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Home to the country’s capital city and a thriving local culture, Java is the most historic and well-known of Indonesia’s islands. It is among the world’s most densely populated regions, with busy metropolises mixed with charming villages and parks. Find out about the island’s traditions as you travel through the varied terrain.
Visit the capital of Jakarta for excellent shopping opportunities. Browse the Grand Indonesia, Kota Kasablanka and other shopping malls, ideal for indoor activities during rainy periods, which can occur year-round. Stroll through the city center to see grand religious structures, such as the Jakarta Cathedral and Istiqlal Mosque.
Visit Bandung in West Java for its acclaimed Geology Museum, where kids can see dinosaur skeletons and prehistoric fossils. Gaze up at historic buildings along Braga Street. Another top attraction is the Grand Mosque on this predominantly Muslim island.
Move east to Central Java for its myriad temples including the UNESCO-listed 8th-century monument of Borobudur Temple. Another impressive site, Prambanan Temple, is comprised of 240 jagged Hindu temples.
Just south, Yogyakarta is among the country’s oldest cities. See the Tugu Monument in the town center and admire the Dutch colonial architecture of the Yogyakarta Presidential Palace.
Continue east to the ancient volcanos of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and savannahs and mangrove forests of Baluran National Park in East Java.
Note that Javanese is the most common language on the island, although many residents are bilingual and also speak Indonesian. Sundanese is the primary language of West Java.
Find the landmass in the western portion of the islands that make up Indonesia. It is southeast of Sumatra and south of Kalimantan. Fly to one of several airports, which include the transportation hubs of Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. Get around the island by bus or the island’s impressive railway system.
Java is a densely populated hub of cultural attractions, historic temples and lush natural beauty.
Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Library of Indonesia, National History Museum, and Museum Nasional. Sunda Kelapa and Taman Suropati are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This family-friendly Tangerang hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cengkareng Soewarna Golf Course, Cengkareng Golf Club and Soewarna Business Park. Waterbom Jakarta and Damai Indah Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Central Jakarta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall. Istiqlal Mosque is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
Located in Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National History Museum, Museum Nasional, and Sunda Kelapa. Epicentrum Walk and Pasar Festival are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Mergangsan, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Batik Plentong and Lana Gallery. Sasono Hinggil and Kraton Complex are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Kebayoran Baru, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Giggle the Fun Factory and Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. JKT48 Theater and Plaza Senayan are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Mergangsan, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Batik Plentong, Sasono Hinggil, and Museum Sasmitaloka Panglima Besar Jenderal Sudirman. Kraton Complex and Lana Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Sasono Hinggil, Water Castle, and Pasar Ngasem. Batik Plentong and Gumuling Well are also within 15 minutes.