Japan has a terrifying roller coaster bridge which makes you wonder, is Japan crazy?
There are lots of marvels from the architectural field all around the world including the Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, and The leaning tower of Pisa, which have withstood the tests of time and have astonished the modern architectural geniuses. But there are many modern architectural marvels such as the Burj Khalifa, the Infinity Tower in Dubai and the Three Gorges Dam in China that give strong competition to the ancient marvels.
But this bridge in Japan is not only a construction marvel, but also somewhat looks like it will be fun to ride on the bridge. Japan has managed to make driving a car on that bridge both picturesque and fun for people who like a bit of adventure. See for yourself.
1 Eshima Ohashi – The roller coaster bridge
Japan has some of the best engineering minds in the world when it comes to not only electronics, but also in the field of construction. Some of the most unbelievable construction marvels can be seen in the Land of the rising sun. But nothing can beat the Eshima Ohashi Bridge that seems more like a rollercoaster rather than a bridge. The bridge that connects Matsue and Sakaiminato is built over the Lake Nakaumi and instead of the usual bridges which open up in the middle to let a ship through, this bridge is actually build high in the middle so that the ships can pass through without the need of opening the bridge. There is a steep climb from one side and a descent that will give minor heart attacks to the best of drivers while going down.
2 Eshima Ohashi – Marvel of engineering
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge is the world’s third largest rigid bridge and is 1.7 km long and 11.3 m wide and is a two lane bridge. The bridge has a slope with the gradient of 6.1 per cent on the Shimane Prefecture side and 5.1 per cent on the Tottori Prefecture side, giving it a roller coaster like appearance. The bridge is one of the best bridges in the nation and is the largest rigid bridge in Japan. Drivers have to encounter a steep decline during the descent and it would really suck to be stuck in a traffic jam on this bridge. But the engineers making this bridge have kept the safety of passengers at the paramount and the bridge was opened only after checking it for safety in every possible way.
3 Video of the terrifying descent
Here is a video of the people driving on the Eshima Ohashi Bridge and you can see the steep incline and the descent gives goosebumps to even the viewers who are watching it from their homes. In what can only be described as a marvel of architecture, the Japanese engineers have managed to create a bridge which gives the joy of a rollercoaster and also lets the ships pass through it easily without disturbing the traffic.