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Yogyakarta at a Glance

Yogyakarta is Java's cultural and imperial capital. This city of sultans has huge artistic community and a longstanding intellectual heritage. Temples, parks, gardens and imperial buildings make it a bright spot on tourist itineraries.

Despite its strong ties with the past, Yogyakarta is  modern city with 1.6 million inhabitants. This means that its treasures coincide with traffic, malls and other hallmarks of the modern city. Enjoy the Kraton, home of the current sultan. Peruse markets for the perfect batik items. Delve into Indonesia's artistic traditions with visits to galleries and museums holding the nation's treasures.

With so much culture at your fingertips, tourists have a wealth of things to see and do. Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia's premier tourist destinations so hotels, restaurants and bars help you have a relaxing time when you aren't sightseeing.

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Adisucipto International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most tourists require an Indonesian visa to enter the country. A valid passport with at least two pages available for stamping and with at least six month's worth of validity remaining will be needed to get the visa. Learn about requirements through the Indonesian Embassy. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department's website for additional guidance.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Typhoon season lasts from October until April and this mirrors the wet season. Most travel is still possible during this time, but rural areas can get muddy and impassable. 

      Safety Concerns Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and tourists who are caught with drugs will face harsh punishments. As with anywhere else, keep your money close to you and be on the lookout for scammers, pickpockets and other thieves. 

      Health Concerns Visit your doctor two months before your trip to learn about vaccinations and health requirements. If you are sleeping outside, it is wise to sleep under a bug net and to apply insect repellent. Visitors should avoid drinking the water unless they purify or boil it first.