This property is located in Yamashina which is a residential neighborhood for people who work in Central Kyoto and Osaka. Although a very convenient area, this charming home is surrounded by beautiful mountains and greens. Yamashina is home to the area, Kiyomizuyaki Danchi, where many traditional Japanese crafts were created in the 15th century, including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery. Shops of potters and wholesalers line the streets of Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi, and a famous pottery festival is held there every summer. The area has been playing a large role in keeping and passing on the tradition and culture of Kyoto’s pottery and other traditional crafts. Yamashina is filled with good old Japanese heritage and beautiful nature. Also, as Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto boasts thousands of historic Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines as well as some of Japan's most beautiful gardens and palaces. Although now a modern city of 1.5 million people, Kyoto remains a center of traditional Japanese art and crafts, culture and cuisine. Set in a picturesque basin surrounded by green wooded hills, the city is designed on a distinctive grid pattern and is easily accessible from Tokyo or Osaka by shinkansen 'bullet' train.