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.

Christian Closs
  • Christian Closs
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)

Like many of our team at InsideJapan, it was the unique qualities of Japan's art scene, including anime, manga, ukiyo-e paintings, cinema, photography and architecture, that drew Christian to Japan.

Photography in particular has long captured his imagination - if you're after someone to take the perfect travel snap, look no further! As well as being a passionate photographer, his work has been exhibited and sold internationally.

When not behind an analogue camera, Christian's happy place is in the great outdoors. His love of all things adventure, including surfing and rollerblading, led him to say "Auf Wiedersehen!" to his home in Germany to spend 6 years making the most of New Zealand's outdoor opportunities.

While New Zealand may boast staggering natural beauty, Christian certainly hasn't been stuck indoors since moving to Japan. After leaving behind a varied career working in live TV, theatre productions and the gaming industry, Christian began leading day tours around Mount Fuji and Tokyo, exploring Japan's rural areas in his spare time. If pushed to choose his favourite, Nikko would narrowly steal the top spot. While many consider this area a great day trip, Christian thinks everyone should spare two days to see the hot springs, hiking trails, and shrines and temples tucked deep within the national park. New Zealand eat your heart out.

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
  • Yuri Awanohara
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)
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Thomas Siebert
Mandy Wong
Christian Closs
  • Christian Closs
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)
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Jack Sowerbutts
  • Jack Sowerbutts
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)
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Matthew Ackerman
  • Matthew Ackerman
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)
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Chantel Furbert
  • Chantel Furbert
  • Tour Leader
  • Location (Japan)
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