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.

Jon Belcher

Growing up in Massachusetts, Jon wasn't short of hobbies, enjoying cooking, playing mandolin and guitar, and cycling (he became a member of the National Championship winning Fort Lewis Collegiate Cylocross Team in 2005) to name but a few.

But when his college teacher regaled tales of teaching in Japan, the seed was planted and Jon began studying Japanese and learning about the culture.

Unlike many of our city slicking InsideJapan travel consultants, Jon shunned Japan's metropolises in favour of the quiet life on Tokunoshima. This remote island, fringed by sandy beaches that border the blue of the East China Sea, became home. Unsurprisingly he was soon head over heels in a love affair with the ocean.

While he missed heading to the movie theater or going bowling, living this slice of island life gave him an insight into rural Japan (and a chance to eat sushi and katsudon everyday), and his Japanese language skills sharpened as he made friends with the locals.

While Tokunoshima is a long way south from Japan's main islands, Jon took any opportunity to explore other parts of the country, even making it up to snowy Hokkaido (Japan's northernmost island) for the incomparable Sapporo Snow Festival. But his favourite place of all? Miyajima.

This picturesque island, just a hop from Hiroshima, is popular for good reason. As well as being easy to reach on the bullet train, it has the incredible Itsukushima shrine - a "floating" vermilion torii gate. Jon recommends taking a zip line over the treetops and giving the wild deer a stroke; just try not to hold your lunch, or your guidebook, anywhere near them. They are partial to an impromptu snack...

Amy Tadehara
Mark Johnson
Alison Muskett
Halley Trujillo
Claire Brothers
Katrina Cordery
Toby Gallagher
Rachel Rykala
Lily Bascombe
Amy Bowinski
Benjamin Guest
Grant Ekelund
Alice Volkmar
Tim Grisbrooke
Simona Sampaolo
Kester Wright
Van Milton
Anna Sears
Dan Campbell
Lucy Pendlebury
Samantha Barrow
Paul O'Brien
Matt Evans
Sally Edwards
Kana Van Sandt
Lachlan Woodland
Aaron Boothe
Julia Anukam
Anna Tattersall
Holly Brown
Laura Barnes
John Todd
Leslie Wharton
Shakira Johnson
Imogen Lacey
Adeline Kuroki
Bruno Carrillo
Michael Trombold
Becky Barry
Natalie Collar
Sora Jang
Steven McCready
Abby Owers
Daniel Brain
Jon Belcher
Naomi Norton
Sophie Dowdeswell
Charlie Orr
Thomas Lewis
Nicole Rhoden
Malcolm House
Karin Tompkins
Ricky Sheward
Tim Supplitt
Desmon Hickson
Daniel Zehr
Kirsten Belinsky
Babur Moghul