11 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
grope, search, look for
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
930 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 探検 【タンケン】 exploration, expedition
  • 探偵 【タンテイ】 detective, sleuth, investigator
  • 内探 【ナイタン】 private inquiry, private enquiry, secret investigation
  • 独探 【ドクタン】 German spy

Kun reading compounds

  • 探る 【さぐる】 to feel around for, to fumble for, to grope for, to search for, to look for, to investigate, to probe into, to spy on, to sound out, to explore (parts unknown), to enjoy (natural beauty)
  • 探す 【さがす】 to search (for something desired, needed), to look for, to search (for something lost), to seek (a suspect in a crime)


tan4, tan1


  • explorar
  • indagar
  • buscar
  • sondear


  • tatear
  • pesquisar
  • procurar


  • chercher
  • tâtonner
  • enquête
927 Tuttle Kanji Cards
1949 Classic Nelson
942 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition
374 Kanji Learners Dictionary
505 New Japanese English Character Dictionary
1425 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition
1327 Remembering The Kanji
2211 New Nelson
930 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters
578 Japanese Kanji Flashcards
1258 Kanji in Context
1236 Essential Kanji
1316 Japanese Names
535 Kanji and Kana
1340 Les Kanjis dans la tete
1239 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
908 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
12276 Morohashi
613 halpern_kkd
466 halpern_kkld_2ed
1364 2001 Kanji
3c8.16 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-8 SKIP code
5709.4 Four corner code
35-21 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
63a2 Unicode hex code