Welcome to NIHONGO ICHIBAN – the leading BLOG about the Japanese language. With more than 1000 pages of free contents we are the largest site about hiragana & katakana, kanji, grammar, vocabulary and information about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT N5 – JLPT N1).Subscribe to our mail service on the right top of the page and choose if you want to receive immediate, daily or weekly updates.

Japanese Language lessons & tests

First Steps

Tests & Games

Reading & Writing Japanese

The Japanese writing system consists of three alphabetes. In order to read and write Japanese you need to master HiraganaKatakana and Kanji. NIHONGO ICHIBAN covers all three extensively.

Did you know that kanji are made of components also called radicals? Start learning the radicals and kanji will immediately start looking more familiar. As a consequence you also will be able to memorize kanji much easier and faster.







Kanji Radicals

Kanji Radicals


Japanese Grammar





Japanese Vocabulary & glossaries

Survival Japanese


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

If you want to verify or certify your Japanese language skills the JLPT is THE test to pass. It is organized by the Japan Foundation and can be taken in many countries around the world. There are five levels with N5 being the easiest and N1 being the most advanced, which also certifies that your language skills are sufficient to apply for a Japanese university. At NIHONGO ICHIBAN we provide extensive material for each level of the JLPT.

Check out the schedule for the next JLPT in YOUR country.






Resources for learning Japanese

On top of our own contents we provide an ever growing list of resources on learning Japanese. We started a global directory of Japanese language schools, collect the websites on Japan and its language and also screen the best books for learning Japanese.







  1. Effa Dyafarisha Abdul says:

    i like t0 learn Japanese Language

  2. I hope this site will help you. We also plan to add free lessons at some point of time.

  3. DiDi Chan Li Hong says:

    Think there is a typo error there under the JLPT section; you put it … N5 being the easiest & N3 the most advanced…

    If i am not mistaken, iIt should be N1 instead of N3

  4. this lesson its reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally help mee,,, arigatou gozaimashita senseii 🙂

  5. How can i be able to see all the N3 Kanji’s as i just saw on the latest updates, how can see the previous kanjis

  6. rashedul.arman says:

    I have nihongo listening problem, is there any listening practice option in Nihongo ichiban. Please help me to findout.

  7. Rini L.Panjaitan says:


  8. A really nice blog you have here! Loads of information that I need to know as well, I’ve been learning Japanese for 4 years and still need to improve!

    By the way, I have my own blog which focuses on Asian culture and entertainment such as video games and I wonder if it is possible for you to view it and tell me what you think please: http://nynyonlinex.wordpress.com

  9. how speak japanese

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  11. Thanks so much for creating this marvelous site! It must’ve taken a lot of hard work. We’re all incredibly grateful! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  12. Is the river Ganga known by Ganjisu Gawa in Japnese language?

  13. Kailash Pandey says:

    Kunnichiwa,watashiwa namay wa Kailash dis douzo uroshiku

  14. Thank you very much. Your website is so helpful!

  15. Errol Thomas Jnr says:

    Just started learning Japanese. This is a really brilliant website. Thanks for all the free leaning resources.

  16. is this school offering english subject? I have relative who wants to study here in the philippines but the problem he is fluent in japanese language but dont know tagalog and english thats why he cannot take up entrance exams in different university in the philippines

  17. Reccalyn Setias says:

    Arigatou gozaimasu!! 🙂 Keep up the good work.

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