Top 50 YouTube Channels to Learn Japanese! – Categorized List
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Nihongonomori is a recommended channel to learn Japanese. They have different Japanese teachers teaching Japanese. This gives a variety of explanations for you to understand. There are also videos to help those who are preparing for the JLPT tests.
2. Yumi Ura
Yumi Ura is a channel that is especially good for people preparing to take the JLPT N2 and N3 level tests. All the videos in this channel are on topics for the N2 and N3 level tests. Their videos allow viewers to practice their listening skills as it is in Japanese.
3. Clayton MacKnight
Clayton MacKnight is a channel that features a variety of videos to help those taking JLPT. From grammar to kanji to study guides, as well as cultural videos, are all covered in this channel. The videos have graphic illustrations to allow learners to better follow and understand.
4. JLPT N4 Grammer
JLPT N4 Grammar is a channel on grammar topics for the JLPT N4 test. Anyone who is preparing for the JLPT N4 test can check this channel out for some clear explanations. The topics are all explained in English and it comes with illustrations to help with better understanding.
5. Nami Ohara
Nami Ohara covers topics such as Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and listening. Also, there are many videos on Japanese culture. Another feature of this channel is that there are many listening quizzes and tests for you to practice your listening skills. Not only that, they have many videos on learning Japanese through songs.
NihonGoal is a channel that features Rose, a foreigner living in Japan who makes videos on learning Japanese. She teaches Japanese using the Minna no Nihongo textbook and has a video on each topic. She covers lessons on hiragana, katakana, grammar vocabulary, and kanji.
7. Benjiro – Beginner Japanese
Benjiro uses simple and beginner-level Japanese in his conversations. In every video, certain Japanese words and phrases are being translated into English. This channel is great for you if you want to practice your listening as well as conversation skills.
8. Michiyo Wojnovich
Michiyo Wojnovich is a good channel for those learning Japanese with Genki textbooks. All the videos on the channel cover topics from the Genki textbooks. The teacher, Michiyo, narrates and explains each topic in every video in English.
Japonin is a channel that can help learners to improve and enhance their Japanese reading skills. There are many videos that feature a text with clear narration. There are also various cultural topics such as ‘imported words’ and ‘origami’ for learners to enhance their Japanese culture knowledge.
10. Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com
Recommended for beginners, JapanesePod101 is a channel that covers topics ranging from grammar to vocabulary to reading and many more! It is a verified channel with over 1.4 million subscribers.
11. Learn Japanese From Zero!
Learn Japanese From Zero is an informative channel that posts videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every video goes through a respective lesson on the channel’s textbook, but, all materials are only available online. Thus, making it easy for anyone to learn and take notes.
12. Nakamura M. Sensei
Nakamura M. Sensei is a channel recommended for beginners in learning Japanese. They feature many different learning resources such as songs for vocabulary and grammar patterns, tips for writing hiragana and katakana, and dictations for listening comprehension and writing.
13. Japanese Ammo with Misa
Japanese Ammo with Misa is flexible for both beginners and advanced learners. She gives lessons on Japanese grammar and vocabulary. There are also videos for useful Japanese phrases as well as topics on Japanese culture. The channel has many playlists that can help you enhance your Japanese learning.
myjapanese is a channel covering levels from beginner to advanced. The topics covered are hiragana, kanji, JLPT, and business Japanese. There are many informative videos and are all well narrated and explained in English. The channel posts a new video every week.
PuniPuniJapan’s videos are well-illustrated and narrated with clear explanations. It is more recommended for beginners who started learning Japanese. They cover topics such as katakana, grammar, vocabulary and more. Besides that, PuniPuniJapan also uploads videos about Japanese culture.
16. Plain Japanese
Plain Japanese’s online lessons are being taught by a native Japanese teacher. Their videos are well-illustrated and explained, covering many different topics on the Japanese language such as grammar and kanji. There are also other informative videos such as ‘Japanese Greetings’ and ‘Counting Numbers in Japanese’.
Japanization is good for learning basic Japanese. Started by a native Japanese, he makes lesson videos on Japanese grammar and vocabulary, as well as on different aspects of Japanese culture. He explains well in English in every video too. Thus, making it easy for non-Japanese listeners to follow.
18. Masa Sensei
This channel is great for beginners in learning Japanese. Masa Sensei, the creator of this channel, makes weekly videos on Japanese grammar. In every video, she explains what grammar means and how to apply it. She also gives clear illustrations and examples in her videos.
19. ライト Japanese Library
ライト Japanese Library features Light, who is a foreigner who speaks Japanese, English, and Afrikaans. On his channel, he has videos teaching Japanese as well as some daily vlogs with his daughter. He also gives many different tips for living in Japan.
20. Kanji – Link
It is very easy to learn Japanese grammar and kanji on this channel. Their videos have an animation of a teacher teaching. Their video content is also very easy to understand. Their kanji videos are step by step and it teaches you basic kanji and how to write it.
21. Learning Kanji
This channel is good if you are considering to take the JLPT exam. The person goes through question by question about how to answer and tips on how to answer. He explains vocabulary to suit everyone’s needs. His videos have a variety of question papers from JLPT, kanji, grammar, hiragana, and katakana. As for JLPT, he has N5 to N2 practice papers which he goes through it. He also does a video on the MEXT scholarship exam.
22. Eko Languages
They have 1 playlist of basic phrases, essential basic phrases, Q&A and daily phrases. This is very good for those who want to learn Japanese but do not know where to start. They give examples and are not very lengthy. Their videos are also useful for those who are coming to Japan for leisure. They have useful phrases for travelers to use during their travel to Japan.
23. All About Nippon
All About Nippom’s videos are episodes based. It is good for those who started to learn Japanese and those who want to learn Japanese but not sure where to start. They have episodes based on these two categories – Basic 1 & 2.
24. Rock ‘N Learn
This channel has only 1 song on Japanese language learning. The video is good for adults and children as it is about color. Their visual is very nice and cute. It makes learning very fun and easy as it is in animation too.
25. Yuko Sensei
Yuko Sensei has been teaching Japanese at the university level for many years. For those learners who cannot attend classes or do not know where to start learning, this channel is good for online learning courses. She also offers free trial courses.
26. Learn Japanese Online with BondLingo
Learn Japanese Online with BondLingo upload their videos about Japanese language and cultures. Not only are there online lessons but there are apps on mobile as well. Their playlist consists of the JLPT practice exam – grammar, N5 to N2 but also pronunciation videos as well!
27. Eye Opener
Like All About Nippon, Eye Opener’s lessons are episodes based and in every lesson, there are different things to learn. For example, “what’s that” or “Where is it” episodes.
28. Learn Japanese
The purpose of this channel is to provide Japanese lessons online for free for anyone at any level! With more than 300 videos, most of their topis range from grammar to vocabulary and kanji. Besides those topics, they also have culture, anime and many more! Other than that there is a discord server community to make learning Japanese easier.
This channel is good to learn basic Japanese because they make learning videos into songs so it would be easier to learn. The videos are interesting as well. They only have 1 playlist of videos such as day of the week song or the hiragana song. This channel is good for both adults and children.
30. 書道家 東宮たくみ
This channel is good to practice your kanji. He is a Japanese calligrapher. You are able to practice your kanji and also take a look at how calligraphy is being done. Calligraphy is one of Japan’s culture too.
31. Miku Real Japanese
Miku’s videos are a fun and effective way of learning Japanese. Her playlist has grammar and listening to videos for practice. Not only that, you can practice your speaking skill, as well as she has a playlist called “speak with me”. She also does videos on learning Japanese with Terrace House as it would be interesting and fun to take it out of the classroom.
This channel is good to learn Japanese because their videos are in songs. Their videos are appealing and it is easy to follow as they have Japanese words plus English words are well. Not only that, their videos are all about Japanese vocabularies.
Japanesy has interesting videos such as learn Japanese phrases with anime. They also have pronunciation for Japanese vowels videos. This channel is good for both adults and children to learn Japanese.
34. Japanese Joshi
This channel has only 2 playlists on Japanese grammar and vocabulary. Her videos are all very interesting and fun. Her videos have subtitles in both English and Japanese. She teaches you how to use adjectives and how to say certain things in a sentence.
35. Kendra’s Language School
This channel has listening practices. Not only that, the videos give you practices and they have romaji and Japanese words on the screen. It would be easy to follow. Their videos cater to both English and Chinese learners.
This channel only has audiobooks on learning Japanese. Their playlist consists of Japanese phrasebooks and also easy learning Japanese. Even though the channel limits only the audiobook by Michel Thomas, this is a good channel to practice your listening skills.
37. Tae Kim
The channel provides step by step learning. They have different episodes and on the episodes, they teach learners different topics such as negative state, adjectives and sentence ending. This channel has a lot of different variables when it comes to learning Japanese. Their video areas are very classroom-based and it is very easy to follow.
They have basic Japanese and all their videos are episodes based. Even though their videos are a bit in the 1990s, it is still a good learning platform for Japanese learners. All their videos have real-life situation skits to provide a more realistic use of phrases and when to use it as well. They have a lot of visual examples so it would not be too boring.
39. Bilingirl Chika
A Japanese Youtube celebrity with over 1.4 million subscribers. Her channel has videos in both English and Japanese. Having moved to America at a young age, she has many things to learn about Japan and shares about them on her channel. She also shared many vlogs on her daily life.
A bilingual American girl who does a variety of videos. Her video content cover topics such as life in Japan, Japanese vocabulary, how to learn Japanese and more. She gives insights to foreigners who want to move to Japan or want to learn Japanese. She also does vlogs around Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese so you can also practice your listening skills as well.
41. Life Where I’m From
Life Where I’m From has a series of Japanese documentaries and life in Japan starring their children. They give interesting and educational insight into their everyday. They also show how is life in Japan through a series of vlogs.
42. Rachel and Jun
This channel is good for learning Japanese because they do vlogs about their daily lives. The channel, started by a Japanese husband and an American wife, who are both living in Japan. Rachel would speak in English while her husband would speak in Japanese. Sometimes both would speak each other’s languages. Their videos have Japanese subtitles so it would be easy to follow and learn about new words. Their videos are very interesting and sometimes funny too.
43. Ask Japanese
Cathy Cat, who is the video maker of the channel, is fluent in both English and Japanese. She does street interviews in Japan, Japanese culture, foreigners living in Japan, anime & Manga, and tourism. Her videos have subtitles in many different languages such as English and Vietnamese. Thus, even if you are not an English speaker, you are still able to learn Japanese.
44. That Japanese Man Yuta
Yuta makes videos about Japanese culture and language from a Japanese perspective. He also does many street interviews in Tokyo on various topics. Some of his popular videos include ‘Do ‘Foreigners’ in Japan speak Japanese?’ with over 3 million views.
This is a channel featuring Micaela, a Canadian who has been living in Japan for the past 12 years. She makes videos on her life in Japan as well as informative videos on Japanese culture and places in Japan. Her channel has many playlists such as ‘How-To & Information About Japan’ and ‘All About Fukuoka’.
Tofugu is a blog that makes videos on Japan-related topics on Youtube. They have various videos on Japanese culture and also on tips in learning Japanese.
47. Paolo fromTokyo
Paolo shares videos on things to do in Tokyo as well as what to do all around Japan and anywhere else he travels to. He has many interesting and popular playlists on his channel such as ‘Japan Day in the Life Series’ and ‘Japan Guides’.
They have different playlists on Japanese culture and the Japanese language. Their language lessons go by episodes. There are some videos with a teacher teaching you, so it’d be easier to follow. Not only that, the language learning episodes have very cute and appealing for you to learn.
49. Nobita From Japan
Nobita talks about a variety of topics such as cultural differences and social issues from a native Japanese perspective. Not only does he talks about the positive side of Japan, but negative ones as well. He also does interviews with Japanese and foreigners. So you are able to see a variety of different perspectives about Japan.
50. Abroad in Japan
Abroad in Japan does vlogs which talk about how his interreaction experience with the Japanese culture and people here. Some of his interesting vlogs are “how to lose weight in Japan” and “Japanese thoughts on London magic man”
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