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.

Lily Bascombe

After studying the Shinto religion at university, Lily spent two years in Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku Island where she worked as an elementary and junior high school teacher and developed an obsession with udon noodles.

Though her older siblings were brought up in India, Lily grew up in Bath - only a little less exotic! An enthusiastic traveller, Lily has travelled the length of Thailand using only trains and boats; enjoys visiting her sister in Australia; and recently spent a fascinating holiday in Bali and Lombok - where she especially enjoyed the snorkelling.

Lily first visited Japan for three months when she was 19, during which time she fell madly in love with Tokyo, leading her to study the Shinto religion at university before moving back to Japan after finishing her degree. When living and teaching in Japan, Lily nurtured an interest in calligraphy (though she claims to be exceptionally untalented in that respect), loved hiking in the countryside and spent many happy weekends island-hopping on the Seto Inland Sea near her adopted home town of Takamatsu.

Having returned from Japan, Lily is now based in our Bristol office, just a stone's throw from her hometown, and uses her in-depth knowledge of Japan to put together inspiring holidays for our clients. Her top tip for visitors to Japan is to make use of guides and tour leaders - or even just make friends with the locals who speak English. You'll get so much more out of your trip if you have someone who really knows their stuff.

Where is your favourite place in Japan, and why?

"My favourite place is Shodoshima Island in the Seto Naikai (Seto Inland Sea) near Shikoku. Shodoshima has so many amazing things to see - for example a huge statue of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy). You can walk right up to the top of the statue and then look out over Shodoshima through windows which form part of her giant necklace! You can also enjoy the autumn leaves via cable car over the most gorgeous ravine."

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
Simona Sampaolo
Kester Wright
Van Milton
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
Daniel Brain
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