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Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley travels across Japan from the icy Siberian seas of the north to the subtropical islands of the south.

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Joanna starts her journey in the sub-zero temperatures of Hokkaido – Japan’s ‘wild north’. Known for its rugged terrain, it is home to some of Japan’s most beautiful and endangered wild animals.

Next, she travels to Honshu, Japan’s cultural heartland. Winding her way south, a bullet train takes her straight into the metropolitan sprawl of Tokyo.

She then makes her way to the ancient capital Kyoto with its stunning temples and shrines.

Joanna then visits the islands of the south, home to the city of Nagasaki with its tragic past, the former mining island that’s now a world heritage site and some of Japan’s most active volcanoes.

Her epic journey comes to an end on the idyllic beaches of Kohama, one of Japan’s most remote pacific islands and home to a ‘girl band’ with an average age of 84.

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Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday August 13 at 9:40pm

Joanna Lumley's Japan

Episode 1 | Series 1

Joanna begins a 2000 mile journey across Japan in Hokkaido, where she meets one of the most important animals in Japanese culture, the red-crowned crane.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday August 20 at 9:40pm

Joanna Lumley's Japan

Episode 2 | Series 1

The actress flies over Tokyo by helicopter to discover more of the city that was bombed extensively during the Second World War. Joanna travels to the Kiso Valley to walk the Nakasendo…

Episode 3, Series 1

Thursday August 27 at 9:40pm

Joanna Lumley's Japan

Episode 3 | Series 1

Joanna heads to the island of Shikoku hoping to gain a better understanding of Buddhism in Japan. The actress takes a bullet train to Kyushu where she discovers the world's first robot…

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