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.

Tim Grisbrooke

Tim's interest in Japanese culture and history was ignited after watching The Last Samurai, which spurred him on to take night classes in Japanese at school.

From here, Tim went on to study Japanese at university, which involved spending a year at Nagoya University of Foreign Language Studies in 2007-8. Despite the lack of a decent cup of English tea, he found that Nagoya's cosmopolitan atmosphere and its superb miso katsu (pork cutlet in miso sauce) more than made up for it. As a history buff, he also loved living in a place so steeped in the events of the past: Nagoya played a key role in the "Warring States" period of Japanese history.

On returning to his hometown of Oxford in the UK, Tim worked in the customer service department of a large local transport company - a role that he found surprisingly stimulating as it allowed him to meet all sorts of interesting people. His favourite job, however, was undoubtedly working at Hotel Chocolat over Christmas, where he particularly enjoyed getting to know his product.

In his free time, Tim is a man of many and varied interests. Not just a closet video game nerd, he is also an avid cook and watcher of cooking shows, and a (slightly lapsed) second-level practitioner of capoeira (a Brazilian dance-come-martial-art). This means he can throw a mean kick and cartwheel! Muggers beware, Tim will dance at you.

What would you say to persuade someone to visit Japan?

Japan has such a unique and colourful history and culture which really does need to be experienced rather than read about. It is easy to find out about Zen meditation, geisha, and sumo - but you need to see it for yourself and speak to those involved to really understand what they represent, and to get past the stereotypes you see in the media.

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