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.
As a team of well-travelled people who speak at least two languages and have all lived in Japan, it's difficult to stand out as an InsideJapan travel consultant.
But our jaws nearly hit the floor when we found out Natalie has 8 marathons (including one in Tokyo), two 50k races and one 100k under her belt. We're exhausted just thinking about it.
While it's difficult to imagine now, Natalie's language skills stretched little further than 'konnichiwa' on her first trip to Japan. We've all got to start somewhere! Despite minimal chances at holding conversations in the beginning, with the help of her host family in Sapporo she learnt quickly, and found a deep connection with the culture (as well as a taste for tonkatsu).
After a year in Sapporo and a summer in Kyoto, Achi Village in Nagano became Natalie's home for three years. As an English teacher at a small elementary school she developed relationships with local people and learnt about traditional Japanese culture, such as calligraphy, alongside her students.
Though originally from the flatlands and cornfields of Indiana, after this experience in the Japanese Alps and teaching Japanese at the University of Colorado Boulder, she's never more at home than in these mountainous landscapes.
When she's not wearing out her running shoes, Natalie busies herself knitting for family and friends, and winding down with the occasional board game. Well deserved if you ask us.