JLPT N3 Kanji List

This is the JLPT N3 kanji list.

complete JLPT N3 Kanji List

There are about 650 kanji in total that you will need to know in order to pass the JLPT N3 (including the kanji from N4 & N5), and we have them all listed here with each one linking to a customized lesson.

Click on any of the kanji below to go to the lesson for that kanji. There you can get more detailed information, including common vocabulary words and example sentences using that kanji.

(this page is a work in progress, but I’m doing my best to add multiple new lessons every week)

For more JLPT N3 info, see our JLPT N3 grammar lessons.

#KanjiOnyomiKunyomiKanji Meaning
1 gi

deliberation, consultation, debate
2 ren

レン

tsura(naru), tsu(reru)

つら(なる)、 つ(れる)

take along, lead, join, connect
3 bu

section, bureau, dept, class, copy, part, portion
4 gou, ga, ka

ゴウ、 ガッ、 カッ

a(u)

あ(う)、あい

fit, suit, join, 0.1
5 nai

ナイ

uchi

うち

inside, within, between, among, house, home
6 kai

カイ

mawa(su)

まわ(す)

-times, round, revolve, counter
7 jitsu

ジツ

mi, mino(ru), michi(ru), makoto

み、 みの(る)、 みち(る)、 まこと

reality, truth
8 ketsu

ケツ

ki(meru)

き(める)

decide, fix, agree upon, appoint
9 zen

ゼン

matta(ku), sube(te)

まった(く)、 すべ(て)

whole, entire, all, complete, fulfill
10 gen

ゲン

arawa(reru), utsu(tsu)

あらわ(れる)、 うつ(つ)

present, existing, actual
11 ka, ke

カ、 ケ

ba(keru), fu(keru)

ば(ける)、 ふ(ける)

change, take the form of, influence, enchant, delude, -ization
12 tou

トウ

a(taru)

あ(たる)

hit, right, appropriate
13 sei, shou

セイ、 ショウ

sex, gender, nature
14 you

ヨウ

i(ru), kaname

い(る)、 かなめ

need, main point, essence, pivot
15 sei, jou

セイ、 ジョウ

na(ru)

な(る)

turn into, become, get, grow, elapse
16 ki, go

キ、 ゴ

period, time, date, term
17 shu

シュ

to(ru)

と(る)

take, fetch
18 ju

ジュ

u(keru)

う(ける)

accept, undergo, answer (phone), take
19 zoku

ゾク

tsuzuku

つづ(く)

continue, series, sequel
20 suu

スウ

kazu, kazo(eru)

かず、 かぞ(える)

number, strength, fate, law, figures
21 ki

shiru(su)

しる(す)

scribe, account, narrative
22 shi

sasa(eru)

ささ(える)

branch, support, sustain
23 gen

ゲン

hara

はら

original, primitive, field
24 toku

トク

e(ru)

え(る)

gain, get, find, earn, acquire, can, may, able to, profit
25 kou

コウ

maji(waru), ma(zeru), ka(wasu)

まじ(わる)、 ま(ぜる)、 か(わす)

mingle, mixing, association, coming & going
26 shi

assets, resources, capital, funds, data, be conducive to
27 yo, sha

ヨ、 シャ

arakaji(me)

あらかじ(め)

beforehand, previous, myself, I
28 ri

ki(ku)

き(く)

profit, advantage, benefit
29 saku

サク

yesterday, previous
30 hen

ヘン

ka(waru)

か(わる)

unusual, change, strange
31 choku, jiki

チョク、 ジキ

tada(chini), su(gu)

ただ(ちに)、 す(ぐ)、 なお(す)

straightaway, honesty, frankness, fix, repair
32 ka

ha(tasu)

は(たす)

fruit, reward, carry out, achieve, complete
33 hitsu

ヒツ

kanara(zu)

かなら(ず)

invariably, certain, inevitable
34 en

エン

performance, act, play, render, stage
35 nou

ノウ

ability, talent, skill, capacity
36 chi

o(ku)

お(く)

placement, put, set, deposit, leave behind
37 shin

シン

mi

somebody, person
38 fu

otto

おっと

husband, man
39 shuu

シュウ

osa(meru)

おさ(める)

income, obtain, reap, pay, supply, store
40 dan

ダン

ta(tsu), kotowa(ru)

た(つ)、 ことわ(る)

severance, decline, refuse, apologize
41 ban

バン

tsugai

つが(い)

turn, number in a series
42 jutsu

ジュツ

sube

すべ

art, technique, skill, means, trick
43 nen

ネン

wish, sense, idea, thought, feeling, desire
44 jo

ジョ

tasu(keru)

たす(ける)

help, rescue, assist
45 shou

ショウ

akina(u)

あきな(う)

deal; selling; merchant
46 kou

ヨウ

ha

leaf, plane, lobe, needle, blade, spear, counter for flat things
47 den

デン

tsuta(waru)

つた(わる)

transmit, go along, walk along, follow, report, communicate, legend, tradition
48 dou

ドウ

hatara(ku)

はたら(く)

work
49 kou

コウ

kono(mu), su(ku)

この(む)、 す(く)

fond, pleasing, like something
50 tai

タイ

shirizo(ku), hi(ku), no(keru), do(ku)

しりぞ(く)、 ひ(く)、 の(ける)、 ど(く)

retreat, withdraw, retire, resign, repel, expel, reject
51 fu

ma(keru), o(u)

ま(ける)、 お(う)

defeat, negative, minus, assume a responsibility
52 shitsu

シツ

ushina(u), u(seru)

うしな(う)、 う(せる)

lose, error, fault, disadvantage, loss
53 bi, mi

ビ、 ミ

utsukushii

うつく(しい)

beauty, beautiful
54 bou

ボウ

nozo(mu), mochi

のぞ(む)、 もち

ambition, full moon, hope, desire, aspire to, expect
55 man

マン

mi(chiru)

み(ちる)

full, fullness, enough, satisfy
56 chi

ne, atai

ね、 あたい

price, cost, value
57 ka

department, course, section
58 eki, i

エキ、 イ

yasa(shii), yasu(i)

やさ(しい)、 やす(い)

easy, ready to, simple
59 soku

ソク

haya(i)

はや(い)

quick, fast
60 kou, go

コウ、 ゴ

o(riru), fu(ru)

お(りる)、 ふ(る)

descend, precipitate, fall, surrender
61 ji

ya(meru)

や(める)

resign, word, term
62 ba

uma

うま

horse
63 hi

kare, kano

かれ、 かの

he, him
64 rui

ルイ

tagu(i)

たぐ(い)

sort, kind, variety, class, genus
65 kaku

カク

obo(eru), sa(masu)

おぼ(える)、 さ(ます)

memorize, learn, remember, awake
66 batsu

バツ

nu(ku)

ぬ(く)

slip out, extract, pull out, remove
67 ben, bin

ベン、 ビン

tayo(ri)

たよ(り)

convenience, facility
68 ryuu, ru

リュウ、 ル

to(maru), todo(meru)

と(まる)、 とど(める)

detain, fasten, halt, stop
69 ou

オウ

o(su)

お(す)

push
70 chi

oku(reru), oso(i)

おく(れる)、 おそ(い)

slow, late, back, later
71 shou

ショウ

mane(ku)

まね(く)

invite, summon, engage
72 en, on

エン

too(i)

とお(い)

distant, far
73 etsu

エツ

ko(su)

こ(す)

surpass, cross over, move to, exceed
74 tsuu

ツウ

ita(i)

いた(い)

pain, hurt, damage, bruise
75 yuu

ユウ

aso(bu)

あそ(ぶ)

play
76 mei

メイ

mayo(u)

まよ(う)

astray, be perplexed, in doubt, lost
77 shu

シュ

sake

さけ

sake, alcohol
78 shin

シン

ne(ru)

ね(る)

lie down, sleep, rest
79 an

アン

kura(i)

くら(い)

darkness, disappear, shade, informal
80 bou

ボウ

wasu(reru)

わす(れる)

forget
81 setsu

セツ

yuki

ゆき

snow
82 sou

ソウ

mado

まど

window, pane
83 do

ika(ru), oko(ru)

いか(る)、 おこ(る)

angry, be offended
84 ban

バン

nightfall, night
85 sui

スイ

dare

だれ

who, someone, somebody

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