our story

About Edo Japan

Founded over 30 years ago in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the very first Edo Japan restaurant started with the simple idea of serving traditional Japanese Teppan-style meals using fresh, quality ingredients and our signature Teriyaki sauce (a recipe that remains a closely guarded secret even today).

Since then we've become one of Canada's fastest growing restaurants, with over 100 Edo Japan food court and storefront locations across the country, serving food that's still fresh and delicious. 

Simply Better®

At Edo Japan, being simply better is at the heart of everything we do. That means creating simply better meals using quality, all-natural ingredients, offering legendary service at each and every one of our locations, and helping our customers make simply better choices when it comes to their health.

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Our History


We Arrive

The first Edo Japan is opened in Calgary, Alberta by Susumu Ikuta, a Japanese Buddhist minister who came up with the idea of serving traditional Teppan-style meals with a signature Teriyaki sauce (a recipe that remains a closely guarded secret even today).


We Expand 

Edo Japan reaches Edmonton with the opening of a location at Heritage Mall.


We Grow

Ikuta leaves the organization after being appointed Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of Canada. Tom Donaldson is hired as CEO, transforming Edo Japan from a “mom and pop” operation into a thriving franchise.


We Find a New Leader

The Ikuta Family fully retires from the business and Tom Donaldson becomes the sole owner the company.


We Hit the Streets

Edo Japan launches our first “Street Front” location to meet consumer demand by offering dine-in or take-out service in a contemporary and casual restaurant setting.


We Offer Sushi

Edo Japan introduces a selection of sushi items at all mall locations.


We Hit 100

Edo Japan opens its 100th restaurant at Namao Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.


We Win Big

Tom Donaldson is chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner in the Hospitality and Tourism division.


We Go Bronze

Edo Japan wins bronze at the Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising.


We Are Simply Better

Edo Japan is named a Canadian Franchise Association "Franchisees’ Choice" for the fifth consecutive year.

Franchising Opportunities


New Leadership

Tom Donaldson Retires and Dave Minnett becomes the President and CEO.


Fresh Take

Edo Japan opens up their new Fresh take concept store in Edmonton.


We Go East

Edo Japan opens up their first location in Manitoba.

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