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.
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...