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:

Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan  |  17 – 28 October 2025 (12 days)

 

Testimonials:

“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

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