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All of us want to say we’ve visited some cool places in our time, and this is someplace like no other. The concrete Eshima Ohashi bridge, located in Japan, spans across a huge lake called Nakaumi connecting the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminto.

The reason this bridge is so special, as you may be able to see, is its incredible incline. In actual fact, the slope gradient only reaches up to 6.1%, which is still pretty steep, but this slope is actually made to look much steeper by the camera angle. However, it still makes for a truly mind-blowing spectacle – both at the top or not.

The reason for the bridge being designed to rise so unbelievably high in such as strange design is to allow boat traffic to pass through underneath. With the bridge stretching around a mile in length and with the width of the road being a sizeable 11.3 metres, it is the third-largest of its kind in the world! One can only imagine what it would be like to be stuck at the top in traffic!

Although we don’t rent cars in Japan, the tourists visiting have certainly been off for a ride, as this bridge is listed as one of the top attractions in Japan.

Eshima ohashi bridge



Construction began on this bizarre bridge in 1997 and took seven years to complete. The bridge received a sudden interest across the internet ever since it was used in a commercial from the company Daihatsu Motor Co.’s. This advert showed the bridge at a certain angle to exaggerate the sharp slope, to trick the viewer into thinking it was frighteningly steep to demonstrate the strength of the vehicle they were advertising.

A true driving experience

Although the pictures taken of this unique bridge may exaggerate the incline, it’s still a one of a kind experience – and will certainly offer a bit of a thrill… as you are driving up the bridge you’ll feel like you are soaring into the sky!

With the additional bonus of having amazing views of the surrounding mountains, cities and the lake, this bridge is an astonishing scene. The views across the Nakaumi lake bring tourists across the world, so this surely is a unique attraction to tick off the bucket list.

We hope you enjoyed this article and have intrigued you to seek out a thrilling drive down this fantastic bridge! Do tell about your thoughts on this cool driving attraction, as well as any other exceptional roads that you’ve driven on Twitter – have you seen something better? Tweet @HotsonEurodrive or share this article on Facebook!

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