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.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Amy has lived in Japan twice: once for six months in Aichi Prefecture and once for three years in Takayama.
These days, Amy is a travel consultant in our Boulder office - so now she's rather closer to home!
Amy traces her interest in Japan back to a school project at the age of nine, when she was assigned Japan as her country of research during a class project on Asia. Her interest piqued, this was to be the beginning of a lifelong fascination with Japanese culture - and especially by the way that Japan simultaneously retains its traditions and history whilst embracing technological progress.
When studying Japanese language and traditional arts, Amy spent six months as a student at Nagoya's Nanzan University, during which time she lived with a host family and fell in love with the country, its people and its food (especially okonomiyaki - a kind of Japanese savoury pancake). Later she would return as an English teacher in the alpine region surrounding Takayama for three years. In her spare time, Amy likes practising kyudo (Japanese archery), although she professes not to be any good at it, and is a devoted animal lover.
To those thinking of visiting Japan, Amy advises that you make sure to head to Tokyo and Kyoto, but also to be sure to venture to some of the less well-known places - as she found that some of the most amazing experiences she has ever had were hidden away in rural Japan.
Where is your favourite place in Japan, and why?
"My favourite place in Japan is Miyajima Island. It is a really beautiful place - both near Itsukushima Shrine, and around in the town, and up on the top of Mount Misen. I really like it as a place to relax, eat good food, enjoy the beauty of nature, and the way that man-made buildings can coexist without intruding on that beauty. I also like the deer and monkeys you can see there.
I'd recommend taking the ropeway to the top of Mount Misen and then taking the time to walk the trails and find all the small shrines tucked away on the mountain. It's a really nice walk, and has beautiful views throughout - it also feels a bit like a treasure hunt to find all of the small buildings while walking."