Itinerary for Bhutan and Thailand, Summer 2023

Thailand, Bhutan, and Japan 2023

June 8th – June 26th, 2023

Dates are subject to change and this schedule is tentative.  Costs for travel will include transportation, housing, and most food.  Not included will be a gratuity for guides in Bhutan.  


Our travels to Asia take us to Japan and Bhutan.  The experience includes stays in houses and homes, and will offer cultural, historical, and meaningful connections with people and places in Japan and Bhutan.  

Daily Itinerary

The Japan Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Osaka: private train from Umeda Station to Omiya in Kyoto, stay in Aotake-an House; walking evening tour of Gion.  Dinner in Gion.

Day 2: Kyoto: Northern Higashiyama Area.  We will take the long walk on the Tetsugaku-no-Michi (path of philosophy) along the hills of eastern Kyoto.  We will stop in many small temples and parks including Nanzen-ji, Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in, Tenju-an, Konchi-in, Eikan-do, Honen-in, and Ginkaku-ji (Silver pavilion)…we’ll retrace our steps and return to the city.

Day 3: Bullet Train to Hiroshima; Peace Museum and Park, visit Miyajima Island.

Day 4: Kyoto: Arashiyama and Sagano Area.  A long cycling tour of the area including the bamboo grove outside the Tenryu-ji temple.  We’ll head to Kinkaku-ji temple and the Ryoan-ji Zen Gardens. As we head back to the house, we’ll stop at the Nijo Castle to walk along the nightingale floor!

Day 6: Fushimi Inari hike; lunch in Inari. Afternoon in Kyoto finding a special present for those at home.

Day 7: Flight from Osaka to Bangkok!

The Bhutan Itinerary:

Day 8: AM flight to Paro, Bhutan; tour of National Museum and Paro Dzong, evening in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu to Punakha: Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the Divine Madman), Punakha Dzong.

Day 10: Punakha to Trongsa: stops along the road (could be a long day), stay in Yangkill.  First visit to Trongsa Middle School.

Day 11: Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa National Museum; travel to Bumthang, Jakar

Day 12: Tang Valley; Orgyen Choling House (story of Pema Lingpa)

Day 13: Jakar to Trongsa; visit with family in Trongsa.  2nd Visit to Trongsa Middle School.

Day 14: Trongsa to Punakha: rafting on the Mochu River.  Evening hike to cremation grounds.

Day 15: Punakha to Thimphu: hike to Tango University. A visit to see the Takin!  Evening in Paro.

Day 16: Hike to the Tiger’s Nest!

Day 17: Thimphu to Paro; flight to Bangkok.

Day 18:  Return to U.S.

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