About Edo Japan

Edo Japan was born of community four decades ago in Calgary, serving teppan-style teriyaki meals with a signature sauce. Today we continue to enrich communities where we live. We’ve grown to over 130 locations across Canada serving fresh choices, fresh made and fresh to go.

Fresh Take

Inspired by the tastes, sights and sounds of Japan, our passionate people make your food fresh and by hand. We’re a fresh take on fast, making the choice easy when life is busy.

People love our hand-rolled sushi that’s made fresh in-stores. Thousands enjoy our tasty teriyaki meals with fresh never frozen vegetables and choice cuts of Canadian beef and chicken. Made to order on our 450oF Teppanyaki grill that sears and locks in flavour.

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.


We Continue Expanding

We open two more Manitoba locations, three in Ontario, nine in Alberta and one in British Columbia.

Milestone NoSince 25yr 2020

We Reach New Franchise Milestones

We celebrate 25 years as a member of the CFA Franchise Association.

We're selected as a CFA Franchisees' Choice Designee for the 10th consecutive year.

Taste The Talk

We’re famous for our teriyaki sauce, and now you can bring it home by the bottle at select locations.