Yogyakarta Vacation Travel Guide


The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta rests on central Java, between the cool breezes of the Indian Ocean and the steamy breath of volcanoes. It’s a scenic train ride from Jakarta, or a short flight from Bali or Singapore.

The home of sultans, artists and the devout since the 8th century, Yogyakarta is the gentle epicenter of classical Javanese culture and education. Step from the main station into the bustling flow of Jalan Malioboro, and you could be in just about any Javanese city. This is where Jogja, as the city is known, comes to wander, shop, and snack,…but refinement, is just a becak ride away.

Cruise down Jalan Malioboro to the very soul of the city, the Kraton. Since 1785 this city within a city has been the home of sultans, and the keeping place of Yogyakarta’s incredible cultural, intellectual and spiritual traditions. While the inner palace serves as the royal family’s private home, the ceremonial courtyards, …pavilions…and museums are open to all. Nearby, visit Taman Sari, the water palace where sultans of old – and their chosen few could escape the demands of duty, and the Javanese sun.

Yogyakarta’s courtly center sets the tone of Javanese culture, and from here the island’s arts flow forth in all their purest forms. In the gamelan’s percussive magic, which drifts across the Kraton’s walls to far-off kampongs, inspiring the maestros of tomorrow. In the ageless shadows of the Wayang Kulit puppets, who pass thousand-year-old stories of good and evil across the ages. In the fine strands of silver, which have been woven into delicate artworks for centuries. In a cuisine that leans toward sweetness rather than fire, …and in the molten beeswax making its rhythmic marks across the finest batiks.

While Jogja is a place of tradition, it’s also a place of ever-evolving culture. Just a few steps from the Kraton, walk the lanes of Kampong Cyber, where the community has combined street art with online expression to forge new creative possibilities. A short becak ride away is the Affandi Museum, the former home, gallery and resting place of the maverick artist who loosened the binds of tradition, and created a seismic shift in Indonesian painting.

Jogja has long been at the epicenter of political and ideological shifts as well. Just across from the presidential palace, pass through the gates of Fort Vredeburg to hear the stories of resistance and sacrifice that led to the creation of the Indonesian Republic. Just 10 miles to the north-east of Jogja, venture back to the eighth and ninth centuries, to a time when Buddhism and Hinduism vied for the kingdom’s hearts and minds.

Prambanan is the heart of a Hindu temple network that stretches for miles. Pay your respects at the towering temples of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, then follow the bas-relief panels in a clock-wise direction to see epic Hindu tales unfold from within the stone. Just a half hour stroll from the main complex is Ratu Boko, where palatial remains frame the same views to Mount Merapi once enjoyed by the visiting princes who rested here after long days of devotion.

Yogyakarta sits at the doorstep of incredible Buddhist monasteries and temples too. While many stand shoulder to shoulder with the Hindu temples of the Prambanan Plain, the greatest of them all, Borobudur, lies 20 miles to the northwest. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and one of the most visited sights on all of Indonesia’s 13,000 islands.

Come early for a sunrise you’ll never forget, as hundreds of stone Buddhas bless the new day’s light, just as they have for over a millennia. Yogyakarta is more than just a city; it’s a kingdom. Climb aboard a dokar and ride though the immaculate farmlands and kampongs of the rural heartlands, where life’s necessities and pleasures are still handmade, and made with heart. Meet the people who live calmly and creatively within the shadow of Mount Merapi, an active volcano whose moods have been known to topple temples and bury villages with ash.

In our unsteady, rapidly-changing world, deep cultural roots anchor us to all that is important. Culture teaches us to embrace and appreciate the meaning in all of life’s moments, from the richest to the ordinary. If that’s the kind of journey you’re looking for, take a ride through Yogyakarta, a cultural kingdom that steadies the spirit, and inspires the soul.

Join us in the bustling flow of Yogyakarta, a city that keeps alive a sense of spirit and rhythm from the serenity of its temples to the energy of its streets.

The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta rests in central Java, between the cool breezes of the Indian Ocean and the steamy breath of volcanoes.

Vacation here and join the kings, sultans, artists and the devout that have called Yogyakarta home since the 8th-century. Venture through this gentle epicenter of Javanese classical culture and education. Just 10 miles to the north east of the city, venture back to the eighth and ninth centuries, to a time when Buddhism and Hinduism vied for the kingdom’s hearts and minds. Or choose to #visit Prambanan, the heart of a Hindu temple network that stretches for miles, and Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple.

#Explore the rural back roads and meet the villagers who live calmly and creatively within the shadow of Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. Despite the tremors of our unsteady, ever-changing world, Yogyakarta is a place that steadies the spirit, and inspires the soul.

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50 Comments

  1. Tony Tai-Holland
    September 16, 2018

    expedia give out non-refundable tickets and keep the money. Then they charge you an extra 100 to change your flight date on top of the money you already pay. I call that greed and dishonesty…

    Reply
  2. Satrio Aji
    September 16, 2018

    I live and born in Yogyakarta my lovely city 😊

    Reply
  3. Tyroxinas -
    September 17, 2018

    Hopefully you can continue to do these videos. Absolutely love them but I mean your channels dying so who knows if you're gonna continue, Hopefully you choose to.

    Reply
  4. Deep Rathod Vines
    September 18, 2018

    Please make a video on Doha vacation

    Reply
  5. M. Jefferson Castor
    September 18, 2018

    Please made travel guide for Manila, Philippines @expedia

    Reply
  6. Pranam Naik
    September 19, 2018

    Make some videos about India also

    Reply
  7. Emco 14
    September 22, 2018

    Can u do malta

    Reply
  8. Emco 14
    September 27, 2018

    Plz do malta

    Reply
  9. Tr Ningrum
    September 27, 2018

    My hometown, 'till now live here #wongYojo.
    Thanks expedia for this amazing video 🙂

    Reply
  10. Arif Haqie
    September 28, 2018

    Ayo kunjungi Indonesia, banyak sekali tempat-tempat yang indah selain Yogyakarta dan Bali, Welcome at Indonesia 🙂

    Reply
  11. Yasmine Bel
    October 1, 2018

    Still waiting for Morocco,Greece,turkey,India

    Reply
  12. Sari Kirana
    October 4, 2018

    Thanks Expedia for this amazing video! Love from Jogjakarta❤️

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  13. ananggadipaxxx
    October 7, 2018

    Yogyakarta is really a fascinating place. There's something unique in every kampongs and streets, which often surprises even the locals. From craft galleries and workshops, to homemade meals not found anywhere else in the city. Once you visit Yogya, you will always come back for more. And one more thing – don't forget to visit the nearby Solo, and Semarang, the Central Java capital.

    Warm greetings from Bandung, Indonesia

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  14. Widy Darmadi
    October 16, 2018

    thanks expedia, welcome to indonesia

    Reply
  15. Nino Kupatadze
    October 30, 2018

    ohh i love it I want go here and see there everything this is very beautiful and good😘😍😍
    I love this place 💗💖💞💕 here is good building s

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  16. Akhmad Zaenul
    October 31, 2018

    I love Indonesia

    Reply
  17. dani rineksi
    November 24, 2018

    I'm from Central Java.Borobudur is in Magelang, Central Java not in Yogyakarta. Central Java and Yogyakarta are different 😊

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  18. Reza Pahlevi
    December 17, 2018

    Thank you..Iam from Indonesia🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩

    Reply
  19. Reza Pahlevi
    December 17, 2018

    Translate Indonesia please.

    Reply
  20. josh tan
    January 6, 2019

    Beautiful video❤️

    Reply
  21. Meybel Molino
    January 11, 2019

    very nice country's..

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  22. Rasyid Muhammad
    January 31, 2019

    Not only temple. Yogyakarta also has so many beautiful places and hidden paradise to explore. The beaches like Indrayanti beach, kesirat beach, timang beach, and so on; waterfalls like kedung pedut waterfall, kedung kayang waterfall, and so on; forests like kebun buah mangunan, pinus Pengger, puncak becici, and so on; and also mountains like merapi

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  23. Nea Zy
    February 3, 2019

    I love your videos. But its bit dark that gives the video a gloomy mood.

    Reply
  24. Fir_ zsyah
    March 1, 2019

    Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Jogyakarta already explained thks Expedia and next I hope in Raja Ampat, Bandung Puncak, and many more in indonesia .

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  25. De U
    April 12, 2019

    Impressive depiction of culture all over the city.

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  26. The Rusty Traveller
    April 16, 2019

    I’ve been to Yogyakarta and loved it.

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  27. ridwan Indonesia
    April 30, 2019

    actually yogyakarta has many beautifull beaches, and wonderfull place like Nglanggeran mountain

    Reply
  28. Nurlaila Sari
    May 2, 2019

    one of the greatest city in Indonesia

    Reply
  29. VAISHALI SHARMA
    May 6, 2019

    This video reminds of that time when I was hardly breathing- in restlessness, was in kind of depression at that time , this made me to sail my boat in some different directions, thank god for those shattering days – they made me who I m now.

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  30. Jaewon Sim
    May 14, 2019

    What a amazing and beautiful country it is!!👍🏼👍🏼 I’m making travel VLOG on my Youtube channel, and this video makes me want to visit Indonesia for my next travel VLOG.😆❤️ 🇮🇩 🇰🇷

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  31. nowashi Virode
    June 5, 2019

    can you give me crips?

    Reply
  32. 박성순
    June 15, 2019

    영상 아름 다워요^^

    Reply
  33. Gol D. Water Drai
    June 19, 2019

    Im from Indonesia 🇮🇩, why this video its so amazing, love it 😊😊😊

    Reply
  34. Gerald Similikiti
    June 24, 2019

    Visit bandung indonesia

    Reply
  35. I have never heard of Yogyakarta and now I'm going to give Indonesia and Yogyakarta some serious consideration when I'm off for vacation next time around.

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  36. Dian Christiana
    July 17, 2019

    Helloo welcome to my country.. 😂🙏🏻

    Reply
  37. BinBin Wang
    August 5, 2019

    good

    Reply

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