Most dating apps nowadays are international user-friendly, which means everyone around the world can sign up freely. You can meet someone who lives across the continent with no difficulty. But every country has their own favorite and best apps for dating, including Japan.
Yes, Japanese do use the dating apps. But due to arguably negative stigma of dating apps user in the country, they are a bit reserved and tend to cover the fact that they are using the apps. Due to the high pressure of work in Japan, people barely have time to date and hookup, so they prefer find partner via online. It’s also helpful if you are a foreigner who is on holiday in Japan.
To emphasize you chance to seize a partner in a short time, you better looking up for the best dating apps in Japan that Japanese mostly use. Here are some apps for you to download.
Pairs is one of the most popular dating app in Japan. Coming from the same company that owns Tinder and OkCupid, Pairs has one specialty that the other two don’t: it doesn’t have an English version. So Pairs was made only for Japanese. Besides looking for a partner, you can practice Japanese through this app too. Even if you don’t know Japanese, you can always ask help from Google Translate.
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Among Japanese millennials who are looking for a serious relationship, Pairs is more popular than Tinder. So you better opted for the latter or use OkCupid for casual hookup. The app offers different services based on genders, where women can create profile, send messages, and upload photo without charge while men have to pay for monthly membership.
This app is hugely popular in big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. The user spanned from 20s to 30s, so it’s the right app for you who live in either city. OkCupid Japan user put much though in their profile since you can only send message to someone who has “liked” your photo. So when they haven’t, your profile will appear in their Discovery section for them to decide to check it or not.
You can use the app for free, but if you want more perks and features, the app offer two kind of memberships: A-List Basic and A-List Premium.
Pairs can be the best dating apps in Japan in terms of popularity. But Tinder still has it in Japan. Tinder user in Japanese is usually under 34, even some though some are older. You can exchange message once you swipe right, and if you want a longer span for the like, you have to pay for premium membership, either Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold.
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Omiai is Japanese for “matchmaker”. This app is the place for people who looks for a serious relationship, just like Pairs. The app takes it seriously as you can use 24 different filters from age, income, location, etc. Women can use this app for free while men should pay for monthly subscription.
Bumble is the only app where women should make the first move. They are the one who show their interest first as men can’t send them any message unless they do. Using the same swiping feature as Tinder, the match only lasted a day before the women decides to send messages. You can use the apps for free, but if you want to access its premium feature you just pay for subscription named “Bumble Boost”.
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Once again, Bumble is not the place for a casual relationship. Since you have to pay a subscription which is not so cheap, you better make the most out of it.
As a part of the widely-trusted dating company named Cupid Media, the Japan Cupid is widely popular in the country. The site is perfect for foreign people who looks for dating with a Japanese, or for tourists who are about to go to Japan soon and want to hookup with someone before your departure. Japanese who singed themselves up to the site are also looking for an international partner.
It’s free to create profiles and browsing for users, but if you want to send the message you have to pay for membership. Japan Cupid offers two different levels of membership, Gold and Platinum, with different features enabled.
Another app that isn’t available in English. This app will send one match to you everyday at 8 am in the morning. But the match will be expired in 16 hours’ time, you have to tap the “Might Like You” button before it comes. And if the other person hit it too, you can start exchanging messages. But to hit the button, you need to use the coins acquired through subscription.
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This app may be new, but it soon become popular among Japanese youngsters and foreigners. As like Bumble, female should send the message first. You can make your intention clear by choosing one color among three: green for fun and serious relationship, yellow for someone who is looking only for a serious relationship, or red if you want to be friends only.
Tapple is also a dating app that use Japanese language. It’s very similar to other dating apps in Japan where women can use for free while men have to pay for monthly subscription. You may look for casual or serious relationship through this one.
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And this one is dating app for gay. It’s very popular among Japanese gay, but the members also come from other parts of Asia. Shortly, this is the place if you are looking for a gay hookup.
Even though you have used the best dating apps in Japan, it doesn’t guarantee that you will find a decent guy/girl. You may have ended up meeting the wrong person so stay careful and don’t trust somebody so easy, especially when you are a foreigner.