The Most Frequently Used Kanji

Japanese kanji for "Sun"

Are you interested in learning Japanese writing? Are you little overwhelmed by kanji, as there are thousands of different characters? Not to worry, as you don't need to know every kanji character to become proficient in it. Here are the 100 most frequently used kanji in Japanese newspapers. Newspapers give a great representation of the best kanji to learn. If you want to learn useful kanji, this is a good place to start as you are more likely to come across these characters in day to day use.

 

1. 日sun
2. one
3. 大big
4. 年year
5. 中middle
6. 会to meet
7. 人human being, people
8. ​本book
9. 月moon, month
10. 長long
11. 国country
12. 出to go out
13. 上up, top
14. 十ten
15. life
16. 子child
17. 分minute
18. 東east
19. 三three
20. 行to go
21. 同same
22. 今now
23. 高high, expensive
24. 金money, gold
25. 時time
26. 手hand
27. to see, to look
28. 市city
29. 力power
30. 米rice
31. 自oneself
32. 前before
33. 円Yen (Japanese currency)
34. 合to combine
35. 立to stand
36. 内inside
37. 二two
38. 事affair, matter
39. 社company, society
40. 者person
41. 地ground, place
42. 京capital
43. 間interval, between
44. 田rice field
45. 体body
46. 学to study
47. 下down, under
48. 目eye
49. 五five
50. 後after
51. 新new
52. 明bright, clear
53. 方direction
54. 部section
55. 女woman
56. 八eight
57. 心heart
58. 四four
59. 民people, nation
60. 対opposite
61. 主main, master
62. 正right, correct
63. 代to substitute, generation
64. 言to say
65. 九nine
66. 小small
67. 思to think
68. 七seven
69. ​山mountain
70. 実real
71. 入to enter
72. 回to turn around, time
73. 場place
74. 野field
75. 開to open
76. 万ten thousand
77. 全whole
78. 定to fix
79. 家house
80. 北north
81. 六six
82. 問question
83. 話to speak
84. 文letter, writings
85. 動to move
86. 度degree, time
87. 県prefecture
88. water
89. 安inexpensive, peaceful
90. 氏courtesy name (Mr., Mrs.)
91. 和harmonious, peace
92. 政government, politics
93. 保to maintain, to keep
94. 表to express, surface
95. 道way
96. 相phase, mutual
97. 意mind, meaning
98. 発to start, to emit
99. 不not, un~, in~
100. 党political party