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Globe Trekker

Japan: Tokyo to Taiwan (#121)

Ian travels to the southern islands of Japan, whizzing out of Tokyo at 200 mph on the bullet train to the ski resort of Zao Onsen. Here he tries that peculiar Japanese tradition of skiing after nightfall. After this exercise, he takes an open-air bath surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Ian hears World War II history in Nagasaki and Okinawa. In Beppu, he experiences a therapeutic sand bath in which heat rising from hot springs creates a boiling beach. With the locals, he lies down in a shallow sand trench to be buried up to his neck. In the Yaeyama Islands, Ian treks through the jungle and finds the beautiful Binai waterfalls. [57 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.

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