JR West-Sanyou Pass
Excursion Pass for the Osaka-Okayama-Hiroshima-Hakata Area.
This pass can be used in the ordinary-class cars for 500-Series "Nozomi" and other Sanyo Shinkansen trains (reserved or non-reserved seats) while traveling in the Sanyo area to such famous sightseeing locations as Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Hakata.
Sanyo Area Pass Description
Four-day and eight-day (consecutive days) passes are available.
These passes allow unlimited use, within the designated area, of the following trains are transportation services operated by JR-West. "Nozomi", "Hikari", and "Kodama" Sanyo Shinkansen super express trains, "Haruka" limited express trains, ordinary-class cars on local trains (reserved and non-reserved seats), and the Miyajima ferry line in Hiroshima.
* When using reserved seats, you must obtain a reserved seat ticket (at no extra charge) from a JR-West ticket office "Green Window" or a TiS travel center prior to boarding the train.
Those maps are amazing. That's exactly what I was hoping for. The ryoko site looks especially helpful, and having PDF files will really help me with planning, as I can print out a hard copy.全国鉄道路線図
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JR Shikoku (pdf file)
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I realise that their are many JR and private railways, but I was wondering if there was a exclusive map anywhere that might be primarily for railway travel.
Well I want to do some good research into what I really want to see and do. Obviously I have to determine where I can go and how much time I will stay in an area. It may turn out to be impractical to travel to far if I am missing out on enjoying the sites.I don't know of any one central place for _all_ the information you're asking.
My suggestion is to get the longest JR pass you can get and refer to the overall JR map here. Even with that, your transportation is going to cost a bomb.
Anyways, what I would do with the map is to first identify the more major cities I will pass through. Then I will look up interesting places in/surrounding these cities. As convenient and well-networked as it may seem, it is not unusual to wait 2 hours or so for the next train in the more rural places (even though the trains were run by JR!). Trust me, you do not be out in the cold for hours on holiday waiting for some local train/bus just to visit/get out of one "must see" attraction. Much less in the cold of winter.
I don't know how much time you have but I've done a trip looping Tohoku in 1 month with my start/end point in Tokyo. It was extremely tiring to say the least. I don't know how long I would need if I were to loop the whole of Japan!
Good luck! And I wish I could do it too.