Japanese learning games

Who said learning shouldn't be fun? There's plenty of scientific evidence to show that games speed up learning and improve retention. Choose a game to kickstart your studies! Several more games are available as part of the Beginner Lessons and Intermediate Lessons.

Kanji Match

Match up kanji with their readings/meanings and quickly refresh your memory of kanji!

Kanji Builder

Build kanji from their components. Kanji Builder is a fantastic way to cement your knowledge of a kanji in your mind, unlike any other approach to learning kanji. It's very challenging, but addictive!

Word Match

Match up words with their readings/meanings, and study any you miss. Choose words with a usefulness level to match your current knowledge. A fun and effective way to increase your Japanese vocabulary!

Sentence Complete

Drag kanji onto the blanks to complete sentences. Choose sentences to suit your study level based on the usefulness level of the words they contain. A fantastic way to increase your Japanese vocabulary!

Kanji Quiz

Practice our kanji quiz. When you are ready, score your kanji ability with the full quiz.

Quick Study

Although not technically a game, Quick Study is a great way to identify words and kanji you don't know very quickly.

Random Kanji

View a kanji selected randomly from the entire Kanshudo database!
Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.