11 strokes (also 10)
town (阝 right) 邑 (阝)
metropolis, capital, all, everything
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
123 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 都 【ト】 Metropolis (of Tokyo), (Tokyo) Metropolitan District, metropolitan prefecture, counter for cities and towns, capital
  • 都営 【トエイ】 (under) metropolitan government management
  • 遷都 【セント】 relocation of the capital, transfer of the capital
  • 東都 【トウト】 the Eastern Capital (now Tokyo), Yedo, Edo
  • 都度 【ツド】 each (every) time, whenever
  • 都合 【ツゴウ】 circumstances, condition, convenience, arranging, managing, lending money, raising money, in all, in total, all told

Kun reading compounds

  • 都 【みやこ】 capital (esp. Kyoto, Japan's former capital), seat of government, capital (of music, fashion, etc.), city (e.g. of light), location of the Imperial Palace
  • 都入り 【みやこいり】 arriving in the capital
  • 京の都 【きょうのみやこ】 Kyoto
  • 花の都 【はなのみやこ】 City of Flowers (nickname for various cities, esp. Paris and Florence)


Japanese names:
くに、 ず、 ち、 づめ、 みや
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
du1, dou1


  • metrópoli
  • capital


  • metropole
  • capital


  • métropole
  • capitale
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