12 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
transit, ford, ferry, cross, import, deliver, diameter, migrate
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
446 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 渡航 【トコウ】 voyage, passage, travelling
  • 渡欧 【トオウ】 going to Europe, trip to Europe
  • 過渡 【カト】 crossing, ferry, transient, changing old to new
  • 譲渡 【ジョウト】 transfer, assignment, conveyance

Kun reading compounds

  • 渡る 【わたる】 to cross over, to go across, to extend, to cover, to range, to span
  • 渡る世間に鬼はない 【わたるせけんにおにはない】 all people aren't evil, don't distrust everyone, there is kindness to be found everywhere
  • 渡す 【わたす】 to ferry across (e.g. a river), to carry across, to traverse, to lay across, to build across, to hand over, to hand in, to pass, to give, to transfer


Japanese names:
お、 たり、 わたな、 わたら、 わたり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • vadear
  • cruzar
  • pasar
  • emigrar
  • entregar


  • transito
  • vau
  • balsa
  • cruzar
  • importar
  • entregar
  • diâmetro
  • emigrar


  • transit
  • gué
  • bac
  • traversée
  • import
  • livrer
  • diamètre
  • migrer
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