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MichAdel | Japan Kumagaya Sakura Panorama
Japan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumagaya,_Saitama

Kumagaya (熊谷市 Kumagaya-shi?) is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 203,089 (9th in Saitama). The total area is 159.88 km2. The city is one of the biggest in northern Saitama Prefecture. It is the administrative, business and commercial centre in northern Saitama Prefecture. Eight national Highways and three railway lines serve the city. While many people commute towards south Tokyo, its daytime population is larger than the night population thanks to commuters from surrounding towns

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Copyright: Michael Chien
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 4000x2000
Taken: 21/04/2013
Uploaded: 21/04/2013
Updated: 05/04/2015
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Tags: michadel; blue sky 藍天; kumagaya 熊谷 くまがやし; panorama; sakura 櫻花; wideview; 全景; 百選; 熊谷櫻堤; 寬景
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