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 1.3.1

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

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

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.

AliJoseph ,

Happy Subscriber!

I’ve loved this app from day one. I’ve been a subscriber since it was first launched and I was a beta user as well. They provide so much variety of the excellent reading material, so there is something for everyone to enjoy (plus great voice acting). They include lots of high-quality explanations to the grammar and vocabulary. New content is added regularly. I am never bored learning Japanese at my own pace. The app receives nice improvements as well. Thank you to this awesome team for putting out such a great service! Love it!

shimewaza ,

Another request for more advanced content

I recently signed up and have been sampling some of the content. The concept is brilliant and the app design is very well thought out. So far it’s an amazing resource for those at the advanced-beginner to intermediate level. However, like a previous reviewer wrote, I too wish for more advanced content. More challenging vocab, audio read at the speed and tone that Japanese really use when speaking with each other, and maybe some dialects like natural Kansai-ben with no punches pulled. I get that the customer sweet spot isn’t the advanced learner, but if your app does it’s job, more and more of your customers will eventually reach that level.


Brak Software, Inc.
42.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad (6th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
In-App Purchases
  1. Satori Reader Monthly $8.99
  2. Satori Reader Monthly $8.99
  3. Satori Reader Annual $89.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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