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With strong family ties to Japan, Sophie has fond childhood memories of visiting her mum's hometown of Tokyo, as well as travelling to Kyushu and Okinawa with relatives.

Having an interest in different languages and cultures whilst growing up, she decided to study Spanish and Arabic at the University of Exeter, during which her passion for travel grew as she spent extensive time in Egypt and Latin America.

After graduation she put her language skills to use matching clients from all over the world with holiday rental properties in London. However looking to get back in touch with her Japanese roots, she decided to join the Japan team at Audley.

While with Audley, Sophie travelled to both familiar and new destinations in Japan, enjoying the food, exploring the Japanese Alps and spending time in its vibrant cities.

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I'll never forget when…

Having spent most of my visits to Japan in my mother's hometown of Tokyo, spending time at Sasayuri-ann, a beautifully restored and refurbished traditional Japanese thatched house in Nabari, Nara prefecture offered something unique and memorable to my most recent trip to Japan. The owner, a Mr Matsubayashi shared with us snippets of his daily life as a shugendo monk, including a walk through the Akame 48 waterfalls area, which has been a sacred area for the monks to pray for hundreds of years as well as a training ground for ninjas. Not only this but he arranged for a traditional Japanese flautist to play at the villa.

Photos of Sophie

Sophie in a traditional kimono while staying in Kyoto Sophie in a traditional kimono while staying in Kyoto
Sophie in the village of Magome, off the Nakasendo Highway Sophie in the village of Magome, off the Nakasendo Highway
Sophie in Shirakawago Sophie in Shirakawago
Sophie enjoying a view from Mt Misen, Miyajima Sophie enjoying a view from Mt Misen, Miyajima