Shot in Japan over 4 days in April 2012, episode 1 of FIRST TIME HERE takes Josh and Emily to Kyoto and Tokyo:

FIRST TIME HERE: JAPAN was created as a pilot episode. The teaser for the South Africa episode at the end is there to make the pilot feel like a full episode of the show we hope to continue making. The footage in South Africa was actually shot as a screen test for Emily, who had never been on camera before.

Episode Destinations / Travel Guide

Kyoto wikipedia page
Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) website wikipedia page
Ryōan-ji Temple website wikipedia page
Hostel website facebook page

Tokyo wikipedia page
Shibuya wikipedia page
Sensō-ji Temple website wikipedia page
Hostel website

Other Places to Visit
Studio Ghibli Museum website