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Browse Kanji by JLPT Level

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験), or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December).

The JLPT consists of five levels, with N5 being the lowest and N1 being the highest level of certification. JLPT certificates do not expire or become invalid over time. Note that there is no officially published lists of Kanji for each JLPT level. The JLPT Levels provided are based on past exams, and the data provided by Jonathan Waller on his JLPT resource site, http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/.

Browse Kanji by Japanese Education Level

The kyouiku kanji (教育漢字, "education kanji"), also known as Gakunenbetsu kanji haitouhyou (学年別漢字配当表, "list of kanji by school year") is a list of 1,006 kanji and associated readings developed and maintained by the Japanese Ministry of Education that prescribes which kanji, and which readings of kanji, Japanese schoolchildren should learn for each year of primary school. Although the list is designed for Japanese children, it can also be used as a sequence of learning characters by non-native speakers as a means of focusing on the most commonly used kanji.

Browse the Jouyou Kanji

The Jouyou Kanji (常用漢字) is the list of commonly used kanji characters and their readings, announced officially by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Current Jouyou Kanji are those on a list of 2,136 characters issued in 2010. The list is not a comprehensive list of all characters and readings in regular use; rather, it is intended as a literacy baseline for those who have completed compulsory education, as well as a list of permitted characters and readings for use in official government documents.

Foreign learners of Japanese also often focus their kanji studies on the Jouyou Kanji list.

Browse Kanji by concept

This Kanji index method groups together kanji that describe things that deal with the same concept, for example kanji for numbers or kanji for directions.

Kanji with multiple meanings may appear more than once.