Free Reading Resources

Are you looking for free resources to start reading in Japanese? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you are just starting to learn Hirangana, or are already taking advanced classes, there is plenty of texts, books and articles for you to choose from.

Choose your JLPT level:


If you are unfamiliar with the JLPT level system of grading your Japanese abilities, here’s how they differ:

JLPTLevelレベルDescription of reading abilities
N5Beginner初級(しょきゅう)Reading in hiragana, katakana and basic kanji, understanding phrases and simple sentences.
N4Pre-intermediate初中級(しょちゅうきゅう)Basic vocabulary and kanji. Reading and understanding texts about familiar everyday situations.
N3Intermediate中級(ちゅうきゅう)Reading and understanding texts with situations related to everyday life. Ability to grasp topic even if not all content in the text is understood.
N2Pre-Advanced中上級(ちゅうじょうきゅう)Comprehension of texts on a broader range of topics, e.g. newspaper articles. Ability to follow narratives and understand author’s intentions.
N1Advanced上級(じょうきゅう)Reading texts with logical, complex and abstract content on a variety of topics. Understanding of content, text structure and writing intentions.
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