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.
A keen writer, photographer, historian and scuba diver, Matt's Japan expertise and diverse range of interests make him ideally placed to design your Japan trip.
Matt first became interested in Japan while at university, when he began reading works of classic Japanese literature and was totally fascinated. Upon completing his degree, Matt moved to Japan and spent over six years living in the exciting city of Osaka, which he considers his second home. While there, he worked as an English teacher at one of the big conversation schools, ran a small school for a start-up company, and did some freelance writing for the regional magazine Kansai Scene.
These days, Matt is based in Bristol, where he puts his Japan knowledge to excellent use as a travel consultant. His top tip for first-time visitors to Japan is not to worry about the language barrier. It can be intimidating at first, but try to interact as much as possible with the local people - it's so incredibly rewarding and you never know what you might find out.
When he's not putting together fabulous Japan itineraries, Matt has plenty of hobbies to keep him occupied. Besides being a published photographer, Matt also has Open Water, Advanced and Wreck Diving scuba licences, and has a black belt in an obscure Japanese martial art called Taijutsu. He's also a dab hand with a shuriken (ninja throwing-star), so watch out!
Where is your favourite place in Japan, and why?
I absolutely love Kyoto - I never get tired of wandering around, visiting little temples, poking around in old shops or hiking in the foothills. Time spent in Kyoto is never wasted!