Lorenzi’s Jisho

Lorenzi’s Jisho is a new Japanese learners’ dictionary based on JMDict, the Japanese-Multilingual Dictionary File that many other Japanese-English dictionaries, including the mighty Jisho, are based on. Lorenzi’s Jisho has many similar functions to Jisho, such as an extensive range of lookup options, including English, Japanese, romaji, kanji, and many more.

Lorenzi’s Jisho also has some handy bonus features, like pitch accent information and a … [ Read more ]


Jisho is a powerful Japanese-English dictionary. It lets you find words, kanji, example sentences and more quickly and easily.

Enter any Japanese text or English word in the search box and Jisho will search a myriad of data for you. You can enter an entire sentence in Japanese or even perform a multi-word search with a mix of English and Japanese. If you enter longer Japanese … [ Read more ]

Rikaikun (Chrome Extension)

Rikaikun is a port of the popular Rikaichan Firefox browser addon (now supplanted by Rikaichamp) for Chrome. Install it and you can easily translate Japanese by hovering over words (they’ll be translated in a pop up). If you hit shift/enter, you’ll see some information about the first Kanji.


Mazii is a Japanese dictionary and translation tool available online or via app. which support camera (app), voice, and handwriting input. Features include:

  • Look up vocabulary in Japanese, English, romaji, hiragana
  • Online pronunciation, transliteration with kanji, romaji and hiragana
  • Separate Japanese sentences, translate Japanese into English or English into Japanese
  • Look up Japanese grammar
  • Look up kanji, full of information about kanji including meaning, how

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Jishonari is an online Japanese dictionary divided into three panels:

  1. Japanese reader: Browse the newsfeed from either Aozora Bunko or Reddit, or paste in your own text. Once you’re reading, click on any word to bring up definitions and info galore.
  2. Definitions: Whenever you search for a word or click one in the reader, the definitions appear here. You can get JMDict definitions, as well

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Japanese (App)

Tofugu Review:

There are tons of Japanese reference and learning apps out there, so if this one looks familiar to you, don’t worry. That’s because it isn’t new at all. It’s been around on iOS since 2008.

But Japanese has undergone some major changes recently and is now the shiny, new version 4!

This app has a ton of new content:

  • Built-in Japanese-English dictionary with

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Kanshudo is the fastest and most enjoyable way to learn and remember the Japanese kanji and written Japanese generally. Whatever your current level of Japanese ability, Kanshudo will help you improve, with assessment tools such as our unique visualization of your kanji ability, the Kanji Wheel, games such as Kanji Match and Word Match, the Kanji Quiz, fun and engaging Beginner lessons and Intermediate lessons, … [ Read more ]


RomajiDesu is another free online Japanese ⇆ English dictionary. You may type a word in Japanese, Hiragana, Romaji or English. A mobile-friendly version is available as well. Other features include sample sentences, audio pronunciation, kanji information and stroke order diagrams.


Translating documents from desktop applications is always a bit difficult due to inadequate translating resources provided (if at all) by applications, such as, text editors, word processors and messenger application. Transmiti is a Google Powered portable application which is capable of translating text from any application. It can translate selected text or entire documents using a hotkey. You can either copy the translation to clipboard … [ Read more ]


Websaru.info is a free online Japanese learning resource dedicated in helping English speakers to get inside Japanese language and culture.

NOTE: doesn’t appear to accept romaji input for Japanese to English or be as generally robust and useful as some of the others available.

nciku Japanese Dictionary

The nciku Japanese Dictionary brings together three essential language learning tools: Japanese, English and Bilingual dictionaries to help you fully understand a word, with kanji details and audio pronunciation; an innovative handwriting recognition tool to help you look up Japanese words you see written down but don’t know how to type; and a range of customized vocabulary lists and memorization tests to help you build … [ Read more ]

Tagaini Jisho

Tagaini Jisho is a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux and aims at becoming your Japanese study assistant. It allows you to quickly search for entries and mark those that you wish to study, along with tags and personal notes. It also let you train entries you are studying and follows your progression in … [ Read more ]


This online dictionary is “based off the Kenkyusha dictionaries. The English entries are good, but the Japanese entries are superb, breaking the word down into all of its potential meanings(including peripheral or metaphorical ones), cross-linking most of the compounds in its definition to other entries and in many cases giving example sentences. It is definitely more useful for intermediate and advanced students… It took a … [ Read more ]

Japanese Kanji Dictionary (with Sound)

With this online dictionary you can lookup the details and pronunciations of Kanji. Each Kanji is presented by a grade, a stroke count, an enlarging image with Kyokasho (Kyoukasho) font, stroke order, radical, English meaning, On-yomi (phonetic reading), Kun-yomi (native Japanese reading), the example of each reading, and special reading. Moreover, each Kanji has audio files so you can listen to the pronunciation of the … [ Read more ]

Babel Fish Translation

Babel Fish is a well-known site that will allow you to translate a block of text or a web page. I leave it to you to decide how accurate it is…

Hiragana no Megane

This site lets you input a URL and then it will display it with furigana.

Editor’s Note: with the development of tools like rikaichan I don’t see a strong need for this site, but it may suit some people’s tastes so I am adding it…


JEDict is multilingual dictionary for Mac computers that is capable of searching any plain text files including:
* all Japanese-English dictionaries from Monash University FTP Archive.
* Wadoku JT (Japanisch-Deutsches elektronisches Wörterbuch).
* .DIC and .DZ dictionaries from BEDIC project.
* XDXF files.
* EIJIRO files (not free).

Originally JEDict was developed as Japanese-English dictionary, therefore it supports all conceivable methods of kanji lookup. JEDict … [ Read more ]

Denshi Jisho

Denshi Jisho is a web-based Japanese dictionary with word, kanji and sentence databases drawn from the WWWJDIC project. The site has a simple, clean design, but beyond that it also has a number of helpful features which make it more than just a pretty interface for Jim Breen’s dictionaries.
1. search results also link to Example Sentences, Kanji Details, Goo Jisho, Yahoo Jisho, Google, Google … [ Read more ]