12 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
interchange, period, change, convert, replace, renew
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
687 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 換金 【カンキン】 realization (of goods into money), conversion (into money), liquidation
  • 換気 【カンキ】 ventilation
  • 互換 【ゴカン】 interchange, transposition, compatible (e.g. PC)
  • 代換 【ダイカン】 hypallage

Kun reading compounds

  • 換える 【かえる】 to replace, to exchange, to interchange, to substitute
  • 替わる 【かわる】 to succeed, to relieve, to replace, to take the place of, to substitute for, to take over for, to represent, to hand over (telephone), to be exchanged, to change (places with), to switch


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cambio
  • intercambio
  • intercambiar
  • sustituir
  • reemplazar
  • ser intercambiado
  • ser convertido


  • trocar
  • turno
  • carga
  • mudar


  • échanger
  • remplacer
  • convertir
  • change
1105 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
846 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1964 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
957 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
580 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1586 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1693 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
749 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
913 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
716 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
429 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
537 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1052 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
12358 Morohashi
587 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2233 New Nelson (John Haig)
1043 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1122 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1540 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1363 2001 Kanji
3c9.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-9 SKIP code
5703.4 Four corner code
1-20-25 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
63db Unicode hex code