Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands


Series 1 - Episode 1 Honshu



Honshu, one of Japan’s largest islands, is home to one of the world’s most densely populated places, but even Tokyo has a connection between its people and the natural world. Michelle Dockery narrates this Zen-like film, gently guiding us around this mountainous island’s astonishing range of wildlife.

The delicate prettiness of cherry blossom gives way to the cheeky thieving antics of macaques; sika deer are treated with reverence in the temple at Nara, in the same way that respect is shown to the giant carp who clean the domestic channels in the “village of living water”. And black bears are starting to follow the tanooki’s lead and brave urban environments.


Michelle Dockery narrates a documentary examining the wildlife of the east Asian country, beginning on the central island of Honshu. It is home to more than 100 million people, but most of it is mountainous and this wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife, and people and nature are drawn together in the most unexpected ways.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Michelle Dockery
Executive Producer James Honeyborne
Executive Producer Tim Martin
Producer Gavin Maxwell
Series Producer Mary Summerill