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Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

The city of Yogyakarta is the perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Known for its protection of local heritage and customs, Yogyakarta is a hub for fine Javanese art, craft, music, poetry, ballet and puppetry. Explore the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, and gain an insight into Buddhist, Hindu and Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. A short stroll around the historic district will bring you past the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Ngayogyakarta) and its stately main court, mosque and museum. Admire the Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar) and the Tugu Monument. Grab a snack from a street vendor and watch the locals playing street chess near the Kraton complex.

To learn about Javanese culture and history, head to the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Museum Batik or Fort Vrederburg. Browse historical artefacts and traditional handicrafts such as batik, wayang puppets, masks and gamelan instruments. Discover Yogyakarta’s thriving art scene at the Affandi Museum and Cemeti Art House.

Don’t miss Yogyakarta’s breathtaking ancient temples, known locally as candi. Wander through numerous shrines and monuments at Prambanan, a collection of towering Hindu temples with intricately carved domes. The stunning Borobudur Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is located in Magelang, 1 hour’s drive from Yogyakarta.

Relax with a massage treatment or sunrise yoga and meditation classes. Play a round of golf overlooking Mount Merapi. During your visit, try local cuisine, such as sweet curry with jackfruit, palm sugar, coconut milk and chicken. In January, the city celebrates Java’s Muslim culture with the traditional Sekaten festival.

Reach Yogyakarta by flying into Adisucipto International Airport, or catch the regional bus or train. In the city, get around by taxi, bus or tricycle rickshaw. Make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting into the rickshaw. To make the most of Yogyakarta’s outdoor activities, visit during the dry season, from July to September.

Where to stay in Yogyakarta

Fort Vredeburg Museum which includes a monument, a square or plaza and military items

Central Yogyakarta

3.5/5Good!(13 area reviews)

Central Yogyakarta is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall.

Central Yogyakarta


You'll enjoy the museums and monuments in Malioboro. You might want to make time for a stop at Malioboro Street or Malioboro Mall.

Mlati, Ngaglik, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia


5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Gardens, golf courses and restaurants are some highlights of Mlati. You might stop by Jogja City Mall or Sleman City Hall while you're in the area.


Top hotels in Yogyakarta

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
JL Laksda Adisucipto KM 8.7, Depok, Yogyakarta
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rp600.000 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Depok resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Adisucipto Golf Course. Gembira Loka Zoo and Maguwoharjo ...

4/5Very Good! (214 reviews)

"Very nice property with Awesome Spa and extremely helpful and hospitable staff, felt very comfortable and at home"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Prawirotamana II /Jl Gerilya no.839B, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp276.860 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Situated in Yogyakarta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Lana Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (203 reviews)

"Really nice hotel and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. Excellent outdoor pool. Great value for money"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Melia Purosani Yogyakarta
Melia Purosani Yogyakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp636.363 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"I love the lobby and the brrakfast"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Melia Purosani Yogyakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Yogyakarta

3.5 out of 5
Ngadiwinatan 2, RT 01/RW 04, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp619.835 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Borobudur, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Samudraraksa Museum and Punthuk Setumbu. Candi Pawon is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"Comfortable and relaxing with spectacular view .very nice,and helpful host & crew . Delicious breakfast and dinner"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Student Park Hotel
Student Park Hotel
3 out of 5
Jl. Seturan Raya No.1, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp272.726 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Situated in Depok, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo, Gadjah Mada University and Gembira Loka Zoo. TransMart Studio Mini and Affandi ...

4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Could be a great place, but isn't quite . . .

"Rooms are clean and fairly new. Had to wait an hour to check in, which is officially at 2pm (always a pain). No hot water in shower - best was lukewarm. Balcony not very good either. But, the view from the bed in room was great, and the pool area was too. Breakfast = just okay. Overall 3.8/5 stars ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2018

Student Park Hotel
Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
2 out of 5
Jl. Rute Gerilya Sudirman Kampung, Edukasi Watulumbung, Parangtritis, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp45.915 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated in Parangtritis, this campsite is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Parangkusumo Sand Dunes and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Pantai Parangkusumo. Parangtritis Beach and ...

Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Yogyakarta


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5/5 - Excellent

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15 Dec 2019

Felt very safe

5/5 - Excellent


3 Oct 2019

A relaxing city, slow and enjoyable. Good food, good people, affordable.

4/5 - Good

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19 Jul 2019

Very concerned about how Indonesians treat animals; but overall a nice place2visit.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

A lot of traffic and narrow road. It takes a long time to go to any places there.

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