I just saw Samsara, the sister film to Baraka, and have to call it a masterpiece. Not only did it include scenes from Fushimi-Inari Shrine, one of my favorite places pictured above as my cover photo, but it also dove right into the meat industry, tranny dancing contests, and Tibetan sand mandalas. There was also an amazing butoh-esque performance by Oliver de Sagazan. spoiler alert.
here is an extended preview and interview with the director. scenes from Japan start at about 5:40.