Kanji List Ordered by Frequency Of Use

This is a list of the most frequently used Japanese kanji characters (about 2,500 characters).

  • Page 1 covers the top 100 most commonly used kanji.
  • Page 2 covers 100~200 most common kanji.
  • and so on…

Click on any of the kanji in the list to see a full lesson for that character, including onyomi/kunyomi readings, the meaning, example sentences, related JLPT vocabulary / grammar, and more.

Kanji by JLPT level

#KanjiOnyomiKunyomiKanji MeaningJLPT
1632 bi

hana

はな

nose; snout N2
1635 ryuu

リュウ

tsubu

つぶ

grains; drop; counter for tiny particles N2
1636 shi

kotoba

ことば

part of speech; words N2
1639 i

era(i)

えら(い)

admirable, greatness N3
1647 i

stomach; crop N2
1665 jou, chou

ジョウ、 チョウ

tatami

たたみ

tatami mat; fold N2
1671 ki

tsukue

つくえ

desk; table N2
1679 fu

hada

はだ

skin; body; texture N2
1698 taku

タク

susu(gu)

すす(ぐ)

laundry; wash; rinse N2
1702 byou

ビョウ

neko

ねこ

cat N3
1708 tou

トウ

pagoda; tower; steeple N2
1709 futsu

フツ

wa(ku)

わ(く)

seethe; boil; ferment N2
1717 kai

カイ

hai

はい

ashes; cremate N2
1719 ka

candy; cakes; fruit N2
1725 ki

iku(tsu)

いく(つ)

how many, how much, some N3
1742 bou

ボウ

ずきん、 おお(う)

cap; headgear N2
1749 ko

ka(reru)

か(れる)

wither; die; dry up; be seasoned N2
1783 ryou

リョウ

suzu(shii)

すず(しい)

refreshing; nice and cool N2
1786 shuu

シュウ

fune

ふね

boat; ship N2
1787 bai

バイ

kai

かい

shellfish N2
1798 fu

token; sign; mark N2
1808 zou

ゾウ

niku(mu)

にく(む)

hate; detest N2
1812 bei

ベイ

sara, zara

さら、 ざら

dish; a helping; plate N2
1813 kou

コウ

gaenji(ru)

がえんじ(る)

agreement; consent; comply with N2
1819 sou

ソウ

hasha(gu)

はしゃ(ぐ)

parch; dry up N2
1824 chiku

チク

livestock; domestic fowl and animals N2
1832 bou, bo

ボウ、 ボッ

boy, priest N2
1870 kyou

キョウ

hasa(mu)

はさ(む)

pinch; between N2
1899 don

ドン

kumo(ru)

くも(る)

cloudy weather N2
1933 sui

スイ

dare

だれ

who, someone, somebody N3
2019 teki

テキ

shizuku, shitata(ru)

しずく、 したた(る)

drip; drop N2
2209 shi

ukaga(u)

うかが(う)

visit; ask; inquire; question N2

Most Frequent Kanji List total: (1032)

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*NOTE* Officially, there are no kanji, vocabulary, or grammar lists for the JLPT. As a result, it is not possible to be certain which kanji, words, or grammar will or will not appear in a given test. Our study lists are based on prior test data and comparisons with other available lists of JLPT kanji, vocabulary, grammar, etc.