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.
- Kana Van Sandt
- Sales Support Administrator
- Email: [email protected]
- Location (Boulder, USA)
Having previously been a guide for Japanese tourists in Las Vegas, the tables have turned for Kana as she lends her expert knowledge to our team in Boulder, Colorado.
Born and raised in a small town in Shizuoka Prefecture, it was a case of absence making the heart grow fonder once she moved to the USA, appreciating Japanese culture from afar and joining the Japan Club at the University of Nevada.
Since moving, she misses her friends and family, but modern technology means catching up as if they're in the next room is easy enough. Less simple to recreate are the famous onsens (natural hot springs) of Japan. Her favourite is the ancient Arima onsen, it's one of the top three in Japan and has two different types of water, both with healing properties. Boulder doesn't have its own version yet, but never say never...
Fully embracing her life abroad, she has seen every Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, travelled to Cairns in Australia to study English, worked for international companies and searched for the best restaurants and concerts in LA.
In her spare time she loves singing and dabbles in hula dancing (if you find yourself in Colorado, watch her with the group "Sway Hula Colorado"); in another life, if she wasn't on the InsideJapan Tours team, she would like to spend all of her time performing, perhaps in the Cirque du Soleil.
What is your favourite memory from your travels in Japan?
"My husband and I wanted to hike Mt. Takao one day, and decided to take the train from Iriya Station where we both lived. My husband is usually pretty good at directions, but somehow we took the wrong train and ended up in Mount Mitake.
We were dressed for a hike, but the mountain was higher than Mt. Takao and higher than we were prepared to go, but there wasn't as much traffic and the mist made it so beautiful so we stayed. We enjoyed absolutely delicious soba, later finding out that it was one of the most popular restaurants there.
The experience taught us that the wrong trains can sometimes take us to the better/ best destinations. It was such a magical and interesting experience and we still talk about it all the time."