Japanese Learning Resources

Last Updated: 2022 09 25

This page is a list of Japanese learning resources and interesting content in Japanese. Everything from websites, apps, podcasts, books, YouTube channels, etc. that may be helpful when learning Japanese. There are lessons, reviews, tests, viewing and listening content, and a whole bunch of different things about Japanese learning resources. Eventually most of the resources here will have a reviews. You need interesting content and input in order to keep a high motivation for learning, and maintain momentum. The more you consume, the more you learn and the better you will be at Japanese. Hopefully these Japanese learning resources will help you on you journey.

Jump to: PODCASTS, YOUTUBE

Beginner Japanese Content

Beginner content is for the absolute beginner. The content here will be mostly in English. Listening in English is not the best way to learn Japanese, but you need to start somewhere right? Even though some of the content here can get into the intermediate area, I am still labeling it as beginner. This is because the content is still mostly in English. If you are learning Japanese with content in Japanese, I consider that more than a beginner level. I think it is pretty difficult to use Japanese learning and immersion resources, in Japanese, at the beginner level.

Intermediate Japanese Content

You are no longer a beginner, and you definitely know a good amount of Japanese vocabulary. Content here will be almost 100% in Japanese. You may find some upper beginner content here, but that will only be when it is entirely in Japanese.

Advanced Japanese Content

Whoah, what am I going to put here? I don’t know, I not at this level yet. Advanced content in Japanese is everywhere! I have found a lot. Needless to say, since I am not at this level, my reviews of these resources won’t be that descriptive. Why, you ask? Because I can’t understand most of it!

PODCASTS

BEGINNER LEVEL

  • Beginning Japanese Phrases – TheJapanesePage.com” – (Review) (Website).
    • A beginner level instructional Japanese language podcast that teaches you Japanese phrases.
  • Crazy Japanese Culture” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner level narrative podcast where the host mainly speaks English, but provides Japanese phrases and explanations.
  • Fun Japanese Listening” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner/upper beginner level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Get Comfy with Japanese Kansai-ben” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An upper beginner level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Japanese with Kanako” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner level Japanese language learning podcast.
  • Japanese with Shun” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An upper beginner level Japanese language narrative podcast mainly using Japanese from Genki 1 & 2.
  • けんとレイデオ Channel” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An beginner level Japanese & English conversational podcast.
  • Kyotopia Podcast” – (Review) (Linktree).
    • A beginner level English & Japanese bilingual conversational podcast.
  • The Konnichiwa Podcast” – (Review) (Website).
    • A beginner level English & Japanese bilingual conversational podcast.
  • Laid-Back Japanese” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A podcast in English about the Japanese language.
  • Lazy Fluency” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An English & Japanese bilingual conversational podcast.
  • Learn Japanese w/Manga Sensei” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner Japanese language learning podcast.
  • Learn Japanese with Masa Sensei” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner Japanese language learning podcast most in English.
  • Learn Japanese Pod” – (Review) (Website).
    • A beginner level Japanese language learning podcast, mostly in English with short spoken dialogues in Japanese.
  • Sunshine Japanese Yasashii Nihongo Radio” – (Review) (Website).
    • An upper beginner level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • The Tofugu Podcast” – (Review) (Website).
    • A beginner level Japanese language learning podcast in English.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

  • 4989 American Life” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast about a Japanese person’s life in America.
  • あかね的日本語教室” – (Review) (Website).
    • Akane’s Japanese Classroom is an intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Azumi’s Easy Japanese” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast featuring NHK’s “News Web Easy” news stories.
  • The Bite Size Japanese Podcast” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • EASY JAPANESE PODCAST” – (Review) (Linktree) (YouTube).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast around the N3 level.
  • Japanese Grammar Tips” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level Japanese language podcast where you can learn grammar.
  • Japanese Idobata Channel” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level conversational Japanese language podcast.
  • Japanese Lessons with Mayuna” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Japanese 鬼 Shadowing Challenge” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast to practice shadowing.
  • Japanese with Teppei and Noriko” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level conversational Japanese language podcast.
  • Kevinvin Sleepy Japanese” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • ききみみ日本語” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • 喫茶ニホンゴ for Japanese Learners” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • こんなときのにほんご” – (Review) (Blog).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Kotsu Kotsu Nihongo with Mizuki” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Learn Japanese with K” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Learn Japanese with Noriko” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level Japanese language podcast.
  • Learn Japanese from Real Talks” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple Podcasts).
    • An intermediate narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Learn Japanese @Satominchi” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Learning Culture in Japanese” – (Review) (Linktree).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Let’s Learn Japanese from Small Talk!” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate conversational Japanese language podcast.
  • Let’s Talk in Japanese!” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • [Learning Japanese] ManoNihongo” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • MIKI senseiのにほんごラジオ” – (Review) (Spotify).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Momoko to Nihongo” – (Review) (Website).
    • A beginner level (well all levels really) Japanese language podcast for Japanese learners.
  • Nあ〜 casual nihongo” – (Review) (Website).
    • Intermediate level Japanese language podcast with dialogues and repetition.
  • 日本語あいうえお” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An Intermediate level, around N3, narrative Japanese language podcast entirely in Japanese.
  • 日本語 with あこ” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative podcast entirely in Japanese.
  • Nihongo Con Teppei – Japanese Podcast for Beginners” (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative podcast. Although the title says it is beginner, the content is entirely in Japanese. So you do need to know a lot of words before listening.
  • Nihongo Con Teppei” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative podcast where Teppei speaks entirely in Japanese.
  • Nihongo Con Teppei Z” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Nihongo Hanaso” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate/advanced level Japanese language learning podcast.
  • 日本語のたね with Noriko” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An upper beginner/intermediate level Japanese language podcast.
  • Nihongo Radio with ANIME SENSEI” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • A beginner/intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • にほんごザッツ談” – (Review) (Website). (Nihongo that’s conversation)
    • An intermediate/advanced level conversational podcast in Japanese.
  • Nihongo SWiTCH” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative podcast entirely in Japanese.
  • にほんごとらのまき” – (review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Nihongo for You” – (Review) (Website).
    • An upper beginner/intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast with English at the end of each episode.
  • Oyasumi Japanese with Shun” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An upper beginner/intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • The Real Japanese Podcast (日本語の勉強のためのポッドキャストです!)” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Sakura Tips – Listen to Japanese” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level Japanese language podcast.
  • Sayuri Saying Everyday” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple) (YouTube).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Slow Japanese by Mochifika” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • 少しゆっくり日本語 (Listening Practice with Native Japanese)” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Think in Japanese すったもんだカルチャー” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple) (YouTube).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • Thinking in Japanese Podcast” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple) (Patreon).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • 日本語ペラペラ Yukiko Radio” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • よしえの休日 – Yoshie’s Day Off” – (Review) (Website).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.
  • YUYUの日本語 Podcast” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An intermediate level narrative Japanese language podcast.

ADVANCED LEVEL

  • HOTCAST” – (Review) (Website).
    • A Japanese ‘freetalk’ podcast where the hosts discuss a variety of contemporary topics.
  • 日本語って!” – (Review) (Spotify) (Apple).
    • An advanced level narrative Japanese language podcast for those learning, and teaching, Japanese.
  • 日本語を大切にしたい Slow and Polite Japanese” – (Review) (Website).
    • A native Japanese speaker talks about the Japanese language (aimed at native Japanese speakers and Japanese language learners).
  • Real-Life Japanese with Kaichi (こいちと学ぶ生の日本語)” – (Review) (Spotify) (Website).
    • An advanced level narrative Japanese language podcast.

YouTube Channels

BEGINNER LEVEL

  • Fun Japanese Listening” – (YouTube Channel).
  • Japanese with Shun” – (YouTube Channel).
    • An upper beginner level Japanese language narrative podcast mainly using Japanese from Genki 1 & 2.
  • Lazy Fluency” – (YouTube Channel).
  • Learn Japanese with Masa Sensei” – (YouTube Channel).

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

  • あかね的日本語教室” – (YouTube Channel).
  • Fun Japanese Learning (EASY JAPANESE PODCAST)” – (YouTube Channel).
  • Japan in Motion” – (Review) (YouTube Channel).
    • A Japanese language channel, with English subtitles, that makes videos about all things Japanese. Kind of like “Cool Japan” if you have seen that, but there is no studio commentary.
  • Kotsu Kotsu Nihongo with Mizuki” – (YouTube Channel).
  • Oyasumi Japanese with Shun” – (YouTube Channel).
  • The Real Japanese Podcast (Next Step Japanese)” – (YouTube Channel).
  • 少しゆっくり日本語 (Listening Practice with Native Japanese)” – (YouTube Channel).
  • YUYUの日本語 Podcast” – (YouTube Channel).

ADVANCED LEVEL

  • 日本語って! / Eriko Juku” – (YouTube).