Bus from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Downtown, Japan

December 29th, 2016 at 11:15 am, Vanilla Air smoothly landed at Narita International Airport terminal 3.

My first time visiting Japan made immigration officers spent a lot of time to interogated my itinerary during stayed in Tokyo and Osaka. But completeness of my itinerary made me easily passed immigration counter.

Narita Airport officers politely checked their country guests. For physical checking, they asked for permission by explaining their procedure on a file that was showed to me.

I remembered after physical checking,  a warm smile officer said to me: “Are you sure sir? Entering Tokyo just use t-shirt like it?” …. I tried kindly reply: “No sir, I will use my jacket after get out from airport “.

After ate onigiri as my lunch menu, I immediately moved to tranportation counter area. Trying to quickly understood all of information there.

The conclusion was….I certainly wouldn’t use Narita Sky Access towards downtown. It only takes 36 minutes towards downtown which is 75 km from Narita. But it certainly need more budget … about 1,400 yen for adults and 700 yen for children …. bye bye Narita Sky Access.

Thought twice also if I would use Narita Express. It need 3,020 Yen for using it towards downtown in 1 hour duration.

And although Keisei Main Line is cheaper than 2 other types of trains. Actually it only need to spend 1,190 Yen to downtown. The train is similar to Jabodetabek commuter train (Jakarta Commuter Train). Finally, I still chose the most cheapest transportation mode i.e  bus.

perbandingan harga

 

Fare:  Narita Sky Access Line Vs Keisei Main Line

A. Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Downtown 

The cheapest option is expressway bus. Ticket fare is 1,000 yen. I just needed to went to ticket counter in Narita airport then their staff would give it:

Tiket

After got a ticket, I immediately headed to its shelter. Easy enough to found it because direction signs are very informative at Narita airport.

Bus will reach to downtown within 1 hour and mostly pass through higway.

Here are some views during journey to downtown:

View at expressway

Passengers will be dropped off at a shelter near Tokyo Station:

Stasiun Tokyo Dropping Point

 

Left: Dropping point
Right: Front yard of Tokyo station

To continued my trip to hostel and some attractions from Tokyo Station, I bought Tokunai Pass which mostly using on ground train line. So I never used subway in Tokyo.

B. Bus from Downtown to Narita Airport

Reversely, when we will go from downtown to Narita Airport, bus will depart from Tokyo station but it start from different place with the dropping one when I travels to downtown from Narita Airport.

The expressway bus shelter can be found from following sign boards in Tokyo station

Bus Gate Stasiun Tokyo

 

Yaesu Central Side Gate at Tokyo Station

Exit from Tokyo Station through Yaesu Central Side Gate then turn right…. I found Expressway Bus office and shelter:

JR Expressway

Left: Expressway Bus office
Right: Expressway Bus to Narita airport

From here, bus will depart to Narita Airport.

Okay guys … happy trying.

Stasiun-Stasiun Utama Tokyo….Sendi Pariwisata Nijūsanku

Dua hari berada di Tokyo membawaku mengalami sendiri hiruk pikuk kota itu. Sedikit moral yang Saya dapatkan sebagai hasil interaksi dengan beberapa warga kota. Seakan Saya telah membuktikan cerita-cerita baik tentang sifat orang Jepang yang selama ini hanya Saya dengar dan baca dari media.

Bagaimana Saya tidak mengamini sifat baik mereka ketika tiba-tiba Bapak setengah baya berlari menghampiriku di sekitaran stasiun Nakano hanya untuk menyerahkan dompetku yang tak terasa jatuh. Juga sifat mereka dalam menghargai setiap detik waktu seolah menjadi jiwa dalam keteraturan sistem jaringan kereta mereka yang sesungguhnya sangat masif dan rumit tapi terlihat mudah seolah tinggal menjetikkan dua jari tangan.

Langkahku mengunjungi beberapa obyek pariwisata Nijusanku (sebutan lain Tokyo) lantas mengantarkanku memasuki beberapa stasiun-stasiun utama di Tokyo yang menjadi akses pariwisata mereka.

Saya pun ingin menghadirkannya sekilas kepada Kalian yang belum sempat kesana untuk menjadi gambaran pertama sebelum Kalian melihatnya sendiri suatu saat.

1. Stasiun Tokyo

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Momen ketika pertama kali menginjakkan kaki di Tokyo

Stasiun termegah di saentaro Tokyo yang pernah Saya lihat. Main Hub nya si cepat “Shinkansen”. Menjadi sangat strategis juga karena menjadi titik perlintasan Tokyo Metro (kereta regular bawah tanah) dan Local JR-East Line (kereta reguler diatas tanah).

Selain kereta, Stasiun Tokyo juga terkoneksi dengan jaringan bus dalam dan antar kota.

Konektivitas Stasiun Tokyo

Kiri : Konektivitas Shinkansen di stasiun Tokyo

Kanan Atas : Shinkansen Track Gate

Kanan Bawah : Kantor JR Expressway Bus

2. Stasiun Shibuya

Shibuya Station2

Kiri: Halaman depan Stasiun Shibuya

Kanan Atas : Salah satu gate di Stasiun Shibuya

Kanan Bawah: Yamanote Line track di Stasiun Shibuya

Terletak 9 km di barat daya Stasiun Tokyo. Adalah salah satu stasiun komuter tersibuk di Tokyo. Menjadi sangat vital karena mobilisasi ke dan dari kota-kota di sekitar Tokyo sangat tergantung dari keberadaan stasiun ini.

Shibuya Tourism

Kiri : Patung Hachiko

Kanan: Salah satu sisi Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya sendiri menghadirkan beberapa spot wisata gratis diantaranya Patung Hachiko -anjing yang setia menunggu tuannya hingga mati didepan stasiun- dan tentu Shibuya Crossing yang menjadi penyeberangan tersibuk di dunia yang konon mampu menyeberangkan 50.000 pejalan kaki selama 30 menit.

3. Stasiun Ueno

Ueno Station2

Kiri : Halaman depan stasiun Ueno

Kanan Atas : Salah satu gate di Stasiun Ueno

Kanan Bawah : Yamanote Line Track di Stasiun Ueno

Terletak 6 Km di Utara Stasiun Tokyo, stasiun ini pada masa keemasannya adalah stasiun utama untuk kereta jarak jauh Jepang.

Ueno Tourism

Kalian harus mendatangi Ameyoko Market jika singgah di Stasiun Ueno. Pasar serba ada dengan harga murah dan serba discount. Buat kaum traveler, kalau makan murah datanglah ke tempat ini. Bahkan para traveler Syarí, Kalian akan menemukan makanan halal disini. Saya sendiri melihat banyak penjual kebab halal. Kesan pertama memasuki pasar ini adalah bau ikan…..ya memang ada yang jualan seafood segar beserta bumbu untuk memasaknya di pasar ini.

4. Stasiun Akihabara

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Foto sesaat setelah turun dari kereta

Terletak 3 Km di utara Stasiun Tokyo, Stasiun ini terletak di pusat di daerah perbelanjaan barang-barang elektronik Akihabara.

Akibahara Tourism

Suasana malam di sekitar pertokoan elektronik Akihabara

Akihabara ibarat surga bagi para penggila barang-barang elektronik. Karena di  sepanjang area ini menyediakan merek-merek terkenal dengan harga murah berikut promo dan discountnya yang fantastis.

5. Stasiun Harajuku

Harajuku Station

Suasana di depan dan di peron Stasiun Harajuku

Terletak 12 Km di sebelah barat Stasiun Tokyo. Harajuku adalah nama wilayah di timur stasiun ini. Harajuku menjadi stasiun tersibuk keenam di seluruh Tokyo.

Harajuku Station Tourism

Kiri : Takeshita Street

Kanan : Kuil Meiji-Jingu

Stasiun Harajuku adalah akses menuju spot wisata Takeshita Street yaitu jalan sepanjang 350 meter yang menjadi cermin muda-mudi Jepang dengan berbagai pakaian unik dan menarik. Sepanjang jalanan ini juga memanjakan wisatawan dengan toko-toko kuliner dan fashion.

Sementara itu 700 m di utara stasiun ini, Kalian bissa mengunjungi Kuil Meiji-Jingu. Kuil megah untuk mengabadikan Kaisar Meiji. Suasana hijau dan segar kuil ini tercermin dari lingkungan sekitar kuil yang berupa hutan yang sangat bersih dan terawat.

So.….tunggu apa lagi guys….Visit Japan.

 

Tokunai Pass….Senjata Utama para Traveler di Tokyo, Jepang

Berhasil berpindah dari Narita International Airport ke pusat kota Tokyo menggunakan moda transportasi termurah yaitu Keisei Expressway Bus seharga 1.000 Yen (Rp. 130.000) jangan membuat hati senang dahulu. Karena masalah selanjutnya muncul yaitu “Bagaimana menjelajahi kota dengan hemat?”

Jawabannya mudah. Saya harus segera mendapatkan Tokunai Pass (Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass).

Setelah turun dari Airport Bus, Saya bergegas masuk ke dalam Stasiun Tokyo untuk mendapatkan kartu pass itu. Tentu Saya harus menuju Mesin Tiket Otomatis. Pertama kali bingung mencari menu Tokunai Pass di mesin itu. Setelah segala tombol dipencet ternyata menu Tokunai Pass berada pada directory “Discount Card”. Gampang kok menggunakan mesin ini karena ada pilihan bahasa yang bisa digunakan (tentu Bahasa Inggris yang Saya gunakan).

Ticketing Tokyo n Shibuya Gate

Kiri: Mesin tiket otomatis di Stasiun Tokyo tempat Saya membeli Tokunai Pass

Kanan: Gate di Stasiun Shibuya dimana Tokunai Pass bisa digunakan sebagai akses masuk ke peron kereta.

Tokunai Pass berharga 750 Yen (Rp. 97.500) dan bisa digunakan hingga pukul 24:00.  Jadi untuk memaksimalkan keuntungan penggunaan Tokunai Pass, usahakan Kamu membelinya dari pagi hari dan menggunakannya seharian untuk keliling Tokyo.  Saya sendiri baru membelinya pada pukul 13:00 dan menggunakannya hingga pukul 21:00.

Tokunai Pass

Kiri: Tokunai Pass

Kanan: Struk pembelian Tokunai Pass.

Lalu seberapa hemat ketika Saya menggunakan Tokunai Pass ini. Begini perhitungannya:

Apabila Saya menggunakan tiket ketengan ke beberapa tempat yang Saya tuju berikut:

  1. Menuju Yadoya Guesthouse di Nakano. Tiket kereta Stasiun Tokyo – Stasiun Nakano sebesar 220 Yen
  2. Menuju patung Hachiko dan perempatan Shibuya. Dari Yadoya Guesthouse di Stasiun Nakano menuju Stasiun Shibuya 200 Yen
  3. Menuju Ameyoko Market. Dari Stasiun Shibuya ke Stasiun Ueno 190 Yen
  4. Menuju pasar elektronik. Dari Stasiun Ueno ke Stasiun Akihabara 160 Yen
  5. Menuju Harajuku Street. Dari Stasiun Akihabara ke Stasiun Harajuku 170 Yen
  6. Pulang ke Guesthouse. Dari Stasiun Harajuku ke Stasiun Nakano 220 Yen

Total Keseluruhan 1160 Yen (Rp. 150.800)

Karena Menggunakan Tokunai Pass seharga 750 Yen jadi Saya sudah berhemat 410 Yen (Rp. 53.300).

Itu baru perjalanan selama 8 jam, coba kalau Saya tiba di Tokyo lebih pagi pasti akan bisa mengunjungi banyak tempat dan bisa berhemat lebih banyak lagi.

Selama menggunakan Tokunai Pass, Saya hanya menggunakan dua jalur JR Line yaitu Yamanote Line (merupkan circle linenya Tokyo) yang merupakan jalur tersibuk di pusat kota Tokyo dan Chuo Line yang menghubungkan Tokyo di pusat kota dan Otsuki 90 km di sebelah barat Tokyo.

Tokunai Pass bisa di beli di mesin tiket otomatis di seluruh stasiun JR Line. Dan Pass ini bisa digunakan untuk seluruh jaringan kereta JR Line lokal (dalam kota Tokyo) yang relnya terletak di atas permukaan tanah layaknya komuter Jabodetabek.

Selamat mencoba menggunakan Tokunai Pass kalau Kamu sudah tiba di Tokyo, guys…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makanan Murah untuk Backpacker di Jepang.

Jepang memang sudah saya setting menjadi destinasi puncak di kawasan Asia Timur, setelah setahun sebelumnya berhasil menapakkan kaki di Hong Kong, Macao dan Shenzen.

Buat seorang backpacker yang concern dengan budget seperti saya, Jepang menjadi tempat mahal yang perlu banyak disiasati walau hanya sekedar 4 hari menjelajahi daya magis Jepang yang membuat para traveler terkesima akan negeri itu.

Masalah hotel sudah tersiasati dengan menginap gratis semalam di Kansai International Airport dan mendapatkan dormitory murah di Yadoya Guesthouse (di daerah Nakano) dan Kaga Hotel (di kota Osaka).

Masalah transportasi juga tersiasati dengan kartu ajaib Tokunai Pass di Tokyo dan One Day Pass di Osaka.

Nah, kali ini saya akan membahas bagaimana mensiasti cara makan di Jepang yang pernah saya lakukan untuk menghemat budget. Saya sengaja melakukan ini karena harus banyak berhemat dan banyak menabung demi niat mengunjungi berbagai belahan dunia dalam jangka Panjang misi backpacker saya.

Menu Makan Siang

Ketika tiba di Narita International Airport pukul 11:15 maka lunch adalah sesuatu yang tidak bisa ditunda lagi. Sudah tidak memungkinkan menunggu lunch hingga ke tengah kota Tokyo. Setelah keliling Arrival Hall Narita, melihat beragam harga yang begitu mahal di food court setempat, akhirnya Saya mendorong langkah kaki untuk masuk ke Lawson. Memang banyak beberapa pilihan murah onigiri, tetapi satu buah onigiri tentu tidak mampu membendung porsi wajar makan siangku. Akhirnya inilah pilihan terbaik yang Saya ambil untuk menu siang kala itu:

Lunch at Narita

Dua onigiri beserta menu pendamping seharga 248 Yen atau sekitar Rp 32.240 cukup membuat kenyang perut siang itu.

Menu Makan Malam

Cara berfikir saya sederhana ketika sedang backpackeran. Saya akan makan tepat waktu untuk menghindari sakit selama perjalanan. Dan dimanapun saat itu berada dan ketika waktu makan tiba maka Saya akan berusaha mencari makan terhemat disekitar tempat itu. Tidak perlu kembali lagi ke tempat tertentu untuk menyantap sebuah makanan….keburu lapar…hahaha

Makan malam ini terjadi ketika Saya sedang menikmati keriuhan Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) Market di dekat stasiun Ueno. Ketika lapar sudah tak tebendung akhirnya Saya mulai menyisir menu di sekitar pasar ini. Banyak orang Turki yang membuka kedai kebab di daerah ini, tetapi sepertinya kurang nendang kalau hanya sekedar makan kebab.

Dinner di suhu 4 derajat Celcius akan lebih enak jika makan mie berkuah panas seperti ini:

Dinner at Yokoco

Cukup merogoh kocek 398 Yen atau sekitar Rp. 51.740 dapat bonus air es seteko yang akhirnya Saya habiskan….bisa membuat tidur malam itu begitu nyenyak…hahaha

Menu Sarapan

Sarapan ini Saya beli di sekitar Yadoya Guesthouse di Nakano, tempat dimana Saya menginap selama di Tokyo. Berjalan di sekitar restoran rumahan Tokyo yang menawarkan menu relatif mahal buat kantongku. Akhirnya Saya menemukan Family Mart di dalam perkampungan. 10 slice onigiri inilah yang menjadi menu pagi itu

Breakfast Nakano

Cukup membayar 298 Yen atau sekitar Rp. 38.740. Cukup buat modal keliling Tokyo di hari kedua selama 6 jam kedepan.

Menu di Amerikamura, Osaka

Sehari setelahnya, menginjakkan kaki siang itu di Amerikamura mengharuskan Saya membeli makan siang sebelum meninggalkan kawasan itu untuk menuju Namba Parks.

Begitu susah mencari makan murah disini, tetapi akhirnya Saya mengambil jalan tengah untuk mengambil menu di rumah makan rumahan warga Jepang yang menjual menu makanan khas Thailand.

Inilah pilihan saya :

Lunch Amerikamura

Sedikit mahal karena harus mengeluarkan 680 Yen atau sekitar Rp. 88.400. Karena tidak ada pilihan murah yang lain. Tapi ini porsinya sangat banyak untuk ukuran orang Indonesia…..Saya sampai tidak bisa bernafas karena kekenyangan.

Nah buat kalian yang mempunyai budget minim tidak perlu khawatir mengunjungi negeri matahari terbit ini. Selalu ada solusi asalkan jeli melihat kondisi di tempat tujuan.

Mari Kunjungi Jepang, teman……

Bus dari Narita International Airport ke Pusat KotaTokyo – Jepang

29 Desember 2016 pukul 11:15, Vanilla Air mendarat mulus di Narita International Airport terminal 3.

Pertama kali mengunjungi Jepang membuat petugas imigrasi meluangkan banyak waktu untuk menanyakan itinerary selama berada di Tokyo dan Osaka. Kelengkapan itinerary memudahkanku melewati konter imigrasi.

Petugas di bandara Narita memang sangat santun memeriksa tamu untuk negerinya. Untuk melakukan pemeriksaan fisik saja mereka meminta izin dengan menjelaskan sesuai prosedur yang terpampang dengan rapi pada file yang dia tunjukkan ke saya.

Satu yang saya ingat setelah pemeriksaan fisik itu ada senyuman hangat petugas sambil berujar : “Are you sure Sir? entering Tokyo just use t-shirt like it?”….Saya berusaha ramah membalas: “No Sir, I will use my jacket after get out from airport”.

Setelah menyantap onigiri sebagai menu lunch siang itu, saya segera beranjak untuk menuju area konter tranportasi. Berusaha memahami dengan cepat segala informasi yang ada di area tersebut.

Yang jelas, saya tentu tidak akan menggunakan Narita Sky Access untuk menuju pusat kota Tokyo. Konon hanya butuh 36 menit menuju pusat kota yang berjarak 75km menggunakan kereta ini tetapi tentu butuh kocek lebih….sekitar 1.400 yen untuk dewasa dan 700 yen untuk anak-anak….bye bye Narita Sky Access.

Berfikir dua kali juga jika akan menggunakan Narita Express. Butuh 3.020 yen menggunakan kereta jenis ini menuju Tokyo dalam 1 jam durasi.

Dan walaupun Keisei Main Line, lebih murah dari 2 kereta jenis lain. Sebetulnya hanya perlu merogoh kocek 1.190 yen menuju Tokyo. Kereta ini mirip dengan kereta komuter Jabodetabek. Tetap saja saya memilih moda transportasi terhemat yaitu bus.

perbandingan harga

Harga Narita Sky Access Line Vs Keisei Main Line

A. Bus dari Bandara Narita menuju Pusat Kota Tokyo.

Pilihan terhemat tentu menggunakan expressway bus. Tiketnya berharga 1.000 yen. Hanya perlu menuju konter penjualan tiket bus di bandara Narita kemudian petugas akan memberikan tiket ini:

Tiket

Setelah mendapatkan tiket, Saya segera menuju ke titik pengambilan penumpang. Cukup mudah untuk menemukannya karena petunjuk di bandara Narita sangat informatif.

Bus akan sampai ke pusat kota Tokyo dalam waktu 1 jam dan sebagian besar melewati ruas jalan tol.

Berikut beberapa view selama perjalanan menuju pusat kota Tokyo:

View at expressway

Penumpang akan di turunkan di pemberhentian bus dekat dengan stasiun Tokyo:

Stasiun Tokyo Dropping Point

Kiri: Dropping point

Kanan: Halaman depan stasiun Tokyo

Untuk melanjutkan tujuan menuju ke hostel atau tempat wisata lainnya dari Stasiun Tokyo, saya menggunakan Tokunai Pass yang sebagian besar menggunakan jaringan kereta yang berjalan diatas tanah. Jadi saya tidak pernah menggunakan jaringan kereta bawah tanah selama di Tokyo.

B. Bus dari Pusat Kota Tokyo menuju Bandara Narita.

Nah ketika akan melakukan perjalanan sebaliknya dari pusat kota Tokyo menuju Bandara narita, bus juga akan berangkat dari stasiun Tokyo tetapi berbeda dengan tempat dropping ketika saya memasuki kota Tokyo dari Bandara Narita.

Lokasi pengambilan penumpang expressway bus ini bisa ditemukan dari petunjuk yang terpampang jelas di dalam stasiun Tokyo

Bus Gate Stasiun Tokyo

Yaesu Central Side Gate di Stasiun Tokyo

Keluar dari Stasiun Tokyo di Yaesu Central Side Gate lalu berbelok ke kanan maka saya menemukan kantor beserta shelter Expressway Bus:

JR Expressway

Kiri: Kantor expressway bus 

Kanan: Expressway Bus tujuan bandara Narita

dari sinilah bus akan bertolak menuju Bandara Narita.

Okay guys…selamat mencoba.

Cilacap Main Square, Indonesia

In Indonesia, Main Square (Indonesian Language name it as “Alun-Alun”) is always identically with downtown and government offices. And will usually be a landmark for the region concerned.

Similarly with Cilacap Main Square. I will dissect what’s in this main square.

Come at night to captures the beauty of Cilacap Main Square.

1. Fisherman Monument 

This monument shows the statue of a fisherman couple who are raising wijayakusuma flower. precisely located in front of the Main Square courtyard. At night, the fountain under it will emits various colors rotately so we can enjoy the blend of its beauty from Main Square courtyard.

Air Mancur

This monument is located on the protocol street i.e Jenderal Sudirman Street and becomes the center of 3 way intersection. When saturday night arrives, the traffic flow along this monument will be closed and will become a night tourist spot for foreigners aand Cilacap townspeople.

2. Jami’ Mosque Darussalam 

The interesting thing from this jami mosque is its minaret. Like in the fountain of Fishermen Monument, the mosque minaret also emits very harmonious colors with Fisherman Monument ones.

Located to the west of Main Square and flanked by 2 main roads i.e Jenderal Sudirman Street and Masjid Street.

Masjid Jamie

The lower chamber of the minaret is a radio station i.e 107.2 Radio Da’wah Daarussalaam FM Cilacap.

3. Cilacap Regent Office

Whereever Main Square location then that is where the government office is located. Located to the north of Main Square, the Regent’s Office has large gates and yard before actually entering the main office building.

Kantor Bupati

3. Cilacap Penitentiary

Located on Mataram 1 Street, this building is a Penitentiary Class IIB  with maximum capacity of 500 prisoners.

Lapas Cilacap

At night, the Penitentiary is very quiet and strangely horrified when I lingered in front of it.

4. Cilacap Judiciary

I was overlooked to captured this object because I thought there wasn’t more buildings in Main Square after captured Penitentiary. The building itself is flanked by Jenderal Sudirman Street and Mataram 1 Street, precisely at right front of Main Square.

5. The Park Fountain

Located opposite Jenderal Sudirman Street, in front of the Main Square courtyard. This fountain is located inside a park behind the CILACAP BERCAHAYA lighting board.

Air Mancur Warna

The color change in the fountain makes the park look very beautiful.

Well …. If you go to Cilacap, visit Main Square for culinary tour and enjoy the light party around it.

 

Bonus from Tanjung Intan Port, Cilacap, Indonesia

Mr. Fatchul Rochman  (online transportation driver) finally picked me up at Pendem Fort courtyard after he strayed into its south courtyard.

I just ordered in GOJEK application to went to Tanjung Intan Port. When I got on his bike, he asked my origin. After he knew I was from Jakarta, he seemed enthusiastic, and without my consent he said that he would deliver me to some places before entering Tanjung Intan Port. He was sincerely because at the end of the trip he refused when I tried to gave additional tips.

He explained to me every place that we passed along the way to the Port. Starting from the history of KOPASSUS Headquarter building and several stories about Nusakambangan. Exciting………

He turned abruptly. When I asked where we were going, he said we were heading for the Coal Pier.

This is it guys …. Was given a bonus like this

 

Pelabuhan Sandar Batubara

Cilacap Coal Pier

Leaving the Coal Pier, he started to told about the hustle and bustle of Cilacap when there were dead executions of some famous prisoners. While told, he suddenly brought me here:

Penyeberangan ke LP

 

Left: PENGAYOMAN IV Ship that transported prisoners to Nusakambangan Jail.
Right Up and Down: Sailing post to Nusakambangan

This is the sailing point of prisoners toward Nusakambangan jail. So it was very tight. I said: “We don’t have to go there, Mr. Fatchul”, I thought we would be expelled by officers because we didn’t have any interests there. But he still assured me that he would successfully entered me to this place because he was Cilacap townspeople and surely could be given access by officers.

Yes….finally We were still refused. We were only allowed to saw the sailing process from Pandu Station.

Stasiun Pandu

Pandu Station is a guiding center of big ships that would dock in Cilacap to avoided for stranded or crashed corals.

Well, after being given three bonus venues we were finally arrived Tanjung Intan port. He said that the port was closed for tourism especially for me who would try to visited without specific purpose.

But he had a never give up gene. He told to security officers that he was taking a guest. And finally they gave us access … ..The incredible Mr. Fatchul ….

Finally I enter into this logistic port

Pelabuhan Tanjung Intan

riding a motorcycle behind a coal truck makes the clothes being black … hehehe

Well, when I arrived near the coal ship, I tried to captured the IVS KAWANA and PUTRI SEJATI coal ships.

But my action didn’t continue for long because there was security officer who came to me on his motorcycle and said that I should get out from there because I was considered to entered without the permission of internal security and I didn’t wear PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

Finally I had to got out without long negotiation … .Anyway, this experience became a closing part of my trip in Cilacap that I always remembered.

Okay then there wasn’t other purpose than had to back to Whiz Hotel Sudirman and got ready to Jakarta.

Wait for my other acts while in Cilacap that I had not told yet … .thanks guys.

Attractions Near Cilacap Downtown, Indonesia

Free visiting to other places is certainly fun for everyone, especially for people who have traveler passion.

I experienced it on business trip 28-29 April 2018. 3D2N visitation to southern city of Java delivered me to some tourist attractions around Cilacap downtown.

Here are some places you can visit in Cilacap:

1. Saung Madu Al Azhar

Saung madu Cilacap

“Klanceng” honey that’s cultivated here is a program of Lembaga Amil Zákat Nasional (LAZ) Al Azhar Cilacap which aims to build surrounding society economy. Therefore, in addition except have its own area for cultivation, the manager also entrust 2 cultivation boxes to every family in the village.

Located in northern of downtown, only takes 20 minutes to get there. Taste honey directly from the nest and eat markisa fruit from the plants around the cultivation area are a interesting moments as my trip opening in Cilacap.

2. Sunset at Sleko Port

Sleko port is a ferry port in Cilacap. Of course many people sail from it, especially sailing to famous tourist village in west Cilacap namely Kampung Laut.

Pelabuhan Sleko

Coming in afternoon after a long day working becomes a good option to relaxation while enjoying beautiful sunset.

3. Teluk Penyu Beach

Don’t leave the night without do interesting activities…. after the sun sinks, I immediately headed to Teluk Penyu beach for enjoying the night and seafood dinner.

Pantai Teluk Penyu

Eating “mendoan” (Cilacap’s local food) or seafood isn’t expensive here. I also spent time to saw night fish auction here. Local language made it seemed funny and entertaining. According to local community, Cilacap has the most “Ngapak” accent (Cilacap accent) among other areas whose “Ngapak”accent too.

I visited 2 times to this beach. At night I could visit for free and during the day had to paid Rp. 5,000 at front gate.

4. Cilacap Square

After enjoying night breeze, I drank local beverage namely “wedang ronde” in Cilacap Square to warmed my body.

Alun Alun Cilacap

The square has very beautiful lighting at night. Some junior high school students even held art performances here. It can be a free show that you can see while hangout with your beverages.

5. Karang Pandan Beach

In second day afternoon, after the office’s event was over, I rushed to east side of Nusakambangan island. This was the main destination that I had been waiting since my departure from Jakarta.

Pantai Karang Pandan

I need to rent a motor boat service worth IDR 30,000 for round trip sailing toward there. Because of its dropping point in the north of the island, I needed to walked for 30 minutes to Karang Pandan Beach which was located on the South of the island.

Beautiful white sandy beaches ready to pampered every tourist eyes who visited it.

6. Singapore of Java Cruise.

Coinciding with Saturday night, I wanted to hangout for enjoying my last night. One of attractions that be used by Cilacap young people to hang out is getting around the sea by Jaya Sakti Ship to enjoy the beauty of Cilacap night through Singapore of Java Cruise.

Singapore of java Cruise

2 hour cruising could pamper enough my eyes with beautiful light along Cilacap coast. It made me amazed about the beauty of Cilacap at night.

Oh yes, the cruise departs from Sleko Port guys….

7. Pekan Raya Cilacap. 

I thought it was a “G” political party tentatived event to campaigning. I passed it when I came back from Singapore of Java Cruise. Because of intriguing finally I stopped by.

Pekan Raya Cilacap

There were some food stall, fashion stall and toys stall inside and a large show stage. I just wandered around for a while without buying anything here.

8. Pendem Fort.

The last day in Cilacap felt incomplete if you hadn’t visited this Dutch colonial heritage fort. The defense fortress that lies on the shores of Teluk Penyu beach had added my information that Cilacap in the past had a risk to be attacked by enemies via sea. So Dutch Colonial built it, this fort was one package project with Karang Bolong Fort on Nusakambangan Island.

Benteng Pendem

Only spent IDR 5,000, I could explore the ins and outs of this fort, even I went into all the fort room that had different function on its time.

9. Tanjung Intan Port.

Looks like this logistics port isn’t open to public because the port is very busy with heavy trucks traffic for carrying unloading coals from docked ships in this port. Except coal ship, there are fertilizer and refined sugar ones also.

Pelabuhan Tanjung Intan

I was just lucky to get through the security guard for 5 minutes before I was finally banned and asked to out from it for security reasons.

That are some alternative tourism attractions near downtown. Come to Cilacap to see the other side of its tourism that rarely expose to public.

 

 

 

Pendem Fort …. Dutch Architecture in Cilacap, Indonesia

Last day extend, I spent time to visited Pendem Fort. Because I was very tired after night sightseeing in Cilacap downtown, finally I prepared very late. I would visit Pendem Fort and Tanjung Intan Port before departing to Jakarta at 2:30pm by Purwojaya train.

Got out of Whiz Sudirman Hotel main lobby, my stomach began to rumble. Went across the street for breakfast. I ate chicken porridge in small stall with many customers. This was it guys….

Sarapan

Breakfast with unique menu, chicken porridge with opor sauce.

After finished breakfast …. I rode GOJEK (online transportation) for Rp. 5,000 and I was picked up by female driver to Pendem Fort

When standing in front of the fort gate, my first impression was well-maintained 157 years old fort. But I needed to looked inside to proved my perception.

Gerbang depan

Left: Pendem Fort gate frontview

Top Right: Ticket counter. Ticket sold for Rp. 5,000. Operation hours of Pendem Fort is 8am-6pm and open from Monday-Sunday.

Bottom Right: Pendem Fort inside view.

True, many janitors worked inside so the fort looked very clean.

The fort built in the 19th century and needed 8 years to finished it. Before it was found, the fort was buried by coastal soils.

The fort consists of several rooms that have respective functions. The following rooms were identified their functions:

Ruangan benteng

Top Left: barrack rooms

Top Right: Clinical rooms

Bottom Right: Acommodation rooms

Lower Left: Armory

The fort has an area ​about 6.5 hectares. Besides several important rooms, the fort landmark is beautified by clear water canal and wide yard.

Fasum

 

 Top Left: Canal in front of fort 

Top Right: The canal at rear of fort 

Bottom Right: a yard is surrounded by several fort rooms

Lower Left: Another side of canal in front of fort

Besides for tourism destination, the fort is also used for educational activities such as

outbound activities or school scout activities such as images that I get below:

Activity

 

 

Left: School outbond in Cirebon

Right: Scouting activity

Approximately I browsed one hour through all sides of the fort. Saluted to Cilacap government that kept well the fort condition.

Well guys, if you visit Cilacap. Spend time to visit it !…. a place with rich histories….

Short Cruise “Singapore of Java”, Cilacap-Indonesia

Precisely on 7pm, Jaya Sakti ship sailed from Sleko port and taked a short cruise for 2 hours. The next cruise with another boat departed on 8 pm, so they would pass each other on the sea.

The ship would move southwards from Sleko Port. The first view that would find
was coal ship that was leaning for unloading.

Kapal Batubara

Coal Ship “Putri Sejati”.

After passing it, I could see a building was owned by PT. PUSRI:

Gula rafinasi

PUSRI Cilacap Company‘s Fertilizer Package Unit 

Around of it’s area smells fragrant, evidently at behind of PUSRI Company’s building was a refined sugar factory which was the origin of fragrant aroma.

Then the ship had passed Nusakambangan Prison’s execution area that wasn’t visible because of pitch darkness. Then the ship would turn back and moved northwards. After passing the departure point, passengers would be viewed Cilacap LPG Depot:

Depot LPG Cilacap

LPG depots are adjacent to PERTAMINA oil refinery.

Kilang Pertamina

PERTAMINA’s Cilacap Oil Refinery.

At PERTAMINA oil refinery, ship would sail very slowly because this spot was the prettiest among the others. The ship captain also gave opportunity for passangers to took photos as much as possible.

After finishing at this spot then the cruise ended and the ship would back to Sleko Port.

Yes …. that was the flow of this cuise.

“Singapore of Java” Cruise is a short saturday night tour in Cilacap every 2 weeks. Cruise started from Sleko Port at 7pm and the ship would depart every 1 hour. The cruise was a Cilacap Mayor idea which aimed to increased tourist visitation to Cilacap. Named Singapore of Java Cruise because the cruise view was similar to one of Singapore’s corners at night.

The cruise was already popular in Cilacap so the ship usually fully chartered by several communities.  Individual visitors like me often ran out of tickets.

I was lucky to could join it on mid-March 2018. At that time the ship actually was fully booked by the church community from Solo, Central Java.

Because that night was my last night at Cilacap, then I wouldn’t give up to got in the cruise. I persistently lobbied ticketing staff to sold an additional ticket for me.

I said that I came from Jakarta and it was my last night in Cilacap, then she began to emphatize to me and after she talked to ship’s captain finally I allowed to joined the cruise but I must sit at the back because all seats was already filled.

By paying Rp. 30.000 finally I got in the ship without holded a ticket because it were actually sold out … ..Great Job, happy to be a part of the cruise.

KM Jaya Sakti

 

Top Left: Jaya Sakti ship tickets counter

Top Right: Jaya Sakti ship prepared to sailed

Bottom Right: The first floor of ship.
Lower Left: A view from long distance.