Running Ronin

Three Piers Enigma

Can you figure out what is the location of the following Piers (even just the Country?).
Hint... they are all on different continents...
Solution far below after photo details...:

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  • Shot with my Nikon D90
  • HDRed with Photomatix Pro 
    • The 1st and 2nd from a set of 3 photos\
    • The 3rd was tonemapped from a single Raw file (like here).
  • Detail Enhanced in Topaz Adjust
    • the first photo was exposure stretched quite a bit
    • the second photo was set to exposure color stretch but the coloring was toned down
    • the third photo was set to vibrancy
  • Denoised in Topaz Denois
    • 1st and 3rd photo: Moderate Setting setting
    • 2nd photo: Strong Setting
  • The 3rd photo was straightened in ShiftN.
  • Cropped 

Photo 1: Paradise Cove, Malibu, California (May)
Photo 2:  Molo Dei Francesi ("Pier of the French"), Palinuro, Italy (July)
Photo 3: Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan (January)

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