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.

Alice Volkmar

Alice came to Japan via traditional art and culture, which led her to study for a degree in East Asian Studies at university. These days, her interest in Japan spans everything from linguistics to pop culture.

Alice recently returned from five years teaching English in Gunma Prefecture, in central Japan - but teaching isn't the only string to her bow. Alice has also served as the president of Otakon, one of the largest Japanese popular culture events in the US, and as Communications Director for Japan Expo USA. Those are some pretty serious Japanophile credentials!

Alice is no one-trick pony, however, and her interest in travel and culture that spans many countries. She loves getting to know a new place, learning the ins and outs of the local culture - and she has had plenty of opportunity to do so while living in Montreal, Vienna, Tokyo, Gunma and San Francisco (in addition to her native Washington DC). She also speaks no fewer than seven languages, which is a first even for our team of multilinguists.

When she's not using her boundless Japan expertise to put together exciting itineraries for our customers, Alice's passions are illustration, social media, and travel - or any combination of the three.

What would you say to persuade someone to visit Japan?

Many people these days enjoy Japanese culture through anime, manga and music, but there's no substitute for actually traveling there. It will open your eyes to a whole new understanding. There's really something to appeal to everyone, from culture and history to nature and adventure, with everything in between!

Amy Tadehara
Mark Johnson
Alison Muskett
Halley Trujillo
Claire Brothers
Katrina Cordery
Toby Gallagher
Rachel Rykala
Lily Bascombe
Amy Bowinski
Benjamin Guest
Grant Ekelund
Alice Volkmar
Tim Grisbrooke
Simona Sampaolo
Kester Wright
Van Milton
Anna Sears
Dan Campbell
Lucy Pendlebury
Samantha Barrow
Paul O'Brien
Matt Evans
Sally Edwards
Kana Van Sandt
Lachlan Woodland
Aaron Boothe
Julia Anukam
Anna Tattersall
Holly Brown
Laura Barnes
John Todd
Leslie Wharton
Shakira Johnson
Imogen Lacey
Adeline Kuroki
Bruno Carrillo
Michael Trombold
Becky Barry
Natalie Collar
Sora Jang
Steven McCready
Abby Owers
Daniel Brain
Jon Belcher
Naomi Norton
Sophie Dowdeswell
Charlie Orr
Thomas Lewis
Nicole Rhoden
Malcolm House
Karin Tompkins
Ricky Sheward
Tim Supplitt
Desmon Hickson
Daniel Zehr
Kirsten Belinsky
Babur Moghul