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
653 kou

コウ

lecture; club; association N2
655 bu

ma(u), mai

ま(う)、まい

dance, circle N3
656 rin

リン

hayashi

はやし

grove; forest N2
657 sou, shou

ソウ、 ショウ

yosoo(u)

よそお(う)

attire; dress; pretend; disguise N2
658 sho

ショ

moro

もろ

various; many; several; together N2
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
662 geki

ゲキ

drama; play N2
663 ka

kawa

かわ

river N2
665 kou

コウ

navigate; sail; cruise; fly 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
672 tetsu

テツ

kurogane

くろがね

iron N2
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
679 ji

ko

newborn babe; child N2
680 yo

ama(ru)

あま(る)

too much, surplus N3
681 kin

キン

prohibition; ban; forbid N2
682 in

イン

shirushi

しるし

stamp; seal; mark; symbol; trademark N2
683 gyaku

ギャク

saka(rau)

さか(らう)

inverted; reverse; opposite N2
684 ou

オウ

king, rule N3
685 hen

ヘン

kae(su)

かえ(す)

return, answer N3
687 kan

カン

ka(eru)

か(える)

interchange; period; change; convert; replace; renew N2
688 kyuu, ku

キュウ、 ク

hisa(shii)

ひさ(しい)

long time; old story N2
689 tan

タン

mijika(i)

みじか(い)

short; fault; defect; weak point N2
690 yu

abura

あぶら

oil; fat N2
691 sai

サイ

tsuma

つま

wife, spouse N3
692 bou, baku

ボウ、 バク

aba(ku)

あば(く)

outburst; force; violence N2
693 rin

リン

wa

wheel; ring; circle; link; loop; counter for wheels and flowers N2
694 sen

セン

shi(meru), urana(u)

し(める)、 うらな(う)

fortune-telling; divining; forecasting N2
696 hai

ハイ

se, sei

せ、せい

stature, height, back N3
699 shoku

ショク

u(eru)

う(える)

plant N2
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
705 sei

セイ

kiyo(i)

きよ(い)

pure; purify; cleanse N2
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
714 bai

バイ

double; twice; times; fold N2
715 kin

キン

nara(su)

なら(す)

level; average N2
716 oku

オク

hundred million; 10**8 N2
717 to

michi

みち

route, way, road N3
718 atsu

アツ

o(su)

お(す)

pressure; push; overwhelm; oppress N2
719 gei

ゲイ

technique; art; craft; performance; acting N2
720 kyo

キョ

yuru(su)

ゆる(す)

permit, approve N3
724 eki

エキ

station N4
725 sho

ショ

signature; govt office; police station N2
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
730 shin

シン

no(biru)

の(びる)

expand; stretch; extend N2
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
733 tei

テイ

to(meru)

と(める)

halt; stopping N2
735 baku

バク

ha(zeru)

は(ぜる)

bomb; burst open N2
736 riku, roku

リク、 ロク

oka

おか

land; six N2
737 gyoku

ギョク

tama

たま

jewel; ball N2
740 ha

nami

なみ

waves; billows N2
746 tai

タイ

o(biru)

お(びる)

sash; belt; obi; zone; region N2
747 en

エン

no(biru)

の(びる)

prolong; stretching N2
748 u

ha, wa, hane

は、 わ、 はね

feathers; counter for birds, rabbits N2
749 do

tsuto(meru)

つと(める)

toil, diligent, as much as possible N3
750 ko

kata(meru)

かた(める)

harden; set; clot; curdle N2
752 sei, shou

セイ、ショウ

shira(geru)

しら(げる)

refined, ghost, fairy, energy N3
753 soku

ソク

notto(ru)

のっと(る)

rule; follow; based on N2
755 ran

ラン

mida(reru)

みだ(れる)

riot; war; disorder; disturb N2
757 fu

amane(ku)

あまね(く)

universal; generally N2
758 san

サン

chi(ru), bara(keru)

ち(る)、ばら(ける)

scatter, disperse N3
761 soku

ソク

haka(ru)

はか(る)

fathom; plan; scheme; measure N2
762 hou, bu

ホウ、 ブ

yuta(ka), toyo

ゆた(か)、 とよ

bountiful; excellent; rich N2
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
770 rei

レイ

yowai, toshi

よわい、 とし

age N2
771 i

kako(mu)

かこ(む)

surround; enclosure; preserve; keep N2
772 sotsu

ソツ

so(ssuru)

そっ(する)

graduate; soldier; private; die N2
774 ryaku

リャク

hobo

ほぼ

abbreviation; omission; outline; shorten N2
775 shou

ショウ

uketamawa(ru)

うけたまわ(る)

hear; listen to; be informed; receive N2
776 fu

u(kabu)

う(かぶ)

float, rise to surface N3
779 jun

ジュン

obey; order; turn; occasion N2
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
787 gan

ガン

iwa

いわ

boulder; rock; cliff N2
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
790 kei

ケイ

karu(i)

かる(い)

lightly; trifling; unimportant N2
791 tou

トウ

tao(reru)

たお(れる)

overthrow, fall, collapse N3
792 ryou

リョウ

complete; finish N2
793 chou

チョウ

yakusho

やくしょ

government office N2
794 haku, baku

ハク、バク

Dr., command, esteem, Ph.D. N1
795 jou, sei

ジョウ、 セイ

shiro

しろ

castle N2

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.