We were running a bit low on cash, so I left Diana to go look for an ATM. I had remembered one in the front (north side) of the station, but a sign there directed foreign ATM cards to a machine in the basement of the Kyoto Tower. Diana wondered where I had disappeared to, for 20 minutes. When I returned, we went through the automated turnstiles with our tickets.
We took the shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Tokyo.
Having arrived in Kyoto late on Tuesday night, we only had three touring days before our Saturday morning 11:00 shinkansen — bullet train — for Tokyo. With our big suitcases, we opted for the small luxury of a taxi to Kyoto station. The driver took us around to the back (south) side of the station, near the shinkansen gates.