Joanna Lumley travel series spans Japan


Joanna Lumley has filmed her next travel series, Joanna Lumley’s Japan.

The three-part series follows the Ab Fab star as she journeys over 3000 kilometres travelling across Japan by boat, train, plane and foot.

She travels from the icy Siberian seas of the north to the subtropical islands of the south, from rustic mountains to sprawling metropolitan super cities.

“Isn’t it odd, we feel we are so familiar with Japan, with sushi and Toshiba, kimonos and Hello Kitty, tsunamis and sake… and yet when we travelled around that spectacular country I couldn’t even guess at the unknown wonders that were in store for us. Every moment was thrilling, fascinating and often very moving. With my hand on my heart I can say: please come with me… to Japan!” she said.

No Australian date has been announced as yet.

Starting in the north, in Hokkaido – Japan’s ‘wild north’, Joanna will make her away across Hokkaido by train and car. Known for its rugged terrain, it is home to some of Japan’s most beautiful and endangered wild animals. Next, she will go to Honshu, the largest and most populated of Japan’s islands. Winding her way south, she will begin in Tohoku, before boarding the bullet train, which will plunge her into the metropolitan sprawl of Tokyo, before taking her to the ancient capital, Kyoto. Finally, Joanna will journey through Japan’s forgotten island, Shikoku, on foot, before crossing over to the volcanic Kyushu island. Joanna’s epic journey comes to its end on the idyllic beaches of Kohama, one of Japan’s smallest and most remote pacific islands.


  1. Great news.
    Love Joanna. Always a breath of fresh air – she really brings what could be run- of- the mill travel docos to life.
    Really looking forward to this – hope it doesn’t take too long to air out here.

  2. Not the first time she has travelled to Japan for a TV series, as she did a segment at a temple dedicated to a cat for the documentary, “Catwoman”.

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