Best Apps for Hooking Up in Tokyo

Our favorite dating apps to use for meeting new people in Tokyo.

You have arrived in Tokyo, single and ready to mingle. You know the popular dating apps back at home, but what apps do the Japanese use? And which apps have users that can speak English?

Well, Japan is no stranger to dating apps and services. Often referred to as “deai-kei” (online dating) or “konkatsu” (looking for a marriage partner), Japan has plenty of dating services available.

However, when it comes to apps with an English interface and real Japanese users, only a few mobile apps are worth downloading.

Here are our favorite dating apps available in English with both active Japanese and foreign users that are looking to date or just to hook up!


Best Apps for Hooking Up in Tokyo



Tinder Dating App

Tinder needs no introduction, its simple swipe left or right function has made it a must download dating app worldwide.

Since making its official debut in Tokyo in early 2015, Tinder has become the definitive app for meeting both traveling foreign users and English speaking Japanese users.

What we like:

  • There are loads of active users in Tokyo.
  • With the Tinder Plus features, users can start making matches before they arrive in Japan.
  • A decent option for gay or bisexual users.
  • An excellent app for making quick “friends.”
  • The interface is easy to navigate.

What we don’t like:

  • Male users spam the ladies.
  • Loads of sketchy users, and prostitutes.

Download the App:



tokyo bumble dating

Bumble’s unique feature that puts women in control of initiating the conversation after a match provides a far less sleazy environment. The app isn’t quite as popular as Tinder though, so the number of English speaking users are less. Best stick to this app if you are strictly looking for foreigners living in Tokyo.

What we like:

  • Plenty of foreign female users
  • The quality of the users are higher than most dating apps
  • Women must message first
  • Not nearly as much spam as Tinder

What we don’t like:

  • Few active Japanese users
  • For the ladies, if you are shy, this may not be the app for you.

Download the App:



Hatch Tokyo App

Hatch is a newcomer to the dating app scene in Japan. It has already seen a boost in usage with the young Japanese university and the foreign crowd.

Similar to Bumble, Hatch requires the female users to message first after a match. But, unique to Hatch is its Stop Light Color status system. Green = Up for some fun, serious relationships or whatever. Yellow = Only looking for serious relationships. Red = Just friends, please.

Hatch Dating app

Also, a particularly unique feature of Hatch is that user profiles display what language they speak. You can even filter your search by language, making it even easier to find your match in Tokyo.

What we like:

  • Young and energetic user base.
  • The unique Stop Light Color System
  • Language filters
  • Hatch is throwing loads of branded parties around Tokyo. Follow their socials

What we don’t like:

  • It is a new app, so the user count is less than other mainstream apps.

Download the App:

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