22 days in Cook Islands & Japan Itinerary

22 days in Cook Islands & Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Avarua
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands

— 3 nights
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Rua Manga (The Needle), and stroll through Aroa Marine Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avarua tour builder website.

Venice, Italy to Avarua is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Venice in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Avarua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

— 3 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at O'otu Beach, get outside with Akaiami, and kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Aitutaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For maps and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Tokyo in 26 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Aitutaki to Tokyo. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Cook Islands travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.