Are You Brave enough To Cross The Eshima Ohashi Bridge?

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan looks like a rollercoaster for cars.

This concrete structure is an extremely steep bridge in Japan. It connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in the western part of Japan. The road is paved and well constructed, and spans a mile across Lake Nakaumi.

This rollercoaster bridge in Japan was built from 1997 to 2004.

Why Is The Bridge So Steep?

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Architects carefully designed this steep bridge in Japan so ships could pass under it with ease. The ridiculously terrifying slope freaks out even professional drivers. It literally looks like a rollercoaster.

There are a few nicknames for the bridge, including The Rollercoaster Bridge, and Bridge To The Sky. Looking straight on to the bridge is both intimidating and awe-inspiring. It looks impossibly steep for cars.

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There is a gradient of 5.1% on the Tottori Prefecture side, and 6.1% on the Shimane Prefecture side. The bridge is 1.7 km long, and 11.3 metres wide. It measures in at 44.7 metres tall with its longest span of 250 metres.

Both Japan and the internet claim that this is the steepest bridge in the world. It’s the third-largest bridge of its type in the world, and Japan’s largest rigid frame bridge.


How to Get the Best Snapshot of the Eshima Ohashi Bridge

When taking a snapshot, you’ll want to avoid capturing any part of the side view of the Eshima Ohashi Bridge. This will ruin the optical illusion and make the shot look like a typical bridge.

If you want to get the coveted picture to impress your friends (and maybe even get them to travel to Japan to see this amazing structure), you’ll need to take a photo of the Eshima Ohashi Bridge close to the convenience store at the intersection on the Shimane side.

Where to Go Next

You won’t take more than an hour to see the incredible Eshima Ohashi Bridge. Once you finish crossing and taking a picture of this incredible structure, consider checking out the other areas of western Japan. You could, for instance, check out the sand dunes of Tottori. If you love anime, go check out Conan Town located in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture.

There’s no telling when Japan will open to tourists. What you can do for now, though, is to save money for your next trip, add Japan to your travel bucket list and check out the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in person.


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