Extremely steep bridge in Japan
Eshima Ohashi Bridge is the third largest bridge in the world and the largest in Japan. It extends over the lake Nakaumi and connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. Eshima Ohashi is a two-lane concrete bridge, with a length of 1.7 kilometers, of which the bridge itself takes 1.44 km and the width is 11.3 meters.
Here you can experience the thrills no worse than in the amusement park! It has an incredible gradient – the bridge rises sharply so ships can pass underneath. Sitting in the car while driving at the highest point of the bridge, you will definitely get a feeling of those percents of the gradient and will be fidgety a lot! …although, they say that it is an exaggeration of the media.
The company «Daihatsu Motor Co» made this bridge the object of public attention when it was featured in a commercial of minivan «Tanto». Compression of prospect by the telephoto lens makes one believe that the bridge is extremely steep. But it was done to increase the interest for the new vehicle, and thus to demonstrate the power of the car.
Actually, Eshima Ohashi Bridge is quite convenient for moving by car. It has a gradient of 6.1 per cent on Shimane side and 5.1 per cent on Tottori, and it’s not so bad if you look at the side view photo of the bridge.
Shot from the commercial