Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Eshima Ohashi is nicknamed the Rollercoaster Bridge and it isn’t difficult to work out why. Spanning Lake Nakamui, the structure appears dauntingly steep upon approach – the bridge reaches an intimidating 146 feet into the sky.
Eshima Ohashi bridge though is a type of optical illusion; spanning 250 metres, it won’t appear as steep when viewing the bridge from the side. Approaching head on amplifies the incline somewhat, but there’s no doubt that for those without a head for heights, tackling the crossing is an undertaking that is not to be treated lightly.
Linking the Japanese cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, the bridge was constructed like this in order to enable large ships to pass beneath on the lake. It’s a spectacular sight, and approached from either end, it presents quite a challenge. This is a big dipper that calls for great bravery. Measuring just over a mile from one end to the other, you’ll be sure to breathe a sigh of relief when you finally reach the other side.