The 100 Most Common Japanese Words // Official List

Most Common Japanese Words (TOP 100)

Most Common Japanese Words

Welcome to the official list of the 100 most common Japanese words.

By searching for common Japanese words on Google you’ll find many lists of Japanese vocabulary, all divided in categories such as particles, adverbs, nouns etc.

However we wanted to do things a bit differently and research what are the most common Japanese words STATISTICALLY.

This list comes from Wiktionary, where they sourced ALL words from the Japanese Wikipedia and had them investigated by an analyser software made specifically for the Japanese language.

This system then ranked 20,000 of these words starting from the most frequently used.

You can check more details about this analysis process and full list of 20,000 words here.

We decided to provide you here with the TOP 100 words of this list, with some more details such as pronunciation and translation, which are not available on the official list.

Let’s get started:

Most Common Japanese Words | 1-10

Most Common Japanese Words | 11-20

Most Common Japanese Words | 21-30

Most Common Japanese Words | 31-40

Most Common Japanese Words | 41-50

Most Common Japanese Words | 51-60

Most Common Japanese Words | 61-70

Most Common Japanese Words | 71-80

Most Common Japanese Words | 81-90

Most Common Japanese Words | 91-100

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Japanese Words List | 1-10

Right before we start, here are a few resources about the three Japanese scripts in case you need to freshen up on your reading skills:

If you’ve already started learning Japanese, you will find it not the least bit surprising that 7 out of the TOP 10 most common Japanese words are made of grammar particles and markers.

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
1noPossessive Particle
2niIn
3するsuruTo do
4waTopic marker
5oDirect object of action marker
6gaSentence subject marker
7toAnd
8toujiYear
9deAt
10daTo be

Japanese Words List | 11-20

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
11tsukiMonth
12moAlso
13からkaraFrom / Because
14hiDay
15成るnaruTo become
16ことkotoMatter
17有るaruTo exist
18よるyoruTo be due to
19yaAnd/or
20などnadoEtc
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Japanese Words List | 21-30

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
21言うiuTo say
22日本nihonJapan
23tameFor
24このkonoThis
25hitoPerson
26そのsonoThat
27までmadeUp to
28ものmonoObject
29eDirection/Goal marker
30mataAgain

Japanese Words List | 31-40

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
31これkoreThis
32行うokonauTo carry out
33ようyouFor the use of
34出来るdekiruTo be able to
35ekiTrain station
36kuniCountry
37よりyoriThan
38大学daigakuUniversity
39現在genzaiCurrent (Time)
40atoBehind
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Most Common Japanese Words | 41-50

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
41kaQuestion marker
42senLine
43nuNot
44放送housouBroadcast
45gouNumber
46gunArmy
47無いnaiNone
48buDepartment
49持つmotsuTo have
50tokoroPlace

Most Common Japanese Words | 51-60

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RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
51naName
52kaiAn instance
53世界sekaiWorld
54tokiTime
55senBattle
56時代jidaiEra
57東京TōkyōTokyo
58おくokuTo place
59でもdemo..Or something
60呼ぶyobuTo call
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Most Common Japanese Words | 61-70

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
61その後sonoatoAfter that
62kaiMeeting
63それsoreThat
64kiMachine
65会うauTo meet
66受けるukeruTo receive
67多いooiMany
68選手senshuPlayer
69場合baaiCase
70対するtaisuruTo compare with

Most Common Japanese Words | 71-80

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
71しかしshikashiHowever
72つくtsukuTo arrive / To be attached
73昭和shōwaShowa (name)
74作品sakuhinWork (of art)
75chiPlace
76nakaMiddle
77使用shiyōUse, usage
78共にtomoniTogether
79学校gakkouSchool
80goLanguage
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Most Common Japanese Words | 81-90

RankJapaneseRomaji
81kareHe
82行くikuTo go
83アメリカamerikaAmerica
84当時toujiAt the time
85番組bangumiProgram (Tv)
86kurumaCar
87shaCompany
88kawaRiver
89映画eigaMovie
90kuraiAmount

Japanese Words List | 91-100

You have made it all the way to the end of this list, congratulations!

Here are the last 10 words from this Official Most Common Japanese Words List:

RankJapaneseRomajiEnglish
91見るmiruTo watch
92テレビterebiTelevision
93keiSystem
94研究kenkyuuResearch
95machiTown
96higashiEast
97存在sonzaiExistence
98活動katsudouAction
99発売hatsubaiSale
100hokaOther

There we have, statistically, the 100 Most Common Japanese Words according to the Wiktionary based on the Japanese Wikipedia.

Hopefully you will have learned a few words thanks to this list, now be sure to use them in sentences wherever you can!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is THE most common Japanese Word?

The most common Japanese word is の (no), which is a possessive particle.

Check out our lesson about this particle in our Japanese Grammar Bank.

What are the top 10 most common Japanese words?

The TOP 10 most common Japanese words are:

1 – の no | Possessive Particle

2 – に ni | In

3 – する suru | To do

4 – は wa | Topic marker

5 – を o | Direct object of action marker

6 – が ga | Sentence subject marker

7 – と to | And

8 – 年 touji | Year

9 – で de | At

10 – だ da | To be

Where to download the full list of the most common Japanese words?

The official list of most common Japanese words was created by Wiktionary and include 20,000 words.

It is based on a word-frequency analysis with words sourced from the Japanese Wikipedia.

You can check out the full list here along with more details on the analysis.

What is the JLPT?

The JLPT, or Japanese Language Proficiency Test, is a test administered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services which aims to measure the abilities of non-native speakers.

The test measures your listening and reading comprehension, as well as your kanji recognition and grammar and vocabulary skills.

Check out our full guide on the JLPT with test dates and registration details.

How many words do I need to know for each JLPT level?

Here are the JLPT test levels and the number of words you need know for each of them:

N5 | 100 Kanji – 800 words

N4 | 300 Kanji – 1,300 words

N3 | 650 Kanji – 3,700 words

N2 | 1,000 Kanji – 6,000 words

N1 | 2,000 Kanji – 10,000 words

We created a Complete Guide to the JLPT to help you with the process.

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