Practice Japanese writing with Skritter, whether you have a strong grasp of written Japanese and want to remember the characters better or are a beginner who doesn’t know where to start.

Skritter has existed for more than 10 years, and for a good reason: our learners are amazing! They help us with feedback, which allows us to create what we think is the best Japanese writing app out there!

Japanese writing uses three different scripts; Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Skritter offers all three and you can learn them through our “decks” (similar to a card deck) based on topics and difficulty.

Deck examples:
- Survival Japanese (for traveling in Japan)
- Food and drinks (learn to understand the menus at your favorite Japanese restaurant with delicious sushi, ramen, and other dishes)
- Cultural topics like Samurai Japanese
- More advanced topics like foreign policy
- And many more…

First, you learn a character’s meaning, then practice drawing it and before you know it, you’ll want to learn thousands of characters, and words like these two happy users:

“If I could only keep one app on my iPod, this would be it without a doubt. Skritter will change your life!”
― Wendy Werneth, UN Translator

“Learning to write characters has never been so fun. From writing zero to 2000+ characters in six months!”
― Brian Jackson, Economist

Have questions, problems, or feedback? We would love to hear from you. Reach out to us at

Guest accounts enjoy free access to select decks forever! Unlock Review mode, and study anything you want with a premium subscription, which is available for purchase in the app. Big savings offered on 12-month subscriptions!

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What’s New

Version 3.5.6

- Added SSO sign up support for new and existing accounts
- Added password reset control to User Settings screen
- General bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Jimothy Lenjamin ,

helpful, but issues syncing

Nice app, an easy way to get writing practice in when I don’t have my notebook. I like how it teaches characters, and the SRS is helpful to make sure I’m reviewing what I need to know.

The only issue is that it’s not always syncing up words that I’ve learned or starred between my iPhone and iPad. I do most of my studying on my iPad, but if I open my iPhone sometimes it will say that I haven’t learned words that I had learned. The learned kanji issue seems to mostly be gone after the latest update, but it still won’t sync starred words.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your review! Would you be able to reach out to us at (including your account name)? We can help figure out why the words don't always seem to sync up between the two apps. :)

Riddyszxc ,

Good app but price is too big

For me it’s 5/5 app ,but 15 dollars for one month is too much for cis region and not only for cis .
Also I think you should make option to choose word and have option to test only that words that you’ve chosen ,this also would be a helpful function

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review! We're adding additional study modes and this is on the way. If there's anything else you're hoping to see please let us know at Thanks again!

Dan Slimmon ,

easy to use app, but they're building the wrong features

i've been doing skritter every day for a few months now. i really like the studying interface, for the most part.

but there is one thing that's very annoying. the deck management UX is extremely clunky. from the home screen, adding a new card is 6 taps and takes several decisions. you can't search your words by definition. you can't search for new words by a partial match (for example if you don't know a verb's ending).

the real kicker is: if you add a bunch of words but forget to save your list, and Skritter gets restarted before you come back to it, then all the words you just added are lost. you have to add them back over. this is a huuuge pain.

so: this app is fine for learning japanese vocabulary, but if you use it daily you're going to get super frustrated with the deck management system.

Developer Response ,

We're working on improving the deck management system! In the meantime, you could also use the web version to edit / manage your decks at -- it's a bit easier to use a mouse and keyboard versus a mobile device. If you run into any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at Thanks for your review!

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