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.
A snowboarding nut and former sushi chef, there could have been no better place for Toby to spend a year studying Japanese than in Hokkaido - home of superb seafood and some of the world's best powder snow.
Ever since geography lessons at secondary school, Toby has been drawn to Japan. With mountains, volcanoes, beaches and wetlands - and deep snow in Hokkaido at the same time as sunshine in Okinawa - Japan really has a uniquely diverse combination of landscapes and weather conditions.
What's more, one of the things that Toby most enjoyed about living in Japan was the changing of the seasons. The transition from one season to another is very important, with each season having its own distinct ambience and its own range of seasonal activities - such as hanami flower-viewing in spring and koyo leaf peeping in autumn.
In the summer one of Toby's chief enjoyments are the delicious cans of ice coffee (aisu kohi) available from every vending machine - whilst in the winter he's to be found tearing up the slopes in Niseko. Whilst he was a student in Sapporo he continued his passion for snowsports (which began with Sheffield University snowboard society) by joining the Gattsuri Stompers snowboarding group.
Toby's advice to those considering visiting Japan for a holiday is to talk to anybody who's been there - and if you don't know anyone who's been there, be the one to go! There is nothing one-dimensional about Japan, and if you have an interest in history, geography, religion, art, sport, adventure - or anything, for that matter - Japan will have something for you.
Where is your favourite place in Japan, and why?
"My favourite place is Shakotan Peninsula in Hokkaido, Japan's large northern island and my home for a year in 2012-13. Renting a car and driving around in autumn is one of the best ways to see Hokkaido, and Shakotan Peninsula in particular has some great coastal roads. An onsen in the evening is also a great way to relax."