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  • An introduction to kakigori

    Tour leader Mark came to Japan from sunny Hawai'i to discover his Japanese roots. Like so many of us, he never left! Though Mark currently lives in Gifu Prefecture, he has also lived in rural Tottori and Aichi, and leads tours all over Japan. In the summer, there's nothing he loves more than a big bowl of kakigori - a sweet treat that ties together both his Japanese and Hawai'ian heritage. (more…)

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  • A journey from Takayama to Kyoto

    As a tour leader for InsideJapan Tours, I spend most of the year on the road around Japan leading our small group tours all over this fantastic country. But aside from that hugely enjoyable aspect of my work, one of the great pleasures of this job is the occasional chance to travel to new areas to research destinations and experiences for new potential tours. (more…)

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  • Group tour photo blog: Tokaido Trail

    Kate is a marketing & design assistant at InsideAsia Tours and picture editor of East Magazine. Last year, she joined one of our group tours and headed out to Japan to take some incredible photos! Here are some of the best. (more…)

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  • Hot-spring bathing in Japan

    Hugh Cann is a tour leader for InsideJapan. He has lived in Hiroshima for over 15 years, so it's safe to say he knows a fair bit about Japanese culture! Here is his beginner's guide to onsen (hot-spring) bathing in Japan. (more…)

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