So, back in Fall last year when I was in Japan, part of the itinerary was to visit Kyoto of course. As a Japan newbie, usually Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are go to places. At least that’s what I did (:P)
That day we woke up pretty early to catch the earliest Shinkansen ride to Kyoto so that we could have the whole day to us in Kyoto. So FYI, Shinkansen runs on a schedule. And it will only wait for you for about less than 5 minutes and on the dot, it will run again. A good website that I used to check on the timings (applies to a lot of train links as well) is HyperDia. This website helps you to arrange your itinerary as it shows different routes and schedules alternatives. Have a look!