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.

Naomi Norton

Having lived in six different countries, moving to Japan was a walk in the park for Naomi. Or should we say a hike up the mountain...

With teaching experience on the side of a mountain in Barcelona under her belt, it was only a matter of time until Naomi was drawn to Japan's mountainous terrain. Despite knowing little else about the country when she moved there, it didn't take Naomi long to get in to the swing of things and she stayed for three years.

It's common knowledge that Japanese people are some of the politest people in the world, but Japanese bears? Naomi hiked all over the country, but it was when doing a solo three-day route in Yamagata Prefecture that she was confronted by a bear (not the teddy type). While her knees knocked in fright, the bear was unperturbed and didn't even steal her hiking snacks (apparently umeboshi onigiri is the tastiest too). She managed to make it back to the UK in one piece - talk about hospitality.

If it's hiking tips you're after, Naomi's your go-to girl, so we trust her when she says off the beaten track Aomori prefecture is the place for outdoorsy types. You heard it here first.

Now living in Bristol, Naomi's still partial to a hike, but also enjoys bouldering (a good indoors option for those chilly UK winters), swing dancing and yoga. Little chance of bears in any of those, which we imagine might be a little disappointing after her other adventures.

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