Java is the most heavily populated island in the world and home to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Its urban centres play a major role in the political and commercial life of the country.
Travellers who explore the countryside encounter a whole new world, dominated by rumbling volcanoes, lush green plateaus, hot springs, ancient temples and traditional rural villages.
Top itineraries in Java
Java is a land of enchanting beauty, dotted with mysterious ancient temples, fascinating cultures and sprawling megacities. To the east, the beautiful island of Bali is blessed with idyllic beaches, terraced rice fields and forested foothills.
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Top places to stay in Java
Make a luxury poolside villa with spectacular mountain views your base for exploring the rainforests, rice terraces, volcanoes and coffee plantations of East Java.
Where to go in Java
Gunung Bromo, an active volcano set among the bubbling peaks of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, is another of Indonesia's most breathtaking sights.
Regarded by many as the cultural capital of Java, Yogyakarta, or Yogya as it's often known, makes an ideal base from which to explore the nearby sites of Borobudur and Prambanan.
The single largest Buddhist structure ever built, Borobudur is considered by many to be one of the great wonders of the world.
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