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Jepara is a city in at the north coast of Central Java. Jepara is known as center of teak-wood furniture production, the birth place of the national heroine Kartini and the woodcarving industry. Jepara is the jump of point for ferries and speedboats to Karimunjava.

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Mulyoharjo Wood Carving Workshop

Get in

From Semarang there you can hail a taxi and bargain a price of around Rp. 275,000. Even if they use the Argo (meter) it should not be much more than that.

A short visit to the TIC or 'Tourist Information Centre' in Semarang will ensure you find transport to Jepara, usually a small comfortable bus seating around 10 people with air conditioning. They leave at multiple times daily, for around Rp. 30,000pp.

Buses from Semerang leave Terboyo bus terminal everyday from 5am to 5pm and cost between Rp. 10,000 and Rp. 15,000. Expect to pay twice the amount if you put your backpack on an empty seat (there are no luggage compartments on small buses).

Get around

Taxis are a bit hard to find. Becaks are fairly easy. Motorbikes can be rented from some of the motorcycle dealers.

Schedule for ferry service to/from Karimunjawa Islands is available at Karimunjawa Info Page.


  • Museum Kartini, Town square (located at the main town square Alun alun). 8:00-14:00. Raden Ayu (Ajeng) Kartini (21 April 1879 – 17 September 1904) was born in Jepara. Kartini was a pioneer in promoting women's rights in Indonesia and after her death became the first Indonesian national heroine. The Museum showcases memorabilia of Kartini and her brother Sosrokartono, but also historic artefacts and handicrafts of Jepara. Admission is free.
  • Bandengan Beach, Ds. Bandengan. Bandengan Beach






  • Segoro Hotel Jepara, Jl. Ringin Jaya 2, [1]. Hotel is located 500m from the bus terminal and around 1.5km from the ferry terminal to Karimunjawa islands. Prices start at Rp. 100,000 for double/twin room with a fan and Rp. 130.000 for a room with AC. Rp. 180,000.

Palm Beach Resort and Hotels - Jl. Tirta Samudra No.191 Bandengan Jepara. Phone Number: +62-291-594446,598552,598553. This resort is situated on Bandengan Beach, 10 minutes from downtown Jepara. Beautiful rooms, swimming pool, on-site restaurant/bar - starting from Rp. 578,000 for a deluxe room. Also has cottages and superior rooms.


Get out

If you know Indonesian You can call Raja which is a taxi service using a normal SUV type car. 085 225 111 234 or 081 705 62002 You can also call Atlas taxi in Semarang. If you don't speak Indonesian try going to Jepara Indah Hotel, or Kencana Hotel. The Hotel Sugoro on the North end of town (near the gas station) has a travel service and can also charter cars. There is a bus station in Jepara also with buses to various locations including Jakarta and Surabaya.

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