The Resources


last updated 2020年7月31日

Nothing is in order based on importance.
I may make a “minimalist version” in the future or even a “best of.”
I’m not taking any suggestions right now.

This list is intended to include many resources, with as few beginner resources as possible.



Beginner Essentials

SmartNews - Japanese News Aggregator Phone App - switch language to Japanese and select topics, news sources, etc.
Yomichan - Pop-op Dictionary - based on the now-defunct Rikichan
Yamasa.cc - Learn Handwritten Stroke Order
Anki - Spaced Repetition Software
Japanese Stack Exchange - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Sanseido’s Dictionary with Pitch Accent
Pitch Accent Chart
GrammarBook.com Blog and An Interactive Guide to Ambiguous Grammar- Improve Your English Grammar First, Morons! 1
Japanese/English Linguistic Terms
学習 - Yahoo!きっず


Dictionaries

Jisho.org - English⇆Japanese Online Dictionary for Beginners
Honyaku Star - Simple and Fast Dictionary | No ローマ字 | Specifically for Translators
JLect - Japanese Dialect Word Search
TMdict - vocabularies from games, books, anime, and other works by Type-Moon.
GeekyDic - Dictionary of words used in Detective Conan, Naruto, One Piece, Skyrim, Miyazaki movies, etc
Kanji Alive_ Web App - Kanji Lookup, Stroke Orders, Examples, Picture Mnemonics
漢字辞典 Kanji Dictionary - 漢字辞典
Etymologies - A comprehensive, illustrated dictionary with etymologies, pictographs & definitions in English and Japanese
More Eymologies - Traditional & Simplified CH/JP
Oichan’s Dictionary - CN/JP/EN Dictionary
Proverb Dictionary Proverb Dictionary - Dutch, English, and Japanese
四字熟語辞典オンライン
座右の銘にしたいことわざ辞典【公式】
座右の銘にしたい四字熟語一覧【公式】
座右の銘にしたい名言集【公式】
数え方単位辞典 - 5,000+ examples
OK辞典 - Kanji Dictionary
語源由来辞典 語源由来辞典 - Etymology Dictionary
平明四字熟語辞典 平明四字熟語辞典 - 4-Character Idiomatic Compound Dictionary
故事ことわざ辞典 故事ことわざ辞典 - Proverb Dictionary
日本語俗語辞書 日本語俗語辞書 - Colloquial Language Dictionary
日本語コロケーション辞典
Onomatopedia
Japanese Sound Effect Search - Almost 2,000 SFXs with examples
PokéJisho - Dictionary for Pokemon Vocabulary
広辞苑無料検索


Hatena Keyword - Slang, Net Slang, etc
IT用語辞典 e-Words - Internet and Technical Terms
三省堂 Web Dictionary - Sanseido
Weblio - 辞書 - Main Dictionary
Weblio - シソーラス - Thesaurus
Weblio 翻訳 - Translate
alc.co.jp - Another Great Dictionary
goo.ne.jp - Goo’s Dictionary
kotobank.jp - Uses yahoo.co.jp dictionary with a nice Interface
研究社ルミナス英和・和英辞典
Tsukuba Corpus
The Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese
複合動詞レキシコン - Compound Verb Lexicon
Yamasa.cc - Learn handwritten stroke order
kotoba.ne.jp
Excite.co.jp’s Translation
yourei.jp - 用例 examples
ネット王子 - ネット用語辞典
話術.com - さっと会話集
ニコニコ大百科
四字熟語の百科事典
四字熟語辞典
ネット用語辞典


Software

Houhou SRS - Dictionary + SRS
Tagaini Jisho - Dictionary on each OS
zKanji - Another Dictionary + SRS
Capture2Text - Get Text from Manga and Other Images
JGloss - Automatically annotate Japanese text with readings and translations
KanjiTomo
aard
OmegaT - Translation Memory Tool
Foreign Language Text Reader
Learning With Texts
Language Tool - Proofreading/Spellcheck Program
Lingoes - Dictionary & Translation
StarDict
Wakan - Dictionary App for Chinese and Japanese

漢字検定+他

漢検漢字トレーニング | Android
漢検チャレンジ - 6級ー2級 | Android
4級 | Android
3級 | Android
準2級 | Android
2級 | Android
古文・漢文(古文単語、古典文法、漢文) | Android
キラキラネームLv100
難読地名 | Android
漢字忍者 | Android
漢字忍者DX - ¥480 | Android
毎日10問!四字熟語トレーニング
手書き四字熟語1000
国語力クイズ
Japanese Kanji Study - 漢字学習 $9.99
読めないと恥ずかしい漢字
世界の国旗クイズ - はんぷく一般常識シリーズ
ことわざクイズ - はんぷく一般常識シリーズ
四字熟語クイズ - はんぷく一般常識シリーズ

JLPT

JLPT N5-N1
JLPT N4 Listening
JLPT N3 Listening
JLPT N2 Listening


Thesauri

Goo.ne.jp’s Thesaurus
類語同義語辞典 - Quasi-synonym/synonym Dictionary
Weblio’s Thesaurus
Weblio Antonyms
対義語/反対語辞典
連想類語辞典 - Related Terms Thesaurus


Learning the Language

Wanikani - Learn Kanji Through Spaced Repetition (Paid Subscription)
Japaneseclass.jp - Vocabulary and Kanji
U-biq - Japanese study
Japanese Stack Exchange - Ask Questions, Get Answers
Tae Kim’s Guide - Site for Complete Beginners
Stroke Order Explanation Kana, Kanji
Japanese Parts of Speech - 日本語
Japanese Linguistics - General Terms, Parts of Speech, Particles, etc - General Linguistics
Tips on Japanese
OnomatoProject - Practice Japanese onomatopoeia (擬音語) and mimetic words (擬態語) with examples and illustrations!
hyogen.info
chakuriki.net
Japanese Applied Linguistics

先生のための教育辞典

Kanji + Vocabulary

mrhowtosay - Kanji Search
Baby Names
Pet Names
増殖難読漢字辞典.com
漢字ペディア
漢字カフェ
字源
Kanji Nerd
漢字検定問題週
日本漢字能力検定 - Kanji Trivia
漢字文化資料館
Common 略字
Handwritten 略字 Examples + More
意味解説ノート - Difficult Vocabulary with Explanations
英店
漢字書き順辞典
kaku-navi

Word Readings

sometimes you don’t know how to read a phrase, where dictionaries don’t help you, such as 時間前 - まえ or ぜん?Use these:
人名漢字辞典 - 読み方検索
読み方は?

Q&A Sites

Esaura - Q&A site dedicated to J<->E translation.
Lang-8 - Write Journals, Get Corrections from Natives (All Languages)
HiNative - Q&A
教えてgoo国語
ALCOMWORLD
日本語Q&A - list of Q&A categories
ことばの仕組み(文法) - list of similar words with different meanings/nuances
OKWAVE

Grammar

Imabi - Lessons From Basic to Classical Japanese | Everything You Need for Grammar
Dictionary of Japanese Grammar
Marshall’s Grammar List
JLPT Grammar Cheatsheet
JGram - Japanese Grammar Database
Renshuu.org - Over 600 entries for Grammar
Jtest4you
jn2et - JLPT + other study material
Auxiliary Verb Chart
Grammar Course(日本語)
国語の文法
国語文法.com
j-nihongo - 日本語の例文
毎日のんびり日本語教師 - 日本語の文法 - all Japanese with some explanations in Chinese
日本語教師のN1et
日本語NET
絵でわかる日本語 - Grammar Explained Through Pictures
日本語教師の広場 - First Lesson
E-Japanese - 日本語能力試験対策
ちよさんぽ
たのすけ日本語塾

Listening

SuperNative - trains you to hear, read, and speak Japanese using over 10,000 bite-sized clips from TV and movies.
Delvinlanguage

Radio & Podcasts

Radiko.jp
Simulradio
Radio Garden - Tokyo
NHKラジオニュース

そこ☆あに

Radicals

Kanji Radical Names - 仮名 and ローマ字
214 Traditional Radicals - From Kanji Alive
Radical Names in Japanese - with kanji used
More Kanji Radicals
Organized List of Kanji Radicals and how to type them

Kana

Rapid Recognition Trainer for Hiragana and Katakana
Multiple Font and Stroke Magnifier

Advanced Learning

Mistakes & Differences Guide
Different Kanji With Same Reading and (Usually) Meaning
Slight Different Meanings


Reading Material

SmartNews - Japanese News Aggregator Phone App - switch language to Japanese and select topics, news sources, etc.
SmartNews 今日は何の日?
Booklive - Download and read free books (or buy)
Aozora Bunko - Japanese Version of Project Gutenberg - Japanese Books on Project Gutenberg
Bauddha.net - Similar to Aozora
Children’s Reading Material - Fairy Tails
Bible - Read the Bible in Japanese
sosekiproject.org - Soseki’s Works

Manga & Light Novels

Comico - Manga & Light Novels | iOS/ Android
Ganma - Manga | iOS/ Android
ComicWalker | Android
Mangabox | iOS/Android
Vomic - Manga with Voice (Mac users download VLC web plugin)
少年ジャンプ | Android
comic meteor
モアイ
まんがライフオリジナルうぃん
やわらかスピリッツ
ガンガンONLINE
ゼロサムオンライン
裏サンデー
となりのヤングジャンプ
マンガサプリ
- Manga plus iOS/ Android
マンガBANG! - 人気漫画が全巻無料読み放題
漫画読破 - 全巻無料のマンガアプリ
pixivコミック - 漫画が無料で読み放題、毎日更新!
マンガZERO-500作品以上の人気漫画が毎日無料で読み放題

Light Novels

Tueee
小説を読もう!
tree

Anime

AniChart
My Anime List
Hummingbird - MAL Alternative
Anime Recommendation Finder
Crunchyroll - Watch Anime Legally (No Japanese Subtitles)
Japanese Subtitles
Archive of Subtitles - Includes Netflix, among many others

Speed-Reading

速読 - Practice speed-reading to improve overall reading speed
Series of (3) Nintendo DS/3DS Speed-Reading Development Games

News

National Geographic Japan
AsiaNewsNetwork (ANN)
Asian Correspondent - Asia’s leading independent news
Asian Scientist - News and information from the Asian scientific community
The Diplomat - Know the Asia-Pacific
SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)
NHKニュース and NHK Easy Version
朝日新聞 - Asahi and Children’s Edition
Japan Times
Japan Today
MATCHA and Easy Japanese Version - Japan Travel Magazine
Metropolis Magazine | Japan’s Number 1 English Magazine
Tokyo Weekender - English Magazine
Yomiuri, Children’s Edition, and English Edition
Easy News - Newsinslowjapanese.com
rnnnews.jp - Current Affairs
レスポンス

虚構新聞 - Satirical News - Like The Onion
ふろぺじ! 海外の反応 - アメリカ最大の掲示板redditを中心とした海外の反応をまとめています。


News for Children, High Schoolers

小学校

河北新報社
毎日新聞
西日本新聞
読売新聞
朝日学生新聞社
産経ニュース
中学受験eye

高校

高校生新聞
毎日新聞15歳のニュース
中高生新聞
朝日中高生新聞


Video News

news24.jp
Yahoo Video News
テレ朝news
ANNnewsCH - live broadcast news from テレ朝news
TBS NEWS

Entertainment

音楽ナタリー - Music News
OTOKAKE - Music Interviews with Artists, Often With Lyric Meanings
もしもしにっぽん - Bilingual News - Music, Fashion, Movies, and More
日刊スポーツ
Oricon Style
マイナビニュース
cinemacafe
テレビドガッチ
ギズモード・ジャパン
withnews (ウィズニュース)
シネマトゥデイ
TABI LABO
映画.com
J-CAST ニュース
RBB TODAY
TBSラジオ
TOKYO FM+
Smart FLASH
J-Wave News

テレ朝POST
日テレTOPICS
にっぽん放送

Gourmet

Pouch [ポーチ]
mitok (ミトク)
Convenist | コンビニスト
Jタウンネット
iemo [イエモ]
ぐるなびWEBマガジン

Columns

日刊SPA
キャリコネニュース
ハフィントンポスト
PRESIDENT Online
マイナビウーマン
赤すぐnetみんなの体験記
Cakes (ケイクス)
ESSE-online
女子SPA!

Matome

オタクニュース
【2ch】コピペ情報局
2chまとめ
恋愛速報|2chまとめサイト
ぶる速-VIP
スコールちゃんねる|2ちゃんまとめブログ
かつもくブログ |おーぷん2chまとめブログ
NEWSまとめもりー|2chまとめブログ
アルファルファモザイク
ハムスター速報
labo.tv

Domestic & Politics

毎日新聞
共同通信 47NEWS
朝日新聞デジタル
神戸新聞NEXT
産経ニュース
BIGLOBEニュース
ITmedia
佐賀新聞ニュース
日刊ゲンダイ
東京新聞
乗りものニュース
ハフィントンポスト
BLOGOS
J-CASTニュース
dot. (ドット)
アゴラ 言論プラットフォーム
スポニチアネックス
沖縄タイムス+プラス

Technology

Engadget 日本版
マイナビニュース
GIGAZINE (ギガジン)
DIGIMONO !
AKIBA PC Hotline!
ケータイ Watch
スラド

International

Market Hack
ウォール・ストリート・ジャーナル日本版
ニューズウィーク日本版

Topic

ロケットニュース24
ねとらぼ
デイリーニュースオンライン
AOLニュース
ViRATES
9ポストナインポスト
roomie

Games & Apps

ファミ通 - Video Game News
Automaton - Veracity In Gaming
Gameクロス
4Gamer.net
Boom App Games
App Bank
電撃オンライン
アプリオ
ファミ通App
無料ゲーム:ビジュアル


Japanese Sign Language

ITEC
More Lessons


Dialect Study

JLect - Dialect Word Search
Osaka-Ben
Osaka-Ben Wikibooks
Kansai-Ben
Kansaiben.com
Kansai-Ben Word List
Goo’s Dialect Dictionary
alc’s Dialect Dictionary
Naver’s まとめ - Articles about dialects and phrases
Weblio’s Dialect Search
方言ジャパン
方言アフレコ体験教室

Pitch Accent

U-Biq
Pitch Accent Diagram
OJAD Online Japanese Accent Dictionary - Search Index


OMG JAPAN - Formerly Known As White Rabbit Japan
- A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
- A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
- A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar
- Dictionary of Misused Japanese
- Kanji Dictionary - 1006 Kanji Picture Dictionary
- ALC’s Japanese for Business: Business Etiquette
J-LIST - Buys Things From Japan
- Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants and Immigrants to Japan - Bilingual
- Encyclopedia of Japan - Bilingual
Amazon
- The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded
- Kodansha’s Furigana Japanese Dictionary (Kodansha Dictionaries)
- The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary


Culture & Life

AFA Channel - Japanese Pop Culture Video Channel
Becomming Legally Japanese - Information on Naturalization
Danny Choo - Culture Japan
Japan-guide - Your Guide to Japan
Japan Subculture Research Center - Yakuza and other cool culture information
néojapanisme
Spoon & Tamago Japanese Art, Design, and Culture
What Japan Thinks - Surveys of Japanese People
Niponica - Free Multilingual Magazine in HTML, PDF, or E-Book
Nippon.com - Your Doorway to Japan

Food & Cooking

Just Bento - Blog About Bento Boxes
Just Hungry - Japanese Food & Recipes
Just One Cookbook - Japanese Cooking Recipes & Tutorials


Music

JPop Asia - Asian Music Videos, Top Charts, Lyrics, & Forum
Kasi-time - Lyric Search
Utamap - Another Lyric Search
utaten - Lyrics with Furigana
Lyric Get - Copy Lyrics on Restricted Japanese Lyric Websites


Information

JLPT - Japanese Language Proficiency Test Information
JNTO - Japan National Tourism Organization
JET Programme - Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
Japanese Language Schools - List of language schools in Japan
Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language


Scholarships

JASSO - Japan Student Services Organization
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - U.S. Citizens


Work

GaijinPot - Jobs and Other Information
Japan Today Jobs - International Jobs in Japan
Kansai Flea Market - Jobs, Classifieds
Metropolis Classifieds
O-Hayo Sensei - The Newsletter of (Teaching) Jobs in Japan
White Companies - Information
Daijob
Jobs in Japan
Fukuoka Now
Hokkaido Info


Wanikani/Anki Extensions

KaniWani - Reverse WaniKani
KameSame
Duendecat - Sample Sentences from WaniKani Progress
WaniKani to Anki Exporter
Text to Anki Cards


Video Game Translation

Legends of Localization
Kantopia

Youkai and Folklore

Hyakumonogatari - 百物語怪談会 (in English)
日本物怪観光通信
怪異・妖怪伝承データベース

Misc

Free Japanese Kana and Kanji Fonts
http://www.find-job.net/startup/ Convert Japanese Dates and Western Dates
Japanese History - Wikibooks
Reading Speed, Comprehension and Eye Movements While Reading Japanese Novels - Scholarly Article
Hinoki Project
何年.jp/ - Japanese 令和 (Reiwa) Year Lookup
Math Symbols & Readings
Traditional Colors of Japan - With Hex Values
Color-sample - Colors in detail
Onomatopoeia Picture Game - in Japanese
Kanji Used in Important Documents
Free Beautiful Handwriting - Handwriting Practice Sheets with Your Own Data
Live Kanji Usage on Twitter - in real time
Tangorisuto - takes any document with Japanese text and converts it into Anki flashcards
Anki Decks - Master List of all Anki Shared Decks
Shared Anki Decks - Decks Utilizing Anime/Video Games Audio and Subtitles
e-grammar.info - Learning English Through Japanese
Kanji Writing
yojijukugo
Pokemon Games Guides - Japanese Only
Japanese Geography Worksheets
創作漢字コンテスト
Get mozc Japanese IME working in Manjaro
North American vs. Japanese Zoning
Vocabulary for when you’re sick / go to the doctor
monepoké
Japanese Sentence Dependency Parser - CaboCha, KNP, Stanford Parser Service, Yahoo! Dependency Parser
KNPを試してみる


Videos

FRESHLIVE - Live Video Streaming
Japanese Twitch.tv

日本の歴史 解説音声つき

国語-文法
日本語の森 - JLPT Video Lessons Playlists
- JLPT N3 Grammar
- JLPT N2 Grammar
- JLPT N1 Grammar
Videos Condensed Into One Video by Level
- JLPT N3 文法!3時間 これでN3文法が終わる!
- JLPT N2文法1時間授業!この動画1本ですべてのN2文法が終わる!
- JLPT N1 文法!1時間 これでN1文法が終わる!

国語-文法 - The Japanese Language Taught in Japanese
Necota’s Japanese Language Classroom
てんぷらせんせい
あかね的日本語教室
もしもしゆうすけ
三本塾Sambon Juku
Onomappu
Miku Real Japanese
Learn native Japanese - short video lessons about slang


  1. For native English Speakers. Even though you’re fluent in English, you make many mistakes.