Yamada Bay, Iwate Prefecture
Yamada Bay is located midway along the Sanriku Coast in the Rikuchu Kaigan National Park, one of the most famous scenic areas in Japan. The region is particularly well-known for its numerous inlets and estuaries. Oysters and scallops are cultivated on rafts floating in the sea. We also watch as fisherman catch conger eels by reeling in their lines by hand.
Ouchi-juku is a small post station in the town of Shimogo, Minamiaizu District, Fukushima Prefecture. The history of the station, which lay on an important route linking Tohoku and Japan's old capital of Edo (now Tokyo), dates back to around 1640. Lines of houses with thatched roofs ensure that the post station still preserves the atmosphere of times gone by. The best autumn colors are usually on view from late October through to early November.
The town of Yuza at the foot of Mount Chokai in Yamagata Prefecture is a rich source of spring water. 3 of the rivers running through the town support salmon hatcheries. The salmon in Japan are a species known as chum salmon. The hatcheries featured in the program lie along the Takiguchi River.