I have always had a passion for travel and spent my younger years planning out adventures to faraway lands while trying to teach myself hieroglyphics. Although the attempt at hieroglyphics failed, my interest in cultures and languages vastly different from my own has remained a constant throughout my life. Japan in particular has always had a special pull for me and I promised myself at a young age that I would find a way to the Land of the Rising Sun.
My first visit to Japan cemented an eternal love for Japanese language and culture. I was immediately smitten by both the bustle of Tokyo and the serenity and beauty of the Japanese Alps. As my passion for Japan grew I decided to leave the hospitality industry and join Audley in order to help others experience the wonder I find every time I visit the country.
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Heading to snow monkey park in Yudanaka was one of those experiences that exceeded all my expectations. Although most people visit in winter when the monkeys bathe in the onsen (hot springs), I went in autumn which meant there were fewer people around. There were monkeys everywhere, darting across the path right in front of me, walking right beside me and paying no attention whatsoever to their visitors. As a life-long animal lover, it was so moving to watch the monkeys up close as they groomed each other, babies hanging onto their mothers and scuttling about after each other.