Omi Beef can be eaten in many cuisines on Omi historical road.
In ancient times in Japan, cows were an important part of stockbreeding and eating of beef was prohibited. However, in the Edo Period, Hikone Domain presented cow’s leather as an annual tribute for the use of making Taiko drums to the Shogun. It was the only officially recognized reason for the cow’s slaughter. At first cows were used only for medicine production and gifts. The histories of Hikone and Omi beef are closely related. Time passed Hikone Castle and Downtown as a historical place and Omi Beef sennaritei Kyara, which is situated at the Castle entrance, started to attract local people and tourists