The history of Asakusa Imahan

Our present proprietor was appointed as Asakusa Imahan’s sixth-generation president. During the Meiji era, catching on to the early trend of beef, our predecessors began studying the value of taste. Such efforts came from devising the Beef Tsukudani menu (beef boiled down in our original sauce), studying the various tastes of different Beef Tsukudani restaurants in famous department stores, rearranging the GYU-DON menu (Japanese rice bowl topped with Wagyu Beef), and much more. Passing the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei eras, one thing that has always been consistent is our efforts to better incorporate the taste of Japanese tradition through a wide range of dishes while meeting our customer’s needs and wants within this progressive society. Knowing how such longevity has helped both our business and knowledge grow substantially, our team is continuously working on refining our signature taste each and every day. We, Asakusa Imahan, never settle for what we have, and are always striving to provide the best of the best for our customers.

1895 April

The founder, Hantaro Takaoka, left Okayama prefecture and relocated to Tokyo where he opened a Gyu-meshi (old name for Sukiyaki) restaurant in Honjo-Azumabashi.

1913 June

2nd generation Koji Takaoka opened “Imahan” restaurant in Asakusa Kaminarimon with his distant relative, Hantaro Aizawa

1928 March

The restaurant became independent, newly named as “Asakusa Imahan” which opened at its present location.

1931 April

Asakusa Imahan was established as the "Imahan limited liability company".

1945 January

Imahan contrived Beef Tsukudani (beef boiled down in our own sauce) goods and began producing and selling.


Asakusa Imahan Nihonbashi branch opened (later branched out to be a separate company).


Tsukudani shop opened at Ginza Matsuzakaya. (Since then, Tsukudani shop opened at many famous department stores in Tokyo successively.)

1955 January

GYU-DON (Japanese rice bowl topped with beef) was invented.

1956 March

Imahan limited liability company changed to Imahan Co. Ltd.

1966 December

4th generation Emiko Takaoka was appointed as the president of Asakusa Imahan.

1982 March

The position was then passed down to 5th generation Shuichi Takaoka who became Asakusa Imahan’s newly appointed president.

1982 June

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

1982 July

The Funabashi factory office building was completed.

1988 October

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

1989 November

Previously known as Imahan Co.Ltd., the Kokusai Street Head Restaurant became independent as Takahan Co. Ltd.

1993 June

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

1995 January

Asakusa Imahan Orange Street branch restaurant opened.

1995 April

Asakusa Imahan celebrated its 100th anniversary.

1998 June

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

2002 June

Asakusa Imahan Bento studio opened in Asakusa.

2005 May

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

2010 April

Imahan celebrated its 115th anniversary.

2010 June

Asakusa Imahan received the excellent corporation award.

2015 April

Asakusa Imahan celebrated its 120th anniversary.

2020 April

Asakusa Imahan celebrated its 125th anniversary.





Kokusai Street Head Restaurant

TEL:+81-3-3841-1114 FAX:+81-3-3843-2224
MAIL: honten@asakusaimahan.co.jp