Japan is a country of contrasts: ancient, intricate traditions hold up against relentless innovation; sacred, historic forests foil the superlative skylines of Tokyo and Osaka. It’s the land of old and new, urban and rural, faraway and familiar that have long captured travellers’ imaginations.
In this event, in association with Walk Japan, our panel shares their top 20 tips and stories, and offers the answers to all your Japan-related queries: from when to go, where to stay, and how to get the most out of this famously unique and fascinating culture. All you have to do is come armed with a curious mind, your burning questions and any ideas you’d like to discuss.
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Top tips, advice, technical know-how, photo ideas… and a glass of something cheery. Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives. Travel Geeks: Rush Hour is just an hour long, and offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the lively debate.
Walk Japan leads the way in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan. With its unrivalled range of regular, scheduled tours for Japan, it also creates and runs private, custom tours tailored to customers’ particular interests and requirements. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools — all of which helped earn its ranking as ‘One of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’ by National Geographic.
Paul Christie, CEO, Walk Japan
Paul is Walk Japan‘s CEO, having joined the team in 1997. He has spent much of his adult life in Japan, having studied, worked and lived in the country since arriving in 1987. His time is mostly split between leading the company from its Japan-based offices in rural Kunisaki, Kyushu and Tokyo.
Kylie Clark, Japan House
Kylie’s experience began with a year at a high school in the rural north of Akita. Since then, she has studied and worked in Japan, as well as several years at Japan National Tourism Organisation. She is now with Japan House, a one-stop shop for all things Japan-related, opening in London later this year. Follow Japan House on Twitter, Facebookand Instagram.
Oliver Hilton Johnson, sake specialist
Ollie is the director of award-winning Tengu Sake: an import, wholesale and retail company dealing solely in quality Japanese sake. Oliver teaches the International Kikisake-shi qualification in London and leads talks, tastings and food pairings through the UK and is also sake educator for the British Sake Association.
William Mackesy, Walkopedia
William is developing Walkopedia, a website about the world’s best walks and hikes, transforming his passion for walking into a budding internet business. William has spent quite a bit of time in Japan over the years, and has climbed Mount Fuji in a typhoon, and walked the magnificent Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail on the Kii Peninsula.
Farida Zeynalova, contributing editor, National Geographic Traveller
Farida is a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller and will be presiding over our panel, adding her own personal tips and tales throughout the evening.
When: Tuesday 24 April 2018 from 18.00 to 19.00
Where: wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.