Reasons to Choose Japan

Life in Japan by Specific Areas



Shiga Prefecture has the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa , located in the center of the prefecture. There is also Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei, which is registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. People enjoy cycling around Lake Biwa during holidays and the rich nature is another attraction of Shiga Prefecture.

shiga *This map does not include topographical features and island areas and does not cover the entire area of Japan.

Famous places / spots recommended by locals



Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan! There are also several beaches and campgrounds on the shores of the lake. It is crowded with leisure activities such as fishing on weekends.



Enryakuji has a solemn atmosphere. It is a temple that covers the entire area of Mt. Hiei at an altitude of 848m at the prefectural border between Shiga and Kyoto.

Foods recommended by locals

  • Omi-beef


    It is a Japanese beef that has been popular for a long time. There are many long-established stores and reasonable shops that specialize in Omi beef in the prefecture. Omi beef is enjoyed by various cooking methods such as steak, yakiniku and sukiyaki.

  • Funa-zushi


    It is a Shiga traditional food with a long history appeared in literature over 1200 years ago. It is a delicacy born in Lake Biwa, which has a unique scent.

Climate (temperature / precipitation)

Temperature (°C)

Temperature (°C) (Source: Japan Metrogical Agency)

Precipitation (mm)

Precipitation (mm) (Source: Japan Metrogical Agency)

Shiga Prefecture is blessed with a relatively comfortable climate with an average annual temperature of about 14.9 °C.

Cost of living

Rent is based on the research by the national rental management system business assosiation, and others are based on the statistical data by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.

  • Rent


    44,922 yen

  • Electricity


    3,747 yen

  • Water


    2,162 yen

  • Ramen
    (Eating out)

    Ramen(Eating out)

    597 yen

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