16 days in Cairns, Osaka & Okinawa City Itinerary

16 days in Cairns, Osaka & Okinawa City Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns, Osaka & Okinawa City Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  3​h
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Cairns, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Okinawa City, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Cairns, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 13th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary app .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums
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Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Dotonbori, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Osaka in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Osaka reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Kyoto
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Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten
Toji ©
Toji
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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Okinawa City, Japan

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Explore hidden gems such as Katsuren Castle Ruins and Okinawa City Music Museum Ongakumura. Visit Awase Shrine and The Site of Chibana Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okinawa City: Manza Dream Hole (in Onna-son) and Shirumichu (in Uruma). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza House Shopping Center, take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Post-War Cultural Material Museum Histreet, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Okinawa City trip maker app .

Getting from Osaka to Okinawa City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Uruma, Manza Dream Hole, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama, Scuba & Snorkeling, Sunabe No.1
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Sakima Art Museum ©
Sakima Art Museum

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kodai-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Danjo Garan), Nara Park (in Nara) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). See even more of Osaka: don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Okinawa City to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Sakurai, Koya-cho, Otsu, Horyu-ji Temple
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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Cairns, Australia

Cairns
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You can fly from Osaka to Cairns in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Osaka in May, with lows around 24°C. On the 28th (Thu), you're off tohome.

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Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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