Iga rice has ranked top grade in the Japan Rice Contest.
There is Lake Biwa which is the largest lake in Japan on the north of Iga.
In earlier times, Lake Biwa was located in Iga, and gradually shifted north.
The nutrient-rich clay soils of the lakebed combine with the delicious water from the upstream Kizu-gawa River and climate unique to a basin region with large seasonal temperature fluctuations, to create an environment perfect for growing good Iga Rice.
Japanese rice is not long-grain rice such as Indica but a type that becomes moist and sticky when cooked.