Here's a snapshot I took of Naminoe Shrine in Naha.
I think this is a good illustration of what some people think of when they think of visiting Japan - picturesque scenes. The reality isn't quite like that - while this shrine is quite beautiful, the picture doesn't reflect reality. This shrine is in the middle of a very busy city. Looking to the left is a major road:
And looking to the right is a trash filled beach, a golf driving range (that's the large net), and lots of concrete buildings:
I don't mean to down-play the beauty of the shrine, but more am trying to put it into context.