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
796 kan

カン

wazura(u)

わずら(う)

afflicted; disease; suffer from; be ill N2
798 tou

トウ

hito(shii), nado

ひと(しい)、など

etc., and so forth N3
801 sou

ソウ

stratum; social class; layer; story; floor N2
802 han

ハン

printing block; edition; impression; label N2
803 rou

ロウ

o(iru), fu(keru)

お(いる)、ふ(ける)

old N3
804 rei

レイ

orders; command; decree N2
805 kaku

カク

kado, tsuno

かど、 つの

angle; corner; square N2
806 raku

ラク

kara(mu)

から(む)

entwine; coil around; get caught in N2
807 son

ソン

soko(nau)

そこ(なう)

damage; loss; disadvantage; hurt; injure N2
809 bo

tsuno(ru)

つの(る)

recruit; campaign N2
810 kyoku

キョク

ma(garu)

ま(がる)

bend, music, melody N3
812 ri

ura

うら

back; reverse; inside; rear N2
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
819 butsu

ブツ

hotoke

ほとけ

Buddha; the dead N2
820 seki

セキ

exploits; achievements N2
821 chiku

チク

kizu(ku)

きず(く)

fabricate; build; construct N2
822 ka

freight; goods; property N2
824 kon

コン

ma(jiru)

ま(じる)

mix; blend; confuse N2
826 shou

ショウ

nobo(ru)

のぼ(る)

rise up N2
827 chi

ike

いけ

pond; pool; reservoir 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
838 on

オン

atata(kai), nuku

あたた(かい)、ぬく

warm N2
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
842 ki

seasons N2
843 kon

コン

koma(ru)

こま(る)

quandary, become distressed N3
844 sei

セイ

hoshi

ほし

star N2
846 ei

エイ

naga(i)

なが(い)

eternity; long; lengthy N2
849 cho, chaku

チョ、 チャク

arawa(su), ichijiru(shii)

あらわ(す)、 いちじる(しい)

renowned; publish; write N2
851 shi

document; records N2
852 ko, ku

コ、 ク

kura

くら

warehouse; storehouse N2
855 kan

カン

publish; carve; engrave N2
856 zou

ゾウ

statue; picture; image; figure N2
859 kou, kyou

コウ、 キョウ

kao(ri)

かお(り)

incense; smell; perfume 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
865 han

ハン

saka

さか

slope; incline; hill N2
866 koku

コク

kiza(mu)

きざ(む)

engrave, cut fine, chop N3
867 tei

テイ

soko

そこ

bottom; sole; depth; bottom price N2
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
877 fu

nuno, shi(ku)

ぬの、 し(く)

linen; cloth; spread; distribute N2
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
883 u

eaves; roof; house; heaven N2
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
892 kyo

キョ

gigantic; big; large; great N2
893 shin

シン

furu(u)

ふる(う)

quake; shake; tremble; quiver N2
894 gan

ガン

nega(u)

ねが(う)

petition, request, wish N3
895 kai, e

カイ、エ

picture, drawing N3
896 ki

mare, koinega(u)

まれ、 こいねが(う)

hope; beg; request; pray N2
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
904 shoku

ショク

fu(reru), sawa(ru)

ふ(れる)、 さわ(る)

contact; touch; feel; hit; proclaim; announce N2
906 i, e

イ、 エ

yo(ru)

よ(る)

reliant; depend on; consequently; therefore; due to N2
907 seki

セキ

enroll; register; membership N2
908 o

yogo(su), kitana(i), kega(su)

よご(す)、 きたな(い)、 けが(す)

dirty; pollute; disgrace; defile N2
911 mai, bai

マイ、 バイ

sheet of...; counter for flat thin objects N2
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
915 fuku

フク

duplicate; double; compound; multiple N2
917 yuu

ユウ

mail; stagecoach stop N2
918 soku

ソク

taba, tsuka

たば、つか

bundle, manage N3
919 chuu

チュウ

naka

なか

go-between; relationship N2
920 ei

エイ

saka(eru)

さか(える)

flourish; prosperity; honor N2
921 satsu

サツ

fuda

ふだ

ticket; paper money; banknote; note N2
923 ji, ne

ジ、ね

ni(ru)

に(る)

becoming, resemble, imitate N3
924

(none)

yuu

ゆう

evening N4
926 han, ban

ハン、 バン

ita

いた

plank; board; plate; stage N2
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
936 kotsu

コツ

hone

ほね

skeleton; bone; remains; frame N2
938 kei

ケイ

katamu(ku)

かたむ(く)

lean; incline; tilt; trend; bias N2
939 kai

カイ

todo(keru)

とど(ける)

deliver; reach; arrive; report N2
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
944 kan

カン

ma(ku), maki

ま(く)、 まき

scroll; volume; book; part; roll up; wind up; coil; counter for texts (or book scrolls) N2
945 kou

コウ

subscription, buy N1
947 kun

クン

kimi

きみ

you, male name suffix N3
948 nen

ネン

mo(eru)

も(える)

burn; blaze; glow N2
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
952 sho

ショ

o

beginning, end, cord, strap N3
953 seki

セキ

ato

あと

tracks; mark; print; impression N2
954 hou

ホウ

tsutsu(mu), kuru(mu)

つつ(む)、 くる(む)

wrap; pack up; cover; conceal N2
955 chuu

チュウ

stop-over; reside in; resident 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.