Free Japanese penpal site with forums.


Free classifieds, forum, events, parties, and club/bar info and coupons. Focused on Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.

Have Your Japanese Corrected by Native Speakers’ Journal

On this LiveJournal site you can post some Japanese text and ask for corrections, suggestions, etc. Or use it to post a grammar/vocabulary question. I haven’t used it much, but a quick check looked like postings do indeed get quite a few responses so give it a try.

JIP Friends Club

The aim of JIP Friends Club is promote international friendship, romance,cultural/language exchange around the world. You can post your messages (No commercial) or contact anyone you are interested. We also host monthly parties in central Tokyo. 200-250 people are attending each party. It is open to everyone from all over the world. Very good opportunity to make new friends or learn many different cultures.

Japanese is nihongo

A Yahoo! Groups group for those interested in Japan and the Japanese language.

VibeJapan Friend Finder

Meet online Japanese friends from Tokyo and around the world.

Tokyo Friends Club

This site coordinates monthly (sometimes 2x a month) parties for people who want to make new friends in Tokyo (typically Shibuya).

Editor’s Note: I have never attended one of these events so I can’t attest to their value.

Crisscross Friends

Crisscross is a way to find international friends. It’s totally free to make a profile, upload your photos, make a list of friends and share your goals and favorites. You will receive your own private mailbox and can contact anyone on the system for free. There are no sign-up fees. No pay-to-contact fees. No hidden charges.

e-Japanese Language Exchange

This section of the e-Japanese site allows you to search for language exchange partners.


The Mixxer is a free educational site for language learners and teachers to find a language partner for a language exchange. The language partner is someone who speaks the language you study as their native language and is studying your native language. The partners then meet online to help each other practice and learn a foreign language.


“This is the first site to actually host online language exchange practice, thus allowing you to find exchange partners from all over the world instead of only where you live.

We host your online language exchange by providing voice chat rooms, an online dictionary, proven lesson plans from a teacher specializing in language exchange practice and your own notepad to record new words and expressions.”

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Batsu JRock Forum

J-Rock, J-Pop, and Asian Music Forum

JapaneseLearning.com Friends

“You can use JapaneseLearning.com Friends to meet new international friends, find pen-pals and language learning partners, or meet your ideal match!

We’re the only service that will match you in THREE different ways, according to your Language Exchange, Dating, and Travel preferences”

jeKai Forum (Yahoo! Groups)

Forum for participants in jeKai Japanese-English dictionary project

About.com Japanese Language Forums

One of the most active forums I have seen on the Internet…

Kanjistep.com Mail Friend

Are you interested in foreign cultures or do you want to exchange ideas and thoughts with a person from the other side of the globe? If so, then we welcome you in KanjStep’s Mail Friend listing J-Pals where you can find Pen Pals from all over the world.

Japanese Penpals

This penpal/friendship forum specializes in contacts between Japanese and non Japanese people of any age for friendship, inter-cultural communication, language exchange, etc. A free japan-guide.com membership is required for participation.


Site for finding Japanese housemates in Tokyo and Kansai. Also offers listing of language exchange mates.


-Girls International Party is a meeting place mainly for Japanese girls and non-Japanese men. If you are living in Tokyo or nearby, you can take part in our exciting parties, where you can meet lots of interesting people – face to face and have tons of fun. This is a good opportunity to find new friends, language exchange, dating or activity partners.

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“Your Conversational Language Learning Resource Center and Community”

– Live Webcam Audio/Video Chatroom – Meet language exchange partners and friends in this live webcam based audio/video and textual virtual classroom.
– Language Exchange Pen-Pals – Community of people from around the world interested in teaching their language and sharing their culture with you.
– Online Phrasebook – Internet’s largest database of common, useful, … [ Read more ]