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:

Setouchi Triennale 2019  |  13–24 October 2019 (12 days)

Oku-Noto Triennale  |  24 September – 02 October 2020

Autumn Colours of Japan  |  05–20 October 2020 (16 days)



“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 guide. Comprehensive knowledge and excellent communication skills. Very patient and helpful. A very nice man. His passion for his subject is clear and infectious.”

Donald G. |  Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan 2018


“John was excellent. I felt very privileged to have him on our tour – he really enriched our understanding.”
Kerrie T.  |  Autumn Colours of Japan 2017