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.
At just 15 years old, Daniel swapped his home in Jackson, Mississippi for the bright lights of Osaka. While he could muster up a few words, in these early days, his Japanese conversational skills needed a little work...
Despite this, he soon felt at home, making friends playing soccer for his Japanese high school and lodging with overwhelmingly kind host families. In fact, an experience with one of his host father's in Mount Koya proved to be incredibly formative, perhaps paving the way for the next stage of his life.
This spiritual corner of Japan isn't far from Osaka, but the religious sites, mountain air and peaceful cemetery feel like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While they were unable to make idle chit chat, Daniel was guided through the proper Buddhist rituals and taught how to throw water, clap, and bow at the shrines near Kobodaishi's grave in Okunoin cemetery.
Inspired by his trip to Japan, a few years later, he enrolled in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies at UNC Asheville, leaving North Carolina to spend a semester learning about Buddhism and Japanese religions in Kyoto. With this interest in Japanese religion and spirituality, it's perhaps unsurprising that Kamakura, with its famous giant seated Buddha, is his favourite place in the country. As a lover of the great outdoors, it's not just the myriad temples and shrines here though, this quaint coastal city (just outside Tokyo) has forested trails to walk, run or bike, as well as well-deserved fresh sushi to round off the day with.
Moving to Colorado was the perfect next step for this keen hiker, mountain biker and snowboarder, and Daniel went searching for the best powder in Telluride before joining our team in Boulder. Hopefully the endless outdoor adventure opportunities make up for the woeful shortage of giant seated Buddhas...