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.

Claire Brothers

Claire first went to Japan to work as an English teacher in 2006 - and enjoyed it so much that she stayed for five years!

Hailing from Coventry, Claire has an impressively diverse range of interests - from dinosaurs to dressmaking and the South African swimming team.

As a serial traveller, Claire has spent a total of seven years living in Germany and three years in California in addition to her time in Japan. When asked why she likes living abroad so much, she explains that not only does it make everyday tasks like going to the supermarket more interesting, but it also encourages you to think about your home country and culture and how they might be experienced by visitors.

Though she missed jammie dodgers and the BBC, Claire did not waste her time in Japan. Instead she used it to enjoy the delicious street food (her favourites are yakiniku grilled meat and kushikatsu meat skewers), and to cultivate an interest in Japanese fashion. She loves picking up traditional kimono and yukata at antique markets (her favourite being Toji Temple market in Kyoto, held on the 21st of every month) and using the fabric from her extensive kimono collection to make dresses.

Do you have any top tips for anyone visiting Japan for the first time?

"I would say that it is important to relax and enjoy the experience. No-one expects you to fully understand the culture so don't worry about 'doing the wrong thing'. Japanese people really love to introduce their culture to visitors so take advantage of this whever you can!"

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
Kester Wright
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
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
Josh Simpson
Rory Burgin
Lachlan Miller
Samantha Ng