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  • 24 hours in Kyoto

    InsideJapan's tour leader extraordinaire and Kyoto resident, Richard Farmer  was asked what he would do if he had 24 hours in the cultural capital of Japan. This is what he said...and it is well worth a read... With perhaps the exception of the buzzing metropolis of Tokyo, Kyoto is arguably the destination in Japan that offers the most options in terms of possible sights to visit. While most people will spend at least two or three nights in Kyoto as part of a holiday to Japan, the sheer number of temples, shrines, museums, and other historical landmarks makes prioritising your time in Japan’s ancient capital a must if you want to get the most out of this wonderful city that I now call my home. (more…)

  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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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