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 Fujishige

From the sunny climes of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mark has made his home in Japan and now leads InsideJapan tours throughout the country.

Being of Japanese descent, Mark had always wondered which part of him was American which was Japanese. This was what first got him interested in Japan, and a few years ago he arrived on Japanese soil for the first time in Tottori Prefecture. His first thoughts were "Oh my gosh. Where is the Shinkansen and what have I gotten myself into?", but he soon went from clueless to one of the locals, and would spend the next five years teaching English in Tottori - his second home.

Though he sometimes misses the food, geniality and the year-round warm temperatures of Hawaii (who wouldn't?), Mark loves the changing of the seasons in Japan (and the seasonal cuisine that comes with it!), and is fascinated by the "limited edition" marketing culture - from seasonal KitKats to set lunches.

After five years in Tottori, Mark spent ten months living in Aichi Prefecture and is now based in Gifu Prefecture. His top recommendation for InsideJapan customers is that you can't see it all in one go - decide on what your priorities are and go for those. Otherwise you'll feel rushed and you'll miss the holiday aspect of things!

When he's not leading tours all over Japan, Mark loves eating with the seasons and experimenting in the kitchen with whatever he can find at the local market. He also enjoys taiko drumming, soaking in a relaxing onsen hot spring bath, and a solid round of karaoke!

Where is your favourite place in Japan, and why would you recommend it?

"Tottori! Tottori is a second home for me It's beautiful and the people are warm and friendly, the food is great and there aren't any crowds. Climb the sand dune and take a running jump into the sea, hike up to Mitoku-san and then have a soak in the soothing waters of Misasa Onsen, walk along the beach in Yurihama-cho at sunset and marvel at how you're the only one in sight as nature puts on a private show just for you. Oh - and visit Mount Daisen: beautiful and magnificent in all seasons."

Steve Parker
Richard Farmer
Mark Rawlins
David Lovejoy
Mark Fujishige
Brett Plotz
Ben Walker
Brian Beatty
Mike Reddy
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Van Milton
Robert Kodama
Mark Hobold
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Thomas Siebert
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