Eshima Ohashi Bridge is probably the scariest stretch of road most motorists could ever hope to drive on. It literally looks like a rollercoaster and was designed and built this way so as to allow ships to pass underneath it.
The 1.7km long bridge, built from 1997 to 2004, is the third largest in the world and the largest rigid-frame in Japan. It is 11.4m wide and connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. When seen from the front, the bridge looks intimidating and unlike any thing anyone in their right state of mind would want to drive across but on closer inspection, Eshima Ohashi Bridge is anything but!
Its gradient of 6.1% and 5.1% on either side is a dead giveaway and those who have driven over the bridge say it’s not too unlike driving over a steep (ish) hill. The side-view pictures of the bridge confirm that too but maybe, if one drove over the bridge really fast, the drop on the other side would add the excitement and thrill which the optical illusion creates.