The BEST episodes of Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

Every episode of Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands!

Japan's landscapes range from snowy mountains to subtropical warmth. They are full of wildlife - and animals' and people's lives often cross as they adapt to these extremes. Michelle Dockery reveals a nation comprising a multitude of islands, each full of surprises and places where nature thrives. Each episode explores how life survives across these wildly diverse islands, dominated by forested mountains, volcanic forces and powerful seas, arctic winters and tropical, typhoon ravaged summers; and reveals the unusual and unexpected relationships between human characters and the wild.

Last Updated: 12/24/2023Network: BBC TwoStatus: Ended
55 votes

#1 - Hokkaido

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/22/2015

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.

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The Southwest Islands
56 votes

#2 - The Southwest Islands

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/15/2015

In the far south of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics - a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons are forces to be reckoned with. The journey begins at an island at the top of the chain and travels south, revealing unexpected stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries.

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77 votes

#3 - Honshu

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/8/2015

The central island of Honshu is home to over 100 million people, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on earth. But it has a wild heart - most of Honshu is mountainous. This wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife - black bears, monkeys, exquisite fireflies and even cow demons. But all across this island, from the mountains to the edge of the sea, people and nature are drawn together in the most unexpected ways.

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