Our team at Inside Japan Tours

The sun never sets on the InsideJapan Tours team (well, maybe on Sundays) as we have offices in Bristol (UK), Boulder, (USA), Brisbane (Australia) and Nagoya (Japan). On this page you can meet the people behind our Japan tours and holidays.

We have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but you can be sure that the one thing that ties us all together is a love of Japan, Japanese culture and a passionate desire to share that with other people.

From the accounts department, through the travel consultant teams to the tour leaders and guides on the ground, you can rest assured that everything we do is to make sure you have the best possible experience of Japan.

Mark Hobold

After living in Chicago, New York, and Rome, Mark made Tōkyō his home in 2005 with the purpose of immersing himself in Japan's rich culture, history, and mythology

As a professional DJ Mark had plenty of chances to travel, but his first visit to Japan in 2002 was transformative. Like many Japanophiles, an interest in one particular aspect of Japan (in Mark's case, Edo's transformation to Tokyo), opened the door to Japanese passions spanning art, architecture, urban planning, manners, and counter-culture.

Mark is not your stuffy, garden variety history nerd, though. He's appeared in several international documentaries commenting on everything from daily life in old Japan, to why everything you know about ninjas is probably wrong. While no longer a DJ, Mark remains a music lover and cites underground house and techno as his favourite genres; he does know a thing or two about J-pop too if you're interested?

When he's not working, Mark can be found brushing up on his photography, exploring obscure towns, watching T?ky? Giants games with his family, or making foodie videos with friends.

Steve Parker
Richard Farmer
Mark Rawlins
David Lovejoy
Mark Fujishige
Brett Plotz
Ben Walker
Brian Beatty
Mike Reddy
Charlea Jefts
Van Milton
Robert Kodama
Mark Hobold
Yuri Awanohara
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Thomas Siebert
Mandy Wong
Christian Closs
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Jack Sowerbutts
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Matthew Ackerman
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Chantel Furbert
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