Kanji Dictionary

Kanji is a type of Japanese writing system, based on symbols which represent words or ideas. Kanji can be combined to form a word, or can represent a word itself. It was originally founded on logographic Chinese characters.

  • Search for Kanji in our Japanese Kanji dictionary, so that you can translate Kanji to English or English to Kanji
  • search using any combination of Japanese, English, rōmaji or kana
  • combine multiple readings or readings and meanings for more accurate results, e.g. ken miru or ken ticket
  • use wildcards: * (asterisk) for zero or more characters, _ (underscore) for exactly one character (wildcards work only on kanji readings but you can use them with rōmaji)
  • put English keywords in quotation marks to search for the exact phrase


Add tags to your keywords to narrow down search results to most common used characters using these tags:

JLPT - any level
JLPT Level N1 - N5 (e.g. #jlpt3)
Jōyō Kanji - whole set
Jōyō Kanji 1st - 6th Grade (e.g. #joyo1)
Jōyō Kanji High-School Grade
Jinmeiyō supplementary names set

The kanji from above mentioned sets are also grouped into easily exportable and printable vocabulary lists:


Based on the KANJIDIC2 project, property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group's licence.

Stroke order and radical data from the KanjiVG project by Ulrich Apel © 2009-2015 (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Kanji radicals data from kradfile-u. Copyright Michael Raine, Jim Breen, EDRDG, Jim Rose, The KanjiCafe.com (licence).