Yomiwa is a modern offline Japanese dictionary, including tons of features to help you read and learn Japanese. Yomiwa features powerful offline Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, developed in-house and continuously improved over the past 6 years. Yomiwa's algorithms let you recognize over 4000 Japanese characters in your pictures or with your device camera. Japanese text is detected, recognized and parsed into words in a fraction of a second. Detailed information of each word and Kanji is then provided such as their pronunciation, conjugation, and their definition into many target languages. Yomiwa is the perfect companion to help you read books, mangas, signs, menu, and improve your Japanese reading skills while enjoying your favorite reading material. Yomiwa also has a built-in drawing feature for you to draw and translate Japanese characters on your touch-screen with very high accuracy.

• Full information about words and kanjis (on-yomi, kun-yomi, meaning, stroke order, compounds etc.)
• Around 250K exemples sentences
• Input characters by Drawing / Radical search / Keyboard
• Look up conjugated forms, even if they are incomplete
• Many target languages available: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch, Slovene, Swedish and Hungarian.
• Search definitions in any kind of alphabet: Kanjis / Hiraganas / Katakanas / Romajis.
• You can search from Japanese words or from foreign words
• Build vocabulary lists of Japanese words, Kanjis or Sentences (which you can share as files or text in many ways)
• Listen to the Japanese pronunciation of words and example sentences through the "Speak" function

• A powerful Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine which lets you translate Japanese characters in images
• Yomiwa can recognize more that 4000 Japanese characters
• Recognize Japanese text with your Live Camera or on Still Pictures (from your camera roll)
• Read either horizontal or vertical Japanese text

• Paste some text, or import it from the OCR modes, into the text analyzer to get definitions of each word in the text
• Furiganas are displayed automatically
• Furiganas in Safari: whenever you are browsing on a web page with some Japanese text, tap the "share" button at the bottom and select "Yomiwa Add Furiganas" to display all furiganas
• Listen to the Japanese text with the "Speak" function

• Get help from the user community by sharing pictures on the Yomiwa Wall

Yomiwa is perfect for:
• Upgrading your reading skills to the next level by reading any Japanese text with Yomiwa OCR technology
• Using as your everyday Japanese dictionary
• Increasing your vocabulary by building your own word lists
• Learning and study Japanese Kanjis
• Improving your Japanese skills!

We are very responsive to your feed-back and suggestions:

What's New

Version 3.8.6

• Bug fixes
• Stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings

Five Star Study Buddy

Truly a fantastic Japanese learning resource! When I first got this app I didn’t know how much of a life saver it would become. I’m currently studying Japanese at university, and since recommending Yomiwa to my classmates, we are now all using it every day to make studying Japanese a breeze.

The camera and analyser tool puts Yomiwa far above other Japanese dictionary apps. Real-time kanji scanning saves so much time, and is not only useful as a study aid, but also for real-life situations like reading street signs, maps and instructions. The drawing tool also works so smoothly and is more efficient than other applications in my opinion. The analyse feature is also something I’ve never seen before and is so useful for picking apart sentences with difficult words. You can even type your own sentences and use text-to-speech which works as both listening and pronunciation practise!

If you are studying Japanese, Yomiwa is an indispensable tool which will help you immensely. I cannot recommend it enough. No really. I can’t stop telling all of my friends. Please help me!


Haven’t used it much so far, but the interface is very intuitive and it seems incredibly useful. It will be a great resource whilst I’m studying Japanese!



I use romajidesu on web but now even if I am struggling in a meeting I can use this! So helpful, please keep it up!


Nomad AI OU
156.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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