Nihongo Road Map -日本語学習のロードマップ-

Nihongo Road Map – 日本語学習の流れ
  • Hiragana – ひらがな
  • Katakana – カタカナ
  • Kanji – 漢字
  • Grammar – 文法
  • Listening – リスニング 聞く
  • Reading – リーディング 読む
  • Speaking – スピーキング 話す
  • Writing – ライティング 書く
  • Vocabulary – 単語


This is the “Roadmap for Learning Japanese” page.
The policy is to use the best materials available on the internet.
Learning Japanese is not something that can be completed in a short period of time.
Let’s build up your skills and master Japanese little by little.

1. Hiragana

Lists and The Pronunciation

Let’s see Hiragana lists and check the pronunciation

Practice Sheets

Let’s practice hiragana with sheets.
It is not easy to remember Hiragana with just seeing them.


2. Katakana

Lists and The Pronunciation

Let’s see Katakana lists and check the pronunciation

Practice Sheets

Let’s practice hiragana with sheets.
It is not easy to remember Hiragana with just seeing them.


3. Kanji

Let’s learn kanji.
Kanji is rarely used by itself, but is always used together with other kanji and hiragana (It is called “Okurigana”).
Therefore, it is important to learn not only the kanji by itself, but also
Meaning and Words using the kanji.
(The linked kanji sheet is a great way to practice this)


4. Grammar

These are NHK contents.(NHK is like BBC in Japan)
Each lessons have 48 episodes with PDF textbook.
Let’s learn 96 episodes!


5. Listening

Listening is important skill.
Listen to Japanese every single day.

SAKURA TIPS is Japanese listening podcast which I make.
I consistently releases one podcast episode per day.
There are transcripts in Japanese and English so you can follow along with the script and double check that you heard it correctly.

You can also do some listening practice by learning grammar with Easy Japanese.


6. Reading

It is hard to continue to practice reading.

Many a little makes a mickle.

Read Japanese every day!

This is NHK website which is good for your daily reading exercise.
Each articles is short, so you can easily continue to practice reading.

Also I recommend;

This extension adds furigana of kanji above them and it helps you reading Japanese.

7. Speaking

Join a community for learning Japanese.
In SAKURA Community, you will have a chance to speak Japanese regularly through Zoom and so on.
You will also be able to communicate with other Japanese language learners, which will be helpful to keep your motivation to learn Japanese by studying and interacting together.


If you aim to be able to communicate with Japanese people, I recommend you to learn daily natural Japanese conversation.
The textbooks I made have selected phrases that can be used in daily conversation and that are often used by Japanese people
Every phrase has audio, too.



8. Writing

You can’t do everything at the same time.
I think writing is okay to put it on the back burner.
But why don’t you write a diary in Japanese?
You can enjoy other Japanese learners’s diary and communication with them in the community.


9. Vocabulary

It’s OK to learn new words as they appear in the grammar study, SAKURATIPS, reading, and SAKURA Community.
Use Flash Cards to help you remember them.



It takes time to learn a language.
If you follow this Japanese language learning roadmap, your Japanese will be at an intermediate level or higher.
Don’t be in a hurry, just start learning little by little every day.

Follow me on twitter!(@sakura_tips_m)