This page contains a list of online (web-based) Japanese-language
dictionaries. See also How can I find the Japanese name of a film, person, plant, etc.? for hints on when you cannot
find something in the dictionary. See also
Online kanji dictionaries for looking up kanji.
Edict / kanjidic based sites
The following sites are all based on the electronic dictionaries
compiled by Professor Jim Breen of Monash University in Australia.
- WWWJDIC is Jim Breen's own interface to his "Edict", "Kanjidic",
and "Enamdic" dictionaries. WWWJDIC is an online Japanese dictionary
based on Edict and other electronic dictionaries of Jim Breen. The
downloadable dictionaries contain around one hundred thousand Japanese
to English translations, as well as the readings of several hundred
thousand names in Enamdict, many example sentences, and audio versions
of the words.
Several mirror sites of WWWJDIC also exist around the world.
- Denshi Jisho
- Online Japanese dictionary by Kim Ahlstrom, based on Edict and the
related dictionaries. Features a word, kanji, multiradical lookup, and
example sentence lookup, and has options for romaji input and
- Online dictionary by Grzegorz Bober. Features Words, Kanji,
Multiradical Words, Multiradical Kanji, Example Sentences, Proper
Names, Classical Japanese and Specialized Dictionaries.
- Jeffrey's online
- Jeffrey Friedl's interface to Jim Breen's dictionaries. The first
and the longest-running of any of the online dictionary servers. It
features "vague" searching patterns which can match both long and
short vowels, and because it can also create Japanese character
graphics, it can be used by people without Japanese capable
browsers. Which is virtually no use in 2013, but still it is there if
you need it. Also features giant ASCII kanji. Also extensively
This page helps you to read web sites which are written in
Japanese. You enter a URL into Popjisyo, and it makes a page which
pops up windows in your browser which show the meaning of the words as
you move the mouse over them.
- Sakura dict
It is both a kanji and vocabulary dictionary based on KANJIDIC and JMDict.
- Todd David Rudick's Rikai
- Popjisyo is a clone of this site.
- A Firefox extension which adds popups to your browsing experience.
- Romajidesu is a dictionary based on Jim Breen's JMDict with many additional features such as sample sentences, kanji stroke order, and audio pronunciation.
Commercial dictionary based sites
The following sites are based on various commercial Japanese
Goo's dictionary contains the EXCEED English to Japanese and Japanese
to English dictionaries, as well as the Japanese to Japanese
Daijirin and Shingojiten (new word) dictionaries. The
interface is in Japanese. See What "false friends" are there between Japanese and English? if the name "Goo"
Sanseido's online dictionaries
Biglobe's interface to the Sanseido dictionaries.
Kenkyusha's Online Dictionary
A very large and authoritative dictionary. Requires payment to access.
bab.la language portal Japanese-English-Japanese dictionary
Non-Edict contribution-based dictionaries
- Eijiro (英字郎)
- A user-contributed dictionary which values quantity over quality.
This is the dictionary associated with Wikipedia.
Other lists of dictionaries
Japanese Dictionaries and Glossaries
A list from Jim Breen, contains
general and specialized dictionaries.
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