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Rory at the Daikichi in Tsumago, Japan

Rory, Japan & South Korea Specialist

My passion for East Asia began while studying politics and international relations at the University of Kent. I then went to study Asian politics at Musashi University in Tokyo for a year. During this time, I toured the region as much as I could and was excited to discover the wonderful contrast between old and new that Japan and South Korea have to offer.

The differences between Japanese and Korean culture, and their complete contrast to everything I knew at home, completely enthralled me, and I fell in love with the region. After showing new foreign students around Tokyo and giving them recommendations on things to see, I decided that working in travel was the career for me and I joined Audley as a Japan and South Korea Specialist.

When not creating tailor-made journeys, I’m a master of the local pub quiz and like playing badminton.

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Start planning your trip to North Asia, Russia & Japan with Rory by calling 01993 838 204

I'll never forget when…

Trekking for four hours in heavy rain through the magical forests of Yakushima is my favourite memory of travelling in Japan. After a two hour climb up a steep hill we finally made it to Jomon-Sugi, a famous cedar tree supposedly at least 5000 years old.

When we got to the top, the rain suddenly stopped, the sun came out and everything went quiet as we watched a few wild deer wander out of the trees in front of us. It was truly magical. I'd recommend the hike to anyone; it was absolutely breathtaking.

Photos of Rory

Rory with his calligraphy, Gyeongju, South Korea Rory with his calligraphy, Gyeongju, South Korea
Rory at the Summit of Mount Hallasan, Jeju-do, South Korea Rory at the Summit of Mount Hallasan, Jeju-do, South Korea
Rory eating local Takayama cuisine in Japan Rory eating local Takayama cuisine in Japan
Rory with the Yudanaka snow monkeys, Japan Rory with the Yudanaka snow monkeys, Japan
Rory with the 'mother' of the Kanazawa geisha house, Japan Rory with the 'mother' of the Kanazawa geisha house, Japan

Photos taken by Rory

Kiyomizu-Dera Kiyomizu-Dera
Matsumoto Castle at dusk Matsumoto Castle at dusk
Jungmun beach Jungmun beach
Wido island Wido island
Geoje island Geoje island
Yangdong folk village Yangdong folk village
Yangdong folk village Yangdong folk village
Yangdong folk village Yangdong folk village
Yangdong folk village Yangdong folk village
Cheomseongdae Observatory Cheomseongdae Observatory
Gyeongju tombs Gyeongju tombs
Bulguksa temple Bulguksa temple