The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, located in the Chugoku region of Honshu, Japan has been startling viewers over the internet since the day it was built from 1997 to 2004. Mostly because its images show a bridge that seems to rise vertically to the top like a “stairway to heaven” (as Led Zeppelin would say), the Eshima Ohashi Bridge has been nicknamed the Roller Coaster Bridge among other terrifying names. It’s a two-way traffic bridge and if your car’s got bad brakes coming down, you could go sliding very unceremoniously head first all the way back down to earth!
Because actually, it’s not that bad. It only looks bad because of the angle of the photography as the gradient is only 6.1% on one side and 5.1% on the other.
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge is the largest concrete road bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world. It connects Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture over Nakaumi Lake. The sharp gradient is to give ships enough headroom to pass underneath.
Take a ride over Japan’s famous Eshima Ohashi Bridge aka the Roller Coaster Bridge!