9 BEST PLACES to visit in Yogyakarta + THINGS TO DO

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

Arguably, the city’s best attractions are the temples, such as Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ballet performances in the evening, and Borobudur Temple, an 8th Centuries-old structure 113 feet tall. But it’s also nice to be in touch with the local Yogyakarta way of life by traveling to the lush rice fields or discovering the art of batik weaving. For a dream escape, head to Kalibiru National Park, highlighted by a small wooden platform from which a 360-degree view of a lush green forest and surrounding mountains can be seen.

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

1. Borobudur Temple

Position: Jl. Badravati, Kw. Borobudur Temple, Magelang. approx. 34km drive northwest of central Yogyakarta.. Save on Google Maps.

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Private car rental with driver in Yogyakarta

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See also: Places to visit in Bali| Jakarta Attractions | Yogyakarta Tourist Places | Places to see on Mount Bromo | Things to do in Komodo Islands.

More travel tips coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy this quick list of attractions and tourist spots in Yogyakarta. To help you plan your trip, I’ve added links to locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on published links. Then, use the “save” function in the Google Maps app for easy reference. I have also shared photos from mine Instagram feed. Use Instagram’s save feature to quickly access your travel goals/feeds.

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2. Prambanan Temple

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3. Ratu Boko

Position: Jl. Raya Piyungan – Prambanan No.KM.2, Gatak, Bokoharjo, Prambanan. approx. 16km drive east of central Yogyakarta; 2km South of Prambanan Temple.. Save on Google Maps.

4. Taman Sari (Castle on the Water)

Position: Taman Sari Tourism, Jl. Tamanan. Save on Google Maps.

5. Sumur Gumuling (Underground Mosque)

Position: Patehan, Kraton. Save on Google Maps.

6. Jalan Malioboro

Position: Center of Yogyakarta. Save on Google Maps.

7. Jalan Sosrowijayan

Position: Center of Yogyakarta. Save on Google Maps.

8. Yogyakarta food trip

9. The Ambarrukmo (Residence of the Royal Palace)

Position: Jl. Rear Admiral Adisucipto b. 81, Ambarukmo. Save on Google Maps.

Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta Hotel

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10. Mount Bromo

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12. Jakarta

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Essentials for Bandung trip

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Komodo travel essentials

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

Places to visit in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta tourist places, things to do in Yogyakarta, where to go in Yogyakarta and more.

Note: the destinations described above are not listed by ranking.

Where to stay in Yogyakarta

Click below and find the recommended hotels/hostels/house rentals in Yogyakarta within your budget. Remember to set your own minimum/maximum pricetravel dates and sort by review rating. I often book online with these reputable booking sites below for rock bottom prices and convenient reservations.


Book earlier rather than later if you’ve already set your dates. Cheaper rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to be fully booked faster, especially during peak days such as weekends, holidays, and peak tourist seasons.

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