Yogyakarta has always been a favorite destination for tourists in Indonesia, especially those from big cities of Java. Naturally, Yogyakarta has its own uniqueness, ranging from culinary, natural scenery, and historic sites, to culture. Many local tourists are willing to go to Yogyakarta over the weekend for a short quick getaway. Even if you don’t have much time, this city has still much to offer a variety of interesting attractions and experiences. With this guide, we will help you by giving recommendations on where to visit for one day in Yogyakarta.

Morning to Noon

Breakfast at Soto Bathok Mbah Katro

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Due to the limited time of the day, so let’s wake up as early as possible so that time is not wasted. This time we will advise you to visit Merapi National Park. But before going there, it feels very fitting to start the day with a bowl of warm soto. For that Soto Bathok Mbah Katro could be the right choice.

Here you will eat the warm soup in a bowl of coconut shell. Inside there is a savory gravy and some small pieces of meat. It’s perfect when accompanied by warm rice, fried tempeh/tofu, and a cracker of peanut brittle (rempeyek). Besides the delicious taste, the price is also affordable, and the location is on the path to Kali Talang. Make sure you get here at 6 am.

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Gazing Merapi in Kali Talang

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If you want to see the peak of Mount Merapi, one of the best spots to see it is Kali Talang Ecotourism. Arrive as early as possible, around 7 or 7.30 am

If you arrive in the morning, you don’t even have to pay for the ticket because the counter isn’t even open yet. From the motorbike parking, you need to walk into the Merapi National Park area. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Kali Talang spot. Although the path is not extreme, make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

We guarantee it’s worth it because if the sky is clear you can see how majestic the peak of Merapi is. Besides that, you can also see the Talang River, this is a flow that will accommodate the lava of Mount Merapi when it erupts. Really, the natural beauty here will spoil your eyes.

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Temple Tour in Prambanan and Ratu Boko

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After being spoiled seeing Merapi, it doesn’t feel right to visit Yogyakarta without visiting any temples. Prambanan seems to be the right destination because the distance from Kali Talang is not too far.

It takes about 30-40 minutes from Kali Talang to arrive at the Prambanan Temple complex. Here you can choose several ticket packages. Thinking that it will be still a long day ahead, you better save energy and don’t drain much energy. We suggest taking a visit package to both Ratu Boko Palace and Prambanan Temple. If you buy this package, you will be escorted by shuttle to Ratu Boko which is about 10 minutes from Prambanan.

Candi Ratu Boko

First, let’s visit Ratu Boko, this is the site of the remnants of the ancient royal palace. Its area in the hills allows you to see views of Yogyakarta and also Prambanan Temple. If you come here, make sure you take a photo at the iconic gate.

After spending some time here, let’s go back to Prambanan. Here you will surely be amazed by the splendor of this temple. Visiting these two temples is quite tiring, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes. The duration itself ranges from 3 to 4 hours, depending on how fast you get around.

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