Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

John McBride

After studying in Japan and Australia, John McBride began his career at the Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU, before joining Ansett Australia to establish flights into Ōsaka, Japan. Later he was Chief Executive of News Corporation Japan.

Returning to live in Sydney in 2003, John has continued his interest in matching texts about ancient, natural and contemporary history with his walking, both in Australia and Japan. John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his support of Australia-Japan cultural and business links, and for supporting young artists and arts institutions. He is a licensed tea master of the Omotesenke School.


Current Tours:

Inland Sea Odyssey  |  18– 26 November 2023 (9 days)

Post-tour to Kyoto  |  26 – 28 November 2023 (3 days/2 nights)



“A delightful, caring & extremely informative guide. He was perfect for Japan and taught us so much. He was always calm and unhurried and made us all feel part of a big family.”
Janet H.  |  Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan, 2018


“An exceptional tour leader. Comprehensive knowledge and excellent communication skills. His passion for his subject is clear and infectious.”
Donald G.  |  Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan, 2018


“John is the best tour leader, I have had the privilege to travel with. His in-depth knowledge is astounding.”
Joanne M.  |  Autumn Colours of Japan, 2017