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 Teuri, an island sitting in the Sea of Japan in the west of Hokkaido. There are about 300 variety of wild birds in the island. Our program host visits an observatory above the cliffs, observing the world's largest breeding ground for Rhinoceros Auklets, and watching its battle over fish with a black-tailed Gull. Later, we show you rare footage of Spectacled Guillemot catching fish in the water and returns to its nest.
Our stage this time is Koshimizu Natural Flower Garden, facing the Sea of Okhotsk in eastern Hokkaido. From June to August, around 40 varieties of flowers bloom all over. In the cold climate along the shores of the Sea of Okhotsk, alpine flowers bloom near the coastline. In this episode, we show you footage of many flowers in bloom. Then, our program host does some bird watching at the flower garden and encounters some migratory birds during spring such as African Stonechat and Siberian Rubythroat.
Our stage this time is Takanegahara Plateau, stretching 6 kilometers north to south, located in the Taisetsu mountain range. The indigenous Ainu people called this area ‘the playground of the gods'. Our program host hikes toward the 2000 meter-high peaks, to have a view across Takanegahara Plateau. On his way, he observes Brown Bears and a Northern Pika, that is said to be a survivor from ancient times. Later, we show you footage of various animals' activities, only seen during a short summer on Takanegahara.
Our stage this time is Lake Akan and its surrounding nature in the east of Hokkaido. Akan's nature is comprised of its volcanoes, its lakes and its hot springs. The beautiful topography around Lake Akan is a result of volcanic activity around 12,000 years ago. Our program host gets on a ferry and observe Marimo balls, the symbol of Lake Akan, and enjoys a hike through the forest with his guide. Later, we show you rare footage of the forest with a rich combination of needleleaf and broadleaf trees, as well as mushrooms that play a vital role in forest regeneration.
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