Google Noto Fonts

Noto CJK

Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK comprehensively cover Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean in a unified font family. This includes the full coverage of CJK Ideographs with variation support for 4 regions, Kangxi radicals, Japanese Kana, Korean Hangul, and other CJK symbols and letters in the Basic Multilingual Plane of Unicode. It also provides limited coverage of CJK Ideographs in Plane 2 of Unicode as necessary to support standards from China and Japan.

Simplified Chinese Supports GB 18030 and China’s latest standard Table of General Chinese Characters (通用规范汉字表) published in 2013.
Traditional Chinese Supports BIG5. Traditional Chinese glyphs comply with the glyph standard of the Taiwan Ministry of Education (教育部國字標準字體).
Japanese Supports all of the kanji in JIS X 0208, JIS X 0213, and JIS X 0212 to include all kanji in Adobe-Japan1-6.
Korean

The best font for typesetting classic Korean documents in Hangul and Hanja such as Humninjeongeum manuscript, a UNESCO World Heritage.

Supports over 1.5 million archaic Hangul syllables and 11,172 modern syllables as well as all CJK ideographs in KS X 1001 and KS X 1002.

Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK’s support of character and glyph set standards for the 4 languages.

Both Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK are offered in 7 weights and include 65,535 glyphs (the maximum number of glyphs that can be included in a single font).

Downloads

Noto CJK fonts come in 4 packaging formats. Glyph designs are identical regardless of the packaging format.

In font filenames, JP, KR, SC, TC represent Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese respectively.

Language-specific OpenType/CFF (OTF)

Each font sets one language as the default. Note that each language-specific font does support all four languages and includes the complete set of glyphs. However, you need an application program that can invoke an OpenType locl GSUB feature (e.g. Adobe InDesign) to access language-specific variants other than the default language.

Sans-serif

36 OTF font files in total: 4 languages × 9 font files per language

Serif

28 font files in total: 4 languages × 7 font files per language

OpenType/CFF Collection (OTC)

The aforementioned OTF files are bundled into 7 OTC files (.ttc), one for each of 7 weights. A single OTC file includes language-specific OTF for each of 4 languages. This format allows you to install all language-specific OTF files of a weight at once on platforms where the OTC format is supported.

Sans-serif

7 OTC font files in total:

OTC fonts for Regular and Bold NotoSansCJK-Regular.ttc and NotoSansCJK-Bold.ttc include eight font instances: Noto Sans CJK {JP, KR, SC, TC} and Noto Sans Mono CJK {JP, KR, SC, TC}.

OTC font for each of the other 5 weights, NotoSansCJK-[weight].ttc includes 4 font instances - Noto Sans CJK {JP, KR, SC, TC}.

Serif

7 OTC font files in total: OTC file for each weight includes 4 font instances - Noto Sans CJK {JP, KR, SC, TC}.

Super OpenType/CFF Collection (Super OTC)

This is all-in-one packaging. A super OTC includes all font instances, one for each of the seven weights and 4 languages for Noto Sans CJK and Noto Serif CJK. It allows you to install all fonts (weight and language variations) at once on platforms where OTC format is supported. In addition, it takes about 10MB less disk space than separate OTF files.

Sans-serif

36 OTF font files in total:

NotoSansCJK{jp,kr,sc,tc}-[weight].otf and NotoSansMonoCJK{jp,kr,sc,tc}-{Regular, Bold}.otf.

Serif

28 OTF font files in total: NotoSerifCJK{jp,kr,sc,tc}-[weight].otf

Region-specific Subset OpenType/CFF (Subset OTF)

Unlike fonts in the aforementioned 3 packaging formats, each font file supports only one region. Only glyphs that are deemed necessary for that region are included. These fonts don’t require an application to support the locl GSUB feature to access the region-specific glyphs. They have smaller footprint than the language-specific OTFs since fewer glyphs are included.

An easy way to distinguish language-specific OTF and region-specific subset OTF is to see if “CJK” is in the font filename or family name. If “CJK” is present, it is a language-specific OTF that supports all four languages. Otherwise, it is a region-specific subset OTF.

There are 28 of these font files: 4 languages × 7 weights. Monospace fonts are not provided for these region-specific OTFs.

Sans-serif

28 OTF font files in total: 4 languages × 7 weights. Monospace fonts are not provided for these region specific OTFs.

Serif

28 OTF font files in total: 4 languages × 7 weights.

Recommended use

Use the following flow chart designed by Adobe to decide which font package to use for the environment you want to support:

If this flowchart suggests that more than one font packaging format will work, determine how much space is available for fonts on the device and review the aforementioned description of the 4 packaging formats to decide which is most appropriate for your situation.