Java Travel Guide

Your travel guide to Java, Indonesia’s main island and also the fifth largest island. Java makes up of 65% of Indonesia’s population making it the most populated island on earth. Java boasts many natural and historical tourists attractions. Here you can find the ancient temples like Borobudur and Prambanan. There are also volcanoes and mountains to hike and national parks to trek and explore.

Moreover, the train transport in Java is well connected from west to east, being the only reliable train network among the archipelagos of Indonesia. Javanese are well known for their friendliness and hospitality while the food along with the Sundanese ones has a lot of delicious variety.

The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is located here in West Java while the second largest city of Indonesia, Surabaya is located in the east. Java is the largest economy and cultural center of Indonesia. The population in Jakarta city itself is 8 million while its suburbs is home to 12 million others. The main ethnic group here is Javanese except in the West Java where people are mostly Sundanese. There is also about 20% of the population in East Java that is Madurese, where half of them lives in Madura.

Java Travel Map

Popular Route

Jakarta -> Purwokerto -> Wonosobo -> Dieng Plateau -> Borobudur Temple -> Yogyakarta -> Prambanan Temple -> Malang -> Hiking Mount Bromo -> Ijen Crater -> Surabaya or Banyuwangi -> Bali

Places to Visit

West Java


Jakarta is the largest and main city of Indonesia, known for its crazy traffic but still loved for its interesting attractions, as a shopping haven and its vibrant nightlife.

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Bogor – a highland town just an hour away from Jakarta, popular for the local elites as a cooling hideaway.

Bandung – a popular weekend destination or a trip of its own, having really good food with variety of affordable shopping. It also has interesting attractions like lakes and volcano.

Jakarta Skyline at Night, Indonesia

Jakarta Skyline at Night. Photo by yohanes budiyant

Central Java

Purwokerto – in the heart of Java, this little city holds a lot of hidden treasures to be discovered with beautiful waterfalls and highlands nearby.

Dieng Plateau – a secret spot up in the highlands, great for sunrise view, trekking through rolling hills of plantations and appreciating history with its ancient temples.

Yogyakarta – my favourite city in Java having delicious food, arts and cultures to be discovered in the hidden alleys and the two most famous ancient temples in Indonesia.

-> See Top 10 Things to Do in Yogyakarta

Karimunjawa Islands – savvy travelers knows how to come here for a slice of hidden paradise in Java, with tranquil and secluded white beaches.

Borobudur at Central Java Indonesia

Borobudur at Central Java

East Java

Surabaya – springboard to the famous Mount Bromo, this city is aowrht a short stop to get a feel of Indonesia’s city, being the second biggest.

Mount Bromo – arguably the most iconic and most hiked volcanic mountain in Indonesia, one not to be missed.

Malang – tourism here is popular with the locals and the international tourists are slowly discovering it. A fresh view of the way of life here with this university city.

-> Read Top 10 Things to Do in Malang

Ijen Crater – intrigued many with its sulphur collectors in harsch working condition. The place is magical, especially with its magnificent turquoise suplhur lake and blue fire at night.

Tourist Attractions

Borobudur Temple Compounds
Prambanan Temple Compounds


Rock Climbing in Siung Beach, Yogyakarta


Waisak Day in Borobudur

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