With 400 years of history, Omi Beef is often cited as one of the top three brands of wagyu.
Its outstanding reputation is known not just in Japan, but also abroad in foreign countries.
Biwako-Hatchin (The Eight Delicacies of Lake Biwa)
The native freshwater fish unique to Lake Biwa are known as Biwako-Hatchin.
Shiga’s local people have passed down the custom of eating these delicacies in traditional dishes such as
funazushi (fermented crucian carp sushi), a type of nare-zushi (fermented sushi), tsukudani (food boiled in soy
sauce), and amenouo gohan (boiled rice seasoned with soy sauce and a type of native local trout called Biwa
Rice: the staple of the Japanese diet.
Rice grown in Shiga Prefecture is called Omi-mai Rice. Within this category, a specific cultivar, Mizukagami,
received the highest ranking “A-Grade” at the rice eating quality test held by the Japan Grain Inspection
Association for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017.
Shiga is said to be the origin of Japanese tea, which dates back over 1200 years to 805 AD when tea seeds were first brought back from China’s Tang Dynasty by Saicho, the famous monk who founded the Tendai sect of Buddhism and also built its headquarters, Hieizan Enryakuji Temple (a World Heritage).
Saicho planted these seeds around the area of Shiga now called Sakamoto, Otsu City.
The major brands of Omi Tea are Tsuchiyama Tea (Tsuchiyamacho, Koka City), Asamiya Tea (Asamiya Shigarakicho, Koka City) and Mandokoro Tea (Mandokoro, Higashiomi City).