Japanese Kanji Stroke Order Basic Rules

  • This page gives a Some important rules about how to write kanji in the correct stroke order.
  • The stroke order given here is specifically the Japanese one.
  • there’ll be exceptions, but this is way better than learning the individual stroke orders of thousands of individual kanji.


Top to bottomthree
Left to rightriver
Horizontal line before vertical lineten
Box have three stroke alwaysmouth
Closing box line at lastrice field
Verticle line cutting many line at lastservice
Dash line at lastround / circle
Diagonal right to leftfather
Centre – left – right rule – long vertical linewater