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Toby's first experience of Japan was when he started off his gap year by taking a job during the harvest on a remote rice farm in Kyushu. After three months he continued on through Honshu, taking in the highlights of Kansai and Kanto, before arriving in Hakuba for the winter ski-season. The fabulous contradictions endemic in Japanese culture between city and countryside, old and new, fascinated him, constantly surprising him and drawing him deeper in.

That initial experience always stuck with him so he was delighted to be given the chance to return to Japan with Audley, to continue exploring. These trips have taken him all over central Honshu and most recently to the northern Island of Hokkaido. Here he explored the most remote parts of this spectacular island by hire car, enjoying the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and sensational food.

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I'll never forget when…

One of my most memorable experiences in Japan has to be whilst I was living in Kyushu. After a few months in the country I found myself in Dazaifu, a small town just outside of Fukuoka. Here I found the beautifully peaceful moss gardens of Komyozen-ji, where I spent the day relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.

Photos of Toby

Toby and an Audley colleague with their finished caligraphy work Toby and an Audley colleague with their finished caligraphy work
Toby and an Audley colleague practicing their caligraphy skills, Kyoto Toby and an Audley colleague practicing their caligraphy skills, Kyoto
Toby learning the art of the ninja (15th Century Japanese mercenary), Kyoto Toby learning the art of the ninja (15th Century Japanese mercenary), Kyoto

Photos taken by Toby

Geisha in Gion, Kyoto Geisha in Gion, Kyoto
Fushimi-inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto Fushimi-inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Streets of Tokyo, Tokyo Streets of Tokyo, Tokyo
Japanese lady in Kimono at Fushimi Inari Shrine Japanese lady in Kimono at Fushimi Inari Shrine
Geisha in Gion, Kyoto Geisha in Gion, Kyoto
Okuno-in Cemetery at night, Mount Koya Okuno-in Cemetery at night, Mount Koya
Streets of Tokyo photography tour, Harajuku, Tokyo Streets of Tokyo photography tour, Harajuku, Tokyo
Harajuku locals, Tokyo Harajuku locals, Tokyo
Shibuya Interchange, Tokyo Shibuya Interchange, Tokyo
Toby learning the art of the ninja in Kyoto Toby learning the art of the ninja in Kyoto