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Kawagoe, Japan
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Kawagoe, Saitama

Kawagoe (川越市 Kawagoe-shi?) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is about a 30-minute train ride from Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

As of July 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 343,926, with 142,898 households and a population density of 3,150.66 persons per km². The total area is 109.16 km².

Kawagoe was founded as a town Kawagoe-machi (川越町?) on April 1, 1889, and became the first city in the prefecture on December 1, 1922.

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A manhole (alternatively utility hole, cable chamber, maintenance hole, inspection chamber, access chamber or confined space) is the top opening to an underground utility vault used to house an access point for making connections or performing maintenance on underground and buried public utility and other services including sewers, telephone, electricity, storm drains and gas.