Jepara attractions

Museum in Jepara

Museum RA Kartini

On the north side of Jepara's attractive alun-alun, this museum is dedicated to one of Indonesia’s most celebrated women. One room is devoted to Kartini and contains portraits and memorabilia of this pioneer of wome…
Canal in Jepara

Market Apung

This characterful fish and produce market is housed in some old Dutch godowns (warehouses) on a bridge close to the sea. The main attraction is really the assemblage of old fishing boats sheltering in the canal alon…
Beach in Jepara

Pantai Kartini

Close to the ferry port, this is Jepara's most popular beach. With funfair rides, souvenir stalls, tethered goats, shell shops and mosques, it's a good place to relax in the company of locals on leave. Boats are ava…
Beach in Jepara

Pantai Bandengan

Jepara has some fine white-sand beaches, including Pantai Bandengan, 7km northeast of town. It's one of the best beaches on the north coast – an arc of gently shelving white sand, which is beautiful at sunset. The m…
Mosque in Jepara

Mesjid Mantingan

The mosque and tomb of Ratu Kali Nyamat, the great warrior-queen, are in Mantingan, 4km south of Jepara. Kali Nyamat twice laid siege to Portugal’s Melaka stronghold in the latter part of the 16th century. The mosqu…
Fortress in Jepara

Benteng VOC

Over the last 50 years, the stonework of this once-substantial fort has been pillaged, but the site has good views across town to the Java Sea. The small leafy hilltop is something of a lovers' lane these days, alth…