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  • Yogyakarta Solo Highway (JLS)
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  • Jalan Malioboro
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If Jakarta is Java’s financial and industrial powerhouse, Yogyakarta is its soul. Central to the island’s artistic and intellectual heritage, Yogyakarta (pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’ and called Yogya, 'Jogja', for short) is where the Javanese language is at its purest, the arts at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible.

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Dwarapala guardian statue at Donopratono gate of the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, the palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, Central Java, Indonesia, January 14, 2018

Beside the southern alun-alun (main square), Yogya's enormous kraton (palace) is the cultural and political heart of this fascinating city. Effectively a…

Taman Sari

This once-splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways, built between 1758 and 1765, functioned as the playground of the sultan and his…

Entrance to Sonobudoyo Museum, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Sono-Budoyo Museum

This treasure chest is one of the best museums in Yogya. It is only small but is home to a first-class collection of Javanese art, including wayang kulit…

Affandi Museum

Affandi Museum

One of Indonesia’s most celebrated artists, Affandi (1907–90) lived and worked in a wonderfully quirky self-designed riverside studio, about 6km east of…

Kota Gede

In 1582, Kota Gede was made the first capital of the Mataram kingdom, the founder of which, Panembahan Senopati, is buried in a tomb here. Today, the area…

Tombs of Mataram Kotagede

Tombs of Mataram Kotagede

The 16th-century founder of the Mataram kingdom, Panembahan Senopati, is buried in the small graveyard of an old mosque located in the suburb of Kota Gede…

Pasar Beringharjo

Pasar Beringharjo

Yogya’s main market is a lively and fascinating place to visit. Batik, catering for tourist tastes and mostly of the inexpensive batik cap (stamped batik)…

Kedai Kebun Forum

Kedai Kebun Forum

This fun, bohemian space is a key haunt for Yogya's arts community. The gallery curates mixed-media exhibitions and hosts pop-up shops, film screenings…

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Interesting Places

Gunung kidul, kulon progo.

  • Alun-Alun Kidul
  • Bantul Regency
  • Baron Beach
  • Beringharjo Market
  • Bukit Bintang
  • Candi Ijo Temple
  • Drini Beach
  • Gebang Temple
  • Greweng Beach
  • Gudangan Traditional Food
  • Gudeg Traditional Food
  • Gunungkidul Regency
  • Jogja Kembali Monument
  • Jungwok Beach
  • Kalasan Temple
  • Kalong Island
  • Krakal Beach
  • Kukup Beach
  • Mendut Temple
  • Merapi Volcano
  • Nglambor Beach
  • Ngobaran Beach
  • Ngrenehan Beach
  • Parangtritis Beach
  • Pawon Temple
  • Prambanan Temple
  • Prawirotaman Street
  • Ratu Boko Temple
  • Sadeng Beach
  • Sate Klathak Pleret
  • Sepanjang Beach
  • Sewu or Thousand Temples
  • Siung Beach
  • Sleman Regency
  • Sonobudoyo Museum
  • Sri Gethuk Waterfall
  • Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
  • Tebing Breksi
  • The Keraton / Palace of Yogyakarta
  • Titik Nol Kilometer
  • Vredeburg Fort
  • Wediombo Beach

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Yogyakarta Tourism Destinations After Kalibiru Is Pinus Pengger

The Special Region of Yogyakarta is one of the provinces of Indonesia that has a lot of beauties, there are always new tourist attractions there. Not surprisingly, Yogyakarta has become one of the favorite tourist destinations for travelers, both local and foreign tourists. Especially at this time, tourism in Yogyakarta continues to develop to present tourist destinations that are worth visiting. In addition to the Kalibiru National Park, there are new tourist destinations in Yogyakarta that should on your to-do-list when traveling to Yogyakarta. Kalibiru National ParkKalibiru National Park is…

The Uniqueness of A Hundred Year Old Tree Grows Towering From Inside The Cave

A towering tree inside Rancang Kencana cave in Bleberan Village, Playen District, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region. The tree is hundreds of years old. In 2003, a team of archaeologists from Gajah Mada University (UGM) conducted research on this tree. The results of his research, the tree is estimated to be about 300 years old. The big tree in the cave is called Klempit or Tlumpi. The Klempit tree bears fruit every rainy season. According to the local resident, the fruit of the tree can be eaten. The shape of…

Exploring A Waterfall That Was Once Used by A Hollywood Film

Every waterfall always keeps a story. Including the Sri Gethuk waterfall in Bleberan Village, Playen District, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region. Many people call Sri Gethuk a beautiful waterfall. The water comes from a limestone embankment river that cuts rock cliffs to form a waterfall. The Sri Gethuk waterfall flows into the Oyo river. Often the rocks under waterfalls are also used for meditation. Usually meditating in the morning before many visitors come. The beauty of Sri Gethuk waterfall is already famous. Even the Sri Gethuk waterfall was once used…

Explore Tebing Breksi Jogjakarta

When exploring Yogyakarta City, tourists should not forget to drop by in Prambanan Sub-District of Sleman Regency. Aside from offering beautiful temples, that area is also known for its Tebing Breksi or the Breccia Cliff. The exact location is in Sambirejo Village and it resides near to several famous temples like Prambanan, Ratu Boko, Candi Ijo, and Kalasan Temple. This majestic cliff is popular among tourists due to the excellent nuance and amazing landscapes, actually. No wonder, all visitors are likely to enjoy sightseeing and photography there. Some tourists also…

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  • 1.1 Tourist information
  • By bus
  • By taxi
  • By rail
  • Ride-hailing services
  • 2.2 By train
  • 3.2 By car or motorbike
  • 3.3 By taxi
  • 3.4 By ojek
  • 3.5 By ride-hailing
  • 3.6 By becak
  • 3.7 By andong
  • 3.8 On foot
  • 4.1 The Kraton
  • 4.2 Museums
  • 4.3 Art galleries
  • 6.1 Universities
  • 6.2 Art courses
  • 6.3 Language courses
  • 7.1.1 Batik
  • 7.2 Traditional markets
  • 7.3 Shopping malls & supermarkets
  • 8.1 Local delicacies
  • 8.3 Mid-range
  • 8.4 Splurge
  • 9.2 Lounges & bars
  • 10.1.1 Malioboro and Sosrowijayan
  • 10.1.2 Prawirotaman
  • 10.2 Mid-range
  • 10.3 Splurge
  • 11 Stay safe
  • 12.1 Telephone
  • 12.2 Internet
  • 13.1 Emergency
  • 13.2 Consulates
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Yogyakarta — despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja (JOG-jah) — is a major tourist destination in Java , Indonesia . It is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region, to the south of Central Java province.

Understand [ edit ]

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Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 375,000 people (2020) and the most popular tourist destination on Java , largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan . The city is a centre of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities.

The city ( kota ) of Yogyakarta is one of five districts in the semi-autonomous province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), the "Yogyakarta Special Region". The other districts are the regencies of:

  • Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mount Merapi to the north
  • Bantul all the way to the sea to the south
  • The hills of Gunung Kidul to the east
  • The lowlands of Kulon Progo to the West

This special status is thanks to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono , which has ruled the area since 1749 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. During the Indonesian war of independence, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX offered the fledgeling Indonesian government his enclave as a capital city. Yogyakarta became the revolutionary capital of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch. As a result, the newly-independent Indonesia appointed the Sultan as the governor of the province of DIY — the only one in Indonesia that is not elected directly by the people. The Indonesian central government has tried to weaken the sultan's power by calling for direct elections for the governor. The present sultan, Hamengkubuwono X, was chosen by an overwhelming majority.

Yogyakarta lies in one of the most seismically active parts of Java and has been repeatedly struck by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The worst in recent times was the earthquake of 27 May 2006, which killed over 6,000 people and flattened over 300,000 houses. The epicentre was 25 km (16 mi) south of the city, which avoided the worst of the quake. A very effective disaster recovery effort repaired most of the physical damage quickly.

Yogyakarta is full of domestic tourists during school holidays, with tourist buses on the visitor hotspots of shopping street Jl Malioboro and the northern palace square, or alun-alun , trapped in heavy traffic. Vehicles, parking and vendors contribute to the traffic jams.

Tourist information [ edit ]

There are three information offices, one at the airport, one at the main railway station, and this main one:

  • -7.79527 110.36574 1 Tourist information office , Jl Malioboro No.16 ( Next to Hotel Mutiara ), ☏ +62 274 566000 . M–Th 07:30–20:00, F–Sa 07:30–19:30 . Has maps in English and can give useful information. ( updated Nov 2017 )

Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ].

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Getting into the city [ edit ]

Since Adisucipto International Airport is closer to the city centre, there are numerous possibilities to get into the city:

By bus [ edit ]

  • TransJogja bus 1A goes to the main Tugu train station and Jl Malioboro for Rp3,500. Buy the ticket at the bus stop.

By taxi [ edit ]

Airport taxis cost around Rp50,000 depending on destination. Pay at the desk in the arrival terminal and head for the rank. Give the receipt to your driver, there is no need for any additional payment. It is about half the price to use a taxi dropping passengers off at the departure terminal - insist on using the meter. Expect to pay the Rp2,000 airport entrance fee, even though this has already been paid by the previous passenger on the way in.

By rail [ edit ]

Take the KRL commuter train [dead link] that runs between Surakarta and Jogja, from Maguwo station , a few minutes' walk from airport arrivals. In Yogyakarta, the train calls at the main Tugu station, just off Jl Malioboro, and Lempuyangan station. In Solo, it calls at Balapan and Purwosari stations.

Ride-hailing services [ edit ]

You can use ride-hailing apps to get picked up but you will be picked up outside the airport in front of the Class I Immigration Office on Jl Solo, an eight-minute walk from the terminal.

By train [ edit ]

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  • Yogyakarta and Solo are connected by the KRL commuter train [dead link] . The train stops at Prambanan station, even though it is rather far from the temple complex. The KRL also stops at Maguwo station for Adisucipto airport. A one-way trip costs Rp8,000. To ride the train, you can use a refillable multi-trip card that can be purchased at a ticket counter or vending machine at the station for Rp30,000 (initial balance contains Rp10,000). The multi-trip card is also valid for KRL commuter trains in Jakarta . Electronic money or bank-issued prepaid cards are a better alternative, as any credits are also usable for purchases at major retailers and convenience stores, the toll road, parking, and other public transportation (MRT and Transjakarta in Jakarta). Bank Mandiri's e-money or e-toll card, BCA's Flazz, BNI's tap-cash, BRI's BRIZZI, or Bank DKI's JakCard, are obtainable at the respective banks and minimarts such as Alfamart and Indomaret.
  • Trains from Jakarta take at least seven hours. The Argo -class trains ( Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga ) are the fastest and most comfortable, Rp375,000 (~8 hr, including mineral water and snacks). Taksaka is almost as good at Rp350,000. The line between Kroya and Prupuk is scenic, where the line crosses the main backbone mountains of Java. Business ( Eksekutif ) class trains from Jakarta (514 km (319 mi) 8 hr) now cost from Rp260,000 and from Surabaya from Rp110,000. A ticket on a 3rd class train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta costs from Rp85,000 and from Surabaya Rp50,000.
  • Passengers from Bandung to Yogyakarta can choose among 6 trains per day and need about 8-8.5 hours for the journey. You see a scenic part of Java during daylight. Mineral water and snacks are provided for Eksekutif train class.
  • Passengers from Surabaya are served by the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in the morning and afternoon.
  • -7.7901 110.3753 4 Lempuyangan train station ( Stasiun Lempuyangan ), Jl Lempuyangan . Serves economy class trains and KRL commuter trains.  

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  • -7.83486 110.39236 5 Giwangan Bus Station ( Terminal Giwangan ), Jl Imogiri Timur, Giwangan ( 4 km southeast of the centre ), ☏ +62 274 378288 , fax : +62 274 748 3333 . Regular services from across Java and beyond, including Jakarta (9 hours), Bandung (6 hours), Ngawi (3.5 hours) and Surabaya (8 hours). In Jakarta, there are many bus stations like Lebak Bulus in the south, Pulo Gebang in the East and Kalideres in the west. Passengers can choose an operator departing to Yogyakarta like Safari Dharma Raya, Handoyo, and Ramayana. From Surabaya, buses for Jogja leave from Purabaya Bus Station. Operators include Sugeng Rahayu and Eka. There is also some scheduled travel available. Buses to Jogja from Bandung leave from Cicaheum terminal, travelling either directly or via Purwokerto (6–7 hours, Rp45,000), from where there are regular buses to Yogyakarta (4–5 hours, Rp30,000). ( updated Mar 2019 )

Small shuttle buses called travel ply the routes from Semarang and Solo. One such service is Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Rp45,000 from Semarang, and Rp25,000 from Solo.

  • Joglosemar ( Joglosemar ), Jl Magelang Km 5.5 , ☏ +62 274 623700 . Rp25,000–45,000 .  
  • Day Trans , Purawisata, Jl Brigjen Katamso , ☏ +62 274 385990 . Rp50,000 (Semarang) .  

Get around [ edit ]


Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so travelling around town should not be too expensive. If you are travelling on foot, a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street.

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Medium and small buses are the main public transport in Yogyakarta.

The TransJogja rapid transit system operates from 05:30 to 21:30 and stops only at designated shelters. They are air-conditioned and generally safe. Tickets can be bought at the kiosks, and the cost for a single trip is Rp3,600. You can buy regular trip cards which cut the per trip cost to Rp3,000, and allow transit to other shelters. Get a free route map for the TransJogja buses at the Tourist Information Centre on Jl Malioboro.

Buses other than TransJogja normally operate 06:00 to 17:00, or 21:00 for some long routes. The cost for a single trip is Rp3,000 regardless of distance (within the city). Usually on a bus there will be a driver and a helper who will hang from the side of the bus and handle money and try to attract passengers. The helper will usually tap you on the shoulder to indicate you should pay him. If there is no helper you can pay the driver directly. When you are ready to get off a bus, tell the driver or helper "kiri" (KIH-ree) which means left.

By car or motorbike [ edit ]

There are several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station, on the street that runs east-west just south of the station. A car or motorbike delivery and pick-up at the airport remain the best way to rent them.

Driving a car in Indonesia is never a rewarding experience. But for those that would like to, a Toyota Avanza or Daihatsu Xenia (6 passengers) can be rented for around Rp250,000-Rp300,000 for 24 hours, or Rp175,000-Rp225,000 for 12 hours. A new green car, Toyota Agya or Daihatsu Ayla, can be rented for Rp150,000 for 24 hours. Most of the companies will ask you for the driving licence and ID cards for security reasons.

Renting a car with a driver is a more relaxing proposition. A driver will cost an additional Rp50,000-200,000 a day. The cost of a car with a driver may vary depending on whether fuel is included for a set distance or for the whole itinerary. Prices are always subject to negotiation and may increase or decrease due to local demand, type and age of vehicle and your individual requirements at the time. The normal rates (not the high season/peak season) will be around Rp450,000-500,000 per 12 hours' service.

A near new semi-automatic ( clutchless ) motorbike can be rented for Rp60,000 per 24 hours; older bikes may come for less, and fully automatic bikes such as a Honda Vario or Yamaha Mio may sometimes cost Rp5,000-10,000 more. Many roads outside Yogyakarta are unpaved, especially around the Mount Merapi area, so many motorcycle rentals offer a semi-offroad automatic bike with a daily fee around Rp75,000.

Yogyakarta's taxis are metered and most drivers are trustworthy. All taxis have a flagfall of Rp7,000 for the first kilometre and then Rp4,250 for every subsequent kilometre. Most trips around the centre should not cost more than Rp20,000. If you find a driver you feel comfortable with, ask for their mobile number so next time you need to travel you can call him directly. Most drivers are more than happy to do this.

By ojek [ edit ]

Motorcycle taxis are widespread. They usually gather at designated spots ( pangkalan ), where you will haggle your way to a ride. Not comfortable or convenient for carrying luggage, but quicker if the traffic is heavy.

Nowadays, organized ojek are strong competitors to taxis and ojek pangkalan . Pickup is free and you pay according to the printout from the meter. No haggling. Try:

  • O'jack motorbike taxi , Jl Dr Sardjito 11, Jogja; Rumah Makan Ny Suharti, Jl Solo 208 (Janti flyover) , ☏ +62 811 307-0707 , +62 852 1007-0707 , +62 274 700-0707 , +62 274 970-7707 . Rp2,000 per kilometer. ( updated Nov 2022 )

Disability ojeks are also available in Yogyakarta. The system is run by disabled persons, including the drivers. Using motorcycles with sidecars, the can carry a person with a wheelchair. Spacious enough, so two slim non-disabled people can also use it. Try:

  • Difa City Tour and Transport , ☏ +62 823 2801-6326 . Rp20,000 for the first 5 km and Rp2,500 for each subsequent kilometer . ( updated Nov 2017 )

By ride-hailing [ edit ]

You can request car or motorbike rides with ride-hailing apps such as Gojek, Grab and Maxim. They are typically cheaper than taxis, have short waiting times in the central area, and are mostly straightforward to use; however, expect very little English from most drivers. When you request a car or motorbike using one of these apps, it's handy to have an Indonesian speaker to help you communicate with the driver, or learn some of the keywords and phrases used in this situation. See the Indonesian phrasebook .

By becak [ edit ]

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Three-wheeled pedal-powered trishaws or pedicabs, known as becak (BAY-cha'), can be found in most parts of Yogyakarta, for shortish journeys (remember there is some poor guy pedalling away behind you). Haggle furiously before getting in. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a one-way or return ( pulang ) trip and if you want the driver to wait while you conduct your shopping or business. The journey from within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost more than Rp10,000.

By andong [ edit ]

The two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage is still found in Jogja. While happy to do a tourist jaunt, they are mostly used by the Jogjanese for shortish trips around their neighbourhoods, to and from the market, for example. There is also a "Grab Andong" service which you can order via the app and can be ordered along the Malioboro area.

On foot [ edit ]

As in the rest of Indonesia , walking in Jogja is probably one of the least convenient and least popular ways of transport, with two remarkable exceptions:

  • Jalan Malioboro, with its vibrant street life, colourful shop facades, large walkways and street artists;
  • The charming Kampung Taman Sari neighborhood containing the remains of the Taman Sari Water Castle.

See [ edit ]

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The number one must-see attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono's palace, better known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta . Near the palace are a number of other heritage buildings : the BNI '46 building, the Central Post Office and Bank Indonesia.

Other notable landmarks and attractions are:

  • -7.8283 110.3998 3 Kotagede . The capital of the ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. The tomb of its first king, Panembahan Senopati, is here in the royal graveyard. Before independence, Kotagede was Jogja's economic centre, as it had the largest market and was home to many wealthy batik merchants. Some of the older buildings have been modernised or replaced with newer buildings, but Kotagede remains a prime example of Javanese architecture and city structure. Check out the local silver handicrafts.  
  • -7.782903 110.366968 4 Tugu Monument . A downtown landmark. Built by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI, the spire was originally a sphere representing the universe. During the colonial era, the spire was replaced with a golden cylinder.  

The Kraton [ edit ]

The Sultan's palace or Kraton encompasses the main palace, the sultan's residential buildings, two alun-alun (palace squares), and a large residential area where the sultan's servants used to live.

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  • -7.804153 110.364366 5 Northern alun-alun ( Alun-alun utara ). Built for training the Sultan's army, it was opened to the public during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Now used for the quarterly Garebeg parade held in the months of Maulud, Besar and Sawal, according to the Javanese calendar. In the parade, the Sultan's servants carry huge cone-shaped offerings to the alun-alun . After the parade, attendees scramble to get a scrap of the offering as it is believed to bring good luck. Prior to the month of Maulud, a popular public fair is held here for 30 days, offers many kinds of goods from traditional handicrafts to Chinese ceramics. A snack associated with the fair is the doughnut-like galundeng . On weekend or holiday nights, pedal cars decorated with lights ( gowes ) can be hired to make a circuit of the square.  
  • -7.80577 110.364112 6 Kraton Yogyakarta . Sa-Th 08:00–13:00, F 08:00–11:00 . A calm and elegant example of Javanese heritage with two separate entrances; the Main Court ( Pagilaran and Siti Hinggil ) and the Residence. The Main Court showcases the grandeur of the Sultan's monarchy, while the Residence is more homely, showcasing the royal family's luxurious lifestyle. There are regular free performances of music and dance. Check out the times when you arrive in Yogajakarta. (Every Sunday at 11:00 as of Oct 2015). There are three gamelans in the palace, and the pavilion nearest the entrance houses one of them. If it is being played, feel free to take a seat and enjoy it for a while. The Residence: Rp12,500 (non-Indonesian resident) or Rp5,000 (Indonesian resident), Rp1,000 extra for a photo. The main court: half the price of the residence. A guide is part of the entrance fee, but they would appreciate a modest tip. You might be offered a trip to the 'sultan's servants' batik workshop'. This is a scam that will only bring you to a regular batik shop with inflated prices .  
  • -7.805478 110.362679 7 Carriage Museum ( Museum Kereta ). Houses the Sultan's horse-drawn carriages, including two beautiful carriages imported from the Netherlands and known as Golden Carriages ( kereta kencana ).  

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  • Siti Hinggil Selatan . This somehow-muted palace is rarely used for formal occasions. You can catch a shadow puppet performance during weekend mornings and nights. There is no admission charge for the show and you can come and go as you please, which you may well want to do as the show is long and somewhat difficult to follow if you do not speak Indonesian.

Also worth seeing is the prince's palace to the SE of the main palace.

  • -7.8039 110.3625 9 Masjid Gede Kauman . One of the oldest and largest mosques in Yogyakarta. Located on the west of Alun-alun Utara , this mosque was where the Sultan performs his religious rites and ceremonies. ( updated Nov 2017 )

Yogyakarta was designed so that the main elements of the city form an imaginary line. This straight line starts from Parangtritis on the coast, through the Kraton and Tugu Monument, and finally to Mount Merapi . This represents the Sultan's strong relationship with the guardian spirits of Mount Merapi and the ocean at Parangtritis.

Museums [ edit ]

  • -7.780687 110.375062 11 Dr. Yap Prawirohusodo Museum , Jl. Cik Di Tiro No.5, Terban, Gondokusuman , ☏ +62 274 562054 . M-Sa 09:00-14:00 . A medical museum was built in 1922. ( updated Oct 2022 )

Art galleries [ edit ]

  • -7.78582 110.37465 12 Bentara Budaya , Jl Suroto No.2, Kota Baru , ☏ +62 274 560404 , [email protected] . A cultural institute set up by the Kompas Gramedia publishing and media group. Branches in Jogja, Jakarta, Solo and Bali. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions.  
  • -7.8176 110.3625 13 Cemeti Art House , Jl DI Panjaitan No. 41 , ☏ +62 274 371015 , +62 81 2273-3564 , [email protected] . Fine art and modern art exhibitions, book discussions and performances.  
  • -7.78081 110.37734 14 French/Indonesian Cultural Center (LIP) , Jl Sagan No.3 , ☏ +62 274 566520 . Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions, performances, library.  
  • -7.8028 110.3655 15 Jogja Gallery , Jl Pekapalan No.7 ( near the northern alun-alun ), ☏ +62 274 419999 , +62 274 412021 , +62 274 7161188 , [email protected] . Tu–Su 09:00–21:00 . Modern art gallery exhibiting avant garde artworks.  
  • -7.8181 110.3628 16 Kedai Kebun ( Kedai Kebun Forum ), Jl Tirtodipuran No.3 , ☏ +62 274 376114 , [email protected] . W–M 11:00–23:00 . Art space managed by artists including gallery, performance space, bookstore and restaurant. Art exhibitions, performances, book discussions. Has accommodation for rent.  

Do [ edit ]

  • Golf — at Merapi Golf, 18 holes designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett. On the slopes of Mount Merapi, where you can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains while playing. The course was partially damaged during the 2010 eruptions but has been restored. There is also a smaller course in the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides — traditional horse-drawn carriages, the four-wheeled andhong and the two-wheeled horsecart call dokar , wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro. Haggle furiously. The traditional route is from Jl Malioboro to the Kraton. Andhong often want to take you to shop for fake Dagadu t-shirts at hefty prices in Ngasem. The cost for a round trip is about Rp20,000. They usually ask for Rp30,000 but may settle for less. While andhong primarily serve the tourist market, dokar are used more generally by the Jogjanese but are still happy to give you a tourist jaunt. Andhong can hold up to five adults, while a dokar will take about two only.
  • Masangin ( mas uk an tara dua berin gin , passing between the two banyan trees) — you can play this simple, fun game on the southern alun-alun. Participants are blindfolded and must walk straight between the two ancient banyan trees. It sounds easy but most participants usually fail.
  • Reflexology — achieve soothing experience by having a short reflexology massage. One of the hippest among Jogjanese.
  • Street chess — when it's quiet, particularly around the end of Jalan Malioboro near the Kraton, the becak drivers will play chess on the street with large wooden sets. You are welcome to challenge them and it's fun. This is how they pass the time between fares, so some play for several hours each day - you'll be up against some stiff competition. Don't offer or accept any bets on the outcome - it takes the fun out of a good way to interact with the locals and pass the time.
  • Sunday morning on the university boulevard — every Sunday, the main boulevard in the Gadjah Mada university campus is thronged with students, joggers and martial arts enthusiasts. Get there between 07:00-09:00 for a bit of exercise. After that, replace the calories you lost by sampling the foods from the many stalls. The choice includes opor ayam' (chicken curry with rice cake), bubur ayam (rice porridge with chicken), 'siomay (fish dumplings) and sate ambal (chicken satay with tempeh sauce). Don't forget to check the flea market nearby.
  • Balance Mind-Body-Soul , Jalan Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru , ☏ +62 274 742 7925 , +62 274 566717 . daily classes  

Learn [ edit ]

Jogja is a city of education as well as culture.

Universities [ edit ]

Jogja is a home to at least four universities. It may be possible for non-Indonesians to study at these universities through the Indonesian-government Dharmasiswa scheme. Studies in Indonesian performing arts are a particular focus for recipients of this support.

Art courses [ edit ]

  • -7.806939 110.369641 8 Sanggar Seni Kinanti Sekar , JL. Brigjend Katamso, Prawirodirjan GM II/1226 Gondomanan ( in the same place as Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta ). 15:00-21:00 . A place where you could learn both Javanese and Modern dance, and also Macapat and Javanese language (both speaking and writing). ( updated Mar 2019 )

Language courses [ edit ]

Jogja is well-known for its language schools. There are many to choose from, including:

  • Alam Bahasa - Bahasa indonesia course . An Indonesian language course with a combination of Bahasa Indonesia classes, cultural and travel activities. New classes start anytime.  
  • -7.7713 110.3909 9 Wisma Bahasa , Jl Affandi, Gang Bromo No.15A, Mrican , ☏ +62 274 561627 , +62 274 520341 , +62 851 0147-8518 , +62 817 545-1406 , fax : +62 274 561627 , +62 274 520341 , [email protected] . The oldest Indonesian language course in Yogyakarta Special Region, since 1982. Provides Indonesian, Javanese, Tetum, and English courses. Branches in Jakarta and Bali. Offers e-learning. ( updated Nov 2017 )

Buy [ edit ]

Jogja is the home of batik, traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware. Handicrafts from outside Jogja can also be found. Alternatively, as a modern city, there are stylish malls offering interesting goods and services at a reasonable cost.

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Handicrafts [ edit ]

  • -7.831712 110.399893 2 Monggo Chocolate , Jl Dalem KG III/978, Purbayan, Kotagede, , ☏ +62 274 373192 . daily 08:00-17-00 . Chocolate factory.  
  • -7.806562 110.366924 3 Tjokrosuharto , Jl. Panembahan Angkurat 58 , ☏ +62 274 375208 . This handicraft shop opens its door for business in 1954 and still operating today. It offers a large selection of Javanese handicrafts such as wayang kulit (leather puppet), wayang golek (wooden puppet), batik, keris, silverware, sculptures, and traditional outfits.  
  • -7.79296 110.365988 4 Dagadu , Malioboro Mall ( lower ground floor ). Offers funny contemporary t-shirts and souvenirs that revolves around Yogyakarta people's culture.  
  • -7.791432 110.365887 5 Ciamis Art Shop , Jl Malioboro No.153 . 09:00 -13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00. . Shadow puppets, masks, carvings, and more at fixed prices that are lower than in the market.  
  • Nadzar , Jl Malioboro No.187. Huge souvenir shop specializing in batik, art, jewellery, and more. Has every souvenir you could imagine at fixed prices .  

Batik [ edit ]

There are some excellent batik galleries selling hand-made paintings on cotton and silk. The cloth folds up easily for transport and can be ironed later. There are also several scams which you should avoid. Authentic batik should look vivid on both sides of the cloth; whereas stamped batik will only look vivid on one side . To get the best price, visit a gallery where they grade the quality of the pieces, usually using a scale from A-Z. Prices range from Rp50,000 for A (small student paintings), to Rp1,000,000 for Z paintings (usually large pieces done by master artists). You may be able to haggle an extra 25% off the marked price. Beware shops which buy and resell the paintings, marking up the prices for Z-level artwork to Rp8,000,000 - this is massively overpriced.

  • -7.799099 110.364917 6 Hamzah Batik ( Mirota Batik ), Jl Ahmad Yani No.9 ( opposite Beringharjo market ), ☏ +62 274 588524 , +62 274 518127 , +62 274 547016 . The large family-owned store offers plenty of handicrafts, not only from Yogyakarta but also from all parts of Indonesia.  
  • Ori Art Gallery . A reputable batik painting shop with a large selection and fair prices, and you can usually watch an artist there demonstrating the fascinating and meticulous technique.  

Traditional markets [ edit ]

  • -7.798767 110.36563 7 Pasar Beringharjo ( Beringharjo Market ), Jl Pabringan No.1 ( north of Vredeburg Fort ). The largest traditional market in town. The vendors sell many kind of goods, ranging from basic household items (vegetables, fruit, meat) to many kind of handicrafts. Haggle furiously.  

Shopping malls & supermarkets [ edit ]

  • -7.78262 110.37901 10 Galleria Mall , Jl Jendral Sudirman 99-101 , ☏ +62 274 583661 , fax : +62 274 583711 . A compact mall anchored by Matahari department store. The food court at the basement is popular among the youths. Features many interesting restaurant including KFC , McDonald's Express , Thai Express , Bakso Gress (Chinese meatballs served with noodles), Mie Nusantara, Bee's (Japanese Bento), Es Teler 77, and Cheers Cup (assortments of fresh drinks).  
  • -7.79544 110.36534 11 Ramai Mall and Ramai Supermarket , Jl Jendral Ahmad Yani No.73 , ☏ +62 274-562482 . 09:00–20:00 . Big department store. The least expensive A/C supermarket in Jogja. low prices .  
  • -7.78024 110.3728 12 Mirota kampus dept store and supermaket , Jl Simanjuntak No.70 , ☏ +62 274-561254 . 09:00-20:00 . low prices. .  
  • -7.79812 110.36871 13 Progo -Mall & Progo Supermarket. ( Toko Progo ), Jl Mayor Suryotomo No.29 , ☏ +62 274 513419 , [email protected] . daily 08:30–21:00 . Has operated since 1968. low prices . ( updated Jul 2016 )

Eat [ edit ]

Yogyakarta food used to be known for its sweetness. However, as more and more people move to Jogja, the city starts seeing more diversity in flavor. Now you can find many kinds of interesting dishes, from sweet, spicy, to fiery. Sometimes a fusion from other cuisines such as Chinese or Western can be found. Since the influx of people from around the country, you can find some restaurants and cafes that open until 23:00 in the centre.

If you want to eat the traditional way, head to Malioboro for a lesehan dinner in front of the closed shophouses, similar to the Japanese eating style on a tatami , but you sit on a mat and eat with your hands (you can ask for cutlery though). The food is ready to serve, — vegetables, fried and grilled meat (satay, seafood) are the most common, served with white rice. You can also order traditional gudeg . While this is a favorite among locals for the mingle for hours, do not expect very cheap prices.

Local delicacies [ edit ]

The following dishes are recommended:

  • Gudeg , a sweet and dry curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and the most famous local dish. Goopy slop in various shades of brown, the stuff does not look particularly appetizing, but it can be tasty if done right. There are many gudeg restaurants, but the most popular are: Gudeg Wijilan, Gudeg Juminten, Gudeg Bu Tjitro, Gudeg Tugu, Gudeg Bu Ahmad. If you can wake up early in the morning, you may find small stalls serving Gudeg just at the corner of the street, or close to traditional markets. If you can't sleep at night, you can go to Jalan Janturan and enjoy the Gudeg Pawon (enjoying gudeg inside the old style kitchen) that open in late night. Due to the heavy fiber content of young jackfruit and the thick coconut milk, those who have a weak stomach may have trouble with gudeg.
  • Ayam geprek , the original can be found just outside the city limit at Ayam Geprek Bu Rum , deep-fried chicken with crispy batter which is then crushed under pestle along with chili peppers, salt, and garlic and served with rice. Various side dish can be added to the chicken such as grated cheddar, fried eggplant, tempeh, or tofu.
  • Oseng mercon , spicy stir fried beef and offal.
  • Brongkos , sweet beef and bean in a keluak nut soup.
  • Enthok slenget , spicy muscovy duck soup.
  • Nasi langgi, locally known as sego langgi (langgi rice). Warm rice served with various side dishes. Can be found in small stall in Gandekan St.
  • Kipo , bite-size snacks made of green tapioca dough filled with sweetened grated coconut. Can be found in Kotagede.
  • Bakpia , another bite-size snack made from sweetened green bean paste wrapped with thin dough pastry. The most popular bakpia is known as Bakpia Patuk, which not surprisingly, are sold in Pathuk street, also known as Jl. Aip K.S. Tubun.
  • Jadah tempe , sandwich of rice cake and sweet beancake. Can be found in Kaliurang.
  • Es rujak or rujak es krim , a fruit salad made from mangos, papayas, apples, pineapples, cucumbers etc., mixed with palm sugar, lime juice, salt, chillies and (of course) ice cream (es krim). All flavours (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, salty) in one plate. In case you are at UGM campus, have a look along Jalan Kaliurang. Small foodstalls sell es rujak there (only very late morning to early afternoon). If you are not close to UGM, keep your eyes open.

Budget [ edit ]

Yogyakarta is a heaven of inexpensive foods, and some tasty and filling dishes can cost as little as Rp5,000. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of hawker stalls offering inexpensive foods.

  • -7.788916 110.365713 1 Angkringan Tugu ( Angkringan Lik Man ), Jl Wongso Dirjan ( to the north of Tugu station. ). 18:00–04:00 . Famous for its small rice packets ( sego kucing ). Drink kopi joss , strong Javanese coffee heated by dropping a piece of glowing charcoal into it. Rp1,000–6,000 . ( updated Nov 2017 )
  • -7.819845 110.368112 2 Bakmi Jawa Harjo Geno ( just off Prawirotaman II street ). Be prepared to wait up to two hours! Tip: if you think that fried noodles go well with beer, you can grab a Bintang at the nearby Tante Lies restaurant. ( updated Jul 2015 )
  • Gudeg Tugu , Jl. Diponegoro ( close to Kranggan marketplace ). 19:00-01:00 . Popular Gudeg stall. A complete dish consists of: warm rice, shredded chicken, brown hard-boiled egg, gudeg , areh sauce, and the hot & spicy sambal goreng krecek . Rp7,000-10,000 .  
  • Kamikoti Cafe , Ngadisuryan No 4, Alun-alun Selatan . Serving good quality milk, coffee & tea at affordable prices, near Masangin and the Taman Sari complex. From Rp5,000 .  
  • -7.79708 110.36349 3 Rame Rame Vegetarian , Jl Beskalan ( Go south on Malioboro from Tugu station until you reach an intersection with a large Ramayana store, then turn right (west) onto Beskalan, continue for about 200 m. The restaurant is on the right (south) side of the street. There is a faded red banner advertising vegetarian food. ). A very small restaurant with meat and vegetarian options and owned by a very friendly woman. Has a delicious soup, noodles, mushrooms, vegetables, meatballs and cilantro for Rp9,000.  
  • Rumah Makan Es Ceria , Jl. Gandekan Lor No. 42 ( close to Sraswijyan, just go west from the hotels and turn left ). Great, cheap food including a smorgasbord where you choose what you like and then the cashier estimates a price. Tasty and cheap. Also ice desserts and fruit shakes.  
  • -7.779994 110.377574 4 Sagan Super Sambal , Jl Sagan I no. 5 and Jl Timoho no. 111 ( go east from Tugu Jogja, to Jl. Jendral Sudirman. At the first crossroad (with Gramedia in the corner), turn left (north) to Jl. Cik Ditiro. After 350 m turn right and go straight on until the end of the road with a T-junction; you will see the restaurant in the right corner of the T-junction ), ☏ +62 274 589279 . 09:00-17:00 . Specialising in sambal, the Indonesian delicacy of spicy, hot chilli infused sauce. Also, Indonesian-style beef ribs. Rp5,000-30,000 .  
  • Soto Pak Soleh , Tegalrejo ( near Diponegoro Museum ). This well-known restaurant is Pak Soleh's family business and is now operated by his son. They only serve Yogyakarta-style beef soup as their main menu, which has a spicy taste from ginger. Rp5,000 .  
  • Waroeng Jepara , Jl. Wolter Monginsidi 49, Jogjakarta . Famous for their traditional Jepara flavours (only warung in Jogjakarta that serves Jepara food), this modern-furnished warung is run by friendly locals. Speciality includes "pecil pari" (spicy stingray), "bothok tahu" (tofu in papaya leaf) and "sayur lodeh" (jackfruit soup). Rp5,000-30,000 .  
  • Xtra Hot , Jl Main, Kaliurang ( next to BCA Bank ). A local tent (tenda) restaurant specialising in grilled food, with a good variety of sambals (chili) to choose from, yet with good prices. From Rp4,500 .  
  • Pempek Ulu Bundar ( near Mirota crossroad ). serves delicious pempek and kakap meat ball soup. Most expensive menu is Rp5,000 .  
  • The House of Raminten , Jl. Faridan Muridan Noto 7 ( next to Mirota Bakery, can be reached using Trans Jogja bus ). Javanese restaurant with traditional food like jamu godhog (Indonesia's herbal recipe). From Rp5,000 .  
  • Dapur Solo , Jl Demangan Baru No. 1. . Special Yogyakarta and Jawa Tengah delicacies. Famous here are nasi timlo and nasi liwet .  
  • -7.800532 110.346419 5 Soto Kadipiro ( Soto Kadipiro Pusat ), Jl Wates No.31, Gang Darussalam, Ngestiharjo, Kasihan, Bantul , ☏ +62 274 618722 . ( updated Jul 2016 )
  • -7.783474 110.367895 6 Empek-Empek Kamto , Jl. Beskalan 3 ( opp to Ramai Shopping Mall's south entrance ), ☏ +62 274 514294 . Originating from Palembang, deep-fried fish cake and served with sour soy sauce. There are many varieties of empek-empek: kapal selam (means submarine) comes with boiled eggs inside, adaaan / bulat has a garlic taste, while lenggang is an empek-empek omelette.  
  • Bakmi Kadin , Jl. Bintaran Kulon 3 . Javanese style soft-fried noodles. Don't miss the popular wedang bajigur , a local beverages made from warm coconut milk with subtle ginger flavour and garnished with diced coconut and kolang-kaling . Local kroncong street quartet often performs in the area. Rp18,000-20,000 .  
  • Sate Karang , Lapangan Karang, Kotagede . 17:00-22:30 . Grilled beef satay served with lontongs (rice cake), peanut sauce and thin curry soup. Rp15,000 .  
  • -7.833813 110.390687 7 Mie Ayam Bu Tumini , Jl. Imogiri Tim. No.187, Giwangan , ☏ +62 274 410334 . 10:00-17:00 . A mie ayam (chicken noodles) with thick gravy sauce. Start from Rp8,000 . ( updated Jul 2022 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • -7.81928 110.37251 8 NOT EXISTING LISTING IMAGE Easy Groovy ( Easy Groovy Restaurant & Bar ), Jl. Prawirotaman 43 , ☏ +62 274 4284 123 , [email protected] . 12:00-01:00 . A beautiful restaurant & bar on a lively spot with a nice terrace. serving tasty Mexican, Indonesian and Western dishes in a comfortable and warm atmosphere. Also a great place to sit on the terrace to enjoy a drink. Happy Hour until 19:00 discount on beers, wine and cocktails. Wifi is free of charge. Live Music on the weekends from 8:30pm. mains from Rp 45.000 . ( updated Dec 2023 )
  • FoodFezt , Jl. Kaliurang km 5.5 , ☏ +62 274 554554 . Many kinds of local Indonesian foods: Nasi kebuli, nasi merah, soto betawi, sate buntel, mushroom satay and also dessert-like pancakes, and ice creams. It has a garden with lots of bamboo trees and other plants. The waiters use wireless gadgets to serve their customers in order to maintain a 'paperless' order system.  
  • Gudeg Sagan , An eating place in Jalan Sagan (in front of Toko Sagan Baru) offering rice, seasoned porridge, gudeg, areh sauce, sambal goreng krecek, complete with chicken and brown hard-boiled egg.
  • -7.80349 110.36669 9 Gudeg Wijilan Yu Djum , Jl. Wijilan 31, Kraton & Jalan Kaliurang km 4.5, Karangasem CT III/22 , ☏ +62 274 515968 . A more lavish variety of Gudeg , served with thicker sauce, and more expensive as well.  
  • -7.793096 110.378056 10 Kedai Rakjat Djelata ( as you exit Lempuyangan station walk left, cross the main street (under the bridge) and go right. Total walking time 5 minutes ). Javanese cuisine with a modern twist. Tasty food in a nice setting, yet not expensive. ( updated Jul 2015 )
  • Kedai Tiga Nyonya , Jl. Jendral Sudirman 16 , ☏ +62 274 589315 . 10:00-22:00 . Peranakan food restaurant, a fusion of Indonesian, Chinese and Dutch cuisine. Their speciality is grilled fish, sour ribs soup and candlenut chicken. Rp20,000-50,000 .  
  • -7.82034 110.3668 11 Kesuma Restaurant , Jl. Sartono No.829, Mantrijeron 3 ( cross street Jalan Surami ), ☏ +62 812 29 42 66 85 . M-Sa 11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:00; only available for reservations . Local home cooking in the familiarity of a typical Kampung house. Rp80,000 - 150,000 . ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • -7.798577 110.36223 12 Mie Bandung . Despite the name, this is not a noodle restaurant, but rather a Chinese restaurant. Don't expect authentic Chinese food, but rather Indonesian-Chinese. The wonton is really good though, and they also serve beer! If you find yourself craving Chinese food in Jogja, this is one of the few places you can go to. ( updated Jul 2015 )
  • Pesona Rasa , Jalan Aip. II K. S. Tubun no. 15 , ☏ +62 274 7001471 . A nice Chinese food family restaurant. Serves delicious and fresh Chinese dishes such as: fried rice, fried noodle, tofu, fresh capjay and vegetables. In Pathuk area, 5 minutes from Malioboro. With friendly service and wallet-friendly prices.  
  • Quali Resto , Plaza Ambarrukmo, 3rd floor, near the foodcourt. Serves various kind of Chinese dishes, but their specialty is kwetiaw (wide noodles). Rp20,000.
  • Sapi Bali , Jl. Umbul Permai, Mudal, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, ☏ +62 274 7858938 . Serves Balinese style ribs, although a little too hot and spicy for some foreigners. If you do not like hot and spicy food, opt for the Soy Sauce Ribs. Rp25,000.
  • Sendang K Pitoe , ☏ +62 274 747 1114 . A famous shrimp and sea food restaurant located on the outskirts of the city, specifically Jamur, Minggir, Sleman. Very delicious fried shrimp served fresh from the ponds in the still relatively untouched village. Should not be confused with the nearby Mang Engking, also a shrimp restaurant with an ill-earned reputation for dirty food.  
  • -7.778346 110.364387 13 Takigawa . Japanese restaurant that also serves shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot). ( updated Jul 2015 )
  • Via Via , Jl. Prawirotaman, An excellent traveller's cafe, there are clocks on the wall showing the time in other Via Via cafes around the world and a mix of travellers and Indonesian locals. Offers a range of western dishes (good French onion soup) and specialty Indonesian dishes at a good price. Caters very well to vegetarians (tofu and tempe). Cane chairs and lots of space and games. Rp30,000-100,000.

Splurge [ edit ]

Jogja has many 'high-end' restaurants serving western to Asian to Asian-fusion cuisines.

  • Royal Garden Restaurant , Jl. Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun Utara , ☏ +62 274 386767 , +62 274 373343 . Chinese-Indonesian dishes with kraton-style atmosphere. Rp40,000-80,000 .  
  • -7.818452 110.364562 14 Mediterranea , Jl. Tirtodipuran No.24a Mantrijeron Yogyakarta 55143 , ☏ +62274371052 . 08:00-23:00 . Serves French and Mediterranean dishes. Open all day, serving breakfast before midday. Sells espresso and has a wide range of fresh juices available. Also includes a small specialty shop with imported goods and fresh baked bread and pastries. Best croissants in Jogja. ( updated May 2022 )

Drink [ edit ]

Clubs [ edit ].

Usually all clubs are willing to give free entry before midnight if you call and ask for a guestlist, unless on an important event night.

  • -7.788841 110.367266 1 Republic , ☏ +62 274 566353 . Hotel INNA Garuda, Jl. Malioboro 60. DJs and live music.  
  • Embassy , ☏ +62 274 484950 . In Sheraton Hotel complex area (there's a tunnel connecting the club). Entrance fee around Rp35,000-100,000, depends on the event. Full set DJs. Music ranges from trance, house, to dubstep. The drinks are genuine, but are pretty pricey. Have a weekly discount night called Monday Madness 50% off. Usually they have free drinks from 22:00-02:00 on the last Thursday of every month with a fee of Rp100,000/person.  
  • Platinum , Jl. Sudirman . ( updated May 2020 )
  • Cubic , Demangan .  
  • SUGAR Executive Club , Jl. Tentara Pelajar ( Indoluxe Hotel ).  
  • Terrace , Seturan ( near STIE YKPN ).  

Lounges & bars [ edit ]

Lounges and cafes are found throughout Indonesia's trendy inner city environments.

  • -7.817996 110.361331 2 Easy Garden , Jl. Suryodiningratan 10 , ☏ +62 274 4284 123 , [email protected] . 12:00–01:30 . Cosy beanbags in a lush garden or sitting under grape pergola. Offers Shisha as well for Rp 75.000 Live music Th-Sa nights from 21:00. Free plunge pool, billiard table & wifi. Cocktails Rp45-90,000, beers Rp25-65,000 . ( updated Jul 2022 )
  • Corner of Jl. Parangtritis & Prawirotaman A bunch of casual street bars are found here, some of them with loud music and bar girls.

Sleep [ edit ]

There are hundreds of hotels in Jogja. All the major international and national chains are represented — Accor, Sheraton, Hyatt, Melia — but there is much of local interest at all budget levels.

Budget under Rp250,000 [ edit ]

Most of the budget accommodation is on Jl Sosrowijayan (adjacent to Jl Malioboro) and in the Jl Prawirotaman area, about 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south of the centre.

Malioboro and Sosrowijayan [ edit ]

Many backpackers find places to stay on the alleys around Gang Sosrowijayan, close to the Tugu train station and Jl Malioboro. Gang-3 is a red light area. The 'losmen' tariff is from Rp100,000 a day in low season and up to Rp250,000 a day for a losmen with facilities: aircon, en-suite bathroom and TV. The gangs are 10-15 minutes walk from the train station. If you follow one of the touts advertising cheap accommodation your stay might be more expensive as they will get a commission for bringing you there.

  • -7.7905 110.364 1 Andrea Hotel , Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140, Gang 2 , ☏ +62 274 563502 , +62 813 2858-5516 , [email protected] . Across the street from Setia Kawans alley, clean, friendly European owner, bar facilities, A/C rooms and fan rooms. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, western toilet and sink. Credit cards accepted. To 140,000 to–285,000 including breakfast .  
  • -7.79165 110.36392 2 Bladok Losmen & Restaurant , Jl Sosrowijayan No.76 , ☏ +62 274 560452 . A small hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, traditionally designed. All rooms have a private bathroom attached. Rooms with a balcony are available. Double room with fan & hot shower Rp140,000. A basic room is about Rp100,000 .  
  • -7.802298 110.356582 3 Bunk Bed And Breakfast , Jl Wahid Hasyim No.23, Nagampilan , ☏ +62-274-383033 . Check-in: 13:00 , check-out: 11:00 . Air-con 4/8 bed dorms with own/outside bathroom. Free WiFi and breakfast. from Rp75,000 per person . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • -7.797588 110.382228 4 Edotel , Jl Kenari No.4 , ☏ +62 274 558436 . Neat hotel run by students of the vocational high school next door so all the income benefits the school. The beds are big and cozy, and its in a great part of town, near the center but quiet. The student staff are wonderful and there are hot showers and WiFi in all rooms. In a fairly conservative Muslim part of town - couples will not be able to share a room unless they are married, even same sex friends sharing a room can be problematic.  
  • -7.79157 110.36349 5 La Javanaise Homestay , Sosrowijayan Wetan Gt 1/187 , ☏ +62 274 556054 . Very friendly and welcoming place to stay near Jl Malioboro. Includes breakfast. Rp150,000 .  
  • -7.78988 110.36414 6 Losmen Candi , Jl Pasar Kembang No. 5 ( very close to Tugu Station ), ☏ +62 817 4121 1997 . Clean and tidy with various options to suit the budget traveller including 4-person rooms. from Rp100,000 .  
  • -7.791527 110.364562 7 Losmen Nuri , Jl Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/77 , ☏ +62 274 543654 . Very clean rooms, nicely decorated and a good atmosphere, rooms with shared or own bathroom. From Rp100,000 (negotiable).  
  • -7.7912 110.3597 8 Lotus Losmen , Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/167 ( From Sosrowijayan take the alley past Monica hotel, take a right, a left into ever smaller alleys. ), ☏ +62 274 515090 . Quiet place deep in the back alleys of Sosrowijayan. Friendly owner will make you a nice breakfast. Small but cozy roof terrace. Rooms are clean with attached bathroom. Good WiFi. Rp100,000 (fan), Rp140,000 (A/C) .  
  • -7.791186 110.363382 9 Monica Hotel , Jl Sosrowijayan GT1/192 , ☏ +62 274 580598 . Renovated, clean place. Make sure to insist on getting a receipt and keeping it for the duration of your stay in the city. Rp60,000 standard room with fan and attached hot water bathroom, includes breakfast, toast and coffee/tea. Rp100,000 for 4 occupants room with fan and attached hot water bathroom .  
  • -7.794033 110.366062 10 The Munajat Backpacker , Jl Malioboro 26 ( 5 min walk from Tugu train station ), ☏ +62 274 585138 , themunajatbackpacker​ . 5 rooms with fan and attached bathroom, 4 rooms with fan and separate bathroom. Free WiFi. dorm bed Rp75,000 .  
  • -7.802075 110.360921 11 Sante Commune , Jl Nyai Ahmad Dahlan No 17 ( walk or take rickshaw from train station ), ☏ +62 819 9847 1235 , [email protected] . Check-in: 14:00 , check-out: 12:00 . Small hostel in the city center, walking distance to Malioboro, Museums, Sultan Palace, Water Castle. Free WiFi. dorm bed Rp70,000, private room from 130,000 .  
  • -7.790419 110.364404 12 Setia Kawan , Sosrowijayan Wetan GT.1/27 , ☏ +62 274 512452 . Artistic hotel down one of the two main alleyways close to the train station. Clean, comfortable, and imaginatively decorated rooms without windows (think Dali meets Indonesia). Down the street is the owner's restaurant, offering a variety of Indonesian and vegetarian meals for cheap. If you stay at the rooftop be quiet, otherwise you may be kicked out without warning. Often full. From Rp110,000, including breakfast .  
  • -7.79653 110.36281 13 Yogyakarta BnB , Jl Sastrodipuran No.19 , ☏ +6281998471232 , [email protected] . Check-in: 14:00 , check-out: 12:00 . Not really a hostel, feels like home. Managed by Indonesian travellers knowledgeable about the needs of other travellers. Serves awesome local breakfast. They change the breakfast menu daily. In the quiet part of the city center. Close to train staion. Free Wi-Fi, drinking water, tea and coffee. You can also use their kitchen to cook. Dorm from 70K. Private room from 110K. Breakfast +20K. . ( updated Feb 2023 )

Prawirotaman [ edit ]

  • Delta Homestay , Jl Prawirotaman XI/597a , ☏ +62 274 372051 . Fan single and double rooms with common bathrooms. Rp130,000 .  
  • Kampoeng Djawa , Jl Prawirotaman I/40 , ☏ +62 274 378318 . Clean rooms with fan or A/C arranged around a garden filled with the sounds of birdsong and running water. TV, pleasant, attentive and helpful staff. Free WiFi, water, tea and coffee. Rp110,000 (fan) .  
  • Parakesit Guesthouse , Jl Prawirotaman I/24b , ☏ +62 274 375002 . Has fan and A/C single/double rooms all with own bathrooms and TV. (All prices are negotiable). The family-run Parakesit GH has the lowest cost rooms in Jl Prawirotaman 1. from Rp95,000 .  
  • -7.819335 110.369753 15 Prambanan Guesthouse , Jalan Prawirotaman 14 , ☏ +62 274 376167 , [email protected] . Check-out: 12:00 . Fan and A/C rooms with own bathrooms. Credit cards accepted. Rp170,000–480,000 including breakfast . ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • Rumah Eyang , Jl Parangtritis, Gang Sartono 823 , ☏ +62 812 2711-7439 . Tranquil with a serene touch, beautiful garden and art gallery space away from the hustle of Jl Malioboro. Twelve rooms with bathroom facilities, air conditioning/fan, and breakfast. Rp125,000–175,000 . ( updated Jan 2012 )
  • Sartika Hotel , Jl Prawirotaman 1 . Fan double rooms with own bathrooms. From Rp100,000 .  
  • -7.8041 110.36424 16 ViaVia Guesthouse , Jl Prawirotaman Mg 3/514A , ☏ +62 274 374748 . Some rooms have A/C and/or ensuite bathroom; every room is different, but all are clean and comfortable. WiFi is available. Breakfast is served at the guesthouse. Restaurant and tour agency nearby. Rp150,000–200,000 .  
  • Wisma Gajah , Jl Prawirotaman 4 , ☏ +62 274 375659 . Doubles and singles with swimming pool and terraces. Rp100,000–140,000 .  
  • -7.815103 110.362671 17 Trava House ( travahouse ), Gang Cempaka, Lorong Barat MJ3 No 45 ( find on google map : Trava House ), ☏ +62 819 98 47 12 33 , [email protected] . A vacation house in the center of Yogyakarta City. Private house with 3 Bedrooms House with a cute pool. Available for rent daily. from 690K .  
  • Joglo Plawang Boutique Villa , Jl Pakem-Turi km 5, Turi, Sleman , ☏ +62 274 446-1611 , [email protected] .  
  • Venezia Homestay , Jl Tirtodipuran 27 ( Prawirotaman area ), ☏ +62 274 374049 , [email protected] .  
  • Indraloka Homestay , Jl Cik Di Tiro 18 ( on the main road to Gadjah Mada University ), ☏ +62 274 544428 .  
  • -7.819 110.37021 18 Ministry of Coffee , Jl Prawirotaman I/15A , ☏ +6281327027201 . Prawirotaman's most modern establishment, clean white sheets, fluffy doonas and AC. Each room has a unique decor and colour scheme. Also has a coffee house, a library, and restaurant. ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • -7.82426 110.36898 19 Dusun Jogja Village Inn , Jl Menukan 5, Karangkajen ( south of Prawirotaman ), ☏ +62 274 373031 , +62 274 384438 , fax : +62 274 382202 . Check-in: 14:00 , check-out: 12:00 . Balinese-style garden courtyard and swimming pool, good clean rooms. ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • -7.79035 110.36638 20 Grand Inna Malioboro ( formerly Inna Garuda ), Jl Malioboro 60 , ☏ +62 274 566353 . Check-in: 14:00 , check-out: 12:00 . Established in 1908. 240 rooms are furnished in classic but modern elegance & face Jl Malioboro. ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • Puri Artha Hotel , Jl Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru , ☏ +62 274 274 563288 , fax : +62 274 562765 . A blend of traditional Javanese and Balinese style with western facilities.  
  • Yogya Moon Hotel , Jl Kemetiran 21 , ☏ +62 274 582465 , fax : +62 274 582084 . Near to Jl Malioboro. Cozy, affordable, close to 3-star class. From Rp200,000 .  
  • Pondok Terra Villa Accommodation Yogyakarta . Two luxurious villas in the centre of the town, just south of the Kraton area. Both are of a traditional Javanese style with private swimming pools an a 200-m² garden.  
  • -7.773813 110.368437 24 Hotel Tentrem , Jl. P. Mangkubumi No.72A, Cokrodiningratan, Jetis , ☏ +62 274 6415555 . Check-in: 15:00 , check-out: 12:00 . A 5-star hotel with two upscale restaurants and a polished lounge, plus an outdoor pool with a poolside bar. There’s also a spa, a gym and a boutique. From Rp1,363,326 . ( updated Apr 2023 )

Stay safe [ edit ]

Jogja has its share of petty crime like pickpocketing , especially in city buses and along Jalan Malioboro when crowded.

Watch out for gallery scams and street sellers trying to get a commission for batik. These tend to occur around the Kraton and Malioboro areas. Scammers will approach tourists and tell them about a government art centre and will hire cheap transport to the 'genuine' gallery. If you're interested in buying batik, this isn't necessarily bad, but you are, in essence, being manipulated.

Be cautious when walking in the city. Traffic is brutal! You might have difficulty crossing roads and streets, especially in crowded places. Pavements, even where they exist, are in poor condition, and signs over the pavement hang lower than head height for many foreigners, so watch your feet and your head. At night, street lighting will usually be poor, making it even harder.

Mount Merapi volcano looms over the city. The last eruption was in May 2018, spewing ashes about 6km high. Although it wasn't as big and destructive as in 2010.

Try to travel in groups if going to or from Parangtritis beach. The long stretch between Jogja and the beach can be dangerous at night. You may get stopped by someone riding a motorcycle trying to rob you. There are few police stations along the road, and often unoccupied.

Never swim at Parangtritis beach due to strong rip currents.

Connect [ edit ]

Telephone [ edit ].

The area code for Yogyakarta is 0274.

Internet [ edit ]

There are many internet cafes in Yogyakarta which offer speedy access. Some hotels provide free wifi in the lobby. The Taman Sari foodcourt at Ambarrukmo Plaza, locally known as Amplas , offers free Wifi.

The 24-hour Indomaret on Jalan Malioboro offers free Wifi and wall sockets, but can be a little noisy.

  • B@yonet , Jl. Jendral Sudirman 75 , ☏ +62 274 550553 .  
  • Gama Student Internet Center , UPT Perpustakaan Unit 2 Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. C. Simanjuntak .  
  • Ibis , Ibis Maliboro Hotel lobby ( near to the 'Link Cafe' at Malioboro Mall ).  
  • DOJO hotspot centre , Pogung Kidul Sleman .  
  • Shooternet , Jl. Ampel 10 Papringan .  
  • Indraloka Home Stay , Jl. Cik Di Tiro 18 ( on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada ), ☏ +62 274 544428 .  
  • -7.78257 110.36695 2 Fox Net , Jalan A.M. Sangaji No. 3 Yogyakarta , ☏ +62 274 511 359 . Internet café (warung internet), streaming, burn CD, print, scan. ( updated Jul 2016 )

Cope [ edit ]

Emergency [ edit ].

  • Ambulance , ☏ 118 .  
  • Police , ☏ 110 .  
  • Yogyakarta Police headquarters , Jl. Ringroad Utara , ☏ +62 274 563494 .  
  • Yogyakarta Police station , Jl. Reksobayan 1 , ☏ +62 274 512511 , +62 274 512940 .  

List of hospitals with 24 hours emergency room (ER), ( UGD ):

  • RSUD Kota Jogyakarta , Jl. Wirosaban 1 , ☏ +62 274 371195 .  
  • -7.776948 110.376985 4 RS Panti Rapih , Jl. Cik Ditiro 30 , ☏ +62 274 563333 .  

Consulates [ edit ]

  • France Consular Agency in Jogjakarta , Institute Franco-Indonesien Jl. Sagan 3 No. 1, Yogyakarta 55223 , ☏ +62 274 566520 , +62 274 547409 .  

Libraries [ edit ]

  • -7.784053 110.374339 1 Perpustakaan Kota Yogyakarta ( Yogyakarta City Library ), Jl. Suroto No.9 , ☏ +62 274 511314 . M 08:00-15:30;Tu-F 08:00-17:00; Sa 08:00-15:00; Su 09:00-14:00 . free . ( updated Mar 2013 )
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit Badran I , Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.4 , ☏ +62 274 588219 , +62 274 561218 .  
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit Badran II , Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.29 , ☏ +62 274 513969 , +62 274 563367 . ( updated Jun 2015 )
  • Badan Perpustakaan Dan Arsip Daerah, Unit malioboro , Jl. Malioboro No. 175 , ☏ +62 274 512473 . ( updated Jun 2015 )
  • -7.784752 110.370732 2 Perpustakaan Balai Bahasa ( Yogyakarta Language Hall ), Jl. I Dewa Nyoman Oka 34 , ☏ +62 274 562070 , fax : +62 274 580667 , [email protected] . M-F 08:30-15:00 . Free . ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • -7.774762 110.377005 3 Perpustakaan Pusat Studi Pedesaaan dan Kawasan UGM , Bulaksumur G/7 PO. Box. 2 UGM, Sayap Selatan , ☏ +62 274 6491151 , +62 274 564463 , fax : +62 274 564463 . M-Th 08:00-12:00, 13:00-15:30; F 08:00-11:00, 13:30-14:30 . Unlike most of the other university libraries in the city, this one is open to the general public. The collection is mostly about the social sciences. Free . ( updated Jun 2015 )
  • -7.812561 110.362365 4 Perpustakaan Iboekoe , Jl. Patehan Wetan No. 3 . free . ( updated Jun 2015 )
  • Perpustakaan Kunci , Jl. Ngadinegaran MJ III/100 , ☏ +62 274 7456680 , [email protected] . M-Sa 10:00-18:00 . free . ( updated Jun 2015 )

Go next [ edit ]

North [ edit ].

  • The massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur , the largest Buddhist monument in the world, is 40 minutes away by car and one of the main drawcards for visitors to Yogyakarta. Many tour buses (minivans) leave Yogyakarta at 05:00 for an early visit to Borobudur . This is a convenient way to skip the crowds which arrive mid morning, although a little more expensive: Rp45,000-50,000 (including a simple breakfast). However, the extra cost could save you money if tour participants chip in for a tour guide.
  • Gereja Ayam (Chicken Church) . Near Magelang . In response to what he claimed was a divine vision in 1988, Daniel Alamsjah, a devout Christian, spent every weekend over nearly a decade overseeing the construction of this multi-dominical bird-shaped prayer house. Alamsjah’s vision had been of a dove, but the its resemblance to a giant chicken has earned it its better-known moniker, Gereja Ayam – Chicken Church. Alamsjah ran out of funds in 2000 to complete it and left it to fall into decay. However over the next 15 years, curious visitors to nearby Borobudur began seeking it out. Increasing visitor numbers encouraged Alamsjah to return and begin work on completing the structure. The interior has been decorated in a style that may not be to everyone’s taste. From the parking lot it is 15 minute walk up a steep hill to the building (for which it is advisable to bring closed footwear). Shuttle rides are offered up the hill but these can be expensive. It is often included in tours to Borobodur. Open daily 05:00 to 16:30. The entrance fee is Rp30,000 (+ Rp10,000 parking fees for a car).
  • Kaliurang in Sleman Regency is the closest settlement on the southern slope of Mount Merapi . One reason to visit this town is the Ullen Sentalu Museum , an exotic museum dedicated to the culture and life of Javanese royalty. The museum is built into the surrounding landscape, with gardens, sculptures and an overall tranquil and natural environment. There is also a colonial-themed restaurant in the grounds called Beukenhof.
  • Ketep Pass , a pass located in the slope between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu offers a great vantage point for a spectacular view of both mountains. This site has a small cinema that regularly shows an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi . East of Borobudur , 40 minutes from Yogyakarta by car.
  • Salatiga , about 2½ hours from Yogyakarta, is closer to Semarang (1 hour) than Yogyakarta. Salatiga is a mountain resort town with several good resort-style spa hotels mainly aimed at people looking for a tranquil and relaxing escape from the city life. Activities in Salatiga include trying the famous "ronde" drink and Havana horses.

East [ edit ]

  • The Hindu temples of Prambanan , 20 minutes away, are a close second to Borobudur. The smaller temples of Kalasan and others are on the way to Prambanan. The entrance to Borobundur or Prambanan Temple costs Rp362,500 each.
  • The city of Surakarta aka Solo, a 45-min drive (also accessible with the Prambanan Ekspres train or the Joglosemar bus - see the Get In section) to the east is Yogya's royal twin and home to two royal kingdoms that are ancestrally related to Yogyakarta's Kingdom. The city's royal past is indicated through the two major keraton or palaces that are able to visited: the sprawling Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta , where the Pakubuwono kings live and the smaller but equally grand Pura Mangkunegaran palace, seat of Prince Mangkunegara. It is also a thriving arts and cultural center, home to the biggest batik manufacturers in Indonesia, and the Danar Hadi Batik Museum, which has the most diverse batik collection in Indonesia. Last but not least Solo offers a wealth of culinary experiences such as timlo (meat soup), its own soto or the fabled serabi (Javanese pancakes).
  • Ratu Boko palace, 2 km south of Prambanan . An ancient royal palace complex, similar in architectural layout with other Kratons or palaces in Java. Magnificently located on top of a hill, Ratu Boko has been restored.

South [ edit ]

  • Parangtritis , on the south coast, is one of the better known black sand beaches. Local folklore suggests that this beach is the palace of the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul or 'Queen of the South'. It is common knowledge among locals not to wear anything green in color, or the Queen will entice the wearer into the ocean to drown. Warning : Never swim at Parangtritis beach. Its wild waves are known to be deadly (rip currents): many people have died who ignored these precautions. There are also other beaches with white sands, but you have to arrange with a travel agent to rent a car with the driver as their locations are quite remote (2 hours from the city centre) in the hilly Gunung Kidul region. These beaches are pristine and sometimes off-the-beaten-path, such as Kukup beach, Krakal beach, Drini, Sundak beach and Baron, but the swimming warning still applies.
  • Ngobaran Beach at Gunung Kidul region, 50 km from Yogyakarta. This is a pure beach with a number of marine attractions to explore. When the tide is low in the morning, the visitors can join the local fishermen to collect seaweed or go fishing for stranded fish between the reefs at the beach. Some believe that somewhere in the beach lie the remains of King Brawijaya's fort and his men “Sabdo Palon Ngoyogenggong”. This beach includes a cave, which leads its explorers to a striking underground stream. If you go to Ngrenehan Beach for the grilled fish just drop by Ngobaran Beach, it has a high cliff and is around 2 km from Ngrenehan Beach. Many sea animal species are present in the coral reef and inter-tidal zones, ranging from sea urchin, starfish, to various types of cockleshells.
  • Ngrenehan Beach at Kanigoro Village, Saptosari. ( about 30 km south of Wonosari ). A small bay surrounded by rocky hills that has fascinating panorama and swirling waves hitting the white sandy beach and rocky edge of the hills. The local fishermen can prepare fresh or grilled fish for visitors.

West [ edit ]

Jakarta - The Argo Lawu train makes the 7-hr train ride.

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Yogyakarta Travel Guide: Exploring the Heart of Java

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Our Yogyakarta guide covers everything from where to stay, how to get around and the best places to eat in town. We’ve created some shortcuts below. Press them to go to the relevant section of the guide.

1 – Transport: Find Out More 2 – Hotels: Find Out More 3 – Attractions: Find Out More 4 – Restaurants: Find Out More 5 – Tours: Find Out More

Still with us? That’s great. We’ll start from the beginning (if you follow all of the links below I promise you’re going to be an expert on the city).

Yogyakarta Transport

Yogyakarta a population of 3.5 million people Yogyakarta is a large city. Built on a river basin the city sprawls out in every direction. It’s tentatively surrounded by the Yogyakarta ring road, which loops around the city. That makes the city difficult to get around.

As a budget travellers I’d recommend using a mix of public and private transport. The Trans Yogya bus system will get you to most parts of the city and there’s Grab (same just like Uber) and Gojek now operating in the city, which are reasonably cheap. For more information about what’s available read our guide to getting around Yogya .

If you want a set of wheels for yourself we’d recommend arranging a private car or renting a scooter. The standard car rental agreement is for 10 hours and includes a driver and gas. You can find out more about our service on our Yogya car rental page  (there’s a range of vehicles available). Larger groups might need to arrange a Yogya bus rental , which is a service that we also provide.

Yogyakarta Hotels

There are two main tourism areas in Yogyakarta. One area is around Jalan Prawirotaman and the second is Jalan Malioboro. Personally I prefer Jalan Prawirotaman as there are a large number of bars and restaurants that you can visit in the area. There are hotel options for all budgets. You can find my recommendation for the best hotel to suit your budget below:

Luxury Hotel – The Phoenix Hotel Mid Range Hotel – Greenhost Boutique Hotel Budget Hotel – Kampoeng Djawa

You can find more accommodation ideas on where to stay in our guide to the best 5 Star Hotels in Yogya . We created a separate guide that covers the best hotels around Malioboro , which is the backpacking area as well. For hotels around Malioboro, which is the tourist heart of Yogya, you should check out this article . Lastly we wrote an article on the best hotels near Borobudur .

Yogyakarta Tourism Attractions

Yogyakarta has a lot of tourism attractions. There are so many things to do around the city that it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to plan your holiday. Of course most people come to Yogya to visit Borobudur Temple. The best way to visit the temples is the Sunrise Manohara Package. Find out what to expect and how to make a booking for Borobudur Manohara here . I would recommend in taking a cycling tour in Yogyakarta or in Borobudur area (we can help to arrange that for you). It is one of the best ways to see local daily activities. If you like being artsy during your holiday, go join a Batik Workshop .

Of course that’s not all you can do in Yogya. My two favourites are Goa Jomblang and Mount Merapi. Goa Jomblang is a natural cave located in Gunung Kidul Regency. The caves are quite incredible. You can read about them here and book a day tour to the caves through this link .

For some of the best views around Yogyakarta I highly recommend hiking Merapi Volcano. You can climb Merapi Volcano for sunrise and it offers beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Getting further afield you can also do day tours to Dieng , which are in the highlands a few hours drive from the city.

Yogyakarta Restaurants

Yogyakarta has a great restaurant scene and the food here is very cheap (so cheap that I used to eat out every day). I used to live in the South of the city, the area has some of the best restaurants in town. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to eat I’d recommend reading the guide to the best restaurants in the South of Yogyakarta .

Yogyakarta Travel Itineraries

To help you plan your Yogyakarta holiday,we’ve created a selection of travel itineraries for you to use. The different itineraries cover the best Yogyakarta tourism attractions (an essential part of any Yogyakarta Travel Guide). We’ve got 9 different one day tours and eight custom travel plans ranging from 2-Day 1-Night through to 5-Day 4-Night.

Make sure to check the individual itineraries to double check what is and is not included in the cost of the tour. We are happy to offer assistance adapting any itinerary to fit your needs.

Final Thoughts

I hope that you found this Yogyakarta Travel Guide useful. I’ve tried to cover all of the essential information that you might need for your Yogyakarta holiday in one place. As you can see, with over 60 articles on Discover Your Indonesia there are plenty of helpful resources on the site you can access when planning your holiday.

What do you think of this Yogyakarta Travel Guide? Is there anything that I’ve missed that should be included on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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What a great resource. Thanks.

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Nice tips. Thanks for sharing!

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i like Yogyakarta

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Hi Adam, Yes, it is a lovely city 🙂

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I like yogya. Hm whats favorite food in yogya?

Gudeg is probably the most famous local dish. Should give it a try when you are in Yogya 🙂

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Wah, foto Diengnya bagus tuh yang di Batu Pandang masih ada kabutnya 🙂

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There is no doubt that Yogyakarta is one of the best city in Indonesia for travelers ^_^

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Always remember malioboro with “lesehan”nya..

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Jogja Jogja, Jogja istimewa. Travel guide yang istimewa 🙂

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may one day i can to visit jogja

Hope so to Rojak

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some time i think Jogja is never ending asia.. because i was there for 2 years

It’s a great city. One of my favourites in Indonesia.

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amzing, jogja is very beautiful city…

It’s a lovely place to explore. I agree Aznit 🙂

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Jadi inget bule yang pernah ditemui di borobudur “Jogjakarta Bagus”

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I really love Yogyakarta, especially in Gunungkidul Region. so many hidden beautiful beaches.

Yes it is. I need to go back and explore more of Gunung Kidul.

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Which puppet show theatre would you recommend? We are here for another three nights and would love to see one. Thanks!

Can try the puppet show at Sonobudoyo Museum. It is available every night at (perhaps) 8 PM. Hope you are having a great time in Yogyakarta.

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tempat yang selalu dirindukan hiks……

Memang selalu bikin kangen dan ada terus alasan untuk main ke Yogya (lagi).

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Hi Firsta! I can across ur ideas for Yogyakarta and luved them. I’m wondering if u can share your thoughts on other parts of Indonesia. I am planning on going next year and will travel alone. This was on my bucket list and I turn 60. I’ve picked out a few places then crossed then off as they don’t have rates for single tourist so they charge you for 2 ? I plan on 30 days and want to also do Borneo, Ubud (spa retreat ), Komodo/rinca, Flores and finally Bali. Any suggestions??? Probably will have to hire a private driver as many people are telling and I definitely don’t want to drive. Let me know your thoughts if you can. Any information will help as the Indonesia book from Lonely Planets is what too much information! Thanking u in advance Anne

Hi Anne, I have sent you an email. Look forward to hearing back from you.

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Hi Firsta, My name is Susanna, I visited to Bali last year and I love this country since then ! People are very friendly & it is a awesome country for adventure but I am a bit hesitant to join a tour as the tour in Bali charge me also double price and I do have a limitation in my budget. Anyway, I had a good time. Next month, I planned to have a quick visit to Yogyakarta for around 3-4 days, would u recommend any rock climbing place for me? I also want to go Borobudur, Goa Jomblang. I want to do scuba diving, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, zip lines & canoeing. I believe you are honest person & have full of passion of traveling & your blog shown how much u love your country! I really admire that !! Thank you so much for your help. Susanna

Hi Susanna, I have sent you an email.

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Hi Firsta, I will be traveling solo to Yogyakarta from Denpasar in May 2017 for 7 days. I’m hoping you can help me figure out the best route / itinerary encompassing the following: Pramban, Borobudur, Goa Jomblang, Sunrise treks for Boromo and Ijen. Would you recommend ferry ride return to Bali via Ketapang Harbour to Gilimanuk? I appreciate your help.

You can do Yogyakarta (Prambanan, Borobudur, Jomblang cave) in 2 days. Bromo and Ijen in 3 days 2 nights. I never take public transport from East Java to Bali (by bus), but I did a road trip with motorbike and the ferry was fine.

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Dear Firsta

This is Frida from China and I am a TV industry professional. My team are thinking to go to Yogya to flim several episodes for our travel TV programme. I am doing research of the fancy spots we may shoot now and your blog do me a huge favour. Thanks for that.

And may I ask you something about Yogya to fulfill my understanding to your countriy, please. It’s about Kris,one of the traditions of Indonesian but become less popular in the modern time. It’s said the real way of making Kris could be seen in Bantul village in Yogya. Does the village teem with the Kris makers and is it easy for us to find one.

Another thing is Taring Padi which is also in Bantul. I wonder what’s that kind of art about. Is it popular in Indonesia now?

Could you tell me more about those important culture from the angle of a local citizen so that i could get a better general idea of it.

Hi Frida, I am not sure about Keris maker village in Bantul. I can try to ask one of my friends, if I get any info, I’ll send you an email. Taring Padi is a community of artist in Yogyakarta. Their arts usually contain political/social messages. Taring Padi always has a special place in the art communities in Indonesia.

Hi, Firsta, thanks for efficent reply and hope for more information from you about Kris. And we expect any interesting unordianry spots around Yorga becasue , you know, the tv or video viewers are picky to the shots on screen and we really wanna make something different to shock them. Keep in touch, if smooth, hope to see you there.

And I really appreciate if you have some other cool suggestions for us to shoot.

This is the link of the episode we shot before and I”m not sure if you could open it in Indonesia.

Best, Frida

Hi Frida, Have you read this article about things to do in Yogyakarta? A great start to learn on what you can do/some of cool stuff or activities in Yogyakarta. The Keris’s maker village in Bantul is Mbanyu Sumurup, it is close to Imogiri Royal Tombs. If you need a car rental arrangement and a driver while you in Yogyakarta, we can help 🙂 check this page .

I am in Malawi, Africa at the moment and will not come back to Indonesia until August. Have a good day!

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Is it possible to go by motorbike to the sights and have a guild give us the history and tours of the unesco sights

We are not arranging a tour with a motorbike, but it is possible to rent a motorbike (you can rent a motorbike through your hotel) and go there by yourself. You can easily hire a guide at each temple. Hope you have a great time in Indonesia.

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ijin share ke Facebook ya Sist. Makasiiih…

Hai Omar, Boleh 🙂 Terima kasih.

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hye Firsta, This is rava from india and i want to explore jogyakarta and i will be reaching there on 17.10.18 and will stay 3 days and want to try some local delicious food and explore some beautiful place so can u tell me some place of beautiful place in jogykarta. Thanks Rava

I think you can find all the answers on my blog 🙂 I’ve plenty of articles about Yogyakarta. The highlights of Yogya that you shouldn’t miss (according to me) are: Borobudur, Prambanan, the Royal Palace area. Food that you should try: Gudeg, Mie Jawa (noodle) and Bakpia. Hope you have a great time in Yogyakarta.

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Greats!, jogja is very beautiful city..!

It is indeed.

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You really have a nice blog, which is very helpful.

I am traveling to Indonesia in August, 2019 with my family. We are planning take a train from Yogyakarta to Surabaya for Bromo Area.

I’ve been trying to book the train , but couldn’t do it.

Could you please help me on this or recommend any agent who can help us on this?

Dear Arund,

Apologies for the late reply. May I know what is the problem? Are you trying to book through Traveloka or Tiket. com? I don’t have any recommendation for an agent, but we can help you to book the train tickets if you are booking the Bromo trip with us. Please contact us through email: info@discoveryourindonesia. com.

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9 Places to Visit in Yogyakarta + Things To Do

9 Places to Visit in Yogyakarta + Things To Do

Yogyakarta is a bustling town in Java, Indonesia, famous for its cultural heritage and impressive traditional arts. It’s a stunning sight to behold, one of the most culturally rich regions in Asia, and a great experience overall.

Expectedly, the best sights in the city are temples, like Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ballet performances in the evenings, and Borobudur Temple, an 8 th Century structure 113-foot high. But it’s also nice to be in touch with the local lifestyle in Yogyakarta by traveling to the lush paddy fields or discovering the art of making batik fabric. For a dreamy escape, head to Kalibiru National Park, highlighted by a small wooden platform where one can see a 360-degree view of a lush green forest and the surrounding mountains.

Yogyakarta has a small airport, the Adisucipto International Airport, which serves regular flights to Jakarta and Bali, both have international connections to major cities. If you choose to travel by land, it could be a taxing 12-hour trip from Jakarta by bus or train.

1. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple view from Amanjiwo Resort, near Yogyakarta, Jav

Location : Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Magelang. Approx. 34 km drive northwest of Yogyakarta city center. . Save on Google Maps .

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More travel tips coming up! In the meantine, enjoy this  quick list  of attractions and tourist spots in Yogyakarta. To help with your trip planning, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app for easy reference. I’ve also shared photos from my  Instagram feed . Use Instagram’s save feature for quick access to your travel/feed goals.

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2. Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

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3. Ratu Boko

Ratu Boko sunset view, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Location : Jl. Raya Piyungan – Prambanan No.KM.2, Gatak, Bokoharjo, Prambanan. Approx. 16km drive east of Yogyakarta city center; 2km south of Prambanan Temple. . Save on Google Maps .

4. Taman Sari (Water Castle)

Water Castle (Taman Sari) in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Location : Wisata Taman Sari, Jl. Tamanan . Save on Google Maps .

5. Sumur Gumuling (Underground Mosque)

Sumur Gumuling (Underground Mosque) near Yogyakarta Water Castle

Location : Patehan, Kraton . Save on Google Maps .

6. Jalan Malioboro

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Location : Central Yogyakarta . Save on Google Maps .

7. Jalan Sosrowijayan

Jalan Sosrowijayan backpacker district, in Yogyakarta, Java, Ind

8. Yogyakarta Food Trip

Ayam Goreng Suharti in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Lumpia Sami Jaya Location: Jl. Malioboro No.18.  Save on Google Maps .

Ayam Goreng Suharti Location: Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.208.  Save on Google Maps .

Jajan Pasar Mbah Satinem Location: Jl. Bumijo No.50 .  Save on Google Maps .

Arya Snack & Food Location: Jl. Brigjen Katamso No.42.  Save on Google Maps .

Gudeg Mbah Lindu Location: Sosrowijayan Street No. 30.  Save on Google Maps .

Mie Lethek Cap Garuda (Cassava Noodles) Location: Bendo, RT. 101.  Save on Google Maps .

9. The Ambarrukmo (Royal Palace Residence)

Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Location : Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81, Ambarukmo . Save on Google Maps .

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What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Yogyakarta that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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The Neverending Asia

Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta ( Solo ), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of  Borobudur and  Prambanan  in the 8th and 9th centuries and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta was known with the slogan of “Jogja The Never ending Asia“ for its endless appeals. Today, it is also renowned as “ Jogja Istimewa “, a tagline that elaborates its special values. This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From strolling through the living museum of The Kraton or The Keraton (Sultan’s Palace) , to hanging out at the famous Alun Alun, to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelry at  Kotagede  and maybe try a splurge shopping up at  Malioboro  road. Chasing sunrise in famous temples like Prambanan and Borobudur in the neighboring town of Magelang, are only some of the many more ways to never get bored in this relatively small yet bustling city. 

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The Wonders of the Ancient Heritage

You can experience all five wonders in this artsy city. Starting from indulging in the natural wonders, by visiting scenic beaches and photogenic landscape. Parangtritis, Indrayanti, Pok Tunggal, Siung, Krakal, and Jogan are some of the famous beaches in town. Breathtaking points such as Puncak Becici, Pinus Pengger, and Jurang Tembelan are only several of plenty more exciting back-to-nature destinations in Yogyakarta!

For culinary wonders, don’t forget to try the Gudeg first, special cooking of traditional Javanese recipe that is iconic to this city. The  Bakpia , is a traditional snack with many enticing flavors that are popular for souvenirs. For a beverage, you can try the Jamu , a natural herb mix beverage based on ancient tradition used for natural remedies.

Batik is the national treasure based on the Javanese word of “ amba ” and “ titik ”, meaning to write the dots. It is an art of decorating fabric using wax and dyeing process. Yogyakarta has a signature batik pattern that is usually made with a bright white basic. Some of the motifs are namely The Parang Kusumo, Kawung, and Truntum, each was created with the special philosophy behind its every dots.

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There are Batik Tulis, Batik Cap, Batik Print, and the mixed result of the techniques. The most expensive is the Batik Tulis, which are made of 100% hand paint ornaments. It will become even more expensive if it is made from precious silk fabric. Making a fine quality Batik Tulis can range from a day of production to a meticulous months-long process, depend on the size and sheer complicated details of the design.

Wayang is also an amazing art heritage known from Yogyakarta. There are the Wayang Kulit or leather puppet, played on a shadow puppet show by the dalang or puppet master through a screen lit by lights. Wayang Orang is the life-size performances depicting the same philosophical messages from ancient stories and is presented by men and women in elaborate traditional costumes.

You can discover the Recreation wonders, by visiting the tourism villages in Yogyakarta. Tembi, Pentingsari, and Nglanggeran are three of the places that you can start with. Experience the authentic daily life of the locals, and learn some new skills, such as playing the gamelan, weaving janur, and perform a Javanese traditional dance!

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Adventure wonders are also aplenty in Yogyakarta. Starting with exploring Mount Merapi National Park, riding the thrilling jeep ride, and hiking Mount Nglanggeran, an ancient volcano located in a beautiful village.

Rock climbing can be done in Siung beach, while cave tubing is a major attraction in Goa Pindul, and If you're looking for some underrated, high-adrenaline experience, then Goa Jomblang is the perfect place for you. Located in Jetis Wetan Village, Goa Jomblang is an enormous, 80-meter deep vertical cave that is naturally decorated by karst formations and plants, such as stalagmites, stalactites, crystal stones, and ferns. You can also find a swift-flowing underground river here. Not only cave experts, but beginners can also enjoy the wonders of this cave as they will be given directions by a cave guide here.

Yogyakarta is indeed a city with numerous attractions to enjoy. All of this and many more to explore has brought Yogyakarta as the second most visited destination in Indonesia after  Bali .

There are plenty of daily flights from  Jakarta ,  Surabaya , and  Bali  to Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport.

Overland There is a regular train service between Yogyakarta and other neighboring major cities. Yogyakarta is also easily accessible by road in cars or public overland bus services.  

Once you arrive, there are a number of ways you can explore Yogyakarta. Walking is a great way to take in the sights and meet the locals though it can get hot by the middle of the day. Strolling the heart of the city and find the many attraction located nearby the Malioboro area.

Embrace the local mode of transport and try a becak, traditional three wheeled pedal powered cart. Remember to negotiate the price before you start on your journey. 

Traditional horse-drawn carts known as Andong can be found in the tourist areas of Yogyakarta. These are a relaxed and romantic way to take in the sights.  

You may wish to organize a car and driver for the duration of your stay in Yogyakarta.

If you know how to ride a motorbike you can hire one in the city. Taxis are available and can be arranged through your hotel. Buses are the major form of public transportation here, however, their hours of operation and capacity can be limited.

Try to enjoy some part in the rural side with a bicycle ride, and discover beautiful corners that can inspire you to fall more in love with the special charm of Yogyakarta! The nearby cities that you can also visit from Yogyakarta are Magelang and Solo. Make your way to Punthuk Setumbu and see the elegance of Borobudur temple from a different viewpoint at sunrise. Solo or also known as Surakarta, has its very own charming palace and famous for its natural wonders, such as Grojogan Sewu Waterfalls.

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An exploration of the wondrous labuan bajo, borobudur - the grand temple, mandalika - where the waves collide, likupang - escape to the new world, the heartbeat of toba, nearby spectacles.

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Kaliurang: Sacred Slopes of Mount Merapi

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Parangtritis: Yogyakarta's Enchanting Beach

Prambanan: Graceful Beauty of Indonesia's Temple

Prambanan: Graceful Beauty of Indonesia's Temple

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Malioboro Shopping: A Retail Paradise Awaits

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The Kraton: Javanese Cosmos Reflection

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Kalasan Temple: Oldest Buddhist Marvel Preceding Borobudur

Indrayanti Beach: Romantic Seaside Escape

Indrayanti Beach: Romantic Seaside Escape

Imogiri Royal Cemetery: Sacred Grounds in Yogyakarta

Imogiri Royal Cemetery: Sacred Grounds in Yogyakarta

Tamansari Water Castle: Sultan's Retreat

Tamansari Water Castle: Sultan's Retreat

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Wayang Kulit: Finely Crafted Storytelling Tradition

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YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY – Ultimate Guide for 3 Days and Beyond

Welcome to my Yogyakarta Itinerary! Here, you will learn how to see some of the best sights that Yogyakarta has to offer. More importantly, I will show you how you can fit them all into just a few days, and still have the chance to catch a bit of night time culture afterward.

There are several reasons that I decided to create this itinerary. First and foremost, however, was to create and inspire you to visit Yogyakarta. It is an amazing city and region, and one that every tourist interested in Indonesia should experience.

Yogyakarta is a city in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the second largest tourism destination in Indonesia, yet many people have never even heard of it. This is simply because most visitors only ever go to Bali. Foreign tourism companies only advertise trips to Bali, and Yogyakarta is left out in the cold.

This article may contain affiliate links. If you click on those links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you I will get a small commission. This will go a long way toward keeping this website running. As always, thank you for your support! Click HERE for more information.

I am here to change all of that. Yogyakarta is every bit as wonderful as Bali, and in many ways it is more so. Many visitors will even tell you that it is BETTER than Bali! Just check out THIS article to read a few reasons why.

In this Yogyakarta Itinerary, I have created a 3 day trip that will show you a lot of the highlights of this unique city. A lot of this has been built around its incredible culture and history, and showcases temples, palaces and ruins. At the end I will add some extra options such as daytrips that you can use to supplement other activities if you like, or simply add on extra days to create a longer itinerary.

Let’s take a look.

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My Yogyakarta Itinerary begins with a look around the central city of Jogja (Yogyakarta). This is where you will be staying, and is the heart and soul of the entire region. Central Jogja is where the Sultan lives. His family and descendants have been in residence there for hundreds of years, and the entire city was built around his palace and surrounding structures.

You can make your own way easily around to everything on this first day Itinerary. If you have hired a scooter, then it will only be a few minutes ride between spots. Otherwise, hire a Becak, as they will be available all around this area.

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Our first stop is the Keraton. This is the Royal Palace, and even though it is open and you can actually wander around the grounds taking photos, it is still fully functional and used by the Sultan and his family.

Getting to the Keraton is easy. It is located right in the middle of Jogja, and you will pass by it many times as you move about the city. Click HERE for a Google maps location.

Keraton Yogyakarta

When you arrive at the Keraton, visit the ticket office under the large tree and pay your entrance fee. This will include a guide, and some of them speak very good English, so make sure you ask. The guide will meet you by the main gate, and then escort you around the entire complex. They will you a full history lesson and explain everything you would ever want to know about the Sultan and his amazing home.

The Water Castle is just around the corner from the Keraton, so it will only take you a couple of minutes by scooter, or is a short trip in Becak. HERE is a Google location.

It is a similar deal at Taman Sari as at the Keraton. Pay your entrance fee, and a guide will be allocated to you. On this occasion you might be in a larger group, but once again they have English speaking guides. Last time I was there, I was the only foreigner in the group, and the guide would explain everything in Indonesian, then give me the English version. It was like I had my own private guide.

Yogyakarta Itinerary taman sari

Taman Sari is an amazing place, and one of my favorite places around Jogja. This is where the Sultan once bathed with his wives and mistresses. There is an underground Mosque, and some very interesting tunnels and ruins. Most of the area is inhabited these days by the locals, and it is not all flooded with water like it was in its Heyday. You CAN still see how amazing it once was, though, and it is still at the top of my list of places I like to return to when I visit Jogja.

As a matter of fact, the place we choose to stay when we are in Jogja is right up the street from Taman Sari. We can actually see it from the front door. This is not coincidence. I LOVE Taman Sari!

Once you arrive in Yogyakarta, you will learn very quickly about Malioboro Street . Jalan Malioboro is the VERY center of Jogja, and the main intersection is actually called “Nol Kilometer” (Zero Kilometer). This is a major hangout for locals, and every night, especially weekends, the intersection is packed with crowds getting photos, chatting, or just sitting and enjoying the ambience.

Once you leave Taman Sari, head down to Malioboro Street. It is 2.5 km long, and entirely lined with markets, food stalls, and shops. There are becaks and Andongs (horse and carts) everywhere. You can spend the entire late afternoon and early evening browsing and strolling your way down the street, enjoying its unique vibe.

Just in case, HERE is a Google maps link to Malioboro Street Nol Kilometer.

From Malioboro Street, set your GPS for THIS location. Alternatively, jump in a Becak and ask to be taken to Alun-Alun Kidul, or Alkid for short.

This place is something like I have seen nowhere else, especially on the weekends. At night time it comes totally alive, and gets almost as packed with people as Nol Kilometer does.

At the center of Alkid are two massive trees in a park. There is a local legend that says if you can walk between the trees blindfolded, then basically your wishes will come true. As a result, you will see many people attempting it as their friends look on and call out encouragement. There is also a lot of laughter as they veer wildly off track and miss the trees altogether. Trust me, its not that easy!

Alun-Alun Kidul

All around Alkid at night time you will see people sitting on the grass eating dinner. The street that encircles the park is alive with street food, and colorful neon cars drive around the street adorned with Hello Kitty and a myriad of other characters. These are pedal powered and available for hire to anyone.

Alun-Alun Kidul is a great way to relax for the evening, but make certain to not linger too long, because it’s an early start in the morning!

Day #2 Yogyakarta Itinerary

On Day#2 of the Yogyakarta Itinerary, you will be waking early to head to see one of the Wonders of the World. So make certain you are well rested. It will be an early start.

Before I get into the itinerary, I just want to make this one note. This day on the Yogyakarta itinerary is BIG one, and involves quite a bit of travel. You can do it by yourself, and hire a scooter or even a car and make your own way. I will provide Google maps links for each location. You can also create your own tour , that will pick you up and drop you at your hotel, and take you to all the locations. This is a great option, but a bit more expensive. So it depends on your budget. I inserted a link in the text above, and will put a link at the end of this days itinerary for you as well.

Visiting Borobudur has to be on the list of ANY visitor to Jogja. It is simply amazing, and has been named in many lists as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Borobudur is the single largest Buddhist Structure in the world, and its setting in a lush green valley surrounded by active volcanoes only adds to how incredible this place is. On top of that, seeing the sunrise from the top of the temple, as it rises up over the spires of Borobudur is a sight that you will never forget.

Yogyakarta Itinerary Borobudur

If you take the tour, the entrance ticket is included in the price, which is good because a sunrise ticket is a lot more expensive than a normal ticket. That’s one expense you will not have to worry about. If you would like a guide around the area though, it will cost you extra.

If you have not had breakfast, there are some nice little warungs outside the main gate, along with markets and street food carts.

Take a look at some special prices for Borobudur tickets combined with Prambanan at THIS LINK .

For a Google Maps location of Borobudur, click HERE .

UPDATE MARCH 2024 – As of right now you can’t get to Borobudur for sunrise. The temple is fully closed, and even access the was once possible through hotels on site has been stopped. There are still sunrise tours, but these will take you to nearby viewpoints where you can see the temple, not from on the temple itself.

Once you leave Borobudur, set your GPS for THIS location.

There are many places to get a Jeep Tour of Merapi, and if you are on a tour they will take you to one of the best. Most are owned by the same company anyway.

Doing a Jeep tour is a bit of a gimmick, but it is a great way to get up close and personal to the most active volcano in the world. It will take you to a few interesting places along the way, with some really great views of the mountain (if there is no cloud). What I really liked about this trip was seeing some of the results of the most recent eruptions, and really getting a feel for how devastating a volcano can be. Even just the intense heat wave that rolls down the mountain causes death and destruction.

Jeep Merapi

The tour doesn’t really leave the sealed or dirt roads, but is an easy way to find some of the museums and places to see around the slopes of Merapi. It will also finish with a run through the local river, so get the go pro and cameras ready for a bit of fun!

Next stop on our Day #2 Yogyakarta Itinerary is the incredible Candi Prambanan . This is a massive Hindu Temple located not too far out of Jogja, and actually rivals Borobudur for how absolutely incredible it is.

Candi Prambanan is over a thousand years old, and consists of many structures made entirely of stone. The highest central structure is actually higher than even Borobudur! Most of the temple structures were destroyed a long time ago by a series of earthquakes, and are now being painstakingly rebuilt. This involves teams of archeologists, and takes many years to complete just one structure with all the original pieces.

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This only makes Candi Prambanan even more amazing, and walking through the ruins provides an incredibly surrealistic experience. My best suggestion here is to get a guide, even if you are on a tour. They will take you to places in the temple that you cannot normally go, and explain things about Prambanan that you normally would not find out.

Click HERE to read my full guide to Candi Prambanan.

Click HERE for a Google maps location.

Day #3 Yogyakarta Itinerary

Day #3 on my Yogyakarta Itinerary takes you to some more amazing ruins and temples around the Jogja area. We will conclude the day at one of the most popular new Sunset Spots on the surrounding hills that the locals love.

If you are all “templed out”, then take a look below at some of the other day trips I recommend, that you can easily substitute for this version of Day #3. The wonderful thing that I love about itineraries, is that they can be changed and altered depending upon your personal requirements and tastes.

First stop on Day #3 will be Candi Sambisari. This temple is pretty close to Candi Prambanan. Click HERE for Google maps location.

Candi Sambisari is a beautiful Hindu temple. It is not quite on the scale of Prambanan, but even the casual tourist can see the similarities. It sits in a hollow that you access from all sides via stairs down to the level of the temple. The surrounding slopes are beautifully grassed, which makes it a very nice temple to visit and sit on the grass to relax for a bit.

Yogyakarta Itinerary Candi Sambisari

The reason this temple is in a hollow is not because that was how it was built. The entire complex was actually completely buried, possibly by an ancient eruption, right up until the late 1960’s. It was discovered by a local farmer, and a full excavation finally uncovered the temple and surrounds 20 years later.

The discovery of Candi Sambisari has led to much speculation that there may be even more temples in the Jogja area that are also still buried, and may never be found.

Ratu Boko is next on our Yogyakarta Itinerary. This is one of my favorite places around Jogja, and it is no coincidence that it has many similar characteristics to one of my other favorite places, Taman Sari.

Ratu Boko is the ruins of an ancient Kraton. It can be found on the hills to the south of Candi Prambanan, and can actually be included in the entry price to Prambanan if you like.

Yogyakarta Itinerary Rotu Boko

The complex across the top of the hill has amazing views, and the most popular time to visit is at sunset, which can be gorgeous. Scattered around the area are the ruins of the Kraton itself, stone stair cases, caves, and bathing pools for the Princesses and her maids. Wandering around the area is beautiful, and when I visited, I ended up spending much more time there than I had planned!

Click HERE for the Google location.

Tebing Breksi is next up on the Yogyakarta Itinerary. It is on the next hill past Rotu Boko, and only a short trip by road.

This is basically a really nice limestone cliff with incredible views. It is very popular with the locals as a nice place to visit for lunch on a daytrip. The cliffs are white, and have beautifully carved pictures and one large stone carved dragon. It is a great place for photos, and on top of the cliffs themselves you will find a lot of “selfie” spots with photographers ready to snap a few shots for you.

Tebing Breksi Yogyakarta

Click HERE for a Google Location.

Just up the same road from Tebing Breksi is Candi Ijo, another small temple complex. It is only about 3 minutes ride and impossible to miss. Even so, HERE is a location for it.

Candi Ijo is amazing. It was actually closed the day we came to visit after Tebing Breksi, as we had started out too late. So we made a special trip back to see it another day, and are very glad we did.

Candi Ijo

This temple complex sits right on top of the hill, and is blessed with incredible views. It has half a dozen structures that look incredible, and several more on lower terraces that are still being reconstructed. Take the time to wander around and see everything, then get some incredible photos up near the main temple that has the best views.

The last stop on Day #3 of my Yogyakarta Itinerary is Obelix Hills.

The surrounds of Yogyakarta has many hills, and there are many places to view the sunset. Today alone, we have visited two popular places at Ratu Boko and Candi Ijo. Another very popular one is on an adjacent set of hills, and is called HeHa Skyview. Today, though we will visit Obelix Hills, as it is quite close to Candi Ijo.

To get to Obelix Hills, you just have to keep following the same road along the top of the hills from where you already are. HERE is a Google Maps location.

Incredible Views of Obelix Hills

Obelix Hills has beautiful views all the way back over distant Jogja, and around to all the surrounding lines of hills. The Sunsets are incredible, and it is set up for everyone to get a good view. You can grab a spot at a table, sitting in beanbags, or even in a hanging net! The choice is yours, especially if you get there early enough.

There is also a restaurant at Obelix Hills, that serves really great local food, so stay for dinner if you like and enjoy the live music, especially on the weekends.

There are still plenty more things to do around Jogja. Personally I spent an entire month there last visit, and there are still places I want to go back and explore. Many of them are a day trip away from Jogja, but are worth going to!

Nepal Van Java

Check out the following list of day trips and tours. If you are staying longer than 3 days, then these suggestions will offer you some wonderful places to visit!

Day Trips from Yogyakarta are the best way to fill your Yogyakarta Itinerary. I have done many trips from Jogja, and here is a quick list of my favorites. I have also written individual articles about some of these, so follow the links to read more.

  • Nepal Van Java – This incredible village sits high on the side of Mount Sumbing, and is one of the most colorful villages in Indonesia. I LOVED this place. Check out my article HERE .
  • Pantai Timang Gondola and Gunung Kidul Beaches – An amazing manual gondola across to an island off a beautiful local beach. Gunung Kidul Beaches are some of the best I have seen in Java and well worth visiting! HERE is my article about it.
  • Gunung Api Purba – An ancient volcano and incredible short hike that takes only a few hours to the top and back. It features amazing and unique scenery, narrow canyons to traverse, and very interesting history. Read my article about it HERE .
  • Puncak Becici and Bukit Paralayang Watugupit – Puncak Becici is a great viewpoint on top of the hills in the midst of a Pine forest. It has great views of Jogja. Bukit Paralayang Watugupit is a popular sunset spot high on the hills over looking the local beaches south of Jogja. The beaches below also offer Jeep tours, Sandboarding and ATV hire.
  • Jomblang Cave – This incredible caving experience begins with being manually lowered by rope and harness into a 60 meter deep sinkhole. You can check out a great tour to get you there through THIS LINK . Highly recommended experience – read more about it HERE .

Gunung Api Purba

The Yogyakarta area has a lot of really great tours. One that I already mentioned in this article is the very popular Borobudur Sunrise tour. They can be a great way to see some outstanding places that you would probably not find yourself, even WITH your own transport. Below, I will list a few that get to some great places that are definitely worth seeing if you have the time!

  • Jomblang Cave Tour – This amazing cave is a sinkhole, and you are lowered into the cave manually on the end of a rope. The inside is incredible, and is a unique experience. All caving gear required is provided on site. For another option try THIS LINK .
  • Borobudur Sunrise and Prambanan Tour – This full day trip takes you to amazing Borobudur for the sunrise, and then onto the incredible Prambanan as well!
  • Timang Beach Gondola – This tour takes you to one of my favorite places around Jogja, the Pantai Timang Gondola!
  • Jogja Car and Driver Hire – Technically not a tour, but with your own private car and driver you can make up your OWN tour. Or just ask the driver to recommend places to visit. You have him for the whole day.

CHECK OUT all the best tours for awesome prices on KLOOK at THIS LINK .

Pantai Timang Gondola

I highly recommend staying in the local area around Malioboro Street and Nol Kilometer. This is a great area, and is central to so much of what you want to see and experience. Here are a couple of places that are great, including the place I choose to stay myself.

Omah Gerjen 29 by Bukit Vista

This great homestay is right around the corner from Nol Kilometer and just up the road from Taman Sari. It is where I love to stay in Jogja!

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Grand Inna Malioboro

More expensive option that is right at the very top of Malioboro Street.

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Novotel Suites Malioboro

Another expensive option right on Malioboro. If you can afford them, I highly recommend them!

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Good Karma Hostel

If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Jogja, you can’t go past the Good Karma Hostel!

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For more information about how to get around and where to stay in Yogyakarta, keep a look out for my complete Guide to Yogyakarta. You can find a link to it HERE .

Yogyakarta is an amazing city and region. When you visit, I would recommend a minimum of 3 days to see and experience some of the magical things that make Jogja what it is. In this Yogyakarta Itinerary, I hope you have found a very helpful and efficient way to do that.

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5 Areas and Things to do in Yogyakarta: A Guide for First-time Traveler

Yogyakarta Tourism - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is a tourist destination always crowded with visitors. Yogyakarta is located in the province of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java. If you think of spending the weekend or the public holiday somewhere outside the country, you should consider Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta tourism has so many options, including culture, nature, and culinary. Many tourists say that Yogyakarta is a tourist city that offers cheap product prices. You will get an interesting experience while on vacation in Yogyakarta tourism .

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Where to Stay in Yogyakarta?

1. Malioboro Street

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Malioboro Street is a popular shopping district, where you can find many sellers of local handicrafts and Yogyakarta foods. This place is famous for the gathering of many artists who paint, play music, and more. You can also find many historical objects in Malioboro Street.

Below are hotel recommendations near Malioboro Street:

Located not far from Yogyakarta Tugu Station and Malioboro Mall, ibis Styles Yogyakarta is the right choice to stay. The services provided by this hotel are very good with complete facilities, such as WiFi in all areas and a public swimming pool.

Dafam Fortuna Malioboro Yogyakarta is a pleasant place to stay overnight and enjoy the atmosphere in Yogyakarta. The location of this hotel is not far from Malioboro Street, you can just walk to get to that place from the hotel.

With the services provided by Hotel Neo Malioboro by ASTON , your vacation in Yogyakarta will be very enjoyable. This hotel provides laundry services, spa, and other facilities for guests. In addition, there is a restaurant that serves delicious food.

2. Prawirotaman

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At Prawirotaman, you can find art shops, cafes, restaurants, traditional markets, and more. Prawirotaman is a trendy area with a vibrant nightlife. The location of this village is only 5 km from downtown Yogyakarta.

This place can be an alternative to finding accommodation. Recommended hotels around this area include:

Greenhost Boutique Hotel has rooms with industrial-style interior designs that are warm and comfortable. The location of this hotel is about 225 meters from Moesson Antik Gallery and other popular places in Yogyakarta.

There are many types of rooms that you can choose from at the ARTOTEL Suites Bianti , and they are all full of art! Apart from being suitable as holiday accommodation, you can book this hotel if you have a business trip in Yogyakarta since it also has the studio size room.

The Cube Hotel presents a recreation center that makes your vacation in Yogyakarta will not be boring. Apart from that, the room facilities will pamper the guests who stay, there are refrigerators, cable TV, and many more.

3. Kota Gede

Kota Gede - Yogyakarta Tourism

Kota Gede is an old city in Yogyakarta which has many historical archaeological remains. The architecture of the houses and life of the people of Kota Gede really reflects historical and cultural values, some buildings in Kota Gede still use a traditional architecture.

Below are hotel recommendations in Kota Gede:

Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is a 5-star hotel that you can find in Kota Gede, Yogyakarta. This hotel, which is not far from Hartono Mall Yogyakarta, has many types of rooms for you to choose from, there are Deluxe, Twin Beds, King Bed, M Club Lounge Access, and many more.

Another luxury hotel that you can choose if you want to vacation in Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, is Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel . This hotel has many types of rooms, with outstanding service and elegant and luxurious interior designs.

YATS Colony has a simple and homey room concept, so you can feel very comfortable staying at this hotel. The in room facilities presented are very complete. Each room will get cable TV, desk, hairdryer, in room safe, minibar and many more.

Keraton Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta Tourism

The Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace is a palace of the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate established since 1755. In this place, you can learn about Javanese history and culture. You can choose hotels around the Palace as a place to stay while in Yogyakarta, here are the recommendations.

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta is only located about 100 meters from Tugu Pal Putih. This hotel is the perfect choice to stay in Yogyakarta because it offers many facilities that can enhance your vacation.

Melia Purosani Yogyakarta is located in the heart of Yogyakarta city which presents very good facilities and services. This hotel has a sauna, outdoor swimming pool, and other public facilities that support your needs during your stay.

In accordance with its name which means peace or calm, Tentrem Hotel gives the feel of a very comfortable room as a place to live in Yogyakarta. There are many types of rooms that you can choose according to your needs and budget.

5. Borobudur

Borobudur Temple - Yogyakarta Tourism

Borobudur Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Magelang. This temple is located about 40 km from Yogyakarta. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, even one of the largest monuments. When visiting Yogyakarta, Borobudur is a destination that you must visit.

Below are hotel recommendations near Borobudur:

Plataran Borobudur Resort and Spa is a luxury accommodation located not far from Borobudur, only 1.51 km. Plataran Borobudur Resort and Spa presents rooms with traditional and beautiful concepts. The rooms in this accommodation face directly to the beautiful natural scenery.

Located in Magelang, this luxurious hotel called Amanjiwo Resort is quite strategic, only about 2 km from Borobudur Temple and Svargabumi Borobudur. Amanjiwo is the perfect accommodation for you who want to feel the splendor of the building during your stay with very complete facilities.

Manohara Hotel is suitable for you to choose if you are on vacation not far from Borobudur. This hotel has a restaurant with a unique concept. Visitors can feel they are eating in an open space with a beautiful view. Apart from that, there is no need to doubt the facilities and services provided by the Manohara Hotel.

Getting Around Yogyakarta

Transportation options in Yogyakarta are quite diverse. You can use Trans Jogja, a public bus to take you around the city or train.

If you want to go to a place that Trans Jogja and train does not pass, you can use an ojek (like a taxi but using a motorbike, driven by the owner), becak or pedicab, and andong (transportation that still uses horsepower to pull the carriage behind it).

For more comfortable transportation, you can choose a taxi, ride hailing service, and rent a car or motorbike. At Traveloka, you can easily choose a rental car with or without a driver.

You can pay for Trans Jogja tickets in cash by buying tickets at bus stops or paying for a special Trans Jogja card. However, if you want to experience a unique experience while in Yogyakarta, you can choose traditional transportation such as becak and andong. To take these two transportations, prepare cash and make sure you negotiate before using them.

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A Helpful Yogyakarta Itinerary | 3 Days Itinerary Jogja Indonesia

By: Author Charles

Posted on June 8, 2023

A Helpful Yogyakarta Itinerary | 3 Days Itinerary Jogja Indonesia

A trip to Java is not complete without a stop in the city of Yogyakarta. Also known as Jogjakarta or Jogja for short, the city has plenty of attractions and activities to take part of within the city itself and a bit further away as well.

This Yogyakarta itinerary will go over what 3 days in Jogja can entail and how to go about your trip there.

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1) Getting to Yogyakarta

Before jumping into the attractions and Yogyakarta itinerary, I thought it may be helpful to talk a bit about some logistics when it comes to the city. Your first order of business will be to get yourself to the city center.

This will all depend on where you are coming from within / out of the country. You really have three main options here – plane, train, or car . Below I will dive into each one a bit more:

Yogyakarta is home to the Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) , which has routes from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from an international standpoint.

This can be great for those that want to begin their trip in Yogyakarta and skip over a flight into Jakarta.

You can also travel by plane into the city if coming from other parts of Indonesia. Since the country is made up of so many islands and is very spread out, a domestic flight can be a popular option here. You can catch flights from Jakarta, Bali , Lombok, among several other cities..

Once landed, I would recommend just hopping into a taxi (or tuk tuk), to get you to the city center. Expect costs to be around $5 USD to get to the city center.

If traveling to Yogyakarta from other parts of Java, you can choose to hop on a train that will get you into the central train station .

Trains run from all parts of Java – including Jakarta, Surubaya and Malang – all of which will have train lines that run through Yogyakarta.

I would recommend taking a look at a site like to see schedules and prices, and to purchase your tickets once you are ready to book your route. The train station is located in a pretty central spot, so you may be able to just walk to your hotel from there or jump in a quick taxi ride as well.

A popular way to travel around Java is to have your own car and driver . For the duration of your trip on the island, you can roam around at your own pace and pick and choose where/when you would like to go.

This is a great option for people who do not want to rely on public transport schedules and are willing to pay a bit of a premium for the comfort.

While I did not use a car and driver for my entire time in Java, I did find it a very helpful option for certain parts of my trip on the island. It is also pretty cheap all things considered if traveling with other people.

Expect a daily cost to be around $60 USD, although that number can also depend on how far you plan on driving throughout Java.

-> This option can also be very helpful once you are in Yogyakarta. Since some of the top attractions are located outside the city limits, one of the main options here is to hire a driver anyway. Having a driver already set up can remove any worry once you arrive to Yogyakarta.

2) Getting Around Yogyakarta

Once in Jogja, you will need to figure out how to get around to all the different attractions inside and outside of the city.

You will probably want to combo a number of different options here since some things are quite close by while others can be a couple hours drive away.

Inside the City

When you are visiting places within the city itself, I would be comfortable sticking to walking on your own or hopping in a quick tuk tuk ride to get you around. Many of the main places are in or near the city center, so it shouldn’t take too long to get there.

Outside the City

On the other hand, you will also want to visit attractions that are further away (i.e. Goa Jomblang Cave or the Yogyakarta Temples). For places like these, I would recommend hiring a driver for the day to get you there .

As mentioned before, hiring a driver can be an easy and economical way to get around. Day trips outside of the city should be around $40 USD for the day.

Your other two options would be to hire your own motorbike or to join a tour . I would only recommend hiring a motorbike if you are 100% confident and comfortable on the Java roads. They can get a bit hectic at times and I can only recommend for an experienced driver.

Joining a tour is also a great option (especially if solo), as they will take care of all logistics for you as you make the day trip outside the city. I will mention some of the top tours to choose from for the different activities down below.

Yogyakarta Attractions

3) Where to Stay in Yogyakarta

The area around Malioboro Street is where you will find the most restaurants, shops, markets, and more. Here you will also be quite close to some of the city attractions as well.

Below are some recommended places to stay either right nearby or within a short drive away:

  • Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta
  • The 1O1 Yogyakarta Tugu
  • Otu Hostel By Ostic
  • Melia Purosani Hotel Yogyakarta
  • Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel

Yogyakarta City

4) List of Attractions and Activities

Below is a quick break out of the 10 activities that you can join in while exploring Yogyakarta for a few days.

One of the days you can spend within the city itself, while the other two will be day trips outside of the city.

In the Yogyakarta itinerary section coming up, I will dive into each one of these a bit more.

Day 1: City Center

Taman Sari Water Castle

Sumur gumuling underground mosque.

  • Batik Factory

Mataram Coffee Factory

Malioboro street.

Day 2: Temple Hopping

  • Borobudur Temple
  • Prambanan Temple

Day 3: Cave Exploring

  • Goa Jomblang Cave
  • Goa Pindul Cave Tubing

Extra Time: Volcano Climbing

Mount Merapi

5) yogyakarta map.

Now that we have went over logistics, accommodation and attractions, I thought it may be helpful to outline it all on a map for you to better visualize where everything is.

As you can see below, there is a cluster around Yogyakarta while the temples and caves are located further away. Feel free to zoom into the map to better see where everything is located within the city center.

6) Yogyakarta Itinerary

Let’s now dive a bit more into each of the attractions and activities mentioned above, so you have a better idea of what to expect and how to prepare for each place.

You can choose to complete the 3 days in the order mentioned or you can feel free to move the days around as well.

7) Jogja Day 1

The first day of this Yogyakarta itinerary will focus in on the city center itself as you get to visit and experience some of the best that Jogja has to offer.

Up first is the Taman Sari Water Castle , one of the most popular attractions to visit within Jogja. This complex was once used by the Sultan for all types of functions.

Today, the central bathing area is the most preserved part of the complex and you can spend some time exploring the various rooms and pools around the area.

The entrance fee for the water castle is just 15,000 IDR, only about $1 USD. And be sure to keep your ticket when you visit the underground mosque mentioned next.

Taman Sari Water Castle

Located less than 10 minutes away by foot from Taman Sari is the Sumur Gumuling Underground Mosque . While it is located within the original larger complex, to get to the mosque from the water castle, you will need to make your way through some of the surrounding streets.

I have pin pointed it on the map above, but if you are having trouble finding it, feel free to ask some locals who are sure to point you in the right direction.

While not in operation, the mosque is truly impressive, with its various staircases stretching from the bottom to the top of the complex. There are several hallways and rooms to explore as you make your way through.

Sumur Gumuling Underground Mosque

All around Yogyakarta you will find yourself seeing Batik shops all throughout. Essentially, Batik is a certain technique used to dye cloths. These shops will have plenty to choose from and many also offer the chance to see the process first hand as well.

With the popularity of Batik in Yogyakarta also comes all the scams or tricks along with it.

You may be approached by people on the street wanting to bring you to a certain shop saying that there is a special sale going on or a limited time art show (something along those lines). However, these are merely techniques to push you to purchase the Batik cloth.

At many of the stores, you will also be given a coded price list (i.e. pieces labeled “A” are $5, “B” are $10, etc).

These are greatly negotiable (you can probably get more than 50% off these prices), so if you do want a certain piece, feel free to negotiate a bit.

Batik Yogyakarta

One place that I unexpectedly visited during my time in Yogyakarta was the Mataram Kopi Luwak Factory . If you aren’t familiar with Kopi Luwak, I would advise to look it up since I rather not get into the particular details here (you will see why!).

However, as I was wandering the streets of Jogja, I happened to meet one of the owners of the factory, which I then visited later on in the day.

Visiting the factory is free of charge as you get to see the beginning to end process of how the coffee is actually made.

At the end of the tour, you are able to do a bit of a tasting and purchase the coffee if you want to bring some home.

Kopi Luwak Java

At one point or another, you are sure to pass by the main Malioboro Street . As you walk along the street you are sure to find plenty of smaller markets and shops lined up all throughout.

It is a great place to explore during the day and/or night as it is one of the most happening places in the city.

Malioboro Street

8) Jogja Day 2

Now that you have had some time to explore the city of Yogyakarta itself, it is time to head out of the city to go on a temple hopping tour.

The best way to go about your day is to either hire a driver for the day or a guided tour. I would recommend looking a this highly rated Borobudur and Prambanan tour option before heading out.

Arguably two of the most famous and important temples in all of Indonesia are the Borobudur and Prambanan Temples , both of which are in the vicinity of Jogja and which can be combined into a perfect day trip.

You can start your day heading on the 1 hour drive to Borobudur, where you can explore the vast temple complex with volcanoes peeking out in the distance.

A popular option here too is to head there for sunrise as you get to see the first light of the day hitting the temple.

Once you are all set at Borobudur, make the 1.5 hour trip out to Prambanan, another beautiful temple complex.

Not only will you be able to enjoy the main temples here but you can also make the walk around to three other temples in the larger complex – Candi Lumbung, Candi Bubrah, and Candi Sewu.

The trip will end with the drive back to Yogyakarta, where you can end a successful day exploring some of Indonesia’s best temples.

» I would highly recommend that you read the Yogyakarta Temples Guide I put together so you have a better sense on how to go about a day trip there.

Borobudur Volcano

9) Jogja Day 3

For the last day of this Yogyakarta itinerary, it is time to do some cave exploring. A great day trip here is to do a combo trip to the Goa Jomblang Cave and the Goa Pindul Cave tubing experience.

Similar to day 2, you can either hire a driver of your own or join a tour:

Goa Jomblang

Located about 2 hours away from the city, Goa Jomblang is a very unique experience to take part of. Your time there will start with a rappel down into the mouth of cave, where you will then trek through the thick mud to the opening from above.

Once the sun begins to shine through, you will see the famous Light From Heaven streaking through the cave walls.

It is truly one of the most beautiful sites you can ask for. After enjoying the light from above, you then trek back to the start of the cave, where you are then pulleyed back up to the top.

» The Goa Jomblang Cave Guide will walk you through all you need to know about the experience.

If interested in taking part of a tour I would recommend signing up in advance through a highly rated company .

Goa Jomblang Heaven's Light

Located not too far away from Goa Jomblang, you can enjoy another type of caving experience.

This time you will get to sit down in some tubes and float down a river in a cave as you witness the stalactites and stalagmites all around you.

You then will have the chance to jump into the water and take part of a nice swim in the river outside of the cave to cool down at the end of the day.

Once all done with your caving experiences, you will head back to Yogyakarta to end your time in the city.

Goa Pindul Tubing

» If you have some extra time in the city of if you want to substitute something else out, one of the best trekking experiences you can have is a sunrise hike up Mount Merapi .

A sunrise hike will begin in the middle of the night as you make your way to the base of the mountain and make the dark ascent up.

You will enjoy a beautiful sunrise before heading back down the volcano and then onto Yogyakarta. Do note though that Merapi may be closed due to volcanic activity – check beforehand to see the latest status.

That about does it for a complete Yogyakarta itinerary and how to spend a few days enjoying all that Jogja has to offer.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them in below. Also don’t forget to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site, like a visit to Gili Trawangan .

Have fun out there and safe travels!

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EPIC YOGYAKARTA Itinerary! (2024)

A trip to Yogyakarta is a must when visiting the island of Java, Indonesia. Yogyakarta is also sometimes called Jogjakarta, Jogja or Yogya by travelers and locals alike. So if you see it spelled differently, know that Yogyakarta is what is being referred to. This Yogyakarta itinerary will take you to see the best sights, activities, and hostels.

Yogyakarta is the capital city of Indonesia’s Special Region of Yogyakarta. It is regarded as an important center for classical Javanese fine arts and culture, as it is the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy.

Yogyakarta is also a major tourist destination. Travelers love visiting as it is packed with all the ingredients that make a good travel destination. It’s inexpensive, has hidden treasures of bygone days, narrow alleys, and a vast array of cuisine choices. Most importantly though, it’s close to two of the largest and most sacred Buddhist and Hindu temples.

From all the places you must visit in Java, this is the one place you cannot miss.

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The best time to travel to Yogyakarta would be in the drier months from April to October in order to avoid the possibility of rain putting a damper on things when touring Yogyakarta.

Taking a vacation in Yogyakarta is still fun in the rainy season for it usually only rains in the evening for a couple of hours, so you can still do everything on your itinerary in Yogyakarta. The day starts really early, and you’ll find a bustling city by 6am.

When to Visit Yogyakarta

European, American, and Australian tourists peak mid-year when humidity is low and they have school/university holidays.

Yogyakarta is probably the biggest tourist destination in Indonesia for Indonesians. Public holidays, such as Idul Fitri (or Eid al-Fitr) are celebrated around the end of May or the beginning of June and create a massive influx of local tourists to Yogyakarta.

Check out the helpful guide below to decide for yourself when to visit Yogyakarta!

There is plenty to see and do in Yogyakarta from sightseeing and immersing yourself in history, to enjoying fresh and delicious food and incredible natural surroundings. The city covers an area of 46 square kilometers and is divided into 14 districts, so it is a good idea to choose your accommodation based on the Yogyakarta attractions that you wish to visit.

A good, central neighborhood to stay in for a first-time visit to Yogyakarta is Malioboro. The main street is famous for its shopping and nightlife and is close to many Yogyakarta points of interest. This area also has a great selection of local cuisine and has many restaurants and street food stalls to enjoy.

Where To Stay In Yogyakarta

If you’re planning a visit to Yogyakarta with the family, we highly recommend that you stay in the eastern part of the city. The East of Yogyakarta is a fun and lively region that offers plenty of fun activities and is dotted with numerous Yogyakarta landmarks. This is a good neighborhood to choose to keep every member of your family entertained and excited.

The eastern side of Yogyakarta is also a great base if you’re interested in exploring beyond the city and plan on adding a few day trips from Yogyakarta.

For more information on the various neighborhoods, check out our guide on where to stay in Yogyakarta .

Best Hostel in Yogyakarta – EDU Hostel Jogja

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EDU Hostel is the first modern city hostel in Indonesia. This brand new, purpose-built hostel has a spacious lobby area, big dormitories, and intimate and private family rooms.

We loved this hostel as it is centrally located and close to Malioboro Street, the shopping strip of Yogyakarta.

Best Airbnb in Yogyakarta – Quiet apartment on 1st floor

Quiet apartment on 1st floor

If you are visiting Yogyakarta for the first time, it can be a bit intimidating to walk around the busy streets. That’s why it’s important to have a place to calm down. This well designed Airbnb gives you the opportunity to have a quiet evening after a busy day. Modern and equipped with every important amenity, you’ll feel comfortable and have everything you need.

Best Budget Hotel in Yogyakarta – Benetta House

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Benetta House is located in central Yogyakarta, not far from Scientific Park. It is close to important Yogyakarta landmarks and is great for travelers interested in city trips street food and shopping.

The guest house is quaint, neat and tidy, and the owners are wonderful hosts that put in the extra effort to make it feel homely.

Best Luxury Hotel in Yogyakarta – The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta – MGallery by Sofitel

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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta – MGallery Collection has been providing luxury accommodations in a historical building since 1918. The 5-star hotel offers a spa, a fine-dining restaurant, spacious rooms, and a pool.

The restaurant serves a variety of fine meals in an elegant courtyard. Cocktails and wine can be enjoyed in the lobby bar.

Once you’ve booked your trip, pack your bags using our Yogyakarta packing list !

Yogyakarta is quite small, so getting around the city is easy and inexpensive. The city does have a decent public transportation system with 19 city bus lines and taxis equipped with meters.

Buses are the main form of transportation in Yogyakarta, of which there are two kinds – regular and patas . Patas buses (or TransJogjas) tend to be more popular with tourists as they are air-conditioned, generally safer than regular buses, and have longer operating hours.

Yogyakarta Itinerary

For short distances, traveling on foot is always a good option, but for something more comfortable try the traditional rickshaw or a horse-cart as an alternative. They are very popular with travelers, especially among shoppers on Malioboro Street.

Horse carts, or andong , are an enjoyable way to observe Yogyakarta. Horse carts are a little more expensive than rickshaws or taxis, though they become more reasonable if you hire them at an hourly rate.

Rickshaws or becaks , can accommodate up to three adult passengers. Prices are negotiable and it is best to agree on the price before you get on board.

Some Yogyakarta attractions are not reachable by public transport, so you may need to hire a car or take a taxi to do everything on your Yogyakarta itinerary.

So, wondering what to do in Yogyakarta? To answer this for you we have compiled a Yogyakarta itinerary so that you can get an idea of the best places to visit in Yogyakarta. We have drawn up a rough plan with points of interest for spending two or three days in Yogyakarta.

Borobudur Temple | Klipoh | Ullen Sentalu Museum | Merapi Volcano Museum | Jogja Bay Waterpark | Museum Affendi  | Prambanan Temple

 The first day on our two-day itinerary in Yogyakarta includes visits to two of the most historic and sacred religious temples in Indonesia. We highly recommend you visit these temples even if you only spend one day in Yogyakarta! The itinerary also includes insightful stops at cultural museums and some adventure too.

Day 1 / Stop 1 – Borobudur Temple

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s the world’s largest Buddhist temple. It’s over twelve centuries old!
  • Cost: $ 25 USD
  • Food recommendation: Grab some fresh fruit and some local delights at RM Duku cafe, just down the road.

Possibly the biggest reason to visit Yogyakarta’s Borobudur Temple is not in the city, but it is a 40-minute drive away in the Kedu Valley, Central Java. The Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and Indonesia’s most visited attraction.

It was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty.  It was abandoned in the 14th century as the population converted to Islam. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has since been restored and has only been open to the public for less than 50 years.

Borobudur Temple

The temple is a lotus-shaped pyramid and consists of nine stacked platforms (six square and three circular), topped by a central dome. The overall form of the temple symbolizes the cosmetology of the universe according to Buddhist teachings.

A visit to the temple is a truly humbling and possibly spiritual experience. Looking up at the gigantic structure makes you feel small, yet looking down at the views makes you feel on top of the world.

 Insider tip: The best time to visit the temple is around sunrise, when the views are truly spectacular!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Klipoh, Pottery Village

  • Why it’s awesome: A village with a long and proud history in pottery-making
  • Food nearby: For a quick bite to eat, head to Kedai Nujiwa cafe

Just down the drive from Borobudur temple is a small village in Karanganyar regency well-known for producing pottery. Reliefs carved in Borobudur displaying a pottery-making process, suggest Klipoh could have existed since the ninth century.

Eighty percent of the villagers currently make pottery for a living. The pottery-making skills are passed on from generation to generation.

Klipoh, Pottery Village

A day in the life of Klipoh residents revolves around the wet clay. The women are responsible for making and drying the pottery, while the men are in charge of the firing process.

The villagers offer a wide array of pottery, including small and big plates, jugs, vases, and pots. There is also a chance for visitors to get their hands dirty and take a pottery class.

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Ullen Sentalu Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: Get a great introduction to Javanese culture, history, and local customs.
  • Food nearby: Tuck into a hearty meal at the onsite restaurant.

A visit to the Ullen Sentalu Museum is a nice way to learn about Javanese culture on your Yogyakarta itinerary and is arguably one of the best museums in the city. The museum gives great insight into how the city looked in the old days. You will find photographs of Yogyakarta back in the day, as well as ancient batik, period paintings, and even antique manuscripts and letters.

Ullen Sentalu Museum

Tour guides are available to guide you around the museum. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures on the tour, which is a good way to make sure you pay attention to the exhibits.

There is also an option to browse the museum alone and enjoy a leisurely walk through the history of Yogyakarta at your own speed.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – Merapi Volcano Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: Learn all about the devastating effects of the 2010 eruption, and the history of volcanoes in Indonesia.
  • Cost: < $1 USD
  • Food nearby: Sit down to something substantial at Mas Ayu Resto, only a short distance away.

Another must-visit on any Yogyakarta itinerary is a visit to the active volcano of Mount Merapi! A stop at the Merapi Volcano Museum gives visitors the chance to learn more about the Merapi Volcano and is also the starting point for lava tours and hikes up to the mountain summit.


The museum is housed in an architecturally-impressive angular structure that resembles a volcano. Exhibits dedicated to Merapi include a scale model, which demonstrates eruptions from the 18th century until today and how they altered the mountain’s shape.

There are vintage seismometers on display, along with a motorbike excavated from molten ash. An earthquake simulator will shake the ground beneath your feet, and a cinema screens the story of the 2010 eruption and profiles covering volcanoes of Indonesia and the world.

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Jogja Bay Waterpark

  • Why it’s awesome: Cool off from the midday heat at a pirate-themed waterpark.
  • Cost: $ 6 USD
  • Food nearby: Enjoy tasty noodle dishes at Bakso Tengkleng KITAku.

Jogja Bay Waterpark is one of the largest waterparks in Southeast Asia and is becoming an increasingly popular Yogyakarta attraction with locals and tourists. This water park is unique in the sense that there is a storytelling between the Jogja Tradition and European pirates. Which is poured through live shows, characters, water rides, and merchandise.


Jogja Bay Waterpark is an old Pirate village with nuances of tropical paradise filled with greenery and old pirates. There are exciting water slides and rides that can be enjoyed, some of which are very challenging and fun!

Entrance tickets are very affordable and provides great fun for the whole family. If you can’t get to the coast, you can enjoy relaxing on the artificial beach with waves too!

 Insider tip: Cheaper tickets can be purchased online.

Day 1 / Stop 6 – Museum Affendi

  • Why it’s awesome: Admire the artwork of one of Indonesia’s most prominent artist.
  • Cost: $ 7 USD
  • Food nearby: Miroso Chicken Soto offers local Halaal food, just a few feet up the road from the museum.

Affandi was one of the most famous artists in Indonesian history. Art-lovers will get a kick out of this stop on the Yogyakarta itinerary, an art museum that actually used to be the artist’s former home and studio.

The museum sits to the east of the town center, on the banks of the Gajah Wong River. The painter Affandi designed and constructed the building as a home for himself, which also functions as a museum to display his paintings. The building is uniquely constructed, with a roof that resembles a banana leaf.

The museum has around 250 of Affandi’s paintings, as well as some of his haunting self-portraits. As this used to be his private home, you will also find a variety of his personal effects including his car which is a colorful Galant from 1967.

A visit to the museum includes a small take-home souvenir and a free beverage of choice. Overall, there are four galleries and a coffee/souvenir shop.

Day 1 / Stop 7 – Prambanan Temple

  • Why it’s awesome: The largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia.
  • Food nearby: An all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at the Ramayana Resto restaurant comes highly recommended.

Equally impressive and historic is the Prambanan Temple, or Rara Jonggrang. This temple is a Hindu Temple built in the 10th century, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver, and the Transformer.

Prambanan was constructed to signal the rise of the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty, supplanting Buddhism as the dominant religion. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, located 17km outside Yogyakarta.

Prambanan Temple

In addition to being a historic and religious site, the temple compound also plays backdrop for dance and theatre performances of the Ramayana Ballet. The ballet is based on an ancient Hindu love story based on the tale of King Rama and Princess Shinta and features over 200 dancers in eye-catching costumes!

The ballet is an absolute must on a Yogyakarta trip itinerary for anyone interested in ethnic dances and performance art!

Insider tip: The temple is best visited at sunset, when the temple is lit up in the late afternoon light, and it can be combined with a ballet performance.

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Kraton | Taman Sari | Sonobudoyo Museum State II | Gembira Loka Zoo | De Mata Trick Eye 3D Museum | Jalan Malioboro and Beringharjo Market | Alun-Alun Selatan and Beringin Trees

The second day of our two-day itinerary in Yogyakarta is a great mix of culture and historical insight, local interactions, and a bit of fun thrown in for good measure!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Kraton(Royal Palace)

  • Why it’s awesome: The seat of the reigning Sultan of Yogyakarta.
  • Cost: $1 USD
  • Food nearby: Enjoy some local cuisine in an elegant setting at Bale Raos Kraton, right next door.

The second day of the Yogyakarta itinerary starts off in the center of the city with stops at sites of historical importance. The Kraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, better known as Kraton, is probably the most famous attraction in Yogyakarta and is simply another name for the Royal Palace.


The walled city complex of pavilions and residences is home to around 25,000 people and encompasses a market, shops, cottage industries, schools, and mosques. Around 1,000 of the inhabitants are employed by the resident sultan.

The sultan and his family still reside here, although you can visit the Kraton Museum where you can learn more about the royal family as well as get an insight into traditional Javanese art and culture. There are Javanese cultural shows that take place daily in the morning, with each day bringing a different performance.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Taman Sari (Water Castle)

  • Why it’s awesome: Escape the city and stretch your legs in the park locals fondly call ‘the mountain’
  • Cost: $ 1 USD
  • Food nearby: For delicious local noodle dishes head to Bakmi Doring, within walking distance from Taman Sari

As well as the famous Kraton or Royal Palace, no Yogyakarta itinerary is complete without a visit to Taman Sari, which is also often referred to as the Taman Sari Water Castle.

The castle is located to the southwest of the Kraton and would have been extremely grand in its prime. It is made up of a network of pools, streams, and royal buildings for the enjoyment of the sultan and his family.

Taman Sari (Water Castle)

Nowadays it has deteriorated slightly and much of the water palace is gently crumbling. However, this adds to the charm and experience while spending an afternoon exploring the graceful ruins which date back to the 1700s.

You will also find a section of underground tunnels that are not to be missed! You can either take a guided tour for a small fee or simply go it alone.

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Sonobudoyo Museum State II

  • Why it’s awesome: The museum gives an in-depth view of Javanese culture and heritage, exhibiting ancient artifacts, and traditional puppet shows.
  • Cost: < $ 1 USD
  • Food nearby: Almost directly outside the museum, you’ll find tasty local dishes at Special Bakmi dan Nasi Goreng Pak Pele.

Yogyakarta is a city covered in museums, and one of the best of these is the Sonobudoyo Museum. It is devoted to the appreciation of Javanese culture, and has an impressive collection of local art on display.

The Sonobudoyo Museum is a treasure trove of ancient wonders, with a collection of precious artifacts and relics which would impress any archeologist. On display are objects that include ceramics from the Neolithic age, statues and bronze articles from the 8th century, and wayangs (shadow puppets).

If you want to know more about art from the region, you can take a tour of the museum and visit galleries dedicated to Indonesian puppets, masks, weaponry, and textiles. The museum faces a courtyard which is covered in Hindu architecture, and you will find ornate carvings and statues aplenty.

One of the highlights of the museum is the puppet shows that also take place here. Another is the large collection of keris (traditional daggers), a symbol of power and of ethnic pride in most communities making up the Malay Archipelago.

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Gembira Loka Zoo

  • Why it’s awesome: The zoo houses many local animals indigenous to Java, as well as others from around the Malay archipelago and beyond.
  • Cost: $ 2 USD
  • Food nearby: There is a restaurant inside the zoo where you can have a light meal and refreshments.

If you want to see some wild animals, then a visit to the Gembira Loka Zoo- located in the southeast of the city- is a good addition to your Yogyakarta itinerary.


The zoo has a large array of reptiles and birds with a pronounced emphasis on indigenous Indonesian species. The atmosphere of the zoo is calm and serene, and guests can enjoy a walk around lush and leafy surroundings, take in the tropical scenery as well as visit the different animal enclosures.

A visit to the Gembira Loka Zook is a recommended activity for young families visiting Yogyakarta. It is a great way to let the kids see some exotic animals and learn about the natural environment of Java in a fun and safe way.

Day 2 / Stop 5 – De Mata Trick Eye 3D Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: Whimsical museum featuring exhibits with scenic backdrops to create interactive optical illusions.
  • Cost: $10 USD
  • Food nearby: Bale Bebakaran Umbulharjo offers sumptuous soups in a relaxed atmosphere, not far from the museum.

The next stop on the Yogyakarta itinerary is a whole lot of fun. The De Mata Trick Eye 3D Museum is a pioneer in the 3D arts in Indonesia. It promotes imagination and encourages you to see the world from new perspectives.

Through the use of cutting-edge augmented reality technology, the museum brings 3D art installations to life. You can also have some fun with your very own photo shoot in the Photo Studio Area. Try on some traditional costumes from various parts of the world, and strike your pose in front of a background of your choice!

Day 2 / Stop 6 – Jalan Malioboro and Beringharjo Market

  • Why it’s awesome: A thriving area in Yogyakarta, packed with artisanal stalls, street food, and local wares.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: There are plenty of food stalls and restaurants lining the street.

Jalan Malioboro is the most famous street in the city and as such is a must-see on any Yogyakarta itinerary. The street is also usually visited at the same time as the Beringharjo Market, and all along Jalan Malioboro, you will find items for sale such as clothes, batik fabrics, jewelry, sandals, and traditional Javanese arts and crafts.

If you want to explore the market then you will need to come here between 9 am and 5 pm, but if you just want to enjoy the most famous hub in the city and its sights and sounds, then try to come after dark when the street really comes alive.


If you are feeling hungry then you can also buy a range of delicious street food. Malioboro is one of the best streets to sample cheap local food, with plenty of street vendors serving small portions of rice with toppings, usually spicy sauce (sambal), dried fish, and tempeh, wrapped in banana leaves.

A visit to this street at night will be cooler than in the day, and it’s a great way to fill up with delicious food in a vibrant setting!

Day 2 / Stop 7 – Alun-Alun Selatan and Beringin Trees

  • Why it’s awesome: A vibrant park with a fun challenge, succeed and your wishes will come true.
  • Food nearby: Vegetarians can enjoy some tofu at Warung Brongkos Handayani, near the park.

The Beringin Trees in Alun-Alun Selatan are another of Yogyakarta’s most famous points of interest. The area is cloaked in local myth and legend.

The site, as the name suggests, is made up of two large trees. Legend has it that if you are able to walk between them with your eyes closed then your wish for the future will come true.

This may sound easy, although it’s amazing how many people don’t manage to walk in a straight line. It can be almost impossible to walk straight in between the trees and many have failed. Therefore, the myth persists and continues to draw many people to come and try their luck!

Beringin Trees

People usually rent a blindfold from a local seller which ensures that you can’t cheat, and you can try as many times as you like. Whether you believe the story or not, it is good fun trying to make it between the trees and this is one of the quirkiest spots in the city.

This area comes alive at night and is well worth a visit after dark too. You will mostly find Indonesian tourists and locals trying to do the twins Beringin tree challenge, enjoying the cool of the night, eating food, or riding a super blinged-up ‘car’.

These are actually peddle cars, fitted with hundreds of bright lights and loud music! Some cars even come equipped with a small TV!

 Insider tip: It is definitely worthwhile to experience the park at night!

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Indrayanti Beach | Progo River | Kalibiru National Park | Kota Gede | Plaosan Temple

If you plan on spending at least three days in Yogyakarta when backpacking southeast Asia , then don’t worry. There is still lots more to see and do! For your convenience, we have included extra attractions in Yogyakarta to provide the perfect three-day itinerary in Yogyakarta!

Catch Some Sun on Indrayanti Beach

  • One of Yogyakarta’s more picturesque beaches.
  • Take a break from the city and enjoy the serene setting on the water’s edge.
  • A great idea to combine a city visit with some beach time.

Indrayanti Beach is a perfect pitstop for beach lovers! The beach is located on the southern coast of Java, in Gunungkidul regency, surprisingly close to the city.

The strip of white sand coastline is clean and the water is clear, warm, and inviting. There is a range of small Indonesian cafes and stalls set up along the coastline where you can get some simple noodle dishes, refreshments, and coconuts.

Indrayanti Beach

Like other beaches in Yogyakarta, Indrayanti has beautiful panoramas that can be enjoyed anywhere on the coastline. The white sand and the amazing surrounding nature make the beach worth visiting.

Indrayanti beach is a long stretch of sand lined with the ocean on one end and gazebos, restaurants, and tiny shops on the other. This makes it great for leisurely walks, in addition to laying in the sun or cooling down with a refreshing swim in the sea.

The cool sea breeze and the calm atmosphere will refresh your mind and soul. You will not want to leave the beach once you have arrived and enjoyed the beauty!

Go White Water Rafting on the Progo River

  • Raft down some of the most treacherous rapids in Java.
  • A fantastic activity to get your adrenaline pumping.
  • Enjoy some amazing views of the surrounding vegetation and landscape from the water.

Add some adrenaline-fuelled fun to your Yogyakarta itinerary with a heart-pumping white-water rafting trip down the rapids of the Progo River ! A visit to the Progo River is a great activity just a short drive from the city.

The river has some pretty high-difficulty rapids, so river rafting is not recommended for beginners. The lower Progo River has the highest difficulty in Java, having a grade V (AWA scale), the same as the Colorado River!

There are a few tour operators to choose from, where you can either rent your own kayak or go down the rapids with a group in an inflatable raft. If you have done this before and are a confident swimmer, then this will be a fun challenge for you!

The river basin is created by several small watersheds and just a glimpse of the water will set your heart racing – you know it will be a challenge. This river offers large boulders and big drops! Guides are always on hand to assist you through the experience, but it is a good idea to make sure they are experienced enough to ensure your safety on the river.

Take in the views of Kalibiru National Park

  • Stand above the treetops and get the best views of the landscape.
  • A photographer’s dream, and anyone wanting to impress their Instagram followers.
  • Feel the wind blowing in your hair and zipline through the forest.

Kalibiru National Park offers a beautiful setting of nature and incredible views. For the more adventurous the park also offers fun outdoor activities, such as tree climbing, zip-lining, and tracking activities.

The mountainous landscape of Kalibiru National Park is located about an hour outside of Yogyakarta, with peaks reaching as high as 1,500 ft above sea level. The Park was opened in 2008 by the local community, but has only recently become ultra-attractive to tourist.

Kalibiru National Park

The popularity of Kalibiru National Park has exploded as more and more tourists started to post their pictures of the incredible views on social media. There are a number of wooden platforms high up in the trees, overlooking the valley and Lake Seramo below that make the perfect setting for amazing views and picture-taking!

There are also other activities available in this national park including hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing. There are a number of hiking paths around the park, ranging from one to four miles long. Zip-lining high up in the canopy also gives great perspectives of the forest and is an exhilarating way to experience the beauty of the park.

Visit the Cultural Village of Kota Gede

  • A quaint old town now found within the Yogyakarta city limits.
  • Explore this historical neighborhood’s narrow streets and admire the old architecture.
  • Take a batik workshop and make your own batik keep-sake.

When backpacking through Indonesia, don’t miss this great cultural stop on your three-day itinerary in Yogyakarta. Even though it has been engulfed by the city, this former town still retains its quaint charm.

It’s the ideal place to discover the arts and crafts scene that Yogyakarta is famous for, as is well worth exploring. It feels like a village inside the city, with bicycles and rickshaws being more common than motorbikes and cars, and narrow backstreets leading into courtyards and artist workshops.

The houses that line the streets have beautifully carved wooden panels decorating the entrances, revealing which era the houses were from. Hindu houses have a lotus flower, Muslim houses are decorated with Arabic script, and colonial houses have the carving of a crown. You can’t miss this. It’s one of the best things to do in Yogyakarta!

Wander through a street market, and you will find it hard to resist the temptation to grab some tasty street food. You will also find some silversmith workshops with exquisite filigree items for sale.

There is also the chance to create your very own souvenir at a batik (cloth with traditional patterns) workshop. There are plenty of these workshops around as locals have a long and proud tradition of producing batik.

Visit the Plaosan Temple

  • Ancient Buddhist temple complex built in the 9th century.
  • One of the lesser visited temples.
  • Take in views of the river and surrounding rice paddy’s from elevated vantage points.

The Plaosan Temple Complex, known locally as Candi Plaosan, is another impressive Buddhist temple, located close to the Hindu Prambanan Temple in the neighboring village of Bugisan.

The temple complex was built in the mid 9th century and covers a large area close to the Dengok River. Plaosan currently comprises two Buddhist temples, Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul, and is surrounded by paddy fields along with banana and corn crops.

Plaosan Temple

The Plaosan temple complex is made up of 174 small buildings, 116 stupas ,and 58 shrines, many of which have intricate inscriptions. Two of these inscriptions indicate that the temple was a gift of sanctuary.

The dates of the inscriptions are between 825-850 AD. Although similar to the Prambanan 856 AD date, the complexes are not related but have different building techniques that distinguish the Plaosan temples from Prambanan.

Yogyakarta is very similar to most other cities in Asia. There are wonderful sights to see, and the cheap prices lure a lot of tourists. However, as there is poverty there is always a small amount of crime that accompanies it.

You need to be vigilant over your belongings wherever there are crowds of people. There is a fair bit of petty crime like pickpocketing, scams, and street sellers inflating their prices.

Most of these occur around the Kraton, Jalan Malioboro, on buses and other tourists hotspots. Scammers will approach tourists and tell them about a government art center and will hire cheap transport to the ‘genuine’ gallery. If you’re interested in buying batik , be prepared to haggle for a fair price!

Be cautious when walking in the city. The traffic is hectic and roads are often in poor condition. It is always a good idea to travel in groups when leaving the city or walking at night.

Mount Merapi is an active volcano , so there is always the threat of eruption to be mindful of. The city can also get very polluted, so asthmatics should beware that breathing may become difficult.

Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance for Yogyakarta

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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Many amazing locations are actually outside of the city, so do yourself a favor and check out the amazing day trips from Yogyakarta that we highly recommend taking!

Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

Witness the beautiful mists that form below the panoramic area of Jurang Tembelan. On a good day, the cotton-like clouds obstruct the whole panorama and make you feel like you’re on top of the world!

Jurang Tembelan, Pine Forest, and Timang Beach

From Jurang Tembelan, you’ll be taken to visit the famous Pine Forest to enjoy the tranquil setting filled with the aroma of fresh pine. Wander around and discover more species of trees, such as mahogany, acacia, walnut, and eucalyptus.

The last stop on the day-trip will be Timang Beach, one of the most breathtaking beaches in Yogyakarta! Ride the hand-drawn gondola ride to the nearby island, and feast on a fresh-caught lobster lunch.

Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

Take a day-trip to Dieng Plateau to witness the golden sunrise from Sikunir. Get the chance to stretch your legs with a hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill. On clear days, up to eight volcanoes are visible from the top!

Jomblang Cave Tour

From there you will head to the sulfurous Telaga Warna Lake and witness a phenomenon of the waters changing colors!

You will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with bubbling mud and billowing steam. The last stop will be Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century.

Jomblang Cave Tour

One of the most popular day trips from Yogyakarta, and a must-do on a three-day itinerary! Enjoy the amazing illumination of Jomblang Cave and witness the heavenly light where angels descend in this truly intriguing experience.

Jomblang Cave Tour

On this private tour, you will visit Jomblang Cave and experience sunshine streaking through the heavy air of the cave, making it appear heavenly! You’ll get the chance to descend 190 ft to the bottom of the cave with the aid of rappelling equipment. Then it’s just a short walk through a slippery muddy tunnel to the spot where you will catch this spectacular ray of light!

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java’s Rice Terraces

Explore the intriguing and controversial temples located in the slope of Lawu Mountain, Central Java. On route to Cetho and Sukuh Temples, you’ll have the chance to take in the impressive view of tea plantations and rice fields against a backdrop of hills and towering mountains.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

This trip will include a visit to Mangkunegaran Palace, and Yogyakarta’s sister city, Solo City. Explore this Javanese legacy at your own pace or hire a local guide to learn about its history.

After lunch explore the ancient Batik Museum. Admire the collections of pre-colonial and post-independence artifacts.

Instagram Tour: Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

Visit the most scenic sights around Yogyakarta where you can snap photos of this beautiful region. Immerse yourself in nature and local culture while exploring monuments and natural wonders.

Instagram Tour Volcano, Jungle Swing & Waterfall

Take in the beautiful mountainous views of Merapi Volcano, and the jungle scenes of Kalibiru Nature Park. Challenge yourself to swing above the valley and jungle at the ‘Sky Swing’ high up in the Menoreh hills. End your day by visiting the hidden waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim!

You’ll definitely want to bring your BEST travel camera for this one!

Active Roots Security Belt

Stash your cash safely with this money belt. It will keep your valuables safely concealed, no matter where you go.

It looks exactly like a normal belt  except for a SECRET interior pocket perfectly designed to hide a wad of cash, a passport photocopy or anything else you may wish to hide. Never get caught with your pants down again! (Unless you want to…)

Find out what people want to know when planning their Yogyakarta itinerary.

How many days are enough for Yogyakarta?

Spending a minimum of 3 days in Yogyakarta is best if you want to see all the sights.

What should you include on a Yogyakarta 3 day itinerary?

Don’t miss out on these awesome places to visit in Yogyakarta: – Borobudur Temple – Merapi Volcano Museum – Taman Sari

Where should you stay for a weekend in Yogyakarta?

With its central location and abundance of shops and eateries, Malioboro is the best place to be for a short trip to Yogyakarta. It’s also home to the best nightlife in the area!

What are the best day trips from Yogyakarta?

There are loads of amazing day trips you can take from Yogyakarta. Explore Jurang Tembelan, head on the Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip, or experience caves and rice terraces.

By now you should have all the information you need to have a great stay in Yogyakarta!

Yogyakarta is loaded with cultural significance, fun activities, and tasty street food. It is also the perfect base from which to explore more of southern Java and find the amazing locations you’ve seen on Instagram!

If you are traveling elsewhere in Indonesia, be sure to check out our insider backpacker’s guide for more itineraries, places to visit, and information on where to stay on a budget!

If you plan on visiting, be sure to read our  in-depth Bali itinerary planner to get the most of your trip to the island. Alternatively, discover a unique way to travel and get closer to the locals. Find out more about the opportunity to live with locals villagers in our homestays in Indonesia .

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An Incredible 3 Days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Itinerary

Visiting Prambanan temple at sunset is a highlight on your Yogyakarta itinerary

Three days in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia is a good amount of time to explore the city. 

Yogyakarta (also referred to as Jogja) is known for its beautiful historical and cultural sites, such as the UNESCO Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, yet has other incredible tourist attractions, beaches, and outdoor adventures to experience. 

To help with your travel planning, we’re sharing this Yogyakarta 3 days itinerary highlighting unique and must-visit places to check out and helpful travel tips. 

Each day has suggestions of where to go but don’t feel obligated to visit everything. We don’t want you to feel burned out with the travel, especially if you’ve visited other areas of Indonesia before coming to Yogyakarta. 

Click here to jump to certain areas on how to spend 3 days in Yogyakarta: 

  • Yogyakarta Travel Tips
  • Itinerary: Day 1 – City Center 
  • Itinerary: Day 2 – Temples
  • Itinerary: Day 3 – Day Trips
  • Yogyakarta Accommodations
  • What to Eat in Yogyakarta

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Important Yogyakarta Travel Tips

Visa requirements.

Before departing for Indonesia, please check the latest visa requirements when entering the country .  

On our visit in late August 2022, Indonesia did not require a PCR test or quarantine. However, copies of our COVID vaccination cards must be shown on arrival at the airport. 

Indonesia allows 86 countries to enter with a visa on arrival. The visa is valid for 30 days. Cash is only accepted. The cost is $35 USD or 500,000 IDR per person. 

Here are the additional currencies accepted – Singaporean Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars, Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pounds, Saudi Arabia Real, Thailand Bhat, Canadian Dollars, Swiss France, Korean Won, Malaysian Ringgit, and Chinese Yuan. 

How Many Days to Stay in Yogyakarta Area?

Three days is the minimum amount of time needed to explore Yogyakarta. 

If you have more time, you can visit other neighboring areas. We provided many day trip ideas on Day 3 yet these can be separated over multiple days. 

When to Visit Yogyakarta

The rainy season is from November to March. January and March are heavier rainy months. 

The dry season is from April to October. October is considered the warmest month of the year. 

Our Yogyakarta trip took place in September and we had plenty of warm weather, humidity, and sunshine. 

As a heads-up, rain can happen at any time, even during the dry season. If you have an umbrella and are inside when the rain happens, then you’ll be fine.

At least the temperatures are consistent all year round between 30 to 32℃ (86 to 89℉) but can drop to 21 to 24℃ (70 to 75℉). 

How to Get to Yogyakarta

There are a few transportation options to arrive in Yogyakarta.

By Plane. Yogyakarta International Airport (airport code: YIA) has both international and domestic flights. You’ll land here if you’re taking airlines such as Lion Air, Garuda, and AirAsia. 

The airport is 43 to 50 kilometers (27 to 31 miles) away from the city center and will take 1.5 hours to travel one way. Since the airport is a bit far, you’ll want to take transportation, such as a taxi, private driver ( pre-book one here ), or ride-hailing (ie: Grab), to get to the main city. 

By Train. Yogyakarta has two train stations to consider – Lempuyangan (LPN) or Yogyakarta (YK). They are both in the center of town and nearby Malioboro Street. Yogyakarta Station is the larger station and only 1 kilometer (.60 miles) away from Lempuyangan Station. 

The train station connects with other cities in Java.

Read our experience taking the train from Surabaya to Yogyakarta.  

Getting around yogyakarta.

Since you’ll be in Yogyakarta for a few days, it’s best to know how you’ll travel around the city and neighboring areas. 

By Car. One of the easiest ways to travel around is by car. You’ll want to hire a personal driver if you plan to do any day trips from Yogyakarta. 

The benefit of having a driver is that you don’t need to worry about the traffic and navigating the roads. If you’re tired during your travels, you can also take a nap during the ride. 

We hired a private driver for 3 days and also for airport transfer . We arranged the transportation over WhatsApp before our arrival. Everything went well for our travels. If you’re interested in our driver’s contact information, please send us a note here . 

By Ride-hailing Car or Motorbike. For short distances around the city, consider using a ride-hailing app to request a driver by car or motorbike. It’s a cheaper option than taking a taxi. 

You’ll need to download Grab or GoJek apps ahead of time. The app is similar to using Uber or other ride-hailing apps. You’ll add your starting and ending location, and the price is listed in the app. Payment is done through the app via credit card but cash is also accepted. 

By Taxi. Hotels can arrange taxis ahead of time.

By Motorbike Rental. If you’re confident with your motorbiking skills, feel free to ride one around town and on your day trips. You can ask your accommodation if they provide motorbike rentals. 

By Cyclos. Around Malioboro Street, there are many vendors offering cyclo trips to various attractions for a flat fee. 

Colorful cyclos waiting for tourists along Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

When visiting Malioboro Street, you’ll see plenty of cyclos to take as a form of transportation

By Walking. If you’re staying nearby Malioboro Street, then you can walk to restaurants and shopping places easily. You could also consider walking to the local attractions. 

Purchase a SIM Card

If you plan to use ride-hailing as your main source of transportation or need data to travel around, it’s recommended to get a SIM card on your arrival. You can get one at the Yogyakarta airport. 

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Map of Where to Go in Yogyakarta

Map of places to visit in Yogyakarta in 3 days

Click on the image to see a larger view of places to visit in Yogyakarta in 3 days. Credit: Map data: Google

Yogyakarta Itinerary Day 1: City Center 

After you’ve arrived in Yogyakarta, stop by your accommodation to check in or drop off your luggage. Then we’re off to explore the local attractions and Malioboro Street. 

Visit Kraton and Pagelaran Karaton 

Kraton (also known as the Karaton, Palace of Yogyakarta, or Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat ) is an important landmark in Yogyakarta. It’s a royal palace for the Sultan, and apparently, the Sultan’s family still lives there today. The palace grounds have museums with artworks and artifacts and open courtyards.

A chandelier with gold trimmings in the ceiling and columns at Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Here is one of the most ornate places to check out at the Kraton

There are cultural performances such as dancing and music. We lucked out when we visited on Saturday as there was dancing around 10:30am. Unfortunately, we don’t know the frequency of the performances as there isn’t any signage. 

Note: In the backside of the Kraton, we were approached by a few people saying that the batik museum is included in your ticket. This is not true! These people are trying to take you to their batik store and sell you stuff.

Behind the Kraton is Pagelaran Karaton. This place has a collection of carriages and clothing on display. There is also a museum, but it wasn’t open on our visit. 

English-speaking guides are available for hire and you can learn more history of the palace. 

Unfortunately, Kraton and Pagelaran Karaton do not connect even though they’re on the same grounds. You need to walk for 5 minutes or hire a cyclo to walk between the two areas. 

We prefer visiting the Kraton more than Pagelaran Karaton as it was more interesting with the performances and museum. 

Admission cost:

  • Kraton: 15,000 IDR ($1.00)
  • Pagelaran Karaton: 7,000 IDR ($.45)

Visit Taman Sari

Next on the list of places to visit in Yogyakarta is the water palace, Taman Sari ( Kampung Wisata Taman Sari ). It’s a former resting spot for the Sultan’s family and now it’s a water temple area with two main areas with pools. 

It can get crowded on the weekends, so you may want to go on the weekday or early in the morning. 

You can hire a guide to learn more about the water palace. Otherwise, you can browse around but there isn’t any history or explanation. 

For us, the water temple area seemed like a letdown as it wasn’t as pretty or extravagant as Tirta Gangga Water Palace or Ujung Water Palace in East Bali . 

Taman Sari is a water palace in Yogyakarta with the aqua colored pool

Admission cost: 15,000 IDR ($1.00)

Walk, Shop, and Eat along Malioboro Street

Malioboro Street (Jalan Malioboro) is a famous street in Yogyakarta for shopping and eating. It’s considered the center of town so many hotels, restaurants, and train stations are nearby here. The street itself is 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles). 

As for souvenirs, you’ll see similar stuff after a while such as batik-style clothing and bags, t-shirts, and food souvenirs. 

One of the yummiest food souvenirs to try and even buy is bakpia . It’s a circular flaky puff pastry filled with various flavors such as chocolate, mung beans, and cheese. We saw many people buying boxes of bakpia. 

On our visit, we saw a Chinatown with a friendship gate. But we didn’t stop by to see if there were any Chinese food. 

We also stopped by Malioboro Mall to see the food options.

Pink Volkswagen Beetle cars with Hello Kitty and Doraemon signs

We saw these fun Volkswagen cars on our way to Malioboro Street

Take a free city walking tour 

Who loves taking free city tours led by locals? If you have the time, consider taking this free walking tour hosted by Jooga Good Guide . There are morning and afternoon sessions. Malioboro, Kotabaru, and Kotagede are popular walking tours to check out. 

You’ll need to register for a spot in advance and meet at the scheduled meeting spot. 

Tip: Please give a small tip at the end of your tour to show appreciation to the tour guide.

Although taking a tour was on our list of things to do, we didn’t have a chance to do any of them due to limited time. On our return trip to Yogyakarta, we’ll try one of these. 

Yogyakarta Itinerary Day 2: Borobudur & Prambanan Temples and More

It’s the second day of your Yogyakarta trip and we’re off to explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites , Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, and neighboring sites. 

Sunrise at Setumbu Hill (or Borobudur Temple) (Optional)

For the early risers, you may want to see the sunrise – either from Setumbu Hill ( Punthuk Setumbu ) or Borobudur Temple. At the moment, only Setumbu Hill is open for sunrise. (Borobudur’s upper levels have been closed since 2020.)  

The observation platform to see the sunrise is 300 meters (.19 miles) from the parking lot. The walking route is paved so it’s easy to reach. 

It’s best to view the sunrise on a clear day. If it’s rainy or overcast, you can’t see much. Although, even on a clear day, you see a layer of fog over the Borobudur Temple and the surrounding area. It’ll burn off 20 minutes after sunrise. 

The sunrise is okay, so feel free to skip this one to get extra sleep. We suggest seeing the sunrise at  Ijen or Bromo in East Java , or Mount Batur on Bali instead.  

A hazy layer of clouds at Setumbu Hills sunrise point

Here is what you’ll see at Setumbu Hills for sunrise

Admission cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.20)

Visit the Chicken Church

Is it a chicken or a dove? The Chicken Church (Bukit Rhema) is a unique building in a shape of a chicken (supposed to be a dove). This church invites all religions to come for praying and meditation.

Visitors receive a free tour of the church to learn more about its history, take photos from the top of the chicken’s head (dove’s crown), and get a free snack in the cafe. 

It’s a fun attraction to visit either before or after Borobudur Temple. 

The Chicken Church nearby Borobodur Temple in Yogyakarta is in a shape of a chicken with a white body, red beak, and yellow crown

Read our Chicken Church guide here to learn more. 

Visit borobudur in the morning & prambanan temple in the afternoon.

Borobudur and Prambanan Temple is the main attraction of today’s visit. It’s very doable to visit both of these UNESCO sites that were built in the 9th century. 

Borobudur Temple is a Buddhist temple and is considered the largest Buddhist temple in the world. The temple has 9 levels with Buddhist sculptures, carvings, and stupas. 

Note : Unfortunately, visitors cannot visit the upper levels of Borobudur. It’s been closed since 2020 and may reopen in 2023. 

It’s recommended to visit Borobudur in the morning. 

Back view of the Borobudur Temple with the stupa at the top

Here is Borobudur temple from the grass area

Prambanan Temple is the main Hindu temple and the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. The complex has other smaller temples in the area. 

We suggest that you visit Sewu Temple, located 1.3 kilometers (.80 miles) from Prambanan. The temple is restored yet has tons of large stone pieces surrounding it waiting to be categorized. 

Since Yogyakarta gets hot in the mid-morning and afternoon, it’s recommended to visit Prambanan in the late afternoon. 

Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, stands on a rock with a view of the back side of the Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple is gorgeous to see in person

Read more on how to visit Borobudur & Prambanan in 1 day . 

Admission cost: Combo ticket for Borobudur & Prambanan 

  • Adults: 652,500 IDR ($40.25)
  • Children: 391,500 IDR ($20.60)

Stop by Other Temples

Between your Borobudur and Prambanan Temple visit, consider stopping by other temples along the way. 

  • Pawon Temple – A Buddhist temple nearby Borobudur
  • Mendut Buddhist Monastary – Another Buddhist temple nearby Borobudur
  • Selogriyo Temple – You get to walk through rice terraces on the way to a small temple.
  • Ratu Boko – This temple is 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) south of Prambanan and a good spot to see the sunset. 

Yogyakarta Itinerary Day 3: Day Trips

On your third day in Yogyakarta, it’s time to do day trips! There are many places that you can visit within a 2+ hour drive from Yogyakarta.

We suggest choosing 2 places that are nearby each other to reduce travel time. Here are some options that you can do. 

Explore Jomblang Cave 

Who wants to feel like a caver? You’ll want to visit Jomblang Cave ( Goa Jomblang ) for a unique adventure to rappel down into a cave area (with the help of a team), walk through the darkness, and see a gorgeous light beam at the end of the cave. 

This caving tour is only offered once a day, so you want to get there early to get a spot. It’s a fun experience and highly recommended. Plus, you get a complimentary lunch once you’re done. 

Justin Huynh, Life Of Doing, looks at the top of the cave opening to see the rays in Jomblang Cave

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Go tubing in pindul cave.

After exploring Jomblang Cave, it’s time to cool off, lounge around, and go tubing in Pindul Cave ( Goa Pindul ). It’s a limestone cave with some awesome underground views. 

Visit Timang Beach & Timang Island

If you’re looking for gorgeous views of the ocean and to hear the waves, then head to Timang Beach. You’ll need to take a Jeep to reach Timang Beach as it’s 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) away from the main road. 

Once you arrive, you can walk along a suspension bridge or take a gondola to a small island, Timang Island, from the mainland. Here, you can take more epic photos of the beautiful ocean. You may never want to leave this area since it’s so pretty. 

View of Timang Beach and mainland from Timang Island

This is a view of Timang Beach from Timang Island

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You can also add a visit to Pine Forest and Jurang Tembelan . Click here to book this tour option.  

Take an Instagram Photo Tour including Kalibiru National Park

Where are the best photo spots in Yogyakarta? Check out this tour that focuses on Instagram-worthy photo spots! You get the chance to visit the Merapi volcano, Kalibiru National Park, Sky Swing, waterfalls, and more. 

We heard about Kalibiru National Park from other travel bloggers. There are gorgeous views of the lake from the platforms.

Book your Instagram tour of Yogyakarta here. 

Explore Mount Merapi on a Jeep

Mount Merapi ( Gunung Merapi ) is an active volcano nearby Yogyakarta. There was a major eruption in 2010 that destroyed a village living on the mountain and killed over 350 people. 

Visitors head to Merapi to go on a Jeep tour. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the history of the area, visit museums, and get close to the volcano. The tours are 2 to 4 hours depending on which tour package. 

Book a Mount Merapi Jeep Tour & Transportation To/From Yogyakarta here. 

Note: Depending on your schedule, you may visit Mount Merapi on your second day in Yogyakarta. But, if you didn’t have time or the weather didn’t cooperate (which is what happened to us), then visiting this spot on another day is fine. 

What about hiking Mount Merapi? Unfortunately, hiking isn’t allowed at the moment. 

Read More: Best Hiking Spots in Indonesia

Visit sikunir hill for sunrise & dieng plateau trip.

For those who love sunrises and can’t get enough of them, add Sikunir Hill to your list. Afterward, you get the chance to view the colorful Telaga Warna Lake and Sikidang Crater in the Dieng Plateau area. 

It takes about 3.5 hours to get there from Yogyakarta so it’ll be an early morning start.

Reserve a spot for the Dieng Plateau Sunrise Trip here. 

Take a countryside cycling tour 

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, consider taking a tour of Yogyakarta’s countryside by bicycle. It’s a fantastic way to get insight into a local lifestyle and see the quieter areas of Yogyakarta. 

Book a spot for the cycling tour here. 

Explore Temples in Solo City & Mount Lawu Area

Want to go to a less explored area? Consider checking out this tour that goes to Cetho and Sukuh Temples, Mangukunegaran Palace, and a Batik museum. You’ll also pass by the Mount Lawu area and see rice fields. 

Both of the temples are Javanese-Hindu and have unique architecture. 

Located in the Karanganyar Regency, it’s about 3 hours away by car. 

Book this tour to Solo City here

Take a Street Art Tour

Sewon, located south of Yogyakarta, is known for its incredible street art. Taking a tour is a fantastic way to learn about the local artists and what the artwork represents. Book this tour by Via Via Jogja.

Where to Stay in Yogyakarta

The city has a variety of accommodations to stay from guesthouses, hostels, hotels, and resorts. It depends on the location, budget, and comfortability to find your perfect place. 

Many visitors stay around Malioboro Street. Since it’s in the center of town, it’s a prime location for dining, shopping, and evening activities. 

Click here to find a place to stay in Yogyakarta on or Agoda here. 

Here are some budget-friendly options in the Malioboro Street area that we considered staying in: 

  • Omah Manis – Book your stay on  
  • Nextdoor Homestay – Book your stay on or Agoda
  • Snooze – Book your stay on or Agoda

Where Did We Stay?

We stayed at Marriott Hotel as we’re current Marriott Bonvoy members and used hotel points for our stay.

Book a room at Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel on or Agoda.  

Located in the Depok area, this location is farther from Malioboro Street so we took Grab to travel there. It’s about 20 to 30 minutes to get there depending on the traffic. 

Despite the farther location, we liked the spacious room and the amenities. Our room overlooked the swimming pool. Since the weather gets hot in the afternoon, you must use the pool! It’s clean and so refreshing to hang out in the water. 

Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, swims in the pool at Yogyakarta Marriott in the afternoon

In the mornings and early afternoons, the hotel lobby has juice and samples of cake from the cafe such as tiramisu and pandan. 

If you don’t want to eat at the hotel, the hotel connects to Pakuwon Mall (formerly Hartono Mall). There are many restaurants to try on the top level or bottom level. There is also a supermarket and ATM on the lower level. 

We wouldn’t mind staying here again. 

Where to Eat in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta has plenty of local eateries to try from Indonesian to Western food. The best way to find local places to eat is to ask your accommodations for suggestions! 

Gudeg is specifically a Yogyakarta local food to try. It’s unripened jackfruit and seeds mixed with palm sugar and coconut cream. 

It’s very sweet and has a distinctive flavor so it’s a hit or miss depending on your taste buds. For us, it took a few bites before we warmed up to the taste. 

Gudeg comes with rice and other side items such as fried crackers and krecek . If you see krecek on the menu, please know that it’s not vegetarian. It’s cow inner skin and simmered with coconut milk and spices so it turns out very soft. 

The cost is affordable starting at 22,000 IDR ($1.40). 

Two plates of rice with tempeh, egg, and gudeg, an Yogyakarta speciality made from unripened jackfruit and coconut cream

We tried gudeg at Gudeg Yu Djum Pasat

Places to Try Gudeg: 

  • Gudeg Yu Djum Pasat – This is where we went and there are multiple locations around the city. 
  • Gudeg Bu Djuminten
  • Gudeg Permata Bu Narti
Note: You can also buy canned gudeg as souvenirs. 

Try a Place with 20+ sambals. 

Do you like Indonesian sambal (chili sauce)? If so, you have to visit this place, Waroeng Spesial Sambal “SS.” It has over 20+ sambals that you can try with your food. 

They also have delicious and affordable foods such as chicken, grilled fish, vegetables, and much more. We love the gourami and nila bakar (indigo fish). 

To order, you get a checklist of the food options and you write down your quantity. The checklist is in Indonesian so you’ll need to recognize some of the food options or use Google Translate. 

Note: This restaurant is also located in Denpasar, Bali and it’s a popular spot. Yogyakarta has many locations to visit. 

Take an evening food tour. 

After you’ve done your day excursions, consider taking a food tour in the evening. You get the chance to try delicious street food and get insider tips on where the locals eat.

Check out this street food tour here. 

Final Thoughts

After 3 days in Yogyakarta, it’s time to head to your next destination in Indonesia or return home. 

We hope you enjoyed this Yogyakarta itinerary filled with breathtaking temples, interesting history, and amazing outdoor adventures. 

If you’re looking for ideas to continue your Indonesia trip, check out our posts below: 

  • Best Indonesian islands to visit
  • East Java 4-day itinerary
  • Bali in 4 days
  • Bali 2-week itinerary
  • Komodo National Park day trip 

Have any questions about our Yogyakarta itinerary? Ask a question in the comment section below. 

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I have spent 2 years in Indonesia and never visited Yogyakarta – can you believe that? The country is HUGE and there’s so much to see. I definitely need to go back.

Hi Jyotsna. We’re jealous of your experience living in Indonesia for 2 years! What a fantastic opportunity. While you missed out on Yogyakarta, you can always come back to visit. If you want to visit Borobodur Temple on an upcoming trip, it’s better to wait until the top part of Borobodur Temple reopens.

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Homecoming Travel: Traveloka Shares Pre-Eid Travel Trends for 2024

Jakarta - April 3, 2024 —

As Eid al-Fitr 1445 H festivities draw closer, Indonesians are again immersed in preparations for the Eid homecoming journey, known as " mudik ."The Ministry of Transportation ( Kemenhub ) of the Republic of Indonesia projects that the potential movement of people during the 2024 Eid season could reach 71.7% of Indonesia's population, or approximately 193.6 million people. With the mudik season and holidays drawing near, Traveloka, the leading travel platform in Southeast Asia, shares the trends for the 2024 Eid season.

Iko Putera, CEO of Transport at Traveloka , notes, "As the Eid holiday approaches, consumers began planning their trips as early as February. It's not just transportation; accommodation bookings are also on the rise, signaling the enduring popularity of staycations. Moreover, many consumers are taking advantage of the Eid period to visit various tourist attractions."

As part of its Eid holiday preparations, Traveloka is bolstering its infrastructure to ensure safe and comfortable travels for consumers. Iko explains, "Aligned with our commitment to excellent service, Traveloka collaborates closely with partners to ensure inventory availability across our comprehensive product range, including transportation (Flights, Trains, Bus & Travel), Accommodations, and Xperience. Our customer service team is also specially equipped to handle diverse needs and inquiries efficiently."

Traveloka's Eid Homecoming and Holiday Trends

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Ground transportation options like Trains, Buses, and Travel (door-to-door shuttles) remain popular, especially for inter-island travel within Java. Searches for Bus & Travel during Eid have increased nearly twelvefold, while Train searches have risen over thirtyfold compared to the previous month. Top domestic destinations for ground travel include Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Malang, Bandar Lampung, and Padang. To address the heightened demand during the homecoming season, Traveloka has collaborated with Cititrans to introduce new bus routes such as Jakarta - Semarang - Solo - Yogyakarta and Jakarta - Surabaya - Malang, accessible through the Traveloka website or app.

Internal data from Traveloka indicates varying peak periods for both the homecoming and return journeys, based on ticket purchases. For Flights, peak departures will be on April 5-6, 2024, with returns peaking on April 14-15, 2024. Trains will see its peak departure period from April 5-8, 2024, and returns beginning on April 13-15, 2024. Similarly, Bus & Travel surge in departures will be between April 3-8, 2024, with returns peaking on April 13-15, 2024.

Following the increase in transportation searches, there was a surge of over 50% in accommodation searches during the Eid holiday, compared to the previous month. Four-star hotels were particularly popular, whether for city staycations or out-of-town getaways. Key destinations for accommodation searches during the Eid homecoming and holiday period in 2024 included Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, and Malang. Traveloka also noted a nearly 50% rise in interest in international accommodations during the Eid holiday week compared to the preceding week. Asian countries such as Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong emerged as top destinations for the 2024 Eid holiday period.

During the Eid holiday, many individuals explore various tourist attractions, as evidenced by the doubling of searches for amusement parks and recreational areas. While residents of Jakarta typically venture outside the city or even abroad during Eid vacations, the city becomes a sought-after destination for those residing elsewhere, drawn by the relatively affordable transportation costs. This trend results in an increase in tourists from beyond Jakarta visiting popular spots such as Dufan - Ancol, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, and Kidzania, along with other attractions like the Kecak Dance at Pura Uluwatu in Bali and Jatim Park in Malang. Moreover, there has been a twofold increase in demand for tour packages, with destinations like Labuan Bajo, Kintamani, the Thousand Islands, Ubud, and Borobudur (Punthuk Setumbu) emerging as top choices.

Easy travel with Traveloka

To accommodate the surge in traffic during the homecoming and Lebaran holidays, Traveloka has partnered with Kopi Kenangan along with well-known shuttle services, Jackal Holidays and Areon. This collaboration offers consumers a selection of convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, enhancing accessibility and convenience. Consumers can choose to depart from the Virtual Point at Kopi Kenangan Shell Kesambi (Cirebon) with Jackal Holidays, heading to Jackal Holidays' Bandung pool (Dipati Ukur & Pasteur), or departing from Kopi Kenangan Antapani (Bandung) with Areon, bound for the Areon pool in Jakarta (Setiabudi & Kuningan area).

The journey will be even more delightful with fresh drinks from Kopi Kenangan. Customers can enjoy their favorite beverages while waiting for shuttle pickup at strategic locations in cities such as Bandung and Cirebon, two top destinations for land transportation, especially shuttle services.

Ananditha Mayasari, AVP, Head of Marketing, Kopi Kenangan, said, "We're delighted to join forces with Traveloka to aid travelers during the Lebaran 2024 homecoming season. This partnership also aligns with Kopi Kenangan's commitment to offering outlets at key points along the homecoming route, such as rest areas along the Java Island toll road, providing travelers with a comforting break during their long journey."

Traveloka goes beyond providing travel solutions by offering innovative products, features, and attractive deals to meet consumer needs such as the Promo Rama dan Kenyamanan the Rama and Comfort Promo program. The program offers discounts of up to 50% on various travel products, including Flights, Accommodations, Buses, Trains, and Xperience, available on the Traveloka app and website until April 21, 2024.

Recognizing the heightened interest in international travel and the associated risks, including visa issues, Traveloka introduces the Visa Protection feature. Travelers can rest assured that if their visa is rejected, Traveloka will refund 100% of the travel costs, subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the Visa Protection feature, visit the Traveloka website.

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