How to make a friend in Japan?


Hello everyone!

Japanese people are known to be shy.
So how do we make friends?

It’s true that Japanese people are more shy than people from other countries, that’s for sure.

When I was traveling abroad, I was amazed at how friendly people were in other countries.

At the supermarket, strangers complimented me on my clothes.
They smiled at me when our eyes met on the train.

This is something that would never happen in Japan!

But I like such foreign cultures.
I wish Japan could be like that too…

Sorry, I’m getting off topic.

So how do you make Japanese a friend in Japan?
Let me introduce you to a few ways to make a friend in Japan!

Use an app called “Meet up”

Meet up is very famous overseas, isn’t it?

I used it a lot when I was living in Australia.
I recommend it because you can easily meet people from various communities.

There are not many Japanese people using this app, but it seems like there are a lot of Japanese people who want to make foreign friends.

It’s easy to join alone, so feel free to try it out!

And also, there are so many kind of community so you can make friends who have same taste with you! 


It’s easy to join and make friends there!

Go to a bar

There are bars in Japan where foreigners often gather.

One of the cheapest and easiest to go to is a bar called HUB.


You can watch a soccer game, and you can even move from seat to seat, so you can have fun while interacting with many people.

And drinks there are not expensive too! 

You can find them anywhere in Tokyo, and for some reason there are a lot of foreigners there.

There are Japanese people who want to talk to foreigners, and above all, it’s a place for drinking, so you can interact casually.

Japanese people are quiet, but when they drink, their personality changes.They become very energetic and sociable!

And surprisingly, we love to drink!


I love drinking too!!

The close proximity of seats may also be a good opportunity to get to know each other.

In addition to HUB, there are many other bars and clubs in Tokyo, so if you like to drink and don’t have a problem with crowded places, this is a good place to make Japanese friends.

Use matching apps

This may come as a surprise to you, but not everyone is using matching apps because they want a girlfriend/boyfriend.

There are many people who use it to make friends.

If you don’t like large gatherings or want to get to know each other slowly through texting, this is the way to go!

Bumble is especially good for people who don’t speak much Japanese because there are a lot of English speakers there!

Join in Langage Exchange

It’s a little bit similar to the first one, Meet up.

There is a group where people who want to study Japanese and people who want to study English get together and teach each other the language.

The goal is to learn the language, but there are many cases where people end up becoming friends.

What did you think?

Of course, you can make friends more naturally if you go to school or work in Japan.
I think this article was more for people who are staying in Japan for a short period of time.

I hope it will be useful for you!

The best way to improve your Japanese is to make Japanese friends!
Join many events, use apps, and make Japanese friends!