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Is Seiryu Miharashi Station the only train station where passengers cannot enter or exit the platform?

I'm reading about the Seiryu Miharashi Station in Japan, which is a recently (2019-03-19) opened train station where passengers cannot enter or exit the platform, except via the train, as the platform'...
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What is the highest road in the world that is accessible by conventional vehicles?

I'm looking to drive up the highest road in the world but I don't have access to any special vehicles. Where can I do so? The exact conditions are: The road must be accessible to civilians, so ...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

Calling "Shotgun" might be the wrong word, since the driver's cab would be on top of the train, or absent altogether. What are some examples of high-speed long-distance intercity trains that have ...
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What is the highest pass in the world that is kept open (plowed) in winter?

Winter is here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere at least), and with it comes the bane of travelers just about everywhere, snow. Furthermore, snow tends to be more prevalent at higher altitudes, ...
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What's the easternmost place in Asia?

On my current trip (like my previous) I've been in Europe and crossed the Bosphorous to Asia and proceeded further east (currently Tbilisi, Georgia). At some point I'd like to move even further east, ...
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Which countries refer to themselves by their shape? [closed]

The French refer to their country as l'Hexagone, as mainland France is approximately hexagonal. What other countries refer to themselves by the shape of their territory?
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What is the longest passenger flight (with a flight number) in the world?

For example, JQ151 from Sydney to Christchurch is around 3 hours. NZ1 however, is about another 7 to Hong Kong. Will need a regular flight number to verify. Definition is longest in terms of flight ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

What is the oldest building or structure in the world that's still in regular use today? For the sake of the question, I'm not looking for something that still exists purely as a tourist attraction....
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What's the shortest flight on which a full, complimentary hot meal was served to all passengers?

Here in the United States, the typical economy class service offered on short-haul flights is a simple snack and beverage service. There are often options to purchase meals on board, but only on ...
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UK Station served by greatest number of TOCs?

Liverpool Lime Street is served by seven Train Operating Companies: Avanti West Coast Merseyrail East Midlands Trains Transpennine Express Trains for Wales (via the recently reopened Halton Curve) ...
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Direct flights between cities with the same name

One can fly from London (YXU) to London (LHR) (via Toronto), from Glasgow (GGW) to Glasgow (GLA) (multiple stops), or from Moscow (PUW) to Moscow (SVO) (via Seattle). There are others (Sydney, ...
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What is the most isolated building in the world?

I wish to know what the the most isolated building in the world is, with "most isolated" being defined as "the longest distance to the closest building". Building complexes count ...
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What is the longest distance between two stops of a train route?

As a follow-up to this answer which states that the “Z” trains from Beijing to Hong Kong and which take 24 hours are actually non-stop services (permitting immigration formalities to take place in ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

For the purpose of this question, temperature refers to daily mean temperature in a month (shown as "daily mean" on Wikipedia) of the city/town that an airport primarily serves passenger flight ...
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Where can you find the cheapest beer at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport?

The beer is super expensive at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, usually around 100-120:- (10-12€) for a 50 cl lager at any bar or restaurant. As a Swede I find this outrageous as a beer in the alco shop is ...
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World's fastest ferry route

Last summer, I was impressed by the speed of the Norwegian hurtigbåt M/S Fjordprinsessa, operating near Tromsø, travelling so fast that travellers are not allowed on-deck and are recommended to remain ...
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World's longest purpose-built pedestrian tunnel?

Where is the world's longest publicly accessible purpose-built pedestrian tunnel? Wikipedia has: List of long tunnels by type, bicycle and pedestrian. This is incomplete, as the only long ...
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What flight has the highest ratio of timezone difference to flight time?

Inspired by crossing four time zones in six hours today: what commercially operated scheduled flight has the largest time difference per flight time? For example, if there's a 2-hour flight that has ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

This question is just for curiosity, rather than for anything practical. Is there any railway station in the UK from which it is not possible to get to London with only 1 change? The obvious ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

As an example, "Frankfurt" Hahn is actually 120 km away from the city of Frankfurt and "Paris" Beauvais is actually 85 km away from the center of Paris. Are there airports that are even further away ...
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Fastest public elevator in the world

The Main Tower is my favorite attraction in Frankfurt am Main not only because of the wonderful public viewing platform, but also because of the amazing speed of the elevator - 25,2 km/h. I think the ...
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Drinking from the Chalice Well in Glastonbury (Sacred Spring in England)

The Chalice Well web site says this... To be at the well head, to drink the water and absorb the atmosphere in the gardens can be a truly inspirational experience. ...which I understand to mean ...
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Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?

It could be due to boredom that I notice this, but it seems that only on airplanes ice cube have holes. Why is that?
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What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies?

I remember 6 years ago, discovering "The Great South American Journey" operated by Gap adventures (now G Adventures), a 5 month trip around the continent (although essentially a bunch of their smaller ...
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What's the longest direct route with Flixbus?

I wonder what the longest direct route with Flixbus is? As one can get 5 tickets for 20€ each I want to know which route will give the most value to the tickets. The longest I've travelled on yet ...
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What is the world's largest publicly accessible air-conditioned space? [closed]

Living just off the equator, in a place that's hot & humid all year around, I find myself longing for places with pleasant, predictable, climate-controlled environments. So: What is the largest ...
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Entering Emirates Stadium, Block vs Turnstile

I have never been to Emirates Stadium and have tickets for the match tomorrow (10 Dec) with a friend. The instructions say that unless we enter at the right place we can be refused entry altogether, ...
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Busiest domestic-only airport?

What is the busiest domestic airport? By domestic airport, I mean an airport where: all scheduled or charter flights are domestic, and the airport must not have any customs and immigration ...
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What's the longest scheduled helicopter flight?

I'm looking for the longest scheduled commercial helicopter route in the world. It could be seasonal but should be recurring and anyone should be able to purchase tickets for the route.
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Which railway stations in the UK only offer travel in one direction?

Despite living relatively nearby, I have just recently learnt about Pilning station. That I have been unaware of it until now is not particularly surprising, as there are only two services a week. (it ...
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Largest populated area without cars [duplicate]

I would like to visit somewhere with no cars. What are the largest inhabited regions with no automobiles? (Emergency vehicles are allowed.)
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Can the ship's captain really perform your wedding when in international waters?

On the question about whether you can get married while travelling, Mark Mayo posted a comment that any marriage has to be on dry land or close to it. But I'm sure all of us have heard of ships' ...
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What airport has the fewest regular commercial flights?

Of all the airports that receive regular commercial flights (airports that serve only military or general aviation flights (private, charter, corporate, etc.) do not count, but airports that serve ...
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Oldest monument in Rome

I know this question might seem a bit weird, but this is really difficult to find an answer to me. Rome is well known to be one of the city in the world which has the biggest quantity of ancient ...
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What is the cheapest business or first class flight I can book and fly? [closed]

I’d like to be able to turn left and head for the pointy end of a plane. What’s the cheapest business class or first class flight I can book? Basically, the rules are the same as What is the cheapest ...
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

Inspired by this, but the complete opposite: What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves? Personally, I can't think of anything closer than Adelaide Airport (ADL),...
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Capital with fewest resident embassies [closed]

What is the capital of country with fewest resident embassies. I have one example but will add it as answer later (if no one mention it). By country I accept the definition and list of Wikipedia
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

As an example, the city of Haifa (population 280k) has a Russian consulate in addition to the main embassy in Tel Aviv. The Haifa consulate is full fledged and can issue visas, not just an honorary ...
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Which airports serve only international destinations? [closed]

In this question, concerning the airports that serve the most countries, domestic flights are excluded (i.e. the country containing the airport should not contribute to its destination count). This ...
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Which airport has direct flights to the most countries?

While viewing videos from one personal that has been to every country he mentioned that it was easier for him to see new countries because the airport close to him had so many flights to other ...
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Longest distance ordinary road sign?

Outside Narvik, Norway (at Gratangseidet north of Bjerkvik, at the border between Nordland and Troms) is a road sign indicating the distance to Kirkenes along the E6 as 1042 km: Kirkenes 1042 km ...
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What is the longest journey made of 2-hour flights from London?

Starting from London, what are the furthest places that can be reached by commercial flights, with any number of flight segments and stopovers, but all flights lasting under 2 hours? For example, can ...
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Longest bridge/tunnel that can be cycled over/through?

I'm cycling around Japan, and a few days ago I cycled the Shimanami Kaido, a series of bridges connecting islands between the mainland and Shikoku in the inland sea. One of the bridges there was (if I ...
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What does this tiny window balcony spotted in Zurich stand for?

Watching photos made in Zurich this September, I noticed strange window construction. What does this red wooden box stand for? It's too small to be a balcony - at least for adult human, probably it's ...
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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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Starting from any commercial airport, can I reach any other commercial airport in the world with just scheduled passenger flights?

A commercial airport being any airport that has regular scheduled passenger flights. The mathematics of this question got me thinking: is the network of scheduled flights a connected graph? That is, ...
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Most remote passenger train station

I enjoy travelling to remote places and to places that can be accessed by train or boat but not by car. What passenger train station is furthest from any regular road? By regular road, I mean a ...
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What is the most remote railway line in the world?

What is the most remote railroad in the world? By remote, I mean that: this railroad must be disconnected from any other railroad; this railroad must currently have scheduled passenger trains. ...
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Windows 10 Lock Screen Wallpaper, where is this location? [duplicate]

This image popped on my screen one day and it wouldn't give me the destination and was wondering where this is, I would love to go here.

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