Java Island is the most populated island in Indonesia with more than 150 million people living here and the total population in Indonesia is 273,5 million (2020). Besides the huge population, Java Island has magnificent dream destinations for any traveler around the world, from timeless temples, amazing waterfall, super active volcanoes, local wisdom, and culture. That’s why our Government always keeps promoting our destinations abroad for gaining more visitors to come here. Based on the phenomenon, we help some of the travelers with better information before visiting Java Island. In this six days route guide, we will start from Yogyakarta which is the most touristic place in Central Java, where we will be visiting the famous cultural destinations in Yogyakarta, such as Sultan Palace, Tamansari Water Castle, Kaliadem Merapi Village where you can see the destruction of Eruption from Mount Merapi a few years back, and the biggest Hindu Temple, Prambanan Temple. Then, we will be heading to Borobudur Temple which is located 1H30M from Yogyakarta. Borobudur Temple is located in Magelang Town. After enjoying the beauty of Central Java, we will be heading to East Java by morning train( from Yogyakarta to Surabaya). Then we will be visiting, Mount Bromo, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, and Ijen Crater before finishing the trip to Bali Island. To read more about our route guide, you can scroll down to our site:
NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THIS TRIP STARTING FROM YOGYAKARTA AND ENDING UP IN BALI ISLAND, YOU CAN CHECK OUR TOUR PACKAGE HERE:
CENTRAL AND EAST JAVA ROUTE GUIDE EXPLANATION:
Every chapter of the guide will include a link that includes more specific information about the destination, so don’t forget to check it out too.
DAY 1 – 2: EXPLORING BOROBUDUR TEMPLE AND YOGYAKARTA
Yogyakarta has an international airport that is very accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, or even bigger cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, or Bali. We recommend to be arrived in here before midday, so you will have some time to explore the local life in Yogyakarta. Borobudur Temple Sunrise Tour is a must-take trip when you are here. We recommend booking a hotel /homestay on day one near Borobudur Temple, so you can easily go to Manohara Hotel to buy a ticket for Borobudur Sunrise Tour, the second day, we recommend booking a hotel/ homestay near Tugu Train Station because you will take a morning train to Surabaya on the third day.
You can read whole the information about the destination by following the link below:
DAY 3: TRAIN YOGYAKARTA TO SURABAYA THEN DRIVE TO THE MOUNT BROMO AREA
We recommend taking a morning train at 6:30 am and reaching Surabaya Train at 11:37 am, the train’s name is Sancaka Pagi with an exclusive class. Then you will be needing three hours’ drive to reach the village of Mount Bromo area, we recommend you book a hostel or hotel in Cemoro Lawang village which is the closest village before Mount Bromo. You can read about the train to Surabaya and trip to Mount Bromo by following this link:
DAY 4: SUNRISE AND TREKKING ON MOUNT BROMO AND LEAVING TO TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL VILLAGE
Mount Bromo Sunrise Tour and trekking to the top of Mount Bromo itself is one of the most recommended things to do on the fourth day before going to the next highly recommended place that is Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is located in Sidomulyo Village in Lumajang Town which is about five hours away from Mount Bromo, it’s the new destination in Java Island, there are only three homestay providers and there is no restaurant or big minimart, so make sure you shop in Probolinggo town. To read more about Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, so you can check the link below:
Day 5: VISIT TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL AND DRIVE ABOUT SIX HOURS TO BANYUWANGI TOWN
Early morning is the best time to start to visit this waterfall because there will be fewer people and you can see the magnificent Semeru Volcano in the background. Do not forget to bring your drone if you have one. To read what you should do and don’t, you can read here: https://javaadventuretrail.com/tumpak-sewu-waterfall-lumajang-east-java-indonesia/
After that, you will be required to drive about six hours to Banyuwangi Town where the most beautiful volcano is there. That is Ijen Crater, You can read about the tips before visiting Ijen Crater and also recommended hotels around:
DAY 6: MIDNIGHT TREKKING TO IJEN CRATER AND GOING TO BALI ISLAND
The last day will be the last trekking to the most amazing volcano with its beautiful view that makes your photo will be full of likes and comments. After the whole experience in Java Island, it’s time to say goodbye and go to Bali Island. From Banyuwangi Town, you just need to go to Ketapang Harbor and take an hour ferry to Bali Island (Gilimanuk Harbor), you can read the information about the ferry here if you feel not sure about the schedule. Do not forget that Bali is an hour ahead of that Java Island.
Important Alert: At the moment, the blue fire spot is closed due to some accident about 1 year ago, so the local rangers limit the visitor who wants to visit this spot. If they want to visit, they have to apply for the Permit that costs you about 105 USD (it can cover 4-5 persons).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS ABOUT JAVA ISLAND
- HOW TO GET AROUND JAVA ISLAND?
To get around Java Island until dropping you to your hotel hotel in Bali, we recommend to contact ((WhatsApp: +6287755920876 :Mr. Sofyan from Java Adventure Trail (https://javaadventuretrail.com)). You just book and your trip will be handled professionally and safely.
- BEST TIME TO VISIT JAVA
The best time to visit Java Island or Indonesia generally is from April – November where it will be less rain.
- THE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LOCAL FOOD TO TRY IN JAVA ISLAND
Java island is one of the main island to live since ages before some people moving to another island. So there are a thousand local dishes that came from their ancestor. In Yogyakarta, you should try Bakmi Jawa and in East Java, you must try Rawon, Soto Ayam, Lalapan Ayam, Tempe, Tahu or Fish and Nasi Pecel. There are a lot of local food that we will be explain on our next page.
- THE BEST SIM CARD IN JAVA ISLAND
The best simcard to buy in Java Island is Telkomsel (Simpati or As), it’s bit expensive but the service is almost around remote places in Java Island.