Our office in Colorado
InsideJapan Tours US branch office is located in central Boulder (on th elively Pearl Street) and only a stones throw from the Rocky Mountains. The branch serves all our North American clients and provides a more convenient way for them to communicate with our team, request itineraries, make bookings and gather information.
|Opening hours:||Monday to Friday 9-6 (Mountain Time)|
USA Branch Manager
Our Colorado Office is run by Mat Eccles. Hailing from beautiful Yorkshire; Mat has always felt a calling to visit wild and wonderful places around the world. Brief stints teaching English in India and back packing around Southeast Asia were not enough so he found himself heading off to Japan; rural Yamanashi to be precise. After three years of mountain life, complete with mad hikes and bike rides, copious amounts of sake and a constant sense of amazement and fascination, he took up a job in travel, sending eager travelers all around Asia.
Now, having moved with his wife Dilek to the gorgeous state of Colorado, Mat has joined our team and finds himself indulging in his love of Japan with all our North American clients, whilst always on the lookout for the mountain lions, bears and coyotes that lurk in those parts. Now converted to the merits of baseball, he thinks that the abundant skiing, plentiful sunshine and tasty micro brews suit him well. 2012 saw the addition of baby Finn to the Eccles family helping keep Mat even busier than he was already!
In Boulder Mat manages all aspects of IJT's US operations, helping us to bring the very best IJT service to all our North American clients.
A snoopy desire to know if her grandparents were talking about her led Amy to take Japanese in high school, which inspired her to apply for the JET Program. The next four fantastic years were spent teaching English in Sendai and traveling the country, especially in her home region of Tohoku, although an unexpected obsession with Tokyo Disney Resort saw her spending more time there than was probably healthy. After an unrivaled earthquake experience, Amy moved back to her hometown near Boulder to ponder her next move. She leapt at the chance to work at a job that combines her love of Japan and traveling by joining the US branch of InsideJapan.
Away from the office, Amy has several notable hobbies including collecting postcards, being an avid movie fan, and buying tons of books. Besides a love of J-pop music, she devotes herself to reading, watching favorite TV shows like BBC's Sherlock and NCIS, and fantasizing about traveling to places near and far. She is almost solely a baseball fan, but she has discovered the merits of soccer through necessity, but if you ask her to define the offside rule she will demure.
Born and raised in the snowy North Island of Hokkaido, Hagino always had a curiosity about different cultures. She has traveled to Vietnam, France, and Switzerland, but her favorite destination is New Zealand where she spent a year as a University student. Hagino has been hiking since her childhood, but her love of multi-day backpacking blossomed in the mountains of New Zealand. After graduating from Hirosaki University in northern Honshu, she returned to NZ and worked as a Hiking Guide and a Reservation Agent at a tour company. Now living in Colorado with her husband, she appreciates the similarity of the climate to her home town in Hokkaido as well as the abundant hiking opportunities. She also enjoys practicing and teaching yoga.
At InsideJapan Tours' Boulder office Hagino is in charge of administration ensuring that all the 'i's' are dotted, the 't's' are crossed and that all Mat's receipts are in order.
A Colorado native, Halley studied at CU Boulder for her degrees in Japanese and Linguistics. After an action-packed year studying abroad in Osaka, she came back ready for more Japan. In 2009, Halley was lucky enough to be placed for work in beautiful Mie Prefecture through the JET Programme. During the next three years in her small mountain town of Komono, Halley kept up her love of dance and Japanese pop culture while gaining a love of Japanese sign language, midnight karaoke, garden grown food, festivals and even (after much forced participation) a tolerance of sports. She finished her exciting JET life full of great memories and with a new dream of sharing this wonderful country with others.
Since moving back to Boulder, Halley has put this new passion into action by volunteering with the Rocky Mountain JET Alumni Association, performing traditional Japanese dance at CU Boulder, and teaching Japanese to elementary school students. She is thrilled to join the team here at the IJT US branch and cannot wait to create Japan adventures for others..
Nanao now lives Boulder with her husband and enjoys hiking, yoga, and growing vegetables (including edamame!) in a local community garden. Still thoroughly Japanese at heart, she reads lots of Japanese manga and books (her favorite authors are Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto), cooks Japanese food, and likes to bathe for hours! She is really excited to be a member of the IJT U.S. branch and hopes to help offer the best experience possible to travelers to Japan.
Currently hailing from Colorado, John thoroughly enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle. Some of Johnís favorite hobbies are climbing 14ers Ė Coloradoís highest peaks, skiing, biking, and rock climbing. He is also a connoisseur of micro brews, which come in abundance in this beautiful state. John continues to serves as President on the board of the Rocky Mountain JET Alumni Association where he helps to spread Japanese culture in the region. He is also a member of Impact HUB Boulder, and is passionate about social enterprise.