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.
If there was ever a girl who knew more about Japanese history, we've yet to find herů
Laura hails from Guildford in Surrey, but has long harboured an interest in all things Japan. After finding her way to the Land of the Rising Sun through manga (Japanese comics), it wasn't long before she was packing her bags for Ise, Mie prefecture for a 5-month homestay at the tender age of 16.
From then on, there was no doubt about it, she was sold on learning everything about Japan. Whilst dreaming of moving back, she started doing her own manga-inspired doodles, and even set up a stall to sell her artwork while studying International Relations at university in the UK. A future career in East meets West manga wasn't to be, but heading back to Japan certainly was.
After university, Laura moved to Kagoshima for two years to teach English. So passionate was she about her new home that she joined a think tank for tourism in Kagoshima, and was even made an ambassador of the area. She went on to make a speech in Japanese for the mayor, with a debut on local TV and the newspaper to follow. Talk about making your mark!
If it wasn't enough to become an ambassador for your adopted city, she has learnt everything there is to know about Japanese history, and visited no less than 18 castles. Ask her anything about the samurai - the sengoku jidai (warring states period), bakumatsu (fall of the shogunate) and meiji jidai (early modern), if you want to get specific.
If all of that isn't dedication to Japan, we don't know what is.