11 strokes
place on the head, receive, top of head, top, summit, peak
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
1350 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 頂点 【チョウテン】 vertex, apex, top (e.g. of a mountain), summit, peak, top (of a profession, field, etc.), summit, peak (of popularity, a boom, etc.), height (e.g. of prosperity), apex, zenith, climax
  • 頂上 【チョウジョウ】 top, summit, peak
  • 頭頂 【トウチョウ】 top of the head, vertex, parietal
  • 茎頂 【ケイチョウ】 tip of a stem (of a plant)

Kun reading compounds

  • 頂く 【いただく】 to receive, to get, to accept, to take, to buy, to eat, to drink, to be crowned with, to wear (on one's head), to have (on top), to have (as one's leader), to live under (a ruler), to install (a president), to get someone to do something
  • 頂 【いただき】 crown (of head), summit (of mountain), spire, easy win for one, something received
  • 頂きます 【いただきます】 thank you (for the meal just served), I receive (this meal)
  • 山の頂 【やまのいただき】 mountain top, summit, peak


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cima
  • cumbre
  • colocar sobre
  • recibir
  • comer
  • beber (humilde)


  • colocar na cabeça
  • receber
  • topo da cabeça
  • topo
  • reunião de cúpula
  • pico


  • placer au sommet
  • recevoir (je reçois de vous)
  • sommet de la tête (vertex)
  • sommet
  • pic
951 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
940 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1308 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5118 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
986 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1005 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1440 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1530 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1643 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1882 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
164 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
108 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
125 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
95 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
43335 Morohashi
145 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6616 New Nelson (John Haig)
94 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
98 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
929 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3161 2001 Kanji
9a2.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-9 SKIP code
1128.6 Four corner code
1-36-26 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9802 Unicode hex code