Yogyakarta City Profile
Yogyakarta's central Java location makes it a popular stopover for travelers making the long haul through the archipelago.
It is known as the Javanese cultural center and has active arts and academic communities. Worlds apart from Jakarta, it is easily the most popular city for foreign visitors. The tourist office is located at 16 Jalan Malioboro.
Yogyakarta is in the province of Central Java, about twelve hours by bus from Jakarta.
Yogyakarta is hot year-round, with afternoon downpours.
Yogya is connected by air, bus, minibus, and train to other cities in Indonesia.
Inner-city travel is much the same as in the rest of Indonesia: the city is overwhelmed with bicycles, motorcycles, buses, becaks, and metered taxis.
Places of Interest
Yogyakarta has an almost overwhelming number of should-see tourist attractions.
Parangtritis is a beautiful beach on the south shore of Java, but it is dangerous to swim there - ask the locals about the legend of the princess under the sea. If you are interested in outdoor activities, take a day trip to the Dieng Plateau or climb Mt. Merapi at night so that you can see the crater at dawn. To climb Mt. Merapi, hire a guide at one of the small hotels in Kaliurang, a town north of Yogya.
The Pesta Perak restaurant has a large selection of traditional Javanese dishes and is very popular with foreign visitors. You're sure to find ex-pats at any one of the markets as well; try the Jalan Malioboro bazaar. You could also catch a foreign film at Lembaga Indonesia Francis.