10 strokes (also 9)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
traffic, pass through, avenue, commute, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc.
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
80 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 通 【ツウ】 connoisseur, authority, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc.
  • 通院 【ツウイン】 going to the hospital for regular treatment
  • 富士通 【フジツウ】 Fujitsu
  • 食通 【ショクツウ】 gourmandism, gourmet, gourmand, foodie
  • 通 【ツウ】 connoisseur, authority, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc.
  • 通院 【ツウイン】 going to the hospital for regular treatment

Kun reading compounds

  • 通る 【とおる】 to go by, to go past, to go along, to travel along, to pass through, to use (a road), to take (a route), to go via, to go by way of, to run (between; of a rail service, bus route, etc.), to operate (between), to connect, to go indoors, to go into a room, to be admitted, to be shown in, to be ushered in, to come in, to penetrate, to pierce, to skewer, to go through, to come through, to permeate, to soak into, to spread throughout, to carry (e.g. of a voice), to reach far, to be passed on (e.g. of a customer's order to the kitchen), to be relayed, to be conveyed, to pass (a test, a bill in the House, etc.), to be approved, to be accepted, to go by (a name), to be known as, to be accepted as, to have a reputation for, to be coherent, to be logical, to be reasonable, to be comprehensible, to be understandable, to make sense, to get across (e.g. of one's point), to be understood, to pass for, to come across as, to seem like, to be straight (e.g. wood grain), to be well-informed, to be wise, to do ... completely, to do ... thoroughly
  • 通り 【とおり】 avenue, street, way, road, coming and going, street traffic, flow (of water, air, etc.), transmission (of sound), reach (e.g. of voice), fame, reputation, popularity, the same status or way, as (e.g. as expected, as I said), understanding, comprehension, counter for sets of things, counter for methods, ways, types
  • 通り過ぎる 【とおりすぎる】 to go past, to pass, to pass by
  • 通す 【とおす】 to stick through, to force through, to spread throughout, to thoroughly diffuse, to make a path between two points, to proceed in a logical manner, to let pass, to allow through, to lead (someone) into (a house, room, etc.), to show in, to go through (a middleman), to (look, listen) through (a window, wall, etc.), to pass (a law, applicant, etc.), to force to accept, to force agreement, to continue (in a state), to persist in, to do to the entirety of, to cover all of, to span the whole ..., to do from beginning to end without a break, to convey (one's ideas, etc.) to the other party, to do to the end, to carry through, to complete
  • 通し 【とおし】 continuing from beginning to end, continuous run, consecutive run, appetizer, starter, hors d'oeuvre, performance of an entire play
  • 通し切符 【とおしきっぷ】 through ticket (e.g. rail, air), ticket good for multiple performances (e.g. both matinee and evening shows), all-day ticket, season ticket
  • 切通し 【きりどおし】 road (or railway) cut through hilly terrain, cutting
  • 通う 【かよう】 to go to and from (a place), to go back and forth between, to run between (e.g. bus, train, etc.), to ply between, to go to (school, work, etc.), to attend, to commute, to frequent, to circulate (e.g. blood, electricity), to be communicated (e.g. thought), to resemble


Japanese names:
とん、 どうし、 どおり、 みち
tong1, tong4


  • atravesar
  • traspasar
  • hacer saber
  • pasar
  • ir y venir


  • tráfego
  • passar através de
  • avenida
  • comutar
  • sufixo para contagem de letras


  • circulation
  • passer par
  • avenue
  • trajet (travail)
  • compteur de lettres, notes, ...
281 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
193 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
176 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
71 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4703 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
201 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
261 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1239 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.11 Japanese for Busy People
150 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
150 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
204 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
695 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3855 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1982 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2678 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1420 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
38892P Morohashi
3109 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6063 New Nelson (John Haig)
1408 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1511 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
97 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
198 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3553 2001 Kanji
2q7.18 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-7 SKIP code
3-2-7 SKIP code
3730.2 Four corner code
36-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
901a Unicode hex code