About Us

Chris Rowthorn

Chris RowthornBorn in the UK and raised in the United States, I’ve made my home in Kyoto, Japan, since 1992. In 1995 I started working as a Regional Correspondent for The Japan Times, a national English-language newspaper published in Tokyo. In 1996 I started writing for Lonely Planet Guidebooks and since then I have worked on 21 guidebooks to Kyoto, Japan, Tokyo, Malaysia, South-East Asia and Victoria (Australia). I spend part of each year in Hong Kong, exploring the city, training guides and planning routes.

Like most of Lonely Planet’s readers, I’m an inveterate traveler. I’ve traveled widely in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. My true passion is hiking and climbing and I’ve climbed in the Rockies, the Alps, the Japan Alps, the Himalayas and the Patagonian Andes. I’m also a keen diver and snorkeler, and my idea of heaven is floating over a coral reef somewhere in south-east Asia. While Kyoto is my home, in the past I’ve lived in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tokyo. I’ve also spent long periods of time in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Paris.

I spend part of each year in Hong Kong, exploring the city, and meeting and training guides.

When I’m not traveling, I enjoy seeking out new restaurants, bars and hot springs in and around Kyoto.