How do you say something like: "There are 8 days until I go on vacation"? I'm pretty much confused on the how to say "x days/hrs/weeks until blank".

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There are 8 (more) days until my birthday.

(Sidenote: 8日 can be pronounced 「ようか」 or 「はちにち」, though I think NHK recommends 「はちにち」 for time intervals like this.)

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    When referring to periods of time it is worth to use 間, so that you get 8日間 which is pronounced as ようかかん。Never heard anyone to say it はちにち by the way.
    – Rilakkuma
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 21:36
  • @Rilakkuma I think both appear with about equal frequency, because you can think of it as either an interval or an ordinal in this context.
    – virmaior
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 3:45
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    間 is usually omitted in the "XまであとY日" expression ("XまであとY週間" is OK, though). I couldn't find anything authoritative about this, but ようか and はちにち here in this context does sound natural to me.
    – naruto
    Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 1:11

Not a direct translation, but you could say it like

今日の[8日後]{よう・か・ご}は旅行(の)スタート! → 8 days from today is the start of my vacation!

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