峠 means 'ridge'

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Note: this kanji is a 'kokuji' (created in Japan)
Strokes : 9    Frequency: 1789   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-32    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 4 words   Used in 6 words   Used in 2856 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   とうげ ridge, mountain pass
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After reading about this famous kokuji, you'll know how to say that you're "over the hump" of a crisis and that a trend has peaked. You'll also understand the significance of mountain passes in Japan, including the military importance they had in the past, the dangers they once posed to travelers, the way they've inspired woodblock artists, and the abundance of hot springs at passes.
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岳 峠 峰 麓
Sometimes a mountain isn't just a mountain. See how the Japanese associate certain parts with the peak of a crisis or with a risky situation that leaves no room for error. Find out how most of the population reveres mountains as sacred and how they act on these beliefs. Discover a legendary rivalry between two great mountains, one that proved transformative for both. Learn how particular perceptions of mountains have inspired famous artwork. And see how, to the Japanese, the foot of a mountain appears to be the hem of its "skirt"!
⿰   mountain  ⿱   above   below  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 峠 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 峠 is used 6 times, read 1 way.
とうげ : 6 words FIND ALL
noun, noun (suffix)
ridge; (mountain) pass; difficult part
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An additional 卡 less common words include 峠 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1663  Joy o' Kanji : 1663  Key to Kanji:

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とうげ ridge, mountain pass   
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ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
カ   ゲ   した below, under   しも bottom part   もと under (influence)   さげる to lower, to reduce   さがる to be lowered   くだ to descend   くだ to judge   くださる to give   おろす to drop off (passenger)   おりる to get off (train)   
サン   やま mountain   
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