Eshima Ohashi Bridge
If you’ve been on the internet long enough, chances are you have seen a viral picture of a highway bridge that’s so steep, it appears to be vertical. Known to resemble the ascent of a roller coaster, the Eshima Ōhashi Bridge has become a hotspot for tourists and photographers.
Resembles an ascending roller coaster
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Connecting Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture, the 1.7km-long Eshima Ōhashi Bridge has become a popular sightseeing spot in its own right, after it was featured in a Daihatsu car commercial.
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In the advertisement, 2 man seated in a Daihatsu car look on warily at the bridge’s steep slope, with 1 of them revealing that the bridge is nicknamed “Betabumizaka“ (ベタ踏み坂), which translates roughly to “the slope where you have to accelerate like mad”.
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One look at the bridge and anyone can tell that the witty commercial hit the nail on the head as its insanely steep slope resembles the ascent of a fear-inducing roller coaster.
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After its appearance in the TV commercial, the bridge acquired newfound fame, with many flocking to the spot to catch sight of and snap a shot of the bridge.
Not that steep in real life
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While it looks like it’s nearly impossible to cross the bridge, in reality, the bridge is not as steep as what most photos suggest.
View from the highest point on the bridge.
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Built over Lake Nakaumi to allow huge vessels to pass through, Eshima Ōhashi Bridge measures 45m at its tallest point and is the largest concrete girder bridge in the country.
In other words, it is pretty steep to say the least, but don’t expect to see the highway road towering over you when you’re there in person.
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In order to enhance the bridge’s incline, most photos you see online are taken with a telephoto lens from a distance. It is also common to see the photo taken from the Shimane side, where the gradient of the bridge hits 6.1% – 1% higher than the slope on the Tottori side.
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When viewed from the side, you’ll find that the Eshima Ōhashi Bridge is a manageable height that doesn’t require drivers to “accelerate like mad”. Still, it is fun to imagine being on a thrilling roller coaster ride while driving on the road.
Locating Eshima Ohashi Bridge
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Eshima Ōhashi Bridge is a short 10-minute drive from the nearest Sakaiminato Station. There is no public transportation that will bring you straight to the spot, so you should consider hailing a taxi, riding a bicycle, or walking to get there.
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Address: Nishikogyodanchi, Sakaiminato, 684-0075 Tottori
Also check out:
- Scenic ocean drive through the Tsunoshima Bridge
- Seasonal views at the viewpoint of First Tadami River Bridge
- Amanohashidate, picturesque sandbar just 2 hours from central Kyoto
- Japan’s highest suspension bridge
- Tsushima Shrine, a shrine that’s only open 2 days a year
Cover image adapted from: @tabishitegomen
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