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.
- Dan Campbell
- Sales Team Leader
- Email: [email protected]apantours.com
- Location (Brisbane, Australia)
With an English mother and an Australian father, Dan had the good fortune to grow up splitting his time between England and Australia. These days, he's based in our Brisbane office as a travel consultant.
Dan was originally drawn to Japan by its wonderful otherness. It was so completely different from anywhere he had been before - everything was new and exciting, and it was an exhilarating introduction to Asia. Since then, Dan has travelled far and wide, but whether he's selling 99s to holidaymakers in Devon, making scrambled eggs (from pan to plate in 60 seconds), or earning a gold card at his favourite ramen restaurant (for which he had to eat over 50 bowls of the stuff) - food is always the focus of his wanderings.
During three years in Japan, Dan lived in Kanazawa and volunteered at a camp in Tohoku (northern Honshu island) with the aim of revitalising the local area and bringing people back to this rural region - but he has also lived abroad in New Zealand and worked at the northern beaches of Sydney. In New Zealand he loved the epic scenery, where every place is postcard-worthy, while in Sydney he loved being able to wake up for a surf every morning.
If he had to pick a favourite spot in Japan, Dan would choose Kanazawa - his home for three years. For him it's the perfect size and the perfect combination of old and new, giving visitors an experience of a small yet culturally rich city without the hustle and bustle of Kyoto or Tokyo. It's also famous throughout Japan for its seafood - and Dan recommends hiring a bike to cycle around the city.
When he's not creating fabulous Japan itineraries for our clients, Dan enjoys snowboarding, cycling, reading and (of course) cooking and eating.
What's your top tip for first-time visitors to Japan?
My top tip to people visiting Japan for the first time is to remember that there's more to Japanese food than sushi. Yes, sushi is incredible and super delicious but so is ramen, katsu, yaki niku, curry, soba, udon, nabe, shabu shabu and so much more! There is a huge variation in Japanese food so it's worth trying as much as you can when you're visiting.
My favourite Japanese food is hands-down pork broth ramen; I would always order my noodles al dente (or in Japanese: barikata). A top tip for ramen fans visiting Japan: many restaurants offer cheap noodle refills (usually around 100 yen): these are a great way of soaking up what's left of the soup! It's called kaedama.