Learning resources

Below are educational resources for learners of Japanese. The first section features websites developed by the Japan Foundation. The second section is a list of websites developed by other organizations.

Japan Foundation Video Series *NEW!*

Japan Foundation e-Learning Resources

HQ Publications

Other Publications

Learning Resources by Other Organizations

japan foundation video series


sensei! Why Japanese?

Ever wonder how you could use Japanese as a career? Look no further! We interviewed some of our lovely senseis in US who learned Japanese as a second language and embarked on a career in teaching Japanese. Not only did they talk about their experience as a Japanese learner but their experience becoming a sensei and the positive effects it has had in their lives! We hope these videos encourage you in continuing your journey in learning Japanese and that you too, can be a sensei! 


Check out the following new & fun YouTube video series for Japanese language learners, which was created by Prof. Yuko Kato (Austin Community College) in collaboration with other professors in the U.S., Yoshimoto Kogyo (Comedy Duo: Jaru Jaru), and The Japan Foundation! It will make you laugh and enjoy learning Japanese in a new way!

YouTube Link


japan foundation e-learning resources


"HIROGARU" is a site for learning different things about Japan and the Japanese language through your own interests. Engage with various aspects about Japan through reading or listening to information on 12 fascinating topics. Features audioclips, videos, vocabulary lists and quizzes.


If you are looking to learn Japanese on your own free time and are seeking free structured lessons, we want to remind you of our Minato website that currently has 62 self study lessons in various levels and languages as well as six tutor supported lessons (no English at the moment) for you to choose from. All you need to do is create an account and then register for the level that is right for you. For instructions on how to use the site, please watch this video.


MARUGOTO (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture alongside the contents of Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, a textbook which uses the JF Standard as a basis. It's free and available to everyone, and features videos which prompt you to answer questions, among many other features.


Erin's Challenge!

Beginning Japanese-language course "Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese," starring Ellie Toyota and Kana Kurashina (aired on NHK World and available on DVD) is now on the Web!



Japan Foundation created a free textbook for people who are from outside Japan to learn basic Japanese communication skills that are needed for daily life and working in Japan.

Nihongo de care-navi

Japanese-English / English-Japanese dictionary with useful expressions in nursing and caretaking scenes for supporting your Japanese Language learning.


Japanese in Anime and manga

Japanese anime and manga are really popular with young people all over the world today. This is an e-learning website for those who want to learn Japanese from anime and manga. Users can study expression distinctive of characters with audio playback or words used in specific genre, such as LOVE, through quizzes. It’s a fun way to learn Japanese!

Nihongo eな

NIHONGO e Portal for Learning Japanese is a site dedicated to introducing all kinds of websites and online tools useful for studying   Japanese!


Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji memory hint app

A free smartphone app for beginner learners. Learn Hiragana, Katakana, or Kanji the fun way with mnemonic devices! Available for iOS and Android on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Click here for information on Hiragana and Katakana.

Click here for information on the Kanji Memory Hint 1 app.

Click here for information on the Kanji Memory Hint 2 app.

Click here for information on the Kanji Memory Hint 3 app.


challenge with erin - japanese language test - app

Challenge with Erin app (either can be downloaded for Android or Iphone) can be used to study beginner-level vocabulary and expressions in an engaging way through card games, manga and quizzes, and it can also be used to check how much you were able to remember.


HQ Publications

Through its publications, the Japan Foundation provides information on not only its own programs, but also international exchange activities.

Link to HQ Publications and Goods



Other Publications


Weekend Homestay Guide

Instructional Kits for Movies by Junichi Suzuki

Sand Castle

Remembering the Cosmos Flower





learning resources by other organizations

(The following resources do not necessarily reflect the views and recommendations of the Japan Foundation. Suggestions for additional websites can be sent to jflaeducation@jflalc.org)

Reading Resources

Audio Lessons and Recordings


  • Kanji Alive
    Practice kanji for intermediate learners. Free.
  • Skritter
    Practice kanji. App also available. Paid subscription.
  • Kanji Study app
    Using this app, students can practice recognition and writing of kana and kanji.
  • Joy o' Kanji
    This website has illustrated, in-depth study essays about individual kanji.


  • Kanjigames.com
    Introduces several kanji learning apps, with guidelines.

Online Japanese Language Programs