East Java is one of the densely populated provinces with many interesting places and delicious culinary tastes. Quite a lot of tourist attractions in East Java are spread throughout the region, ranging from nature tourism, culinary tourism, historical tourism, to cultural arts tourism. This is one of the reasons why tourists choose East Java as a holiday destination. Geographically, East Java is directly bordered by the Bali Strait to the east, the Java Sea to the north, Central Java Province to the west, and the Indian Ocean to the south. Historically, this province has always been known as the center of Eastern Indonesia and existed since the prehistoric age. East Java is a tropical region with annual rainfall reaching 1,900 millimeters per year. The average temperature in East Java ranges from 21 °C to 34 °C. In physiography, the area in East Java is divided into three groups, namely the southern zone (plateau), the north zone (folds), and the middle zone (volcano). Mount Semeru, the highest mountain on Java island with the peak of Mahameru, is also in this region and offers stunning beauty. In addition to natural attractions, East Java also has many destinations you shouldn’t miss.
If you want to spend a quality vacation, then you must visit East Java. For those of you who’re interested, consider the following tourist attractions in East Java
Although relatively new, Museum Angkut is always crowded with tourists, especially during the holiday season. More than 300 types of traditional to modern transportation are on display here. The museum carries the concept of education and entertainment in an attractive design. Besides giving you knowledge about the history of transportation in Indonesia, you can also take pictures in several available Instagrammable places. Museum Angkut is divided into specific zones, namely Main Hall Zone, Education Zone, Batavia and Chinatown Zone, Gangster & Broadway Street Zone, European Zone, Buckingham Palace Zone, Las Vegas Zone, and Hollywood Zone. Each zone has unique collections and miniatures. Museum Angkut also held performances, such as Night Divas (Fashion Demonstrations), California Car Wash Dance, Three Elemental Show, and Hero Film Cosplay Star.
Taman Jatim is the most popular tourist destination in East Java. This tourism icon in East Java has three branches, namely Jatim Park 1, Jatim Park 2, and Jatim Park 3. Jatim Park 1 carries the concept of recreational and educational ride suitable for children. Jatim Park 2 takes focus on natural and environmental knowledge, while Jatim Park 3 combines recreation with ancient life exploration.
Bromo Tengger National Park is an exciting place located in four districts, namely Malang Regency, Pasuruan Regency, Probolinggo Regency, and Lumajang Regency. This destination offers captivating natural beauty with views of hills and shady green trees along the hiking trail. From Bromo Peak, you can enjoy the crater panorama with beautiful smoke puffs. In this place, you can find Bukit Teletubbies, visit Pura Luhur Poten, and await the arrival of the sunrise or sunset. However, make sure you prepare food supplies before climbing. Your body condition also must be in a healthy and fit condition.
This beach offers the beauty of snow-white sand in the Situbondo Regency. Located in the Madura Strait, this beach is one of the favorite tourism objects. You will be amazed by its beauty of colorful corals, cute little fish, and coral reefs. Spend your time walking casually around the shoreline, playing water, or swimming. Enjoy the underwater beauty by diving, and rent a canoe to explore the beach area, fishing spots, and Instagrammable photo spots. When evening arrives, you can watch an amazingly beautiful sunset panorama.
Madakaripura Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Java Island and the second highest in Indonesia with a height of up to 200 meters. This destination offers natural beauty and freshness that’ll make your fatigue disappear. The name Madakaripura is derived from the word "mada" that means elephant, "kari" that means relics, and "pura" that means meditation. Besides being famous for its charm, this waterfall is also known for its mystery. According to residents' beliefs, water from Madakaripura Waterfall can bring youthfulness to the face.
After you’re satisfied from exploring exciting tourist destinations in East Java, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a variety of culinary specialties that’ll spoil the tongue. As for many culinary, you can try during your vacation in East Java, here’s the list
Rawon is a typical food of East Java that uses beef as its primary ingredient. Uniquely, rawon has a black broth that comes from the incorporation of kluwek (known as “football fruit” that grows from the mangrove swamps of Southeast Asia). If you think it doesn’t look tempting, the taste of rawon is very delicious with tender meat. If you want to enjoy a portion of Rawon Wongso, come to Jalan Rungkut Asri Barat XII Number 13, Surabaya, East Java.
Soto Ayam Lamongan Cak Har offers soto with delicious flavors. Slightly different from soto in general, this soto has a thick sauce with ample filling. This soto is best enjoyed during cloudy or rainy weather. If you want to taste the delicious Soto Ayam Lamongan Cak Har, visit Jalan DR. Ir. H. Soekarno Number 220, Surabaya, East Java.
Lontong Balap Rajawali is one of the foods you can try when visiting Surabaya. Although in terms of appearance, it’s no different from other rice cakes, the taste of the Lontong Balap Rajawali is more distinctive. One portion of Lontong Balap Rajawali consists of tofu, bean sprouts, rice cake, broth, and fried onions, equipped with chili paste and scallop satay. If you’re interested, come to Jalan Rajawali Krembangan Timur (before Jembatan Merah), Surabaya, East Java.
If you want to enjoy a long vacation in East Java, there are a number of the best hotels available to choose from
Located at Jalan Bangka Number 8-18, Gubeng, Surabaya, East Java, this hotel is easily accessible from Pasar Turi Station and Gubeng Station. This property is close to Seventeen Skyview Resto & Lounge, Tunjungan Plaza, Mirota Batik & Handicraft, and Supermall Pakuwon Indah.
Garden Palace Hotel Surabaya is the best choice for those who want easy access to everywhere. This four-star property is located on Jalan Yos Sudarso 11, Genteng, Surabaya, East Java. It’s close to Pasar Turi Station, Gubeng Station, and Tunjungan Plaza.
Red Planet Surabaya is the right choice for you who want to explore the city of Surabaya with a limited budget. This accommodation is quite close to Pasar Turi Station, BG Junction, and Tunjungan Plaza. You can find this hotel on Jalan Arjuna 64-66, Sawahan, Surabaya, East Java.
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