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
1402 tan

タン

ni

rust-colored, red, red lead, pills, sincerity N1
1403 kei

ケイ

hira(ku), sato(su)

ひら(く)、 さと(す)

disclose, open, say N1
1404 ya, e

ヤ、 エ

nari, ka, mata

なり、 か、 また

to be (classical) N1
1405 kyuu

キュウ

oka

おか

hill, knoll N1
1406 tou

トウ

mune, muna-

むね、 むな-

ridgepole, ridge N1
1407 jou

ジョウ

tsuchi

つち

lot, earth, soil N1
1408 man

マン

midari(ni), sozo(ro)

みだり(に)、 そぞ(ろ)

cartoon, involuntarily, unrestrained, in spite of oneself, corrupt N1
1409 gen

ゲン

kuro, kuro(i)

くろ、 くろ(い)

mysterious, occultness, black, deep, profound N1
1410 nen

ネン

neba(ru)

ねば(る)

sticky, glutinous, greasy, persevere N1
1411 go

sato(ru)

さと(る)

enlightenment, perceive, discern, realize, understand N1
1412 ho

shop, store, pave N1
1413 nin, jin

ニン、 ジン

hara(mu), migomo(ru)

はら(む)、 みごも(る)

pregnancy N1
1414 to

nu(ru), nu(ri)

ぬ(る)、 ぬ(り)

paint; smear; coating N2
1415 juku

ジュク

u(reru)

う(れる)

mellow, ripen, mature, acquire skill N1
1416 ken

ケン

noki

のき

flats; counter for houses N2
1417 kyoku

キョク

asahi

あさひ

rising sun, morning sun N1
1418 on

オン

grace, kindness, goodness, favor, mercy, blessing, benefit N1
1419 doku

ドク

poison; germ; harm N2
1420 tou

トウ

aga(ru), nobo(ru)

あが(る)、 のぼ(る)

leaping up, jumping up, rising, advancing, going N1
1421 ou

オウ

i(ku), inishie, saki(ni), yu(ku)

い(く)、 いにしえ、 さき(に)、 ゆ(く)

journey, travel, chase away, let go, going, before, formerly N1
1422 tou, zu

トウ、 ズ

mame, mame-

まめ、 まめ-

beans, pea, midget N1
1423 sui

スイ

to(geru), tsui(ni)

と(げる)、 つい(に)

consummate, accomplish, attain, commit (suicide) N1
1424 ban

バン

nightfall, night N3
1425 kyou

キョウ

kuru(u)

くる(う)

lunatic, insane, crazy, confuse N1
1426 kyou

キョウ

sake(bu)

さけ(ぶ)

shout; exclaim; yell N2
1427

tochi

とち

horse chestnut, (kokuji) N1
1428 ki, gi

キ、 ギ

branch off, fork in road, scene, arena, theater N1
1429 hei

ヘイ

highness, steps (of throne) N1
1430 i

yokoito, nuki

よこいと、 ぬき

horizontal, woof, left & right, (parallels of) latitude, prediction N1
1431 bai

バイ

tsuchika(u)

つちか(う)

cultivate, foster N1
1432 sui

スイ

otoro(eru)

おとろ(える)

decline, wane, weaken N1
1433 tei

テイ

rowboat, small boat N1
1434 kutsu

クツ

kaga(mu)

かが(む)

yield, bend, flinch, submit N1
1435 kei

ケイ

michi, komichi, sashiwatashi, tadachini

みち、 こみち、 さしわたし、 ただちに

diameter, path, method N1
1436 tan

タン

awa(i)

あわ(い)

thin, faint, pale, fleeting N1
1437 chuu

チュウ

hiki-

ひき-

pluck, pull, extract, excel N1
1438 hi

expose, open N1
1439 tei

テイ

courts, imperial court, government office N1
1440 kin

キン

nishiki

にしき

brocade, fine dress, honors N1
1441 jun

ジュン

quasi-, semi-, associate N1
1442 sho

ショ

atsu(i)

あつ(い)

sultry, hot, summer heat N1
1443 hai

ハイ

oga(mu)

おが(む)

worship; adore; pray to N2
1444 ki

iso

いそ

seashore, beach N1
1445 shou, sou

ショウ、 ソウ

susu(meru)

すす(める)

exhort, urge, encourage N1
1446 mai

マイ

imouto

いもうと

younger sister N4
1447 shin

シン

hita(su), tsu(karu)

ひた(す)、 つ(かる)

immersed, soak, dip, steep, moisten, wet, dunk N1
1448 jou

ジョウ

amatsusae, ama(ri)

あまつさえ、 あま(り)

surplus, besides N1
1449 tan

タン

kimo

きも

gall bladder, courage, pluck, nerve N1
1450 hyou

ヒョウ

koori, hi

こおり、 ひ

ice; hail; freeze N2
1451 sen

セン

slender, fine, thin kimono N1
1452 ku

koma

こま

pony, horse, colt N1
1453 kan

カン

kawa(ku)

かわ(く)

drought; dry; drink up; heaven N2
1454 kyo, ko

キョ、 コ

muna(shii),utsu(ro)

むな(しい)、 うつ(ろ)

void, emptiness, unpreparedness, crack, fissure, untruth N1
1455 bou

ボウ

rod; stick; cane; pole N2
1456 kan

カン

samu(i)

さむ(い)

cold N3
1457 shi

tsuto(meru)

つと(める)

industriousness N1
1458 rei, ryou

レイ、 リョウ

tama

たま

spirits, soul N1
1459 chou

チョウ

tobari

とばり

notebook, account book, album, curtain, veil, net, tent N1
1460 kai

カイ

ku(iru), ku(yamu)

く(いる)、 く(やむ)

repent, regret N1
1461 yu

sato(su)

さと(す)

rebuke, admonish, charge, warn, persuade N1
1462 ki

ino(ru)

いの(る)

pray; wish N2
1463 san, zan

サン、 ザン

miji(me), ita(mu), mugo(i)

みじ(め)、 いた(む)、 むご(い)

wretched, disaster, cruelty, harsh N1
1464 gyaku

ギャク

shiita(geru)

しいた(げる)

tyrannize, oppress N1
1465 hon, han

ホン、 ハン

hirugae(ru)

ひるがえ(る)

flip, turn over, wave, flutter, change (mind) N1
1466 crash, fall (down)

ツイ

tsui

お(ちる)、 お(つ)

o(chiru), o(tsu) N1
1473 shi

ane

あね

elder sister N4
1474 hatsu

ハツ

kami

かみ

hair (on the head) N3
1475 bou, mou

ボウ、モウ

isoga(shii)

いそが(しい)

busy, occupied N3
1479 shuu

シュウ

hiro(u)

ひろ(う)

pick up; gather; find N2
1484 fun

フン

ko, kona

こ、 こな

flour; powder; dust N2
1487 kan

カン

China N4
1488 shi

ito

いと

thread N2
1495 men

メン

wata

わた

cotton N2
1497 sai

サイ

genius, years old N3
1502 kan

カン

ase

あせ

sweat; perspire N2
1505 dou

ドウ

akagane

あかがね

copper N2
1517 shitsu

シツ

shime(ru)

しめ(る)

damp; wet; moist N2
1528 bin

ビン

kame, hei

かめ、 へい

bottle; jar; jug; urn N2
1534 shou

ショウ

sa(ku)

さ(く)

blossom; bloom N2
1540 shou

ショウ

me(su)

め(す)

call; send for; wear; buy, to eat, to drink N2
1543 kan

カン

kama

かま

tin can; container N2
1546 seki

セキ

vessels; counter for ships; fish; one of a pair N2
1548 shi

abura

あぶら

fat; grease; lard N2
1552 jou, sei

ジョウ、 セイ

mu(su)

む(す)

steam; heat; foment N2
1559 ki

hada

はだ

texture; skin; body; grain N2
1561 ka

kutsu

くつ

shoes N3
1568 kou

コウ

tagaya(su)

たがや(す)

till; plow; cultivate N2
1574 don

ドン

nibu(i), namaku(ra)

にぶ(い)、 なまく(ら)

dull; slow; foolish; blunt N2
1575 chi

haji, ha(zukashii)

はじ、は(ずかしい)

shame, dishonor N3
1589 dei

デイ

doro

どろ

mud; adhere to; be attached to N2
1601 guu

グウ

sumi

すみ

corner; nook N2
1602 guu

グウ

tama

たま

accidentally, even number N3
1605 tou

トウ

hi, tomo(su)

ひ、とも(す)

lamp; a light; counter for lights N2
1607 shin

シン

kara(i), tsura(i)

から(い)、 つら(い)

spicy; hot N2
1608 ma

miga(ku)

みが(く)

grind; polish; improve; brush (teeth) N2
1615 baku

バク

mugi

むぎ

barley; wheat N2
1628 sei, shou

セイ、 ショウ

surname N2
1631 tou

トウ

tsutsu

つつ

cylinder; pipe; tube N2
1632 bi

hana

はな

nose; snout N2
1635 ryuu

リュウ

tsubu

つぶ

grains; drop; counter for tiny particles N2

Most Frequent Kanji List total: (1530)

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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.