Why book with Japan Holidays ?

Japan Holidays’ goal is to provide our customers with the best  possible Japan Experience…

How do we do this?

Our team of travel specialists have expert knowledge on the country which is unsurpassed by many travel companies. They hold a strong bond with Japan having either lived there or visited many times.  Having specialists proficient in the language will make you feel confident in the having your travel plans managed thoroughly.

Japan Holidays is supported by an office in Japan staffed with local experts who are available to assist you in case of need whilst touring the country.

Our itineraries are tailor-made to include your interests, tastes and budget. Through consulting with you we are able to create an individual itinerary within your budget with an absolute commitment to quality. Key to this commitment is using locally-owned services wherever possible and therefore supporting the local people and providing more insightful and enjoyable experiences.

Personalized Your holiday itinerary is designed in consultation with you Experiences and interests enjoyed at your own leisure Accommodation to suit your style Specialist support throughout Specialists Our staff have lived in Japan or travelled extensively throughout. Local office in Japan staffed by experts who are available to support your travel Itineraries are designed to make the most efficient use of time and budget Specialist staff who not only plan your holiday but welcome your feedback on return Guides Japan Holidays Guides have been specifically chosen for their knowledge and experience Japan Holidays guides cover all regions of Japan from major centres to the most remote regions Guides for special interest activities including trekking, cycling and various creative experiences. Gain insights from Guides that know real authentic facts and can convey knowledge in a way that will ensure you the most efficient use of time and budget.

Meet our team

Tony Luxton
Tony LuxtonOwner | Director
Japan Holidays was established by Anthony (Tony) Luxton with the support of the travel industry in Japan.
Tony lived and worked in Japan for many years and established relationships that have been invaluable in placing Japan Holidays at the forefront of Specialists Agents dealing with Japan in such a short time.

Complimented by a strong Travel Industry background in destination marketing with Tourism Australia, Tourism Queensland and Air New Zealand and Ansett International,Tony commenced Japan Holidays in 2007.

Judy Luxton
Judy LuxtonOwner | Director
Judy has been travelling internationally since 1972 when she was the youngest member of the Australian Olympic Swim Team to the Munich Olympics (Dual Olympian 1972 & 1976).

Since that time Judy has travelled extensively with sport, business and holidays.

Bachelor- degree-qualified in Sports Science with a Graduate Diploma in Education, Judy has been invited on several occasions to Japan to assist in sport, business and international relations.

Judy joined Japan Holidays after 15 years in executive recruitment and has been passionate and well-travelled throughout Japan since the 70’s.

Special interest areas are snow skiing, golfing, food and culture.

Our consultants

Juliane Suzuki
Juliane Suzuki Senior Travel Consultant
Juliane brings a wealth of experience and intimate knowledge of Japan, having lived and worked in the country for many years.

During her time in Japan, she and her Japanese husband raised two children and lived in both large cities and rural parts of Japan, giving her an insight into the varied customs in different regions of Japan.

In her role as a Senior Travel Consultant, Juliane provides quality service with unique itinerary inclusions exclusive to Japan Holidays. As well as handling bookings on behalf of retail travel agents and clients she is responsible for developing new programs and escorting tours.

Kahoru Mizuta
Kahoru MizutaTravel Consultant
Kahoru has vast experience in Japanese travel.

Born in the historic hub of Nara rich in Japanese culture and traditions, Kahoru had long been passionate about exploring all the fascinating parts of Japan.

Kahoru has been employed by Japanese travel industry leaders JTB and HIS both in Australia and Japan.

As a Travel Consultant, Kahoru promotes the magnificent Land of the Rising Sun with the most adept, passionate and dedicated team at Japan Holidays.

Akira Kitamura
Akira Kitamura I.T. Manager
Akira uses his cross-cultural life experience and knowledge of Information Technology in order to manage website content and social media services.

He was born and raised in Saitama and Tokyo.

After graduating from University in Tokyo, Akira moved to Brisbane to study at the University of Queensland. He is currently studying Programming Languages, Web Development and Artificial Intelligence.

He aims to provide well qualified content to users via Japan Holidays website using data science.

Tokyo Staff

Tomoko Kikuchi
Tomoko KikuchiProduct Coordinator, Tokyo
A veteran of the Japanese outbound tourism industry, Tomoko has also worked for Tourism British Columbia (Canada) based in Tokyo managing all the marketing and sales promotions for this region of Canada.

Tomoko’s career now has begun anew as she focuses on inbound tourism into Japan and introducing the many hidden gems of Japan. Tomoko supports Japan Holidays’ Japan-based arrangements -including handling of tours and clients.

Our Japan Guides

Nobuko Takami
Nobuko TakamiHiroshima & Miyajima
Nobuko has been working as a tour guide for English-speaking visitors mainly in Hiroshima for about 14 years. She has been guiding Japan Holidays clients for the past 10 years receiving exceptional feedback.

Being born and raised in Hiroshima, she always tries to do her best in making her clients feel close to the spirit of Hiroshima.

In addition to Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Miyajima Island is a highly recommended, ‘must-visit’ site. Miyajima is almost a hometown to Nobuko, being the birthplace of her father. She always enjoys showing the scenery of this beautiful island and telling the history, culture and lifestyle of the local people.

Nobuko says seeing her customers smiling and relaxing is her greatest joy! Nobuko is hoping to meet you one day and be your best personal guide to Hiroshima and Miyajima. .

Shigetoshi Maruyama
Shigetoshi MaruyamaTokyo & Hakone
Shigetoshi was born in Kansai region, near Osaka and moved to Tokyo for university.

His business career started at a travel agency in Tokyo and about 10 years later joined an US airline as a passenger sales representative.

He began studying foreign languages again to become a professional tour guide and qualified for English & French guiding in 2014.

Since then he has been escorting many international customers in Hakone area as a member of Odawara-Hakone Goodwill Guide Service Club (volunteer guide club in foreign languages). His interests include Japanese history and traveling. .

Noriko Matsuyama
Noriko MatsuyamaKoyasan
Noriko has been a tour guide of Koyasan for more than twenty years.

From a casual private tour to the formal Ambassadors Tour, she has a wide range of guide experiences. Also, she is well known as a pioneer of “Koyasan Guide.” She has been awarded a prize by JNTO for her long and excellent guide activities.

She was born in Tottori Prefecture, moved to Kyoto for university, and worked for a trading company in Osaka. Now she lives near Koyasan.

As a licensed national guide, she has a chance to guide in the Kyoto and Osaka areas, however, she believes Koyasan is her home ground. Her personality is honest and happy. She believes that chance encounters with people make her life beautiful. She is looking forward to meeting you in Koyasan. .

Akira Hishida
Akira HishidaKanazawa
Hishida-san has been a tour guide for the Kanazawa area since obtaining tour guide qualifications in 2010

Hishida san comes to tour guiding after a long career with Nikko Ceramics, which saw him have many long oversees postings and experiences working in foreign countries, including the United States and Algeria.

An excellent speaker of both English and French, Hishida san is a lively and informative guide with a passion for learning and sharing.

Yuka Hirai
Yuka HiraiTokyo
Yuka was born and raised in Gifu, a central rich nature area of Japan, and has lived in busy Shinjuku Tokyo for the last 10 years.

As a certified service care-fitter, she has a great hospitality background and takes excellent care of all guests. She also possesses a strong mind, body and patriotism as she serves as a reserved official of the Ground Self-Defence Force of Japan. She has a career background in IT for many years, and on every tour, she applies her Project Management skill.
She provides a solution and strategy to find what tour suits her clientele in crowded Tokyo and the famous Hakone-Mt.Fuji area in limited time.
Based on constant fieldwork and research activities, she provides local updated information and latest trends. Let’s explore your Japan together with Yuka.

Yoshiki Morishima
Yoshiki MorishimaKyoto
Born in Kyoto and raised in Tokyo & Kyoto, JAPAN. Dedicated my teenage winter seasons to the Inari Grand Sanctuary as a shrine maiden

A.A. in English at Doshisha Women’s College & B.A. in Psychology at California State University, Northridge,USA. Worked for Daikin Industries, Ltd., a Japanese top-leading air-conditioning and fluorochemical company as a bilingual/executive secretary and travelled around Tokyo, Hakone, Nikko, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara & Nagano etc. with more than hundreds of English speaking businessmen, politicians, officials, artists & high school students. Awarded an honorary citizen at the State of Alabama, USA in 1997. Since 2002, freelance translator and tourist guide (National Guide Certificate No.EN00314). Love traveling both for business and pleasure, reading, walking, and meeting new people. Happily married with a teenage son!