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On March 20, 2006, Shiga was merged into the expanded city of Ōtsu.
The original village called Shiga (kanji was "滋賀", not 志賀) was located slightly north of Ōtsu, and merged with Ōtsu on May 10, 1932. A new town called Shiga was established on October 1, 1955 upon the mergers of Wani (和邇), Kido (木戸), and Komatsu (小松) villages, further north of Ōtsu.
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