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
401 zen, nen

ゼン、ネン

shika, sa

しか、さ

sort of thing, if so N3
402 sou, sa

ソウ、 サッ

haya(i)

はや(い)

early, fast N4
403 chou

チョウ

ha(ru)

は(る)

lengthen, counter for bows & stringed instruments, stretch, spread, put up (tent) N1
404 ei

エイ

utsu(ru), ha(eru)

うつ(る)、 は(える)

reflect, reflection, projection N4
405 gen

ゲン

kagi(ru)

かぎ(る)

limit, restrict N3
406 shin

シン

oya, shita(shii)

おや、 した(しい)

parent, intimacy, relative, familiarity N4
407 gaku

ガク

hitai

ひたい

forehead; tablet; framed picture; sum; amount; volume N2
408 kan

カン

oversee, official, govt office, rule, administer N1
409 kan

カン

wa

ring, circle, link, wheel N1
410 ken

ケン

verification, effect, testing N4
411 tsui

ツイ

o(u)

お(う)

chase, drive away N3
412 shin

シン

hearing, judge, trial N1
413 shou

ショウ

akina(u)

あきな(う)

deal; selling; merchant N3
414 kou

ヨウ

ha

leaf, plane, needle, blade, counter for flat things N3
415 gi

righteousness, justice, morality, honor, loyalty, meaning N1
416 den

デン

tsuta(waru)

つた(わる)

transmit, go along, walk along, follow, report, communicate, legend, tradition N3
417 dou

ドウ

hatara(ku)

はたら(く)

work N3
418 kei, gyou

ケイ、ギョウ

kata, katachi, nari

かた、かたち、なり

shape, form, style N3
419 kei

ケイ

scenery, view N3
420 raku

ラク

o(chiru)

お(ちる)

fall, drop N3
421 ou

オウ

Europe N2
422 tan

タン

katsu(gu), nina(u)

かつ(ぐ)、 にな(う)

shouldering; carry; raise; bear N2
423 kou

コウ

kono(mu), su(ku)

この(む)、 す(く)

fond, pleasing, like something N3
424 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 N3
425 jun

ジュン

jun(jiru), nazora(eru)

じゅん(じる)、 なぞら(える)

semi-; correspond to; imitate N2
426 shou

ショウ

ho(meru)

ほ(める)

prize; reward; praise N2
427 so

utta(eru)

うった(える)

accusation, sue, complain of pain, appeal to N1
428 hen

ヘン

ata(ri), hoto(ri)

あた(り)、 ほと(り)

environs; boundary; border; vicinity N2
429 zou

ゾウ

tsuku(ru)

つく(る)

create; make; structure; physique N2
430 ei

エイ

England, English, hero, outstanding N4
431 hi

koumu(ru), kabu(ru)

こうむ(る)、 かぶ(る)

incur; cover; shelter; wear; put on N2
433 tou, zu, to

トウ、ズ、ト

atama, kashira

あたま、かしら

head N3
434 gi

waza

わざ

skill; art; craft; ability; vocation; arts N2
435 tei

テイ

hiku(i)

ひく(い)

lower; short; humble N2
436 mai

マイ

goto(ni)

ごと(に)

every N5
437 i

doctor, medicine N4
438 fuku

フク

mata

また

restore, return to, revert N2
439 shi

attend, doing, official, serve N4
440 kyo, ko

キョ、 コ

sa(ru)

さ(る)

gone, past, quit, leave, elapse, eliminate N4
442 mi

aji

あじ

flavor, taste N4
443 fu

ma(keru), o(u)

ま(ける)、 お(う)

defeat, negative, minus, assume a responsibility N3
446 to

wata(ru)

わた(る)

transit, ferry, cross N3
447 shitsu

シツ

ushina(u), u(seru)

うしな(う)、 う(せる)

lose, error, fault, disadvantage, loss N3
448 i

utsu(ru)

うつ(る)

shift, move, change N2
449 sa

sa(su)

さ(す)

distinction, difference, variation N3
451 ko

individual; counter for articles N2
452 mon

モン

kado, to

かど、 と

gate N2
453 sha

シャ

utsuru

うつ(る)

copy, be photographed, describe N4
455 ka

chapter, lesson, section, department N2
456 matsu

マツ

sue

すえ

end, close, tip N3
457 shu, su

シュ、ス

mamo(ru), mori

まも(る)、もり

guard, protect, obey N3
458 jaku

ジャク

waka(i), mo(shi)

わか(い)、も(し)

young N3
459 nou

ノウ

brain; memory N2
460 kyoku, goku

キョク、 ゴク

kiwa(meru)

きわ(める)

poles; settlement; conclusion; end N2
461 shu

シュ

tane, -gusa

たね、-ぐさ

species, kind, class, seed N3
462 bi, mi

ビ、 ミ

utsukushii

うつく(しい)

beauty, beautiful N3
465 mei, myou

メイ、ミョウ

inochi

いのち

fate, command N3
466 gan

ガン

fuku(mu)

ふく(む)

contain; include N2
467 fuku

フク

blessing, fortune, luck, wealth N3
468 zou

ゾウ

kura

くら

storehouse; hide; own; have; possess N2
469 ryou

リョウ

haka(ru)

はか(る)

quantity; measure; weight; amount N2
470 bou

ボウ

nozo(mu), mochi

のぞ(む)、 もち

ambition, full moon, hope, desire, aspire to, expect N3
472 hi

ara(zu)

あら(ず)

un-, mistake, negative N3
476 kan

カン

mi(ru)

み(る)

outlook, appearance, condition N3
477 satsu

サツ

guess, presume, judge N3
479 dan

ダン

grade, steps, stairs N3
480 ou

オウ

yoko

よこ

sideways, side N3
482 kei

ケイ

kata

かた

type; model N2
483 haku, byaku

ハク、 ビャク

shiro(i)

しろ(い)

white N5
484 shin

シン

fuka(i)

ふか(い)

deep, heighten N3
485 ji

character, letter, word N4
486 tou

トウ

kota(eru)

こた(える)

solution, answer N4
487 ya

yo, yoru

よ、 よる

night, evening N4
488 sei

セイ

made in..., manufacture N1
490 kyou

キョウ

mashi(te)

まし(て)

condition; situation N2
491 on

オン

oto, ne

おと、 ね

sound, noise N4
492 shin

シン

mou(su), saru

もう(す)、さる

have the honor to N3
493 you

ヨウ

sama, san

さま、さん

manner, situation, polite suffix N3
494 zai, sai, zoku

ザイ、 サイ、 ゾク

property, money, wealth, assets N3
495 kou

コウ

minato

みなと

harbor, port N3
496 shiki

シキ

shi(ru)

し(る)

know N3
497 chuu

チュウ

soso(gu), sa(su), tsu(gu)

そそ(ぐ)、 さ(す)、 つ(ぐ)

pour, irrigate, shed (tears), flow into, concentrate on N4
498 ko

yo(bu)

よ(ぶ)

call, invite N3
500 tatsu, da

タツ、 ダ

-tachi

-たち

accomplished, reach, arrive, attain N3
501 ryou

リョウ

yo(i), i(i)

よ(い)、い(い)

good N3
503 han

ハン

saka

さか

heights, slope N3
504 ki

kae(ru), kae(su)

かえ(る)、 かえ(す)

homecoming, arrive at, lead to, result in N4
505 shin

シン

hari

はり

needle; pin; staple; stinger N2
506 sen

セン

moppa(ra)

もっぱ(ら)

specialty; exclusive; mainly; solely N2
508 koku

コク

tani, kiwa(maru)

たに、 きわ(まる)

valley N2
509 ko

furu(i)

ふる(い)

old N4
510 kou

コウ

climate, season, weather N3
511 shi

history; chronicle N2
512 ten

テン

amatsu, ame, ama

あまつ

heavens, sky, imperial N5
513 kai

カイ

stair; counter for building story N2
514 tei

テイ

hodo

ほど

extent, degree N3
515 man

マン

mi(chiru)

み(ちる)

full, fullness, enough, satisfy N3
516 hai

ハイ

yabu(reru)

やぶ(れる)

failure, defeat N3
517 kan

カン

kuda

くだ

pipe; tube; wind instrument; control; jurisdiction N2
518 chi

ne, atai

ね、 あたい

price, cost, value N3

Most Frequent Kanji List total: (1032)

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*NOTE* There is no official complete JLPT Kanji List

These lessons are created to the best of my ability based on prior test data, but there is no official JLPT kanji list.