Whether you're learning Japanese (and what better way than via Netflix!) or just looking for a glimpse of the country, you've got some lovely options, thanks to everyone's favourite viewing conglomerate.
You've got options when you choose Terrace House, but the best place to start is at the second beginning. The original series isn't available on Netflix, but it was a huge hit in Japan and has spawned the franchise, with three new seasons and counting.
The reality format is deceptively simple. Three men and three women are picked to live together in a house. All that's provided is the house, and two cars. And cameras, everywhere.
Unlike other shows of this format, the house mates are free to go about their lives. They can go to work, to university, on dates, and they can watch the show. All the while, their activities are discussed by the omnipresent panel of comedians and televisions personalities, and also a man who appears to be a high school student. It's at once innocent and interesting and compelling.
Two teenagers, a girl who lives in a remote area, and a boy who lives in busy Tokyo, begin to switch bodies. Based on a novel, which came out shortly before the film, it's a romantic story, with more than a healthy dose of the supernatural. It was also a huge success in Japan, becoming the fourth-highest grossing film of all time, with a live action remake in the works.
A three part series, this BBC nature show trips through beautiful natural scenery around Japan. Highlights include a look at Yakushima, and a trip to Harie, the village of 'living water', to examine the kabata water system.
In short, Kantaro is your new hero. He's a salaryman, that ubiquitous office worker, who grabs every assignment he can that will mean he has to leave work. Along the way, he makes it his mission to find whatever dessert spot the particular neighbourhood is known for, and he chows down. There's a sprinkling of Ally McBeal-style magic realism, and a lot of high-quality travelogue. If nothing else, you'll know where to stop on your next Tokyo trip.
Based on a manga, this series follows the stories of the customers of the Meshiya diner, open from 12am each night. The Master knows what to do for each customer, from creating corn dogs, to making low-carb creations. Along the way, a series of uniquely touching tales are told, with a fascinating peek at another side of Tokyo.