that are steamed and then dried, unlike black tea, for which the leaves are first fermented. Shizuoka Prefecture is the largest tea-growing region in Japan. Various kinds of green tea are produced there, according to the ways in which it is grown and processed. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, American actress Ananda Jacobs visits Shizuoka during the peak tea harvesting season. She delves into the history of the region, to find how tea came to be such an important industry. And she meets the people who devote their lives to producing this remarkable drink.
  • Nishi-Izu, Hidden Gem
    Friday, July 5
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nishi-izu, with stellar views of Mt. Fuji, is located on the western coast of the Izu Peninsula. Geopark sites with strata formed by an undersea volcano are reachable on foot or by boat. The neighboring town of Matsuzaki is known for its beautiful townscape featuring buildings with distinctive Namako plaster walls. Kote-e artworks created with plaster by Matsuzaki craftsman-turned-artist, Chohachi Irie, are also a must-see in this town. Matsuzaki is the largest production region of salt-pickled sakura leaves. We visit people in the industry and hear about the appeal of the leaves. On Journeys in Japan, traveler Leina Bambino explores the culture nurtured in a small port town and the beauty of Nishi-izu.
  • Thursday, July 4
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Thursday, July 4
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Thursday, July 4
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card discovers the nostalgic appeal of Manazuru, a coastal town near Tokyo fiercely protected by its residents, old and new. On this program, get to know the real Japan.
  • Tuesday, July 2
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Ananda Jacobs meets the people who devote their lives to producing green tea in Shizuoka Prefecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Tuesday, July 2
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Ananda Jacobs meets the people who devote their lives to producing green tea in Shizuoka Prefecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, July 1
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Ananda Jacobs meets the people who devote their lives to producing green tea in Shizuoka Prefecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, July 1
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Ananda Jacobs meets the people who devote their lives to producing green tea in Shizuoka Prefecture. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Nishi-Izu, Hidden Gem
    Sunday, June 30
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nishi-izu, with stellar views of Mt. Fuji, is located on the western coast of the Izu Peninsula. Geopark sites with strata formed by an undersea volcano are reachable on foot or by boat. The neighboring town of Matsuzaki is known for its beautiful townscape featuring buildings with distinctive Namako plaster walls. Kote-e artworks created with plaster by Matsuzaki craftsman-turned-artist, Chohachi Irie, are also a must-see in this town. Matsuzaki is the largest production region of salt-pickled sakura leaves. We visit people in the industry and hear about the appeal of the leaves. On Journeys in Japan, traveler Leina Bambino explores the culture nurtured in a small port town and the beauty of Nishi-izu.
  • Nishi-Izu, Hidden Gem
    Saturday, June 29
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nishi-izu, with stellar views of Mt. Fuji, is located on the western coast of the Izu Peninsula. Geopark sites with strata formed by an undersea volcano are reachable on foot or by boat. The neighboring town of Matsuzaki is known for its beautiful townscape featuring buildings with distinctive Namako plaster walls. Kote-e artworks created with plaster by Matsuzaki craftsman-turned-artist, Chohachi Irie, are also a must-see in this town. Matsuzaki is the largest production region of salt-pickled sakura leaves. We visit people in the industry and hear about the appeal of the leaves. On Journeys in Japan, traveler Leina Bambino explores the culture nurtured in a small port town and the beauty of Nishi-izu.
  • Yamaguchi: Landscapes and Their Stories
    Friday, June 28
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Yamaguchi Prefecture lies in the far west of Japan's main island, Honshu. It has numerous landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan: a limestone quarry evoking a giant ancient amphitheater, an underground cave system with intricate stalactites and stalagmites, a tiny island where the village boasts traditional walls of stone and plaster, and many more. American actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi to take in these magnificent, distinctive views and to discover the stories that underlie them.
  • Tuesday, June 25
    11:30 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, June 25
    6:30 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, June 24
    11:30 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, June 24
    5:30 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.
  • Yamaguchi: Landscapes and Their Stories
    Sunday, June 23
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Yamaguchi Prefecture lies in the far west of Japan's main island, Honshu. It has numerous landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan: a limestone quarry evoking a giant ancient amphitheater, an underground cave system with intricate stalactites and stalagmites, a tiny island where the village boasts traditional walls of stone and plaster, and many more. American actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi to take in these magnificent, distinctive views and to discover the stories that underlie them.
  • Yamaguchi: Landscapes and Their Stories
    Saturday, June 22
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Yamaguchi Prefecture lies in the far west of Japan's main island, Honshu. It has numerous landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan: a limestone quarry evoking a giant ancient amphitheater, an underground cave system with intricate stalactites and stalagmites, a tiny island where the village boasts traditional walls of stone and plaster, and many more. American actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi to take in these magnificent, distinctive views and to discover the stories that underlie them.
  • Uchiko: Epic Kite Battl
    Friday, June 21
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Uchiko, which is 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo in Shikoku's Ehime Prefecture, flourished as a pilgrimage post town on an ancient highway. In the city center, Machiya residences have been carefully preserved. 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.
  • Thursday, June 20
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture and meeting the people. Charles Glover discovers why Osaka is called Japan's "City of the Blues."
  • Thursday, June 20
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture and meeting the people. Charles Glover discovers why Osaka is called Japan's "City of the Blues."
  • Thursday, June 20
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture and meeting the people. Charles Glover discovers why Osaka is called Japan's "City of the Blues."
  • Tuesday, June 18
    11:30 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, June 18
    6:30 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, June 17
    11:30 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, June 17
    5:30 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.
  • Uchiko: Epic Kite Battl
    Sunday, June 16
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Uchiko, which is 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo in Shikoku's Ehime Prefecture, flourished as a pilgrimage post town on an ancient highway. In the city center, Machiya residences have been carefully preserved. 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.
  • Uchiko: Epic Kite Battl
    Saturday, June 15
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Uchiko, which is 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo in Shikoku's Ehime Prefecture, flourished as a pilgrimage post town on an ancient highway. In the city center, Machiya residences have been carefully preserved. 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.
  • Ashikaga and Tochigi: Cultivating Nature and Tradition
    Friday, June 14
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the old days, the cities of Ashikaga and Tochigi were post towns along the highway that led to the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, where the first Tokugawa shogun was buried. Pilgrims used to make their way along this highway, as did Imperial court messengers from Kyoto. The cities also prospered thanks to their riverside locations. Lumber and other merchandise was shipped downstream and there was a busy trade with merchants in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Ashikaga boasts renowned tourist sites, including the Ashikaga Gakko, the oldest school in Japan. And the Ashikaga Flower Park draws visitors from far and wide to see the remarkable wisteria blossom. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Leina Bambino visits these two cities where people continue to live with tradition, while preserving the natural environment and creating new attractions.
  • Thursday, June 13
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking reporters travel around Japan, meeting the people, exploring the local culture, and offering travel hints rarely found in normal guidebooks. Today: Osaka prefecture.
  • Thursday, June 13
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking reporters travel around Japan, meeting the people, exploring the local culture, and offering travel hints rarely found in normal guidebooks. Today: Osaka prefecture.
  • Thursday, June 13
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking reporters travel around Japan, meeting the people, exploring the local culture, and offering travel hints rarely found in normal guidebooks. Today: Osaka prefecture.
  • Tuesday, June 11
    11:30 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, June 11
    6:30 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, June 10
    11:30 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, June 10
    5:30 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.
  • Ashikaga and Tochigi: Cultivating Nature and Tradition
    Sunday, June 9
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the old days, the cities of Ashikaga and Tochigi were post towns along the highway that led to the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, where the first Tokugawa shogun was buried. Pilgrims used to make their way along this highway, as did Imperial court messengers from Kyoto. The cities also prospered thanks to their riverside locations. Lumber and other merchandise was shipped downstream and there was a busy trade with merchants in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Ashikaga boasts renowned tourist sites, including the Ashikaga Gakko, the oldest school in Japan. And the Ashikaga Flower Park draws visitors from far and wide to see the remarkable wisteria blossom. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Leina Bambino visits these two cities where people continue to live with tradition, while preserving the natural environment and creating new attractions.
  • Ashikaga and Tochigi: Cultivating Nature and Tradition
    Saturday, June 8
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the old days, the cities of Ashikaga and Tochigi were post towns along the highway that led to the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, where the first Tokugawa shogun was buried. Pilgrims used to make their way along this highway, as did Imperial court messengers from Kyoto. The cities also prospered thanks to their riverside locations. Lumber and other merchandise was shipped downstream and there was a busy trade with merchants in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Ashikaga boasts renowned tourist sites, including the Ashikaga Gakko, the oldest school in Japan. And the Ashikaga Flower Park draws visitors from far and wide to see the remarkable wisteria blossom. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Leina Bambino visits these two cities where people continue to live with tradition, while preserving the natural environment and creating new attractions.
  • Hieizan: Mother Mountain of Eternal Prayer
    Friday, June 7
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hieizan (Mount Hiei) rises high to the northeast of the city of Kyoto, straddling the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Japan, and has been a focus for people's faith for over 1,200 years. The precincts of Enryakuji temple cover the entire mountaintop, and to this day many priests live there, undergoing spiritual training. Peter MacMillan is a researcher of Japanese literature from Ireland. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, he visits Hieizan to explore the deep spiritual connection that people feel for this sacred mountain.
  • Thursday, June 6
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Narrator Bill Sullivan escapes the studio for Fukuoka where he discovers a vibrant city framed by its dual history, as a merchant and samurai town, and the respective cultures it produced.
  • Thursday, June 6
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Narrator Bill Sullivan escapes the studio for Fukuoka where he discovers a vibrant city framed by its dual history, as a merchant and samurai town, and the respective cultures it produced.
  • Thursday, June 6
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Narrator Bill Sullivan escapes the studio for Fukuoka where he discovers a vibrant city framed by its dual history, as a merchant and samurai town, and the respective cultures it produced.
  • Tuesday, June 4
    11:30 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, June 4
    6:30 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, June 3
    11:30 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, June 3
    5:30 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.
  • Hieizan: Mother Mountain of Eternal Prayer
    Sunday, June 2
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hieizan (Mount Hiei) rises high to the northeast of the city of Kyoto, straddling the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Japan, and has been a focus for people's faith for over 1,200 years. The precincts of Enryakuji temple cover the entire mountaintop, and to this day many priests live there, undergoing spiritual training. Peter MacMillan is a researcher of Japanese literature from Ireland. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, he visits Hieizan to explore the deep spiritual connection that people feel for this sacred mountain.
  • Hieizan: Mother Mountain of Eternal Prayer
    Saturday, June 1
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hieizan (Mount Hiei) rises high to the northeast of the city of Kyoto, straddling the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Japan, and has been a focus for people's faith for over 1,200 years. The precincts of Enryakuji temple cover the entire mountaintop, and to this day many priests live there, undergoing spiritual training. Peter MacMillan is a researcher of Japanese literature from Ireland. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, he visits Hieizan to explore the deep spiritual connection that people feel for this sacred mountain.