1. Kinkaku-ji Temple KyotoKinkaku-ji is Kyoto's golden pavilion. It's a small temple wrapped in pure gold leaf sitting in a sublime Japanese garden. It looks great in the snow. When the light is right the temple reflects in the garden pond.
2. Shibuya Crossing in TokyoA crowded pedestrian crossing in the massive Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo. Pedestrians cross at all directions at once. It appears chaotic from a distance. The buildings of Shibuya in the background give the crossing a Times Square feel. There are large video screens mounted on the buildings.
The crossing appears particularly crowded when it's raining and everyone has umbrellas. Friday evening is prime time.
3. The Floating Gate of Itsukushima ShrineThe dramatic "floating gate" of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima is one of Japan's most iconic images.
The gate (torii) is partially submerged in the ocean at high tide. At low tide you can walk out to the gate. There has been a gate at this spot since 1168. Lights illuminate the torii at night.
4. Dotonbori Street in OsakaDotonbori Street is an entertainment area in Osaka. A former pleasure district, today it's famous for neon lights and crowds of tourists. Shops in the area are locked in a race to have the most outlandish store front. This race has been going on since the 1930s and has produced some interesting results.
5. Mount Fuji from Lake KawaguchiMount Fuji reflecting in Lake Kawaguchi is one of the 36 Views of Mount Fuji that still looks great in modern photographs.