13 strokes (also 12)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
distant, far
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
887 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 遠慮 【エンリョ】 reserve, constraint, restraint, modesty, diffidence, hesitation, holding back, discretion, tact, thoughtfulness, declining, refraining, forethought, foresight
  • 遠足 【エンソク】 school trip, field trip, excursion, outing, long walk, excursion (on foot)
  • 望遠 【ボウエン】 seeing at a distance
  • 以遠 【イエン】 beyond, further than
  • 遠忌 【オンキ】 anniversary of a death twelve or more years earlier
  • 遠諱 【オンキ】 semicentennial memorial service
  • 久遠 【クオン】 eternity

Kun reading compounds

  • 遠い 【とおい】 far, distant, far away, a long way off, in the distance, distant (past), remote (in time), remote, far-removed (in time), distant (relationship or kinship), having little to do (with someone), far (from something else in quality, degree, etc.), not similar, way off, hard (of hearing), nearsighted
  • 遠い昔 【とおいむかし】 remote past, far ago, time immemorial


Japanese names:
お、 おに、 ど、 どお
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
yuan3, yuan4


  • lejos
  • distante


  • distante
  • longe


  • loin
  • distant
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446 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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402 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
429 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
224 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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