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
655 bu

ma(u), mai

ま(う)、まい

dance, circle N3
659 ka, ge

カ、 ゲ

natsu

なつ

summer N4
661 bou, mou

ボウ、モウ

na(kunaru)

な(くなる)

deceased, dying N3
663 ka

kawa

かわ

river N2
667 rei

レイ

tsume(tai), hi(eru), sa(meru)

つめ(たい)、ひ(える)、さ(める)

cool, cold, chill N3
670 teki

テキ

kana(u)

かな(う)

suitable, occasional, rare N3
671 fu

yome

よめ

lady, woman, wife N3
673 ki

yo(ru)

よ(る)

draw near, gather N3
674 eki, yaku

エキ、ヤク

ma(su)

ま(す)

benefit, gain, profit, advantage N1
675

ko(mu)

こ(む)

crowded, mixture N3
676 gan

ガン

kao

かお

face, expression N3
678 rui

ルイ

tagu(i)

たぐ(い)

sort, kind, variety, class, genus N3
680 yo

ama(ru)

あま(る)

too much, surplus N3
684 ou

オウ

king, rule N3
685 hen

ヘン

kae(su)

かえ(す)

return, answer N3
691 sai

サイ

tsuma

つま

wife, spouse N3
696 hai

ハイ

se, sei

せ、せい

stature, height, back N3
700 netsu

ネツ

atsu(i)

あつ(い)

heat, fever, passion N3
701 shuku

シュク

yado

やど

inn, lodging N3
702 yaku

ヤク

kusuri

くすり

medicine, chemical N3
706 shuu

シュウ

nara(u)

なら(う)

learn N4
707 ken

ケン

kewa(shii)

けわ(しい)

precipitous, inaccessible place N3
708 rai

ライ

tano(mu), tayo(ru)

たの(む)、 たよ(る)

trust, request N3
710 kaku

カク

obo(eru), sa(masu)

おぼ(える)、 さ(ます)

memorize, learn, remember, awake N3
713 sen

セン

fune, funa

ふね、ふな

ship, boat N3
717 to

michi

みち

route, way, road N3
720 kyo

キョ

yuru(su)

ゆる(す)

permit, approve N3
724 eki

エキ

station N4
726 batsu

バツ

nu(ku)

ぬ(く)

slip out, extract, pull out, remove N3
729 ben, bin

ベン、 ビン

tayo(ri)

たよ(り)

convenience, facility N3
731 ryuu, ru

リュウ、 ル

to(maru), todo(meru)

と(まる)、 とど(める)

detain, fasten, halt, stop N3
732 zai

ザイ

tsumi

つみ

guilt, sin, crime N3
736 riku, roku

リク、 ロク

oka

おか

land; six N2
749 do

tsuto(meru)

つと(める)

toil, diligent, as much as possible N3
752 sei, shou

セイ、ショウ

shira(geru)

しら(げる)

refined, ghost, fairy, energy N3
758 san

サン

chi(ru), bara(keru)

ち(る)、ばら(ける)

scatter, disperse N3
763 you

ヨウ

ocean, sea, foreign, Western style N4
764 sei, jou

セイ、ジョウ

shizu(ka)

しず(か)

quiet N3
767 kon

コン

marriage N3
768 kou

コウ

atsu(i)

あつ(い)

thick; heavy; rich N2
769 ki

yoroko(bu)

よろこ(ぶ)

rejoice, take pleasure in N3
776 fu

u(kabu)

う(かぶ)

float, rise to surface N3
783 ryo

リョ

tabi

たび

trip, travel N4
784 zetsu

ゼツ

ta(eru)

た(える)

discontinue, unparalleled N3
786 kou

コウ

saiwa(i), sara, shiawa(se)

さいわ(い)、さち、 しあわ(せ)

happiness, blessing, fortune N3
788 ren

レン

ne(ru)

ね(る)

practice, gloss, train, drill, polish, refine N2
789 ou

オウ

o(su)

お(す)

push N3
791 tou

トウ

tao(reru)

たお(れる)

overthrow, fall, collapse N3
794 haku, baku

ハク、バク

Dr., command, esteem, Ph.D. N1
798 tou

トウ

hito(shii), nado

ひと(しい)、など

etc., and so forth N3
803 rou

ロウ

o(iru), fu(keru)

お(いる)、ふ(ける)

old N3
809 bo

tsuno(ru)

つの(る)

recruit; campaign N2
810 kyoku

キョク

ma(garu)

ま(がる)

bend, music, melody N3
813

hara(u)

はら(う)

pay N3
816 tei

テイ

niwa

にわ

courtyard, garden, yard N3
817 to

on foot, junior N3
826 shou

ショウ

nobo(ru)

のぼ(る)

rise up N2
830 kin, gon

キン、ゴン

tsuto(meru)

つと(める)

diligence, employed, serve N3
832 ketsu

ケツ

chi

blood N2
833 chi

oku(reru), oso(i)

おく(れる)、 おそ(い)

slow, late, back, later N3
836 kyo, ko

キョ、コ

i(ru), o(ru)

い(る)、お(る)

reside, to be, exist N3
839 zatsu, zou

ザツ、ゾウ

maji(ru)

まじ(る)

miscellaneous N3
840 shou

ショウ

mane(ku)

まね(く)

invite, summon, engage N3
843 kon

コン

koma(ru)

こま(る)

quandary, become distressed N3
844 sei

セイ

hoshi

ほし

star N2
856 zou

ゾウ

statue; picture; image; figure N2
860 ketsu, ken

ケツ、ケン

ka(keru)

か(ける)

lack, gap N3
861 kou

コウ

sara(ni), fu(keru)

さら(に)、ふ(ける)

renew, renovate, again N3
866 koku

コク

kiza(mu)

きざ(む)

engrave, cut fine, chop N3
868 san

サン

approve, praise N3
871 hou

ホウ

da(ku), ida(ku), kaka(eru)

だ(く)、いだ(く)、かか(える)

embrace, hug N3
873 fuku

フク

clothing, admit, obey N4
874 han

ハン

oka(su)

おか(す)

crime, sin, offense N3
878 kyou

キョウ

oso(reru), kowa(i)

おそ(れる)、こわ(い)

fear, dread N3
879 ji

tera

てら

Buddhist temple N2
882 musu, soku

ムス、ソク

iki

いき

breath, son, interest (on money) N3
887 en, on

エン

too(i)

とお(い)

distant, far N3
890 rei

レイ

modo(ru)

もど(る)

re-, return, revert N3
894 gan

ガン

nega(u)

ねが(う)

petition, request, wish N3
895 kai, e

カイ、エ

picture, drawing N3
897 etsu

エツ

ko(su)

こ(す)

surpass, cross over, move to, exceed N3
902 yoku

ヨク

ho(shii)

ほ(しい)

longing, greed, passion N3
903 tsuu

ツウ

ita(i)

いた(い)

pain, hurt, damage, bruise N3
913 shou

ショウ

wara(u), e(mu)

わら(う)、え(む)

laugh N3
914 go

taga(i), katami(ni)

たが(い)、かたみ(に)

mutually, reciprocally, together N3
918 soku

ソク

taba, tsuka

たば、つか

bundle, manage N3
923 ji, ne

ジ、ね

ni(ru)

に(る)

becoming, resemble, imitate N3
924 seki

セキ

yuu

ゆう

evening N4
927 retsu, re

レツ、レ

file, row, column N3
930 tan

タン

sagu(ru), saga(su)

さぐ(る)、さが(す)

search, look for N3
931 tou

トウ

ni(geru), noga(su)

に(げる)、のが(す)

escape, flee N3
932 shaku

シャク

ka(riru)

か(りる)

borrow, rent N4
940 you

ヨウ

weekday N4
941 yuu

ユウ

aso(bu)

あそ(ぶ)

play N3
942 mei

メイ

mayo(u)

まよ(う)

astray, be perplexed, in doubt, lost N3
943 mu

yume

ゆめ

dream, vision N3
945 kou

コウ

subscription, buy N1
947 kun

クン

kimi

きみ

you, male name suffix N3
950 u

ame, ama

あめ、 あま

rain N5
951 hei

ヘイ

to(jiru), shi(meru)

と(じる)、し(める)

closed, shut N3

Most Frequent Kanji List total: (690)

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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.