Long ago, Shiga was known as "Omi Province", and traces of the name "Omi" can still be found in the region today.
One of the most obvious is the delicious "Omi Beef," one of the three most prized types of Japanese beef. Characterized by a high degree of marbling, along with a melt-in-your-mouth richness and wonderful aroma, this beef is loved both domestically and abroad.
The largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, is home to a wide variety of fish, providing for a range of fish dishes from the region. Unique local specialities include "funazushi," sushi made using fermented carp.
Furthermore, the unique customs of this region, influenced by the lake and its surrounding mountains, have led to many unique breweries and alluring sakes originating from Shiga, and it is a veritable treasure trove of alcoholic delights.