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Tesia first visited Japan on a youth exchange program where she spent six weeks on Miyakojima, an island of Okinawa. Later she returned to experience a more 'classic' Japan trip, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto. Her interest in Japan continued to grow and she majored in Communications and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wake Forest University. After studying abroad in Osaka, and again, experiencing the true warmth of the Japanese people, the amazing food, and the beautiful country, she knew she had to live in Japan. 

Upon graduation, Tesia joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program where she spent 5 years teaching English in Aomori prefecture of Northern Japan. To continue her interest in global travel, Tesia received a Masters in Tourism from The George Washington University School of Business with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism. 

When not planning her next trip Tesia enjoys winter sports, animals, cooking and the Olympics

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I don't know where my next trip will be, but I will not hesitate to use Audley Travel to organize my next adventure.

Joanna Soffa traveled to Japan for 11 days in May 2016, organized by Tesia S

Audley Travel, and in particular our Japan Specialist Tesia, thoughtfully and expertly tailored a 9-day itinerary for me in Japan that served as a fantastic introduction to this special country. Although I am a solo traveler, I never felt alone in preparing for and enjoying the trip; whether it was the useful and organized information and recommendations sent to me before my departure, a welcome card from my Japan Specialist waiting for me at my first hotel, the informative and caring tour guides in Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto, or the follow-up upon my return. I don't know where my next trip will be, but I will not hesitate to use Audley Travel to organize my next adventure.

I'll never forget when…

I enjoy snow and love exploring winter activities, the year I spent my birthday at the Sapporo Snow Festival was a very memorable time for me in Japan. I had seen photos of the large sculptures that are produced at this time, but nothing can compare to actually experiencing the detail and amount of snow that goes into creating these elaborate creations. I had not expected the variety of locations around the city that different festivals, events and sculptures are located! I loved drinking hot whisky in an ice bar, building snowmen with hundreds of others, and viewing the sculptures and events at night. If you love winter and festivals like I do, I would add the Sapporo Snow Festival to your bucket list! 

Photos of Tesia

Posing with a deer in Miyajima Posing with a deer in Miyajima
Tesia in UNESCO hertiage site Shirakawa-go Tesia in UNESCO hertiage site Shirakawa-go
Snowboarding at Mt Hakkoda in Aomori Snowboarding at Mt Hakkoda in Aomori
Tesia with a samurai at the crowcastle in Matsumoto Tesia with a samurai at the crowcastle in Matsumoto