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
1001 zou

ゾウ

oku(ru)

おく(る)

presents; send; give to; award to N2
1002 chi

wisdom, intellect, reason N1
1003 aku

アク

nigi(ru)

にぎ(る)

grip, hold, mould sushi, bribe N1
1004 shou

ショウ

te(ru)

て(る)

illuminate; shine; compare N2
1005 chuu

チュウ

mid-air, air, space, sky, memorization, interval of time N1
1006 shu

シュ

sake, saka-

さけ、さか-

sake, alcohol N3
1007 shun

シュン

sagacious, genius, excellence N1
1008 sen, zen

セン、 ゼン

zeni, suki

ぜに、 すき

coin, .01 yen, money N1
1009 haku

ハク

usu(i)

うす(い)

dilute; thin; weak (tea) N2
1010 dou

ドウ

public chamber, hall N4
1011 juu, shuu

ジュウ、 シュウ

shibu, shibu(i)

しぶ、 しぶ(い)

astringent, hesitate, reluctant, have diarrhea N1
1012 gun

グン

mu(reru), mura(garu)

む(れる)、 むら(がる)

flock; group; crowd; herd N2
1013 juu

ジュウ

tsutsu

つつ

gun, arms N1
1014 hi

kana(shii)

かな(しい)

grieve, sad N3
1015 byou

ビョウ

second N2
1016 sou, san

ソウ、 サン

misao, ayatsu(ru)

みさお、 あやつ(る)

maneuver, manipulate, operate, steer, chastity, virginity, fidelity N1
1017 kei

ケイ

tazusa(eru)

たずさ(える)

portable, carry (in hand), armed with, bring along N1
1018 ou

オウ

oku

おく

heart; interior N2
1019 み(る)

シン

mi(ru)

み(る)

checkup, seeing, diagnose, examine N1
1020 kitsu

キツ

tsu(meru)

つ(める)

packed; close; rebuke; blame N2
1021 taku

タク

kakotsu(keru), kako(tsu)

かこつ(ける)、 かこ(つ)

consign, requesting, entrusting with, pretend, hint N1
1022 sei

セイ

ha(reru)

は(れる)

clear up N3
1023 satsu

サツ

to(ru), tsuma(mu), -do(ri)

と(る)、 つま(む)、 -ど(り)

snapshot, take pictures N1
1024 tan

タン

nativity, be born, declension, lie, be arbitrary N1
1025 shin

シン

oka(su)

おか(す)

encroach, invade, raid, trespass, violate N1
1026 katsu

カツ

kuku(ru)

くく(る)

fasten, tie up, arrest, constrict N1
1027 kei

ケイ

ka(keru)

か(ける)

hang, suspend N3
1028 sha

シャ

ayama(ru)

あやま(る)

apologize, thank, refuse N1
1029 sou

ソウ

futa

ふた

pair; set; comparison; counter for pairs N2
1030 kou, kyou

コウ、 キョウ

filial piety, child's respect N1
1031 shi

sa(su), toge

さ(す)、 さし、 とげ

thorn, pierce, stab, prick, sting N2
1032 tou

トウ

ita(ru)

いた(る)

arrival, proceed, reach N3
1033 ku

ka(keru)

か(ける)

drive, run, gallop, advance, inspire, impel N1
1034 shin

シン

ne(ru)

ね(る)

lie down, sleep, rest N3
1035 tou

トウ

su(ku), tou(ru)

す(く)、 とう(る)

transparent, permeate, filter, penetrate N1
1036 shin

シン

tsu

haven, port, harbor, ferry N1
1037 heki

ヘキ

kabe

かべ

wall, lining (stomach), fence N1
1038 tou, te

トウ、 テ

ine, ina-

いね、 いな-

rice plant N1
1039 ka, ke

カ、 ケ

kari, kari-

かり、 かり-

sham, temporary, interim, assumed (name), informal N1
1040 an

アン

kura(i)

くら(い)

darkness, disappear, shade, informal N3
1041 retsu

レツ

sa(ku), -gi(re)

さ(く)、 -ぎ(れ)

split, rend, tear N1
1042 bin

ビン

satoi

さとい

cleverness, agile, alert N1
1043 chou

チョウ

tori

とり

bird, chicken N4
1044 jun

ジュン

genuine; purity; innocence N2
1045 ze, shi

ゼ、 シ

kore, kono, koko

これ、 この、 ここ

just so, this, right, justice N1
1046 han

ハン

meshi

めし

meal, rice N4
1047 hai

ハイ

repudiate, exclude, expel, reject, line up, arrange N1
1048 yuu

ユウ

abundant, rich, fertile N1
1049 ken

ケン

kata(i), -gata(i)

かた(い)、 -がた(い)

strict, hard, solid, tough, tight, reliable N1
1050 yaku

ヤク

wake

わけ

translate, reason, circumstance, case N1
1051 tou

トウ

nusu(mu)

ぬす(む)

steal, rob N3
1052 shi

shiba

しば

turf, lawn N1
1053 kou

コウ

tsuna

つな

hawser, class (genus), rope, cord, cable N1
1054 kyuu

キュウ

su(u)

す(う)

suck, inhale N3
1055 ten, den

テン、 デン

fumi, nori

ふみ、 のり

code, ceremony, law, rule N1
1056 ga

congratulations, joy N1
1057 sou, kyuu

ソウ、 キュウ

atsuka(i), ko(ku)

あつか(い)、 こ(く)

handle, entertain, thresh, strip N1
1058 ko

kaeri(miru)

かえり(みる)

look back, review, examine oneself, turn around N1
1059 kou, gu

コウ、 グ

hiro(i)

ひろ(い)

vast, broad, wide N1
1060 kan

カン

mi(ru)

み(る)

watch over, see N1
1061 shou

ショウ

sue, accuse N1
1062 kai

カイ

imashi(meru)

いまし(める)

commandment N1
1063 shi

welfare, happiness N1
1064 yo

homa(re), ho(meru)

ほま(れ)、 ほ(める)

reputation, praise, honor, glory N1
1065 kan

カン

yoroko(bu)

よろこ(ぶ)

delight, joy N1
1066 ben

ベン

tsuto(meru)

つと(める)

exertion, endeavor, effort N4
1067 sou

ソウ

kana(deru)

かな(でる)

play music, speak to a ruler, complete N1
1068 kan, ken

カン、 ケン

susu(meru)

すす(める)

persuade, recommend, advise, encourage, offer N1
1069 sou

ソウ

sawa(gu), urei

さわ(ぐ)、 うれい

boisterous, make noise, clamor, disturb, excite N1
1070 yoku

ヨク

the following; next N2
1071 you

ヨウ

hi

sunshine, positive N3
1072 batsu

バツ

clique, lineage, pedigree, faction, clan N1
1073 kou, kan

コウ、 カン

kinoe

きのえ

armor, high (voice), A grade, first class, former, instep, carapace N1
1074 kai

カイ

kokoroyo(i)

こころよ(い)

cheerful; pleasant; agreeable; comfortable N2
1075 jou

ジョウ

nawa, tada(su)

なわ、 ただ(す)

straw rope, cord N1
1076 hen

ヘン

kata

かた

one-sided; piece N2
1077 kyou, gou

キョウ、 ゴウ

sato

さと

home town, village, native place, district N1
1078 kei

ケイ

uyama(u)

うやま(う)

awe; respect; honor; revere N2
1079 you

ヨウ

yu(reru), ugo(ku)

ゆ(れる)、 うご(く)

swing, shake, sway, rock, tremble, vibrate N1
1080 men

メン

manuka(reru), manuga(reru)

まぬか(れる)、 まぬが(れる)

excuse, dismissal N1
1081 ki

sude(ni)

すで(に)

previously, already, long ago N1
1082 sen

セン

susu(meru)

すす(める)

recommend, mat, advise, encourage, offer N1
1083 rin

リン

tona(ru), tonari

とな(る)、 となり

neighboring N1
1084 nou

ノウ

naya(mu)

なや(む)

trouble; worry; in pain; distress; illness N2
1085 ka, ke

カ、 ケ

hana

はな

splendor, flower, petal, shine, luster, ostentatious, showy, gay, gorgeous N1
1086 sen

セン

izumi

いずみ

spring; fountain N2
1087 gyo, go

ギョ、ゴ

on, o

おん、お

honorable N3
1088 han

ハン

pattern, example, model N1
1089 in, on

イン、 オン

kaku(su), yo(ru)

かく(す)、 よ(る)

conceal, hide, cover N1
1090 tou

トウ

fuyu

ふゆ

winter N4
1091 toku

トク

benevolence, virtue, goodness, commanding respect N1
1092 hi

kawa

かわ

skin; hide; leather N2
1093 tetsu

テツ

satoi, akiraka

さとい、 あきらか

philosophy, clear N1
1094 gyo, ryou

ギョ、 リョウ

asa(ru)

あさ(る)

fishing; fishery N2
1095 san

サン

sugi

すぎ

cedar, cryptomeria N1
1096 ri

sato

さと

ri, village, parent's home, league N1
1097 shaku, seki

シャク、 セキ

toku, su(teru), yuru(su)

とく、 す(てる)、 ゆる(す)

explanation N1
1098 ko, ki

コ、 キ

onore, tsuchinoto, na

おのれ、 つちのと、 な

self N1
1099 kou

コウ

ara(i), a(reru)

あら(い)、あ(れる)

rough; wild N2
1100 cho

チョ

ta(meru)

た(める)

savings; store N2

Most Frequent Kanji List total: (1453)

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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.