Yayoi is based in Fukuoka and helps run our operational side. She is an indispensable member of the Journey to the East team, establishing productive relationships with many of our local suppliers. She is also a great researcher and has helped us find some fabulous new restaurants and boutique hotels to include in our tours.
Yayoi has an IT background and is now enjoying the more people-focused nature of her role in the travel industry. Yayoi is into marathons and, on special occasions, loves trading her compression tights and running shoes for traditional kimono and geta! One of Yayoi’s favourite Japan experiences is participating with her husband in Fukuoka’s annual Yamagasa Festival, a World Intangible Cultural Heritage festival known for its high energy and spectacle.