Next Episode of Wild Hokkaido! is
A travel show focused on the great nature of Japan's northern land, Hokkaido. We visit exquisite locations and present a wealth of great images from NHK's archives.
Our stage this time is Matsumae, a town located on the southernmost tip of Hokkaido. Being separated from Honshu by a narrow stretch of sea, Matsumae is well-known for having the earliest bloom of cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. Our program host takes a stroll through the cherry blossoms, in full bloom, surrounding the castle of Matsumae. He also gets a wonderful view of plum blossoms, which are blooming at the same time. We'll be introduced to a variety of recommended activities of the region, as well as taking a cruise along the coast. Experience nature in all its glory during the prime season of the region, spring during April and May.
Our stage this time is Mt. Tossho, which is located north of Asahikawa, Hokkaido's second largest city with a population of over 300,000. Since long ago, people use firewood from the mountain, which is indispensable for their lives. Our program host, Charlotte Kate Fox, tries her hand at splitting firewood with an axe. After that, she enjoys outdoor activities including a nice warm fire from her own cut firewood. Later, we'll show you many treasures of Mt. Tossho, such as one of Japan's largest clusters of Fawn Lilies, blossoming as the winter snows have melted.
Our stage this time is Lake Miyajima, a small lake about 45 km north of Sapporo. With up to 85,000 birds at one time, this is one of the largest migratory stops in the world for the Greater White-fronted Goose. The Greater White-fronted Goose has a wingspan of almost 1.5 meters and is a protected species in Japan. We show rare footage of the geese resting at Lake Miyajima on their return route to Siberia after spending the winter in Japan's mainland. Also, join our program host as he observes the birds live himself.
Our stage this time is the Kushiro River, flowing from the second largest lake in Hokkaido, Lake Kussharo. The Kushiro River stretches around 150 kilometers. Without a dam in its entire length, it is known for its calm waters, and downstream, Japan's largest wetlands called the Kushiro Marsh spreads forth. Our program host takes a canoe tour starting at the river source in Lake Kussharo and experiences firsthand the "crystal clear underwater world" of the spring fed streams. After that, watch rare footage of the wildlife of the serene waters of the Kushiro River.
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