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After graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in economics I was unsure about my next move, so I spent two weeks volunteering in Africa with black rhino and elephant. This experience encouraged me to do something else that was bold and exciting. Having previously visited Japan on holiday, I was eager to return and decided to move to Tokyo and become an English teacher.

I spent two years in Tokyo, climbed Mount Fuji twice, visited Hirsohima for the 70th anniversary of the bombing, learned to snowboard, and spent three magical cherry blossom seasons in Tokyo. I used my spare time to travel extensively and grew to love the food as much as the landscapes and sights I encountered.

Now back in the UK, I maintain my love of all things Japanese by scouring London for authentic Japanese restaurants and working for Audley as a Japan specialist.

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Audley Travel specialist James

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I'll never forget when…

On my first trip to Japan I climbed Mount Fuji as a day trip from Tokyo, but I always wanted to climb it as the Japanese do and arrive at the summit for sunrise. In my second year I decided to do just that and I wasn’t disappointed. I climbed some of the way the night before and stayed overnight in a mountain hut near the summit. Stepping out of the hut at 3am was a moment I will never forget. The mountain was free from clouds and the views were simply breathtaking.

Photos of James

James visiting Lake Kawaguchi, Japan James visiting Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
James in Yudanaka, Japan James in Yudanaka, Japan
James visiting Shirakawa-gō, Japan James visiting Shirakawa-gō, Japan

Photos taken by James

Walking the Nakasendo Highway , Tsumago Walking the Nakasendo Highway , Tsumago
Shirakawa-go, Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-go, Shirakawa-go
Takayama, Takayama Takayama, Takayama
Mount Koya, Mount Koya Mount Koya, Mount Koya
Obuse, Obuse Obuse, Obuse
Visit Obuse, Nagano Visit Obuse, Nagano
Kanazawa, Kanazawa Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Kanazawa, Kanazawa Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Kanazawa, Kanazawa Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Kawaguchi-ko, Kawaguchi-ko Kawaguchi-ko, Kawaguchi-ko
Tokyo, Tokyo Tokyo, Tokyo
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Golden Pavilion, Kyoto