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Kanji Information Sheet for 道  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
辷 (しんにゅう, すべ.る, すべ.らす) – road; glide; skate; slip; fail in exams; (kokuji)
込 (-こ.む, こ.む, こ.み, -こ.み, こ.める, こみ, ごめ) – crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji)
Henshall Mnemonic: head moves, showing way along road
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #207 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [みち]
    (n) road; street; way; method   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [じゅうどう]
    (n) judo   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すいどう]
    (n) water service; water supply   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうぐ]
    (n) implement; tool; means   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かいどう]
    (n) highway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きどう]
    (n) (1) orbit; (2) railroad track   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [つかいみち]
    (n) use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうじょう]
    (n) (arch) dojo; hall used for martial arts training; mandala   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうどう]
    (n,vs) information; report   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 沿   [えんどう]
    (n) route; course; roadside   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうだんほどう]
    pedestrian crossing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よこみち]
    (n) side street   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げすいどう]
    (n) drain; sewer; drainage system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はなみち]
    (n) passage through audience to stage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かどう]
    (n) flower arrangement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいどう]
    (n) sea route   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よりみち]
    (n,vs) dropping in on the way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうどう]
    (n) (Japanese) archery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すじみち]
    (n) reason; logic; thread; method; system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちかみち]
    (n) short way; shortcut   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんどう]
    (n) kendo; swordmanship; fencing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんどう]
    (n) prefectural road   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうどう]
    (n) tunnel; (mine) level   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうそくどうろ]
    highway; freeway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくどう]
    (n) national highway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さかみち]
    (n) hill road   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんどう]
    (n) road approaching a shrine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんどう]
    (n) mountain road; mountain trail   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しどう]
    (n) municipal roads   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃどう]
    (n) roadway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゃどう]
    (n) evil course; heresy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうどう]
    (n) learning; studying the fine arts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうどういん]
    (n) monastery; convent; cloister; abbey   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こどうぐ]
    (n) props; (stage) properties; gadgets   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.