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.

Simona Sampaolo

Simona hails from a friendly little town called Ennis on the west coast of Ireland, where her introduction to the tourism industry was leading French and English tours around Bunratty Castle (dressed in period costume!)

Simona was first introduced to Japan and Japanese culture at secondary school, where she studied the language and began to learn about the culture through making friends with a Japanese exchange student. She soon fell in love with Japan and all its curious oddities, and when she had the chance to move to the mountain town of Takayama to teach English, the decision was easy to make.

Simona stayed in Japan for two years, where she loved the food (there's nothing like a delicious nabe hotpot in the cold of a Takayama winter) and was continually fascinated by all the weird and wonderful aspects of the culture. As a keen cook and staunch foodie, her top tip for travellers to Japan is to eat everything first - ask questions later!

In addition to her time in Japan, Simona has spent eight months living in Toulouse, France (where she misses eating steak and all-you-can-eat chips); six months in Bochum, Germany (where she misses the Christmas markets); and a month in Korea (where she misses the fabulous friends she made). In her spare time she is a craft enthusiast and recent convert to Crossfit.

What would you say to persuade someone to visit Japan?

Japan is one of the most accessible places for tourists that I've ever been to. Everything is made to be easy and as efficient as possible and that works amazingly well for tourists. Sights are beautifully maintained; transportation - though complicated - is top notch; and the experiences you'll have there will stay with you forever. Just try not to drive everyone mad talking about it when you get back!

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