About Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta (Yogya or Jogja) is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java Island. It is renowned as one of a center of education, classical Javanese fine art and culture, ancient history and magnificent nature scenery. Accompanied in the north by the smouldering Mount Merapi volcano and bordered to the south by the pounding Indian Ocean, the graceful old city of Yogyakarta has a mild climate making it easy for visitors to plan activities. Moreover, the people of Yogyakarta are known for their hospitality and good manners. It’s the perfect place to relax because of its serenity, tolerance and harmony.

Getting Around

Yogyakarta has Adisucipto International Airport which connects the city with some other major cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Pekanbaru, Palembang and Pontianak. It also connects the city with several countries. The city is located on one of the two major railway lines across Java between Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya. It has two passenger railway stations, Tugu Station and Lempuyangan Station. Commuter train in Yogyakarta is Prambanan Ekspress, also known as Prameks. This train goes from Lempuyangan Station to Solo Balapan Station in Surakarta (Solo) and Kutoharjo Station in Kutoharjo. The other commuter train is Madiun Jaya (Madiun-Lempuyangan) and Joglosemar (Semarang-Lempuyangan). The city has an extensive system of public city buses, and is a major destination for inter-city buses to elsewhere in Java or Bali. You can also drive to Yogyakarta through some lanes. From Jakarta through south lane, for instance, the route is Cikampek Toll road-Cipularang Toll road-Bandung-Nagreg-Garut-Ciamis-Banjar-Banyumas-Kebumen- Purworejo-Wates. The journey from Jakarta to Yogyakarta is about 9 hour drive.

10 Best Places To Visit in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta or Jogja is also known as the city of gudeg. This city is ready to welcome all kind of visitors from all around the world with its rich cultural heritages and warm hospitality. Get ready to witness the wonders of the ancient world in this area.

Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. The temple is decorated with reliefs were carved around the temple and told the story of Ramayana and Krishnayana. Located 17 km from the city center.

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach

The most famous beach in Yogyakarta, facing the Indian Ocean and located around 25 km south of the city center. There are sand dunes called gumuk around the beach. Besides water activities, you can also try paragliding in the nearby Parangndog Hill.

Malioboro Street

Malioboro Street

The name of this most famous street is derived from the Sanskrit language and has the meaning of wreath. It offers shopping and dining experience where you can find people with unique fashion or costumes.

Beringharjo Market

Beringharjo Market

Beringharjo is the place for quality but affordable batik. In this market, you need to have the ability to bid because it is possible to get a quality goods with cheap bargained price.

Jomblang Cave

Jomblang Cave

A vertival cave located in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta with an ancient forest inside. If you come to Goa Jomblang at 10 am until 12 noon, you will be able to see the light penetrating the cave that is often referred to as the light of heaven.

Yogyakarta Palace

Yogyakarta Palace

One of the popular tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. It is an historic building which used to be occupied by the Yogyakarta Sultan and his family. Enjoy the architecture of ancient sultanate and visit the museum that has a collection of Yogyakarta Sultanate items.

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi is the most famous mountain in Yogyakarta. The mountain is also one of the favorite locations nature lovers who like mountain climbing and enjoy the beauty of the sunrise at the summit.

Taman Sari Water Castle

Taman Sari Water Castle

A place of meditation for Yogyakarta royal family in the ancient times. It also serves as a bulwark against enemy attack. Today, the palace has attracted many visitors. Enjoy the fresh air and view of the ponds and fragrant flower gardens.

Pindul Cave

Pindul Cave

One of the popular destinations in recent years. This cave is located in Bejiharjo Village, Karangmojo District, Gunung Kidul Regency. The main allure of this cave is located in the underground river found along the cave. This cave has the 4th largest stalagmites in the world.

Gede City

Gede City

A tourist place in Yogyakarta that is suitable for you who want to enjoy sightseeing on foot. Find traditional silversmith shops and mosaic tiled houses lined along the street. Previously, these houses are the homes of the aristocracy and royal merchants.

Tips for Holiday to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is already well known, even to foreign countries. The city has become one of the favorite destinations in the country. Most tourist facilities are available. However, there are things you need to consider before your trip to Yogyakarta.

  • Before arrive in Yogya, first you should map the places you plan to visit by location or region. The benefit is to make your time more efficient and cost-effective transportation.
  • Book your flight, hotel and train tickets ahead, especially during high and peak season.
  • For long journey to tourist spots in Yogya, you can rent a car with a driver. For nearby attractions, you may rent a motorcycle as an alternative
  • Do not worry if you do not get accommodation in a hotel because it is full. Yogya also has a variety of accommodation types, such as inns and guest houses.
  • Bring along your Yogya’s travel map during the vacation in the city. If you do not bring a map, ask locals. Citizens of Yogya are very friendly and willing to help.