Ready to take your Japanese reading and listening comprehension to the next level? Welcome to Satori Reader.

Read from a growing library of articles written by native speakers for intermediate students, organized into interesting series such as news, stories, dialogs, and more.

Tap any sentence to hear it read aloud by native voice actors (no robots!).

Crack the chicken-and-egg problem of reading kanji with our unique presentation engine, which adjusts the Japanese text to accommodate your actual knowledge. This allows you to challenge yourself for the kanji you should know without being overwhelmed by what you don't.

Tap any word for a definition. This is more than just an automated lookup. Satori Reader shows the actual sense of each word as it's being used in the sentence. For example, the particle の has many uses: it can indicate possession; it can turn the preceding verb or phrase into a noun; it can stand in for another word; and more. We show you exactly what is happening in every instance of every word.

Gray underlines indicate longer annotations that break down tricky expressions, provide cultural background, or help you to read between the lines. Our editors work hard to anticipate what might be confusing and proactively help you to make sense of things. Good-bye, confusion. Hello, clarity!

The built-in spaced repetition review system helps you to build your vocabulary. Create review cards instantly as you read. Each card you create takes along a snapshot of the sentence in which you encountered the word, further helping to cement it in your memory. You can even play back the audio of that sentence while reviewing the word!

Still confused about something? Just ask in the comment section below each article. Knowledgeable staff are ready to help.

Satori Reader is built by a team that cares. Our goal is to bring satori (enlightenment) into your Japanese reading life. Set up a free account today, and let's get started.


▪ OPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy unlimited access to the first two episodes of each series (new series released regularly), plus complete access to special series such as Closeup: Obon Society.

Get unlimited access to the entire Satori Reader library of more than 600 episodes (new episodes released each week), including crystal-clear audio, helpful annotations, and real human feedback, for just $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year -- first month FREE (limit one per customer; cannot be used in combination with other introductory offers; offers subject to change).

▪ EXTRAS: Your subscription to Satori Reader comes with complimentary web access, as well as access to Satori Reader on all your smartphones and tablets.



▪ Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase (following any trial period).
▪ Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
▪ Account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
▪ Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.
▪ Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.
▪ Cancel your subscription at any time. If you cancel, you will retain full access to Satori Reader for the period you paid for and you will not be billed again.

If you have any questions, write to for speedy assistance. Thank you for your business!

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

1.3.2 Dark mode! Also, lazy loading for episode images. This dramatically improves first-run performance as well as day-to-day startup time.

1.3.0 - 1.3.1 Improved review system to show underlines for notes and allow notes on the word-under-review to be seen. Misc bug fixes.

1.2.9 Fixed an issue that prevented sentence-by-sentence audio from playing for some users.

1.2.8 Overhauled the audio playback architecture to allow playing stories while the screen is off and/or the device is locked. This is a first step toward being able to play through an entire series from a locked device. Thank you for using Satori Reader!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Writer's app ,

Really good and decently priced

It’s like Todai except it offers full stories instead of news when you pay. The free version allows you to read the first few chapters to see if you like the stories and setup. It’s a very good app with real voices to help improve your reading and listening. I recommend it greatly to those looking to improve their kanji familiarity. It offers srs to remember new words but I don’t use it as I use a different app for that. It offers conversation based chapters as well for more real life based conversation. It offers informal conversation within the stories as well. They have interesting stories (something for everyone in my opinion) and offer really good explanations.

The app could really use a search feature to search for particular stories i.e spooky however it doesn’t have enough stories yet to benefit from it yet.

I look forward to them adding way more stories however there needs to be a way of informing users that new stories are coming.

In short: a great app that adjust to your knowledge and great to supplement any style of learning you chose to pursue!

Gregmoon ,

Context: No need to look at the dictionary!

This app will help anyone bridging the gap between learning the foundations of Japanese reading (potentially speaking) and listening (after learning foundation Kanji, Hiragana & Katakana), putting it all into context, without the need to keep flipping to your dictionary to work out what a specific kanji is, or which one of its many readings/meanings the word is. This fills in the nuance and subtle differences that no dictionary will teach you. The meaning descriptions are one tap away.

This is worth the subscription to bridge the gap and send you comfortably into Japan's social relationships, business or pleasure.

NeenJin ,

Highly recommended

Very well designed app, all you need is there: interesting stories at your level, the ability to import the kanji you currently know, excellent translations and grammar explanations! You can also save words/phrases you don’t know and revise them later. I had been looking for a long time for something at my level to read that is not children’s books and I have now found it! Please add more stories and thank you for your effort.

App Privacy

The developer, Brak Software, Inc., has indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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