Eshima Ohashi Bridge

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge (Japanese: 江島大橋, Hepburn: Eshima Ōhashi) is a rigid-frame bridge in Japan that connects Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, over Nakaumi lake. It was built from 1997 to 2004, and it is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.[1] Images of the bridge have been widely circulated on the internet, owing to its seemingly steep nature when photographed from a distance with a telephoto lens, but in actuality, it has a less pronounced, 6.1% gradient in the side of Shimane and a 5.1% gradient in the side of Tottori.[2]

Eshima Ohashi Bridge

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The Eshima Ohashi Bridge from the side
Coordinates35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2Coordinates: 35°31′09″N 133°12′00″E / 35.519167°N 133.2°E / 35.519167; 133.2
LocaleShimane and Tottori prefectures
Maintained bySakaiminato management association
Total length1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Width11.3 m (37 ft)
Height44.7 m (147 ft)
Longest span250 m (820 ft)
Construction start1997
Construction end2004

Eshima Ohashi Bridge replaced the previous drawbridge, since traffic was obstructed often by ships for about 7 to 8 minutes, only large vehicles under 14 tons were allowed and only 4000 vehicles could cross it per day.



  1. ^ Golgowski, Nina (April 29, 2015). "Japan's Eshima Ohashi bridge appears not for the faint-hearted drivers". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ Wallace, Allison (April 30, 2015). "Japan's 'rollercoaster bridge'". Yahoo! Travel. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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