The Most Complete JLPT N4 Kanji List

The Most Complete JLPT N4 Kanji List - EDOPEN Japan

How is your study of N4 going so far? What do you find the most challenging aspect of N4 compared to N5? When preparing for the N4 exam, it is important to not only focus on N4 kanji, vocabulary, and grammar but also ensure that your knowledge of N5 is current. Basic concepts can be forgotten while you pursue greater achievements.

In our previous article, we provided a concise introduction to all levels of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and the testing details for 2023. For more general information about the JLPT, please refer to the article below!

Read also:
The Ultimate JLPT Guides & List of 100 Kanji for JLPT N5
700+ JLPT N5 Vocabulary | The Most Complete Lists

Before moving on to N4, make sure to recognize all 100 kanji necessary for N5 by referring to the provided list that accompanies the JLPT information.

How to Apply for JLPT N4?

How to Apply for JLPT N4? - EDOPEN Japan

The JLPT is usually held twice a year, in early July and December. More precisely, the JLPT is usually held on the first Sunday of July and December.

1. Taking the JLPT Test in Japan

◉ Release dates of test information: (First test) around early February and (Second test) around early July.
◉ Registration period (online only): (First test) from late March to mid-April and (Second test) from late August to mid-September.
◉ Receipt of paper test voucher: (First test) mid-June and (Second test) mid-November.
◉ Publication of test results: (First test) in early September and (Second test) in early February.
◉ Exam Fee: 6,500 JPY (including excise tax)

All LevelsTest DateRegistrationTest VoucherTest Results
First testSunday, Jul. 3Mar. 25 ~ Apr. 15 at 5 PM JSTJun. 17, 2022the end of August 2022
Second testSunday, Dec. 4Aug. 25 ~ Sep.15 at 5 PM JSTNov. 18, 2022the end of January 2023

The application is exclusively online, so please make sure to register and sign in at MyJLPT on the JEES website below!

2. Taking the JLPT Test in the United States

◉ Test Fee: 100 USD.
◉ JLPT in the United States is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). There is no July test in the United States.
◉ You can find the current registration information here:

N4Test DateRegistrationTest Results
First test
Second testDec. 4From August 17 at 9:00 AM
until September 13, at 5:00 PM Pacific time
around March 2023

3. Taking in other countries or areas

◉ Some countries/cities only held one exam (July or December) each year.
◉ Depending on the country, there are different application deadlines and the date of the result.
◉ Please check the following page for the region where you want to take JLPT:
💡 Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit the JLPT’s official website for the latest updates.

How to Prepare for the JLPT N4 Test?

How to Prepare for the JLPT N4 Test? - EDOPEN Japan

After introducing the JLPT, let’s examine the types of questions featured on the JLPT N4 exam and recommendations for each section.
◉ Linguistic competence required: The ability to understand basic Japanese.
◉ Overall pass marks/full marks: 90/180 points
◉ All questions are multiple-choice questions. No essay question.

In all the levels, the main test sections include:
◉ Language Knowledge(Vocabulary / Grammar): 言語知識(文字・語彙 / 文法)
◉ Reading: 読解
◉ Listening: 聴解

N4 Test sectionsLanguage Knowledge (Vocabulary / Grammar)・ReadingListening
Test time① Language Knowledge (Vocabulary): 25 min
② Language Knowledge (Grammar)・Reading: 55 min
③ 35 min
Sectional pass mark / full mark38 / 120 points19 / 60 points


Section 1: Language Knowledge (Vocabulary):

✎ Kanji readingSelect the correct hiragana for the kanji word given in the question.
✎ OrthographySelect the correct kanji for the hiragana given in the question.
✎ Contextually-defined expressionsSelect the most proper word to complete the given sentence in the question.
✎ ParaphrasesSelect the option that possesses the closest meaning to the given sentence in the question.
✎ UsagesSelect the correct usage(sentence) of the given word in the question.

Just like in the N5 level, it is necessary to be acquainted with hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. The vocabulary section will ask you to choose the correct hiragana for katakana or kanji words or vice versa. This section may seem easier compared to others, but neglecting it might result in point deductions.

 Section 2: Language Knowledge (Grammar)・Reading

Language Knowledge (Grammar)
✎ Sentential grammar 1
(Selecting grammar form)
Select the correct form (tense) of the word that can fit into the question.
✎ Sentential grammar 2
(Sentence composition)
There are 4 consecutive spaces in a sentence. You must construct the sentence with the 4 given options and choose the correct option for the given space.
✎ Text grammarSelect the correct word/particle that can best fit into the blank in an article.

✎ Comprehension
(Short passages)
Choose the correct option to the question according to the given passages.
✎ Comprehension
(Mid-size passages)
Choose the correct option to the question according to the given passages (mid-size).
✎ Information retrievalYou might be given graphs, tables, or any data in other forms, which you need to find the answer to the questions

After studying N4-level grammar, practice creating sentences on your own to confirm correct usage and reinforce your understanding. This approach also helps you to remember the grammar of your own sentences.

As you progress through the exercise book, monitor the time you spend reading to ensure optimal speed for the exam. If necessary, enhance your reading speed prior to the exam.

 Section 3: Listening

✎ Task-based comprehensionThe pictures are included in your exam paper. First the question is played, then a statement follows and the question is played again.
✎ Comprehension of key pointsThe options are printed on your exam sheet. First, the question is played. Before the statement/talk is played, there’s a short pause to read the option. Finally, the question is played again.
✎ Verbal expressionsThe pictures are given in your exam paper, and one person is indicated with an arrow. You’ve to choose the best option that the person could say according to the picture. The options are played only once.
✎ Quick responseThere is no question or options printed on the test paper. You will listen to a statement and the options. Choose from the option that can be the best reply to the statement.

100 Kanji list of JLPT N4

100 Kanji list of JLPT N4 - EDOPEN Japan

つめ/つま爪切りつめきりnail clipper
にお匂いにおいscent, odor, smell
イン飲食いんしょくeat and drink
エン/オンとお遠慮えんりょbeing reserved
よご/きたな汚れるよごれるto be stained, get dirty
カツわ/わり/さ割れるわれるto break
カン慣れるなれるto be used to
カン/ケンあいだ/ま間に合うまにあうto be in time, meet a deadline
いの祈るいのるto pray, wish, hope
よろこ喜ぶよろこぶto be happy
会議室かいぎしつmeeting room
キュウいそ急ぐいそぐto rush, hurry
ゲイむか迎えるむかえるto welcome, greet
コウ向かうむかうto face
うかが伺ううかがうinquire, ask
止めるとめるto stop
ジ/チおさ/なお治るなおるto recover
シツうしな1. 失礼
2. 失敗
1. しつれい
2. しっぱい
1. discourtesy
2. failure
シャうつ1. 写真
2. 写す
1. しゃしん
2. うつす
1. photo
2. copy
シュウ/ジュウひろ拾うひろうto pick up
シュク/シュウいわ祝ういわうto celebrate
ジュン準備じゅんびto prepare, preparation
ショところ1. 住所
2. 台所
1. じゅうしょ
2. だいどころ
1. address
2. kitchen
ショウわら/え笑うわらうto laugh
ジョウ乗り換えるのりかえるto transfer
ショクかざ飾るかざるto decorate
ショクふ/さわ触るさわるto touch
ショク焼くやくto bake, roast, grill, burn, fire
シンすす進むすすむto go on, proceed, move on
セイもら/か/ゆる貰うもらうto receive
セツ/ゼイ説明せつめいto explain, explanation
ソウおく送るおくるto send
ゾウま/ふ増えるふえるto increase
ソウ/ショウあい相談そうだんto counsel,counsellation
ゾウ/ソウおく贈り物おくりものgift, present
ソクがわ内側うちがわinner part, inside
ゾクつづ続くつづくto continue, go on, last
ソツ卒業式そつぎょうしきgraduation ceremony
おく/おそ遅れるおくれるbeing late
調チョウしら/ととの調べるしらべるto research, search, check
チョウ釣るつるto fish, hook, hang
チンめずら珍しいめずらしいuncommon, rare, unusual
テン添付てんぷto attach
デンつた伝うつたto convey
途中とちゅうon the way of
いか/おこ怒るおこるget mad, angry
トウに/のが逃げるにげるto get away, escape, run away
ドウうご動くうごくto move
ドウ/トウみち横断歩道おうだんほどうpedestrian crossing
トク特別とくべつspecially, especially, particularly
ハク泊まるとまるto stay at
ハン/ホン反対はんたいopposite(direction), opponent
ま/お負けるまけるto lose
フツ沸かすわかすto boil
フツはら払うはらうto pay
ヘンかえ返事へんじresponse, answer, reply
ホウつつ包むつつむto wrap up
ボウわす忘れ物わすれものthings being forgoten
ミンねむ眠いねむいfeel sleepy
メイ鳴るなるto sound
ヤク予約よやくto make an appointment
輸出ゆしゅつto export
ユウ郵便局ゆうびんきょくpost office
ユウやさ優しいやさしいkind, soft, gentle,
ヨウもち用事ようじthings to do, matter
ライたの/たよ頼むたのむrely, trust, order, request
ラク落とすおとすdrop, lower
リョウ料理りょうりto cook, dish, cuisine
レイもど戻るもどるto return, go back

Quick Link

1. JLPT Official Site
2. JLPT-Sample Questions
3. JLPT-Composition of Test Sections and Items
4. JEES website (For application)
5. American Association of Teachers of Japanese (全米日本語教育学会)


We hope you were able to locate the resources you needed for the JLPT N4. Attached below are the PDF and Excel files for downloading the 100 kanji list for the JLPT N4.


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