Satori Reader 12+

Read Japanese at your level‪.‬

Brak Software, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 107 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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

Read from a growing library of engrossing stories written by native speakers for intermediate students, across genres such as fantasy, slice-of-life, thrillers, documentaries, news, 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 800 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.



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▪ 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.

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What’s New

Version 1.4.0

1.4.0 Improved the review system to categorize cards into three stacks: Queued, Active, and Learned. This allows you to focus on the cards you have already started to review and not be overwhelmed by new cards. Newly created cards now wait in the Queued stack until there is room in the Active stack, based on limits that you configure.

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.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

mrmackerel ,

I love this app

I’m N2 level, and have returned to live in the US. I love this app because there are interesting stories at native level, spoken at a normal rate of speed, and you can choose to have kana, furigana, or just written as normal. Not only can you look up every word in the stories, but some of the word definitions and grammar points go rather in-depth. And then on top of all this you can generate a vocabulary study list that uses a type of space repetition (that doesn’t overdo it if you miss a few days, swamping you with reviews). Furthermore, I don’t always have a lot of time, but the story chapters are short and so you can really just sit back and spend about 10 minutes or so for a quick lesson if that’s all the time you have. If you want more, you can plow ahead, no problem. Very versatile. And given all of the beginner to intermediate level grammar lessons that they also include for those who wish, I can imagine this versatile app being very useful for a very wide range of learners, from beginners all the way to certain somewhat advanced levels. As long as they keep expanding their content to include a greater variety of subjects including higher levels, I don’t quite see why I would ever stop using this app.

SimplyReading ,

Just started, and I love it!

I was wondering if there was a graded reader app for Japanese, and I was so surprised to find out they’re only two. But having just started this one, I’m pretty sure that it’s everything I’m looking for.

It has voice recordings, literal translation, translation notes, optional furigana, kana, or kanji—all of which are adjustable according to reading level. There’s also a feature that shows which articles you’ve started, and in-app spaced repetition flashcards that you can create as you’re reading so that it doesn’t detract from the reading experience. I don’t often R&R apps, but I was so surprised that an app this comprehensive has so few subscribers, and I wanted to do my part to get its name out. I’ll edit if any glaring problem pop up, but overall, I’m really looking forward to using this.

Wildcaver ,

There Is No Better App for Intermediate/Advanced Japanese

Satori Reader Is the best Japanese language app I have ever used. I was stuck for a long time trying to find suitable material to study. Everything I found was either too easy or too hard. This app is perfect. The material is challenging, yet fun and engaging. And the grammar notes are as fun to read as the stories.

This app has inspired me to re-engage in learning Japanese again. I use Satori Reader for entertainment and Sticky Study for the kanji memorization. I just completed the N3 kanji and vocabulary lists. My plan is to finish N2 and N1 next year and then sit for the JLPT N1 exam. At 55, that would mark a great personal achievement.

Thank you Satori Reader team for helping me rekindle my love for learning Japanese!

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