If you are visiting Tokyo, or in fact anywhere by yourself, it may seem like it could be difficult to meet people to hang out with during your travels. As one of the most populated and busy cities in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed about where to begin connecting with others but there are lots of easy ways to meet new people during your trip. Here are some of our suggestions on how to find travel buddies:
Download the OodyMate App and Meet with Locals for Dinner
OodyMate is a free app that was designed specifically to connect travelers with locals over food. Simply download the app to find locals who you can meet up with for a meal whilst traveling. Once you have downloaded the app, you can find locals and other travelers to meet with based on your interests, which industry you work in, or if you’re a female solo traveler you can make female only requests too. Once you have used the app to find a local to meet with, you’ll be able to discover all those off-the-beaten-path restaurants that you can’t find on the internet! Download the app for free here now.
Join a Tour for a Day
Another way to meet other travelers is to join a tour for part of your trip. Whether you feel like participating in a walking tour of the city or joining a pub crawl during the evening, there’s plenty of options to choose from based on your interests without having to change your plans too much or spend a lot of money. For example, Tokyo Localized offers free 3-hour long walking tours of the city taking in popular areas of the city such as Akihabara and Ueno.
Take a Course
By taking a cultural class or experience, you’ll have the chance to meet people as well as learn a new skill. There are lots of different classes you can try, for example in Nihonbashi there’s the Washi Experience Studio where you can make traditional Japanese paper for just 500 yen. Alternatively, you can try a calligraphy class with Wakulture or a tea ceremony class in Ginza with Chazen. Other popular cultural Japanese activities to try include ikebana (flower arrangement), origami (paper folding), kimono dressing, or a ceramic arts workshop. Check out the Go Tokyo website for more details.
Join a Language Exchange Group
Joining a language exchange group in Tokyo will not only help you to learn some useful phrases for your travels around Japan, but you’ll also be able to meet other travelers and locals at the same time. You don’t need to join an expensive language school to learn some basic Japanese, you can easily find language exchange groups every day of the week in Tokyo through Meetup.com. Most of the language exchange events take place in the evening at a bar or café, so the only costs usually involved are for any drinks you purchase.
Stay in Hostels or try Couchsurfing
If you’re on a budget, then staying in a hostel will not only save you money on accommodation but will also serve as a great way to meet other travelers. Hostels in Japan are often considered to be very high quality compared to other countries and are usually very clean. There are lots of cool hostels to choose from such as the Book and Bed chain, an accommodation bookshop whose bed bunks are carved out inside of real bookshelves! Alternatively, to connect with locals too, you could try Couchsurfing, who also host their own Tokyo meetup events for travelers.