Amami Oshima Islands, designated as a Natural World Heritage site in 2021, is home to rich biodiversity, including many endemic species. For instance, the Amami rabbit is a living remnant of ancient hares, found only on Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima islands. In this episode of Journeys in Japan, actor Michael Keida heads deep into the forest in search of the subtropical island's rare plant and wildlife. And he meets people who share their knowledge of the forests and sea.
The Hikage-hego, possibly the largest fern in the world
The Amami-ishikawa-gaeru, considered the most beautiful frog in Japan
The Akahige robin, known for its beautiful singing to attract a mate