Best Japanese Websites

Japanese Noh Core of Culture

  • This site all in Japanese.
    nb: This is a GOOGLE translation, not mine. jeb

    Tatsu tori ato-wo nigosazu

  • This is a NEW SITE below. Check it out.
  • The News in Slow Japanese

       The most recent NEW SITES are here

       Japanese Grammar and Drills    Related Links    Quizzes for Japanese

       Writing Japanese    Kanji Sites    History of Japan    Japan Holidays

       Sites in Japanese    Websites in Japan    Games    Dictionaries and Translators

       Search Engines for Japanese    Fulbright Japan Memorial Fund    Japanese Culture Sites

       Food and Cuisine    Newspapers and Magazines    TOKYO    Travel in Japan

       Japanese Gardens    Additional Help Sites    H.S./ College/University Links

       Maps and Geography    Poetry and Literature    Japanese Art

       Learn Japanese Online via Tutorials

       Translator Sites: English -> Japanese / Japanese -> English

       Japanese Teacher Hints, Advice and Teaching Tips

  • Take it from this Smurf folks, the site below is lots of fun
  • Learning Games and Fun Activities for the Japanese Classroom
    An array of 120 fun games and learning activities for teachers to use in the classroom.

    Now view the activities site above into "more or less good Japanese"
    n.b.: This translation was done with an online translator
  • The Fun Activities website above translated into Japanese

    Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu

  • Professor Emeritus
    University of Northern Iowa

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    To date this Japanese site has had a total of 595,096+ page views
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    "Nana korobi ya oki"

    The homepage in SIXTEEN LANGUAGES

    Jim's Multilanguage Homepage all in Japanese... enjoy!

    Hop in with one of us as we're off to explore the world below

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    Come and see where Smurf visited today

    Jim's Travel Websites

    Nō aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu

    Always current, Always something new.
    Spend some quality time here and you'll learn plenty.
    You'll discover over 500 links designed to help you learn Japanese.

    They should all be running well today

    The links below have been validated using INTEGRITY

    "Kono chichi ni shite kono ko ari" - Japanese Proverb

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  • AATJ

    Evening Lights in Japan

    - - - Hey's very simple really. You have to learn those verbs and vocabulary and how to use them efficiently. Practice them daily. Use them. Speak out loud. I learned in grad school that you will make 250,000 errors before you become "minimally proficient" in do not be afraid to make errors. Practice. I used to tell my students that errors are "lessons in wisdom." So get started today and make lots of errors and "get them out of the way!"

    Is the Japanese language difficult to learn?
    The answer is "yes" and "no". Yes, because, first of all, the Japanese language has a few sounds with five standard vowels and simple pronunciation scheme; syllables are formed by a single vowel or a consonant-vowel combination. For the grammar, there are few exceptions to its rules, and restrictions on sentence structure are not severe. A feature which makes the learning of Japanese difficult yet interesting is the fact that the way Japanese is spoken differs depending on whether the speaker is a man or a woman, and adult or a child.

    My best students were never hesitant to speak up and to try new utterances. You do the same and you can succeed! So get busy and check out all these helpful sites below that are aimed to help you become proficient in Japanese. Let me challenge you to check out each and every link on this site and I wish you good luck in your studies learning Japanese.

  • What you need to know about learning Japanese

    Jim Becker, Professor Emeritus
    University of Northern Iowa, Malcolm Price Laboratory School

  • Top Japanese Magazines Online
    List of Japanese magazines online covering celebrity news, Movies, Film, Tv Shows, Music, fashion, style, Celebrities, entertainment, sports, men, women, sports, business, arts, health, computer, cooking, kids, teen, and more.

  • Japanese Language Games
    A GREAT NEW FIND so I put it at the top here...
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Jim Breen's Japanese Page
    From Australia/ one of the MOST COMPREHENSIVE sites for Japanese

  • How to Speak Japanese
    This video has a brief overview of Japanese. Click on the Basic Japanese Phrases
  • Basic Japanese greeting words with sound
  • Learn Japanese Greetings here with video
    PS. This is a good one. Well done with a good teacher
  • Pangeas Tribe
    Pangea's Tribe publishes travel, culture and language ebooks, produces iOS tutorials and provides English and cross-cultural communication training in Japan.

  • Learn Japanese Gestures Here
    Japanese Gestures is a travel and culture ebook for identifying and using Japanese gestures. Download on the iBookstore.

  • 40 Awesome Interactive Japanese Websites
    Japanese art work is always inspiring and they show creativity in web designs too. Most of theJapanese websites are interactive, minimalist and flash based. By viewing Japanese websites you can easily understand their culture, tradition and art.

  • Japanese Livedoor
    It is said over three million Japanese use Livedoor blog site.Percent of global Internet users who visit is close to 1.2% daily. This search engine and information portal became famous primarily due to ex-CEO Takafumi Horie.

  • CosCom: Japanese On the Web
    CosCom Japanese Language School Tokyo Japan. Learn Japanese with various online materials. Japanese words, phrases, conversation, Hiragana Katakana and Kanji. We have also provided various reading materials on Japan. Building Up your Japanese language skill.

  • Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning the Language
    Welcome to my site for learning Japanese! Here you will find a wealth of information that will help you learn Japanese free online.

  • NHK World
    Just select your language as NHK airs Japanese lessons for people of various languages on its international shortwave RADIO JAPAN service. On this site, you can listen to those lessons.

  • Japanese Lessons w/audio files
    Welcome! This site is dedicated to teaching you the Japanese language. Whether you are just beginning, intermediate, or advanced, there are free japanese lessons here to suite your needs.

  • What Japan Thinks
    Twenty most popular English sites on Japan.

  • Welcome to Nihongo o Narau
    This site is dedicated to teaching Japanese to speakers of English.
    A super site for vocabulary, grammar, writing, expressions and more.

    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Jim's Popular Spanish Website in Japanese
  • A quick reference for the Japanese language
  • The Japanese language/Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT
  • TWITTER for Japanese
  • How to learn Japanese from wikiHOW
  • Learn Japanese: Introduction to Japanese

  • Some of the best online Japanese language and culture resources
  • Geographic Expeditions to Japan
  • Basic Japanese Learning via BING
  • Speak Real Japanese

    Japanese Grammar & Drills

  • Linguianaut learn japanese
    If you want to learn Japanese, then this is the right website for you. We offer free Japanese (Nihongo) lessons online, from Phrases, Alphabet, Numbers, Adjectives, Names, Verbs, Vocabulary used in Japan.

  • The numbers between 1 and 20 in Japanese on YouTube
  • BBC - Languages -Japanese
    A "Do it all" site from the BBC/Very Rich!

  • Fluent Future/multiple Japanese language videos
    Fluentfuture is a community-based language exchange platform. You can learn languages for free
  • Word Champ/Great Discovery here
    A Webmaster Choice Site
  • Japanese picture dictionary (Romaji)
  • Japanese Flash Card Drill
  • Japanese Language Resources
  • Japanese-on-line

  • Keiko Schneider's Bookmarks/One-stop site/Very Rich!
  • Japanese Flashcards
  • GOOGLE'S listing of exams for Japanese
  • Vocabulary, phrases, resources and more via YOU TUBE
  • Langmedia Guide for Vocabulary Building

  • Japanese Words
  • Japanese Study Guide Listings and Dictionaries
  • Japanese is Possible Site
  • Japan - JLPT
    An international website for anyone interested in Japanese penpals, friends, languages, cultures, studying abroad, global news, traveling and more
  • Japan Soc / Top Stories in Japan
  • Shane Sakata's Home Page on Japan
  • Japanese Wikipedia Site

  • Multiple Japanese Sites
  • Wikipedia guide on Japanese/Rich!
  • Middle School Net Sites
  • 100 Grammar and Useful Phrase Bits
  • Greetings in Japanese

  • More Japanese Words and Phrases
  • Charles Kelly's Online Japanese
  • Sakarua House | Your stay in Japan
  • Japanese Guide for Characters
  • Japanese for Beginners
  • Japanese numbers written out
  • Japan Talk / Language Exchange Site
  • Student Letter Exchange: Pen Pals Service
  • Learn Japanese on Twitter

  • Exchange Schools & Pen Pals
  • Nihongo Japanese Lessons
  • O'Hayo Sensei Jobs in Japan

  • Sunnypages Japan/Links
  • Heidi's Tips on Learning Japanese
  • Talk Japanese from the BBC
  • All about teaching English in Japan
  • Audio Visual Tokyo Language School
  • Basic Japanese:
  • Japanese Pronunciation Guide
  • Japanese Software, Audio, Books, Video
  • Language Quest books, video, software & audio
  • Gender distinction in Japanese
  • Easy Japanese
  • Learning Japanese Multiple Links Sites/Rich!
  • Learning Japanese Through The Internet
  • I Love Languages / Japanese
  • Japanese websites... lots of them
  • Hear Words and Phrases in Japanese

  • My Language Partner
    Travel and Living Guide:Japanese
  • Basic Japanese Online via Yahoo
  • Reading Japanese
  • Website Links (Japanese)
  • ESL : Bilingual : Japanese English
  • Jim's Japanese Grammar Summary
  • Japanese Particles
  • Some Notes on Japanese Grammar
  • More of the same above
  • Japanese verbs
  • Shin Nihongo no Kiso
  • Virtual Edo/Very Nice
  • Institute for Teaching Japanese

  • Jim Breen's Japanese Dictionary Server
  • Nihongo Shono Elem. Japanese Course
  • Learn Japanese On-Line/Rich!
  • Free Light for Learning Japanese
  • Free Light Japanese

    Quizzes for Japanese

  • Quizzes on Common Words in Japanese
  • English-Japanese Vocabulary Quizzes
    Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary

  • 20 activities & drills from Quia
  • Japanese Romaji (Roman letters)
  • The Japanese language from Shambles
  • Japanese Exercises from Dartmouth
  • Pick the word that matches the English word
  • Drill the Kanji
  • A Quiz in Japanese
  • English-Japanese Vocab Quizzes
  • WorldWise Travel Quiz on Tokyo from National Geographic
    Writing Japanese
  • Lang-8 on You Tube
  • Japanese Writing Tutor
  • Calligraphy
  • Shodo: Calligraphy
  • Calligraphy Links
  • Understanding Written Japanese
  • Understanding Romanji
    Kanji Sites
  • Kanji Flashcards/White Rabbit Press
  • Etymologies of Kanji
  • The History Guide of Kanji
  • The Kanji Site
  • Japanese Writing System
  • Java Kanji Flashcards 500
  • Quiz on Commonly Used Words
  • Vashon's Kanji Viewer
  • Ji-chan's Kanji Flashcards
  • Kanji-A Guide

  • Kanji Worksheet
  • Englipedia: Dozens of free elementary and jr high school activities, worksheets, games, etc.
  • Kanji Step
    At you can find information about the Japanese language, culture and other Japan related topics
  • Kanji-Step
  • Japanese language learning tools on Web
  • The Kanji Project
  • Understanding Written Japanese
    The History of Japan
  • The History of Japan/A Chronology
  • Japanese Text Initiative: Univ. of Virginia

  • How the Japanese celebrate their holidays
  • Japanese Holidays
  • Public Holidays in Japan
  • Public Holidays in Japan
  • Holiday Calendar for 2013
  • The Calendar of Events for 2013
  • Annual Events Calendar for Japan
  • Japan Vacations
  • National Holidays
  • Japanese Holidays Calendar

    Sites in Japanese


    Japan's native and most popular social networking site has easily maintained its lead over Facebook (ranked #31), despite Facebook's technical prowess. Facebook is a prime example of a company that waited too long to jump into the Japanese market and has struggled nightly against Mixi's position.
  • YAHOO Japan
  • in Japanese
  • Manga
  • CNN News about Japan
    A new addition to this site / check it out

  • Huffington Post on Japan NEWS

  • GOOGLE News all in Japaneses
  • Kids.Net in Japanese
  • Chunichi Web Press in Japanese
  • Kyoto Shinbun in Japanese

    WebSites in Japan

  • Japanese web sites from Sapporo
  • Discovering Japan through the Internet

    Learning Games to Play

  • Play games in Japanese via Yahoo
  • Play Games in Japanese Numbers, Days, Vegetables, Colors, Animals and Vocabulary
  • Japanese Games
  • Concentration Games for Yookoso
  • Wordchamp for Japanese
  • Word Dance for Haiku
  • Concentration Games for Yookoso

    Dictionaries & Translators

  • Online Talking Japanese Dictionary
    Dictionarist currently provides translations for dozens of new languages
  • A Kanji Dictionary that teaches you how to write
    The Kanji, the meaning and the Word of the Day
  • Japanese Picture Dictionary/Fun!
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Japanese-Spanish Dictionary
  • WordReference Dictionary in Japanese
  • Denshi Jisho Online Japanese Dictionary
  • OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Multiple Japanese online dictionaries
  • Eng->Japn/Japn-> Eng Dictionary
  • Your Japanese Dictionaries
  • English to Japanese Dictionary
  • Babel Fish Translation
  • WorldLingo OnLine Translator
  • Japanese/English Dictionary
  • English to Japanese Dictionary

    Poetry & Literature

  • Japanese Literature Home Page
  • Japanese Literature
  • Classical Japanese Poetry
  • Japanese Poetry Resources
    Ritsurin Park below was once the summer retreat of the Matsudaira family. Work on the park began in the 1600s and took about 100 years to complete. Using the backdrop of adjacent Mount Shiun in a principle known as "borrowed landscaping," the 75-hectare (185-acre) park, Japan's largest, incorporates the mountain into its overall design.

    Ritsurin Park - Takamatsu City
    My favorite Japanese Park - your webmaster
  • Ritsurin Park Website
  • More on Takamatsu City
  • History of the Japanese Garden
  • Japanese Garden Images

    Miscellaneous Sites for Japanese

  • Japan Related Web Sites... lots of them

  • Jobs in Japan
  • Spacious Planet - Japan Guide/Many nice links here
  • ASIAN People Meet
  • Jobs for Teaching English in Japan
  • Japanese Internet Sites from Brooklyn College/Rich!

  • CNN News & Video about Japan
  • GOOGLE news from Japan
  • Cybercypher on Japanese language sites
  • Kyoto-I-Net

  • Weekend Japanology
  • Rating Websites for Japanese Websites
  • Hotels in Japan/Reservations
  • MOFA/in Japanese/For. Affaires Ministry
  • Everything Japanese/Kazekawa

  • Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund
    Administrators and teachers of ALL subjects and of ALL levels, be sure to check into this educational opportunity. I was a participant on this three week trip to Japan and it was a highlight of my professional career.
    (J. Becker, your webmaster here)
    N.B. See a FMF participant report on the site below.

  • Land of Links for Japanese
  • Teachology Sites for Japan
  • Japan Travel and Photo Guide
  • A Photo Guide to Japan/Very rich

  • Photo Feature/Lens on Japan
  • Japanese language learning tools on Web

  • Japan Today
  • Tom's Links for studying Japanese

    Best Japanese Search Engines

  • Japanese Search Engine Listing
  • Infoseek Japan / Search Engine
  • Japanese Search Engines
  • Goo / Search Engine
  • Japanese Search Desk/Rich!

  • Good general information on Japan and Japanese culture
  • Geography/Travel/News/Government and much much more
  • Sites Related To Japanese Culture
  • News and Photos of Japan/IKJELD/Rich site
  • Banzai Japan Photos
  • Japan Travel Photo Guide
  • L. Caplan-Carbin's Japanese Links
  • Univ. of Toledo (OH) Japanese Web Links
  • Quick and Dirty Guide to Japanese
  • The Counting Dictionary(jp)

  • Rikai Links/45 sites to check out here
  • The Japan Foundation
  • 770 Japanese Books/Powells
  • 39 Japanese Children's Books/Powells
  • Japanese Children's Books
  • Japan Business News Online: Kikkei Net
  • Touch here for nice photos-->Ritsurin Koen
  • BULLET Trains (Shinkansen)
  • ABYZ News Links
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese


  • JAL Map of Tokyo
  • World of Maps for Japan
    Lots of online, regional, city maps and travel information. A very nice site.
  • Outdoor Japan
  • Japan Information Network
  • Japan Guide.Com
  • Japan Information Network
  • ==>Facts about Japan was launched with the aim of providing people with, you guessed it, facts about Japan!!
  • PhotoPass Japan / albums
  • NY Times Travel Guide to Japan
  • Shinto Shrine Information
  • Japan Culture/Rich Site!

  • Japan Reference Sites including language
  • JapanPod 101
  • Japan Trip Report
  • Japan Information Network
  • jCiti News
  • Japan, My Japan / Super site for information

    HS, College & University Sites

  • Japanese Resources /U of Virgina Library
  • Stanford University Japan Info Resources
  • Japanese links/ Michigan State Univ.
  • Nihongo: Japanese Language
  • Japanese Life-style
  • Links for information on Japan
  • Free Japanese Lessons
  • Teach Yourself Japanese
  • Voice Crafters: Japanese voice talent
    Recording samples of professional male and female Japanese voice talents.
  • Japan Information Network/Multi Web Site
  • All the news from Japan from Yahoo
  • Japanese Festivals

  • The Nippon Foundation
  • Japan Student Services Organization
  • A student guide to Japan
  • Lonely Planet on Japan
  • I Love Languages: Japanese Site
  • Origin of the Japanese Language
  • Japanese Language Links/Lots of Them
  • A Guide to the Written Language
  • How the Japanese government is organized
  • Japanese Politics
  • Japanese language learning tools on Web
  • Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Japan Reference... lots of help here
  • Japan Reference - A multi-website
  • Bambili Sites Index
  • Best Rated Links to Japan
  • Mount Fuji - Basic Information

  • The Art of Japan/Rich!
  • A Virtual Tour of Japanese Art
  • Web Sites for Japanese Art

  • Fuji Arts / Woodprints
  • TEMARI: a folk craft from ancient Japan
  • Sites relating to Oriental culture, language or arts and crafts
  • Japanese Arts and Crafts/ Very rich site

  • Japanese Ryokan Search
  • Hoshi Royokan
  • What is a Royokan?
  • Japanese Lifestyles from Dogpile
  • Visiting Japan
  • Travel Blog on Japan

  • The Japan Forum
  • Japanese lang lrng tools
  • Japanese Customs and Traditions
  • Folk Legends of Japan
  • Japanese Folk Legends

    Japanese Gardens
  • Basic Information on Gardens
  • Types of Japan Gardens
  • Zen Gardens

    Additional Sites
  • Nice list of Japanese sites/Sabotenweb

  • Learn Japanese Free
    A complete resource for learning Japanese online for free

  • Survival Japanese
  • Japanese OnLine w/Haverford Langauge Center/Lots of links
  • -->All About Tokyo
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • -->All About Tokyo
    The Same Site Above Only IN JAPANESE
  • -->TokyoTopia
    The best ways of making the most of your Tokyo
  • -->Tokyo sightseeing and attractions
    Tokyo Attractions, Facts and Things to Do
  • English-Friendly Stores in Tokyo
  • Tokyo Weekender Magazine
  • Narita Airport/Tokyo

    > > >

    Come on Come on. I'm ready for you.

    With Jim's Homepage...
    Shrek can leap over donkeys in Sixteen languages!
  • ==>Jim's 16 Languages Homepage

    And with this great site we can learn dozens more.

  • Akasuka


    Mt. Fuji and Temple

  • And right over here you'll find Honshu

    at all the sites below and enjoy each one.

  • Japanese Audio Flashcard Lessons
    Are you having a tough time learning Japanese? If you are, it's understandable. For people who think in English, Japanese is a very difficult language to learn. Many people use flashcards, especially electronic flashcards, when they are memorizing difficult terms. If you haven't tried electronic flashcards, you may not realize how much fun they are, or the extent to which they can reinforce your memory.

  • Listen and Learn Japanese Vocabulary
    This is a great new site. Written in Japanese too.

  • The Language Gulperc
    A neat NEW find with detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance. So far, "The Language Gulper" includes 131 individual language pages, 40 about families and branches and 8 about linguistic areas. These two have an insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. 2013 Alejandro Gutman and Beatriz Avanzati

  • My Languages
    Dozens of great Japanese vocabulary builders and many with sound. This is one great NEW FIND.

  • Explore Japan via beautiful photos
    You can even choose which parts of Japan you want to explore. It's an awesome site. Enjoy.

  • The 100 Most Important Japanese Words You Should Know
    These 100 words will get you through an untold number of situations, problems, and feelings, just by knowing these all-important words.

  • Basic Japanese Words
    Japanese Words for travel - Japanese Words helpful phrases. We have a complete online Japanese phrase book full of Japanese words.

  • Learn Japanese Words
    Just pick a topic, then learn with free Japanese flash cards and the dangerously addictive Lingo Dingo review game. The flash cards and the Lingo Dingo will teach you basic Japanese words with audio from native speakers.

  • The Core 100 List Japanese Words
    Listen to the words in Japanese and English.

  • Learn Japanese Words and Phrases
    We carefully selected important vocabulary such as nouns, adjectives, verbs and numbers which are required to speak Japanese in various situations.

  • Lingo Hut
    Vocabulary building sites with sound for learning Japanese. This is an excellent site but short on amount of vocabulary builders. With sound.

  • Top 20 Japanese Sites
    Multiple search engines for Japanese and a Top 20 Japanese Directory.

  • Japanese Language Learning Software
    Compare several as well as read reviews and visit the site.

  • Japanese Flashcards
    Teach yourself Japanese using Flashcards. A wide variety to choose from.

  • Volunteer in Japan
    Many opportunities for you to go to Japan as a volunteer.

  • 360 Cities
    A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse. Just move it L or R for a 360 scan.

  • In front of Akakusa Station in Tokyo
    Another 360 scan.

  • Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auctions and Carving
    See tuna auctions and how they carve and prepare the giant tuna at Japan's largest fish market in Tsukiji, Tokyo. See both frozen and fresh tuna.

  • Places to see before you die
    The most beautiful places in the entire world. Super photos for you to enjoy.

  • Top tourist attractions in Japan for sightseeing
    Complete with lots of great photos.

  • Japan's Top 3
    The Top 3 in various categories such as mountains, sacred grounds, gardens, festivals and such. Great site.

  • Japanese blog hosting company
    A free and easy to use website creation and blog hosting company. Hovering somewhere between Big Daddy and Blogger FC2 has stealthy crept upward in the rankings beating out companies that have much better brand recognition to break the top 3.

  • Amoeba Now
    A Japanese free blog site that has been quick to innovate as new trends have cropped up. In December 2o09 it launched Ameba Now, a micro-blogging platform to compete with Twitter Japan, and just launched in March 2010 its Flash-based avatar app for Facebook called Ameba Pico.

  • Wikipedia's listing of Japanese websites

  • A currency converter / Yen to Dollars and vice versa

  • Japan sites via Greenwich Meantime

  • A Jig Saw puzzle from Japan
    Spend some time having fun putting this puzzle back together again.

  • Nihongo Master
    Learn Japanese Online / Dictionary site attached. Easy to use lookup with detailed information to make your Japanese learning experience easy.

  • Kids Web Japan
    Several fun games to play on your computer.

  • Japan for Kids
    Find people and places.
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Free Japanese Worksheets
    Plus Alphabets, Words, Phrases and Grammar from EZ School.

  • e Language School / Learn Japanese Online for Free is the largest website for learning multiple languages on the Internet including Japanese.

  • Japanese Phrases and Common Sentences
    This site contains a table including the following: Japanese phrases, expressions and words in Japanese, conversation and idioms, Japanese greetings and survival phrases or simply if you want to know what to say when chatting.

  • RomajiDesu English Japanese Dictionary and Converters
    Japanese dictionary look up. You may type in the word in Japanese, Hiragana, Romaji or English.

  • Doing Business, Culture, Customs, Etiquette in Japan

  • Japan's THREE Most Scenic Places (Nihon Sankei)

  • Top 20 Japanese Websites

  • Topsites Japan / 100 of them

  • Common Japanese Phrases
    This is a ever-growing collection of common and useful Japanese phrases. They aim at beginners of Japanese studies and travelers to Japan. Each phrase includes the Japanese transcription and pronunciation.

  • The Japanese Internet Polyglot
    A valuable site dedicated to helping members learn Japanese by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings. This site helps your memory to grasp more information and retain it for longer time. Access to all pages is free. Neat new site w/sound too!

    Take a Quiz on Japanese Culture

  • Japanese Culture Facts and Trivia
  • Japan Culture Quiz
  • Kids Web Japan
  • Japan Fun Trivia
  • A brief culture quiz on Japan
  • Quizmoz Culture Quiz and Facts on Japan
  • How well do you know Japanese culture?

  • Japan's THREE Most Scenic Places (Nihon Sankei)
  • Top Sites Japan

  • Top 10 Most Popular Websites in Japan
    Japan's Top 10 Traffic Ranking
  • Top 10 Japanese Websites
    Ogilvy's Social Media team in Tokyo pulled together a list of some of Japan's top websites
  • 50+ Inspiring Japanese Website Designs

  • Language Guide for Japanese
    This is one great site for building both vocabulary and grammar skills.
    Within each category, place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud.
  • Learn Japanese (Hiragana) -- improve your vocabulary with word games
    Choose the topic you are interested in. Our word games are fun and can teach you thousands of new words in Japanese.
  • Learn Japanese (Katakana)
    Same as above except in Katakana.

  • Japan Reference
    The largest Japan-related database (currently holding 8899 links).
    The Japan Portal is continually expanded and updated.

  • Web Japan
    A plethora of sites all dealing with Japan such as trends, kids web, video topics, a fact sheet, Japan links, Nipponia, regions and cities, a Virtual Museum and more.

  • Crosswords Puzzles with Japanese Hints\
    These may not be ALL the very best sites, but these are definitely some of the best.

  • A Select List of Japanese Language Study Sitesbr>By Charles Kelly who has written textbooks and maintain websites related to studying English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

  • Top 10 Websites for learning Japanese

  • Best Japan Sites, Blogs, Information and Photos

  • Charles Kelly's Online Japanese Language Study Materials
    These are free-to-use online materials that I have developed to help people learn Japanese. I am a long-term resident of Japan. I came to Japan when I was four years old. This is a loaded site.

  • YES Japanese
    Japanese can appear to be a very complex and confusing language, especially to native European speakers. The writing systems consist of sometimes complicated symbols that can easily scare off any beginner. Don't be afraid; it can be done! You can learn basic Japanese really quickly.

  • Web Japan / Fun, Flavorful, Fascinating
    Trends in Japan, Kids Web Japan, Japan Video Topics, Japan Fact Sheet and Japan Links.
    A great means to update yourself on present-day Japan.
    A Webmaster Choice Site
  • Why Study Japanese
    Studying Japanese means learning a language that is so different from English that it will make you rethink your most basic assumptions about the way language works.
    From the elegant world of the tenth-century Tale of Genji (the world's first novel written by a woman) to the postmodern dystopias of Murakami Haruki and Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese literature has something for everyone.

  • Travel Language Directory
    A tremendous new FIND with dozens of helpful links for learning Japanese.
    You will find lists of dictionaries, grammar aids, language schools, resources and translations.

  • Simple Japanese Phrases
    This is a collection of easy Japanese phrases. Speaking Japanese shouldn't be too complicated even for beginners. Try these simple phrases whenever you have a chance. The more you practice, the better you get.

  • Free Japanese Quizzes
    New Japanese quizzes every day. 100% free, no strings attached. New Japanese quizzes are available every day at several skill levels, including lots of free JLPT quizzes. Great new addition.

  • CAPL Project: Authentic Photos from Japan (and other) countries
    Welcome to CAPL, the source for authentic images for language learning. 52 images of culturally rich Japan. By Michael R. Shaughnessy, Ph.D / Developed and maintained by Washington & Jefferson College.

  • GOOGLE Japan News in Japanese

  • Japanese for Smart People
    These pages will provide you with tried and tested methods to learn Japanese as efficiently and quickly as possible. No prior experience of learning Japanese is necessary.
    These links contain advice for both for those students in Japan and outside Japan.

  • BING Search Engine in Japanese
    >Much like GOOGLE or YAHOO.

  • Japan (Japanese) Business Directory and Japan (Japanese) Web Directory
    This web directory organized by category to browse list of Japan sites or add URL, submit site, suggest link. Also: Japan, Japan web directory, website directory of japan, Japanese business directory.
    A very helpful sites for a wide variety of categories about Japan.

  • The Essential Japan Guide
    Welcome to the Essential Japan Guide, an insider's guide to the best Japan travel destinations and sightseeing spots, Japanese food and dining, Japanese traditional and pop culture, and all of the cool, uniquely Japanese stuff that you can only find in Japan.
    Here is just a tiny sampling of all there is to see and do in Japan.

  • Keio University
    Keio has a proud history as Japan's very first private institution of higher learning, which dates back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo) by founder Yukichi Fukuzawa. Since the school's inception, the students of Keio have risen to the forefront of innovation in every imaginable academic field, emerging as social and economic leaders.
    The ten faculties cover a broad spectrum of academic fields, with each operating independently and offering a wide range of creative and unique educational and research activities.

  • Teaching Kids All About Japan
    Japan is an island nation located in the far west near China, Russia and Korea. The population of Japan is over 127 million people making it one of the most populated land areas in the world. Japan is known as the land of the rising sun, and it's flag is made up of a red circle, representing the sun, on a plain white background. The language spoken and written is Japanese, which consists of characters each having a unique meaning, and much much more.

  • Kids Web Japan
    Kids Web Japan provides fun content that helps children learn about Japan
    Japanese geography, history, language, education, sports, government, regions.

  • Yahoo Japan
    Highly popular site in Japan
    Enjoy your surfing here.

  • Speedy Japanese Language Phrasebooks
    Handy phrasebooks in several languages.
    I have used these handy little guides for years.
    You will find them very handy on your travels overseas. Your Webmaster

  • Peaceful Japanese Music
    Enjoy the calm
    Sit back and relax.

  • A Super New FIND
    Quizlet Japanese Flashcard Sets
    Vocabulary drills and quizzes on many aspects of the language.
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Japan News
    News and Photos of Japan - Dive Deeper into Japan with Japan Correspondent Kjeld Duits

  • Learn Japanese Adventure
    Would You Like to Learn Japanese and Master this Language?
    Many people say Japanese is a very difficult language to learn. It has not one but four sets of characters, hiragana, katakana, kanji and romaji to remember. I won't say it is easy, in fact it is always not easy to learn a new language.

  • Learn Japanese via YouTube
    5,940 results!

  • A Great Map of Interactive Japan
    A closeup view of all the various regions of Japan
    In addition, this map source will let you explore 7 million world places.

  • It's TOTAL Magic
    Watch two japanese girls turn into two of older japanese men.

  • A Tokyo Slideshow Directory
    Discover Tokyo through 4,512 stunning travel slideshows about Tokyo.

  • Cha Sun Chon et al. - "Our Kindergarten Teacher"
    Don't miss this entertaining group of youngsters playing the guitar in unison. It is AWESOME.

    English-Japanese Vocabulary Quizzes
    Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary

  • A Japanese Mobile Translator
    I seem to collect translators BUT this one is really different.
    I give it a It is well done and accurate.
    English to many languages. Don't miss it. It can do your homework for you.
    A Webmaster Choice Site

    Hundreds of photos of cities and landscapes in the world pictures in Panoramio. A great addition to all language sites above. Choose the country then the specific areas or cities.

  • Aussie Educator for Japanese links
    This page provides access to online courses, Japanese/English/Japanese dictionaries, current events, cultural information, grammar, vocabulary activities, writing forms and characters - Hiragana & Kanji, tutorials, podcasts & blogs, Free and Fee-based software, other selected resources and general information.

  • Interactive Japanese Lessons

  • Japan Photography Club Photos

  • Bonsai Empire
    Most people started growing bonsai after having bought a tree in an (online) shop. Though this is without doubt a nice way to get started, it might be more interesting and less expensive to grow a tree yourself.

  • The Essentials of Bonsai Tree Care

  • In-Depth Introduction to Bonsai
    The word Bonsai is a Japanese term that means "planting on a low pot"and while Chinese in origin, the Japanese have embedded the craft with so much of their own culture and aesthetic that it is only fair to call it their own.

  • Hatsune Miku Live Party in Sapporo 2011
    The sight of thousands of screaming fans waving glow sticks while the the holograph "performs" on stage is straight out of a science fiction novel. It's kinda long but fun.

  • Hatsune Miku World is Mine Live [HD]
    If you liked that one, her she is again. Awesome special effects and a wild crowd always.

  • Hatsune Miku: Japanese HOLOGRAPH Plays Sold Out Concerts
    Holographic idol Hatsune Miku is the creation of the group Crypton Future Media, using software from Vocaloid, and the group has put the avatar on tour with a live band. See thousands of screaming fans waving glow sticks while the the holograph "performs" on stage is straight out of a science fiction novel. ENLARGE YOUR SCREEN FOR THIS ONE.

  • 39's Giving Day / 124,000+ views

  • Po Pi Po Pi 554,000+ views

  • Learn Japanese
    Words, Dictionary, Verbs, Phrases, Forum, a Blog and more

  • Welcome to Learning Chocolate
    Welcome to Learning Chocolate! This web site aims to help students to memorize vocabulary in an easy and efficient way, by using pictures, sounds and games. Try our games and enjoy learning, like eating chocolate. Nice new site!
  • Welcome to Learning Chocolate but all in Japanese
    Read Japanese vocabulary words and see the words in Japanese. A great addition. Try it! | One of the best on this page
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • English to Japanese Instant Translator
    This one provides an instant translation as you type | It is a great site...check it out! | One of the best I have found.
    A Webmaster Choice Site

  • Maplandia for Japan from GOOGLE
    Japan Google Satellite map that maps Japan locations. enables you to explore everywhere in Japan through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before.

  • Text to speech translator
    A powerful and fun site with sound and a variety of voices/TRY IT!
    "This may be one of my all-time favorite sites." Jim B your webmaster here.
  • And this site rates right in there as well...a super FREE TRANSLATION

  • MANY ADDITIONAL TRANSLATOR SITES HERE Tips for Learning Another Language
    From ie language / a great site

  • Japanese Language Lessons
  • Language Learning Library for Japanese
  • Learn Japanese via You Tube
  • Japanese with You Tube
  • Babylon Japanese Translations
    Become a true multilingual speaker by using our online Japanese translator.
    Translate Japanese words and phrases into many languages with one simple search.

  • Survival Phrases in Japanese for Tourists

  • Check out Jim's Travel Websites
    Everything you need to make your trip special jeb

  • Alexa Top 100 Japanese Websites by ALEXA

  • Japanese-Online Lang. and Culture

  • Japanese Teaching Ideas
    A collection of resources and teaching ideas for Japanese teachers

  • The Japanese Page
    We'd like to help you learn Japanese starting from the very basics
  • Basic Japanese Lessons w/sound

  • 10 Free Japanese Lessons from L-CEPS
  • Japanese Pod 101
  • Free Online Japanese Language Lessons
  • The Japanese Page
  • Welcome to Learn the Kana
  • Kanji Zone/Translate your name with our Japanese Name Translator
  • L-Lingo for Japanese
    Its free and it runs on your browser
  • Top Japanese Websites
    A loaded website for you to explore
  • Stay in a Japanese temple for lodging
    A real thrill to stay in one of these in Japan

  • FCI TV is the #1 network among Japanese in the U.S. Reaching more than 400,000 Japanese viewers.
  • FCI TV in Japanese

  • Web Japan/Your link to everything in Japan
  • Fact Monster on Japan/Rich!
  • Life and Business Help in Japan The current time in Tokyo
  • Japanorama: Selected Japanese Websites
    Nice long listing and well done

  • Web Japan Multiple Links/Rich!
  • UniOrd on Asian Trend/rich!

    Japanese Culture

  • Your Guide to Japan
    A pdf file with tons of helpful information on Japan (Endless Discovery).
  • Living in Japan
    What to bring, entry into the country, money, what to bring and more.
  • Delightful Japan - A video | turn down your sound

  • Wadaiko Yamato: Drummers of Japan - A video | turn down your sound

  • Japanese Symbols of Presence
  • More Drummers of Japan. Amazing | turn down your sound
  • Japan Fact Sheet / Very Rich!
  • Japan Fact Sheet on Geography, Economy, Education and more.
  • A comprehensive directory of useful websites for Japan
  • Japan Video Topics
    Japan Video Topics offers a comprehensive view of Japanese culture, nature, science and technology, and tourism etc. You can enjoy streaming content.
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Japanese Culture Site
    - Over 220 pages of Japanese culture: Geisha, Samurai, Japanese Language, Japanese Clothing, kimono culture, Japanese New Year, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, Christmas in Japan, Japanese music and more culture of Japan.
  • Web-Japan Information / Rich Site
  • Language and Culture Network
  • Happy Jappy - Japan Travel Guide

  • Japanese Buddism
  • Modern Religion in Japan

  • Cindy's Japan Blog
  • Learn All About Japanese Music
  • Japanese Songs for Children
  • Traditional Japanese Music
  • GOOGLE on Japanese Music
  • History of the Kimono
  • Kimono Hypertext
  • Kimono & Japanese Clothng
  • Japanese Sites/ Cal State-San Marcos
  • A guide to Japanese money

  • Japan Zone/Rich Site
  • A Guide to Ikebana Flower Arrangement
  • Ikebana
  • The Tale of Genji
  • More on The Tale of Genji
  • NOH - Japanese theater
  • Kabuki: A Brief History
  • The Kabuki Story
  • Japanese History Resources

  • GO CHI SO Japanese Cuisine - A video
  • Japanese Japanese
  • Mount Fuji Japanese Food On-Line
  • Wonderful Japanese Cuisine/Cooking
  • Japanese Cuisine

  • Japanese Recipes - Sushi Page
  • All about Shashimi
  • Photos of Japanese Noodles
  • Smoked Salmon Norimaki Recipe
  • Global Gourmet on Japan
  • Three nice Japanese recipes

  • How to make perfect sushi rice / a video
  • Shushi and Shashimi
  • The Jewels of Japanese Cooking
  • Japanese Cuisine: Tempura
  • Japanese Vegetable Dish Recipes

    Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chaji)

  • ===> A major listing
    Directory of online newspapers in Japan, the most extensive list of Japanese newspapers available in one place.

  • Daily Yomiuri online in English
  • Daily Yomiuri online in Japanese
  • Asia Times online for Japan News
  • Chunichi
  • Hokkaido
  • Mainichi
  • Nikkei Net
  • Nishinippon
  • Tokyo WebPress
  • Sankei
  • Shizuoka
  • OnLine Newspapers in Japan
  • Japanese newspapers and media
  • Japanese Language News and Magazines
  • The Japan Times
  • News on Japan

  • ABYZ News Links
  • Asahi Shinbun IN JAPANESE
  • Asahi News IN English
  • The Japan Times newspaper
  • Today's News from Japan

    Travel Aids for Japan
  • Japanican/Hotel & Tour Bookings

  • Must Love Japan: Video Travel Guide of Japan
  • Travel Photos of Japan
  • Top Ten Places to Visit in Japan
  • Japannet: Extensive Photos of Japan
  • Nihongo guide to Japan and its culture
  • Travel Tips to Japan
  • NY Times Travel Guide to Japan

  • Japan National Tourist Org.

  • Japan Travel Guide
  • Best Places to Visit in Japan/neat site
  • Japan travel and - Japan Travel Tips
  • Japan for DUMMIES
  • EDO Japan, A Virtual Tour
  • Japan Travel Guide
  • Japanese Picture Gallery/rich site!
  • Japanese Language & Culture Sites
  • Many beautiful photos of Japan
  • Japan Travel Information
  • Japan Travel and Living Guide
  • Visiting Japan Links
  • Humanities sites in Japan
  • Linguistic Websites in Japan
  • Japanese Web Resources from Houghton Mifflin Publishing
  • Land Of Links:Japanese
  • Japanese culture and info
  • Japan Guide Main Site/RIch!
  • Japan On-Line Guide Reference/rich site!

    Learn Japanese on your own with these sites below

  • Easy Japanese
    This site intends to provide useful tools for people who wish to learn Japanese online for free. First, there is the interesting Fujisan Kana Quiz testing tool.

  • Learning Japanese Online with
    Grammar, Words and Phrases, Videos, History of Japan plus Culture

  • Dozens of on-line tutorials
  • Japanese Tutorials via YouTube
  • Speak Japanese Basic Tutorial
  • Introduction to Japanese - Free Tutorials
  • Long Listing of Japanese Tutorials by WizIQ
  • Japanese for the Western Brain

  • Japanese Tutorials

  • Free Japanese Lessons Online
    If you want to learn Japanese online, you've come to the right place! Our lessons can get you well on your way to learning how to speak, read, and write the Japanese language. On this site you will find such things as the Japanese alphabet (including Hiragana and Katakana) as well as Kanji, Japanese grammar, Japanese sentence structure, and common Japanese phrases.
  • NHK Japanese Lessons
  • Learn Japanese,learn katakana and the o-koto
  • Japanese On-Line Lessons
  • Wanna Learn Japanese Online?/Rich resource!
  • Learn Japanese Online
  • Charles Kelly's Japanese Language Study Materials
    These are free-to-use online materials that I have developed to help people learn Japanese. I am a long-term resident of Japan. I came to Japan when I was four years old.
  • Learn Japanese Online
  • Learn Japanese Free Online w/Language Express


    English to Japanese or Japanese to English

  • A Japanese Mobile Translator
    This one is JIM'S PREFERRED TRANSLATOR SITE...with an Auto Detect recognition

    Reverso Translator
    Free online translation service with Reverso translation solutions

    Line by Line Language Translator
    As much as I like the one must see this one as it is really fast
    and translates as you!

    Google Translations Services
    Good translations in a variety of languages
    A new Google Translation Help Service
    What's new in Google Translate?
    Translate text, webpages and documents
    Here's another Google very nice translator
    BING translator from Microsoft
    Well done and for several languages
    Free online translations/Weird name but a good site

    Online Free Translations for 100+ Language Pairs
    This is worth taking a look at folks!

    Translate a website into another language
    Input the URL and choose the destination language and BINGO!
    This one is nothing but SUPER COOL folks!

    Babylon English Translations
    New and powerful/words, sentences, full texts.

    Babel Fish An Online Translator

    From Language to Language
    18 different languages available
    Free Translation Online

    Babelfish/Alta Vista
    A Yahoo Translator
    World Lingo
    On Line Translator

  • Here is a recent discovery that will thrill most folks interested in world languages.

    Mama Lisa's World


    Back to Jim's page with graphics

    Back to the Jim's Multi-language Website

    "Ten questions to test your knowledge of basic facts about Japan."

  • Fun Trivia on Japan

    "Monolingualism Can Be Cured"

    Japanese teacher hints, advice and tips

    Deru kui wa utareru

    I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good teacher. Hang out with other educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment! Join your Japanese Teacher Language Association (AATJ - ( plus two foreign language teacher associations (state and national: ACTFL- ( and attend their annual meetings on a regular basis. Get involved anyway you can with each. Rub noses with people at the TOP. Get to know the officers personally. Keep in contact with them. Use these association offerings, suggestions and resources.

    Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're green, you'll grow - if you think you're ripe, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online Japanese resources that can be of great help to you and your Japanese students.

    Keep your classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own Japanese classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 72 but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Don't forget to have FUN doing it. jeb BA, MA, ABD

    Enjoy every link. J. Becker, Chief Pilot