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.
- Emily Templeman
- Travel Consultant
- Email: [email protected]
- Location (Bristol, UK)
Emily first visited Japan back in September 2015, and quickly become fascinated by Japanese culture – particularly the ways in which the Japanese let off steam!
For six months in 2019, Emily lived and studied in Tokyo, attending a beginner's Japanese course at a school near Shinjuku. Knowing next to no Japanese before starting, she had to navigate daily life by herself, armed only with Google Translate. She spent a lot of time indulging in Japan's favourite past times, including onsen bathing, izakaya hopping and, of course, karaoke.
Emily is a level 2 practitioner in Krav Maga, and has a Master's degree in Psychology. In her spare time she loves cooking and attending rock gigs - and went to Japan's first Download festival in 2019! A Disney fanatic, Emily has visited half of the parks worldwide (with California, Hong Kong and Shanghai left to go!).
What's one of your favourite memories from Japan?
One of my favourite memories came in the form of a wonderful and unexpected gift. My boyfriend and I had just participated in a tea ceremony in Kyoto and were sat talking with the owner of the tea house. We got on to the topic of nihonshuu (aka sake) when I mentioned how I had recently started drinking it, and really enjoyed it. A bit later on he excused himself, and left us with his assistant who was showing us how to prepare matcha tea. After a little while he returned and presented me with a beautiful flask and two cups, for no other reason than he appreciated that I liked sake. He explained the symbolism behind the designs on the flask, and hoped that it would bring me good luck. We were taking aback by his generosity, and couldn't thank him enough for such a thoughtful gift.