Simple but powerful Japanese-English, English-Japanese dictionary app.

The app's features include:

● Over 170.000 dictionary entries with readings and english meaning
● Over 6.500 kanji characters with stroke order
● Over 730.000 Japanese names, place names and institution names
● Over 147.000 example sentences with translation

● Instantaneous search results

● Character input by kanji and kana handwriting recognition. Recognition algorithm can handle wrong stroke order and small mistakes.
● When multiple similar characters are found, you don't need to redo drawing after each character - just long press to see a preview
● Search by kanji radicals (for example 日 and 月 will find 明)
● Wildcard search - "*" can replace any number of characters and "?" can replace any single character. Works both with English and Japanese words.
● Search by kanji, kana and romaji - "じしょ", "じsho" and "jisho" will give the same search results

● Kanji lists by JLPT level and school grade (1 - 6)
● Multiple word lists divided by subject, grammatical function, JLPT level and more

What’s New

Version 1.8.2

bugfixes for iOS 13

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
723 Ratings

723 Ratings

Megiel ,

Useful, but would be even better if there was Apple Watch compatibility

I’ve been using this dictionary for almost as long as I’ve been studying Japanese for, since 2 years ago. I’ve tried out Midori for a while, but didn’t want to buy it since it was too expensive, so I went for this app instead. Both apps have the exact same content and example sentences, except that this one is completely free, so naturally, I picked this app over Midori. I like the favourite function and they way I can bookmark words for later revision. If the developers can make this app compatible with the Apple Watch, that can allow my bookmarked words to show up on my Watch so that I can revise from my wrist on the go, I’d be eternally grateful. Of course, it’d be even better if I can also search for words from my watch too, using the Scribble function, or through a little Japanese keypad. I had to use Erudite to make it possible to add words to a list that can appear on my watch for revision, but since I’ve bookmarked hundreds of words in the Shirabe Jisho app, it’s a real pain to have to boomark all the words again.

IDK Though ,

Must have app if you learning Japanese

I already loved this app and used it daily but with the new update which, lets you search for sample sentences, it now has absolutely everything I asked for. (I like it so much I actually voluntarily came to write this review without it asking me to, like some other apps) All the different categories that everything is split up into makes it really easy to focus on a specific topic. It shows you a variety of words/phrases which can help you express yourself better than if you had stuck with the basics taught in school. One of my favorite parts is that it shows you the context in which they're used, by showing a bunch of sample sentences. A lot of other dictionary apps would just translate a word with little to no additional info which is why Jisho stood out to me so much. I was honestly surprised it was free AND ad free. It's worth at least trying out if your studying Japanese no matter what level your in.

pipojones ,

Invaluable for Japanese Studies

I have been using this app since I started learning Japanese, 5 semesters ago. My learning experience would have been incredibly harder if I hadn’t discovered Shirabe Jisho. I use this app throughout the day, whenever it randomly occurs to me to look something up and when I am reading or writing in Japanese. The example sentences add a lot to learning the usage of a word. The verb “conjugation” in various forms saves me constantly. The stroke order for kanji writing keep me from developing bad habits. And... you can easily build flash card decks for kanji memorization. After initially loading my phone with apps to support my learning of Japanese, I now have only Shirabe Jisho. I’ve never tried Midori, which is not free and is supposed to be good, but this one is free. Now that I know how great Shirabe is, I can honestly say that I’d have gladly paid for it.


Blazej Stanek
190.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Japanese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Błażej Stanek


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