The seven day Japan Rail Pass at $A300 is a little less expensive than Tokyo-Kyoto return by Shinkansen with reserved seat. Get the pass!
We left home early to be sure not to be left behind, taking the elevator in the wall across the street from our apartment down to the very deep Asakusa (Tsukuba) station, from where we went two stops on the 6.08 Tsukuba Express to Akihabara to catch the Yamanote Line to Tokyo Station. This is how the world looks at 6.25am Friday on the Yamanote Line. Social media not yet dominant.
We were early for, safely in place to move smartly on board, the 7.03 Shinkansen Hikari out of Tokyo forr Kyoto. Some glimpses of it in a little movie here. Also glimpses of Mt Fuji (Fujisan)