7 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N2
508 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 谷底平野 【コクテイヘイヤ】 valley plain
  • 渓谷 【ケイコク】 valley (with a river running through it), gorge, ravine, canyon
  • 盤谷 【バンコク】 Bangkok (Thailand)

Kun reading compounds

  • 谷 【たに】 valley
  • 谷間 【たにま】 valley, ravine, gorge, chasm, cleavage (of breasts), part or place that has been left behind, blind spot, bottom (of society), (economic) trough, gap (in activity, one's work, etc.), lull, opening
  • 死の谷 【しのたに】 valley of death (barrier between product development and commercialization stages)
  • 気圧の谷 【きあつのたに】 low pressure trough
  • 極まる 【きわまる】 to reach an extreme, to reach a limit, to terminate, to come to an end, extremely, to be stuck, to be in a dilemma, to be at a loss, to be decided, to be settled


Japanese names:
がい、 がえ、 がや、 せ、 たり、 たん、 や
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
gu3, yu4
gog, yog


  • valle


  • vale


  • vallée
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