Japan’s Contribution to the Most Hair-Raising, Adrenaline-Pumping and Heart-Stopping Bridge Crossings in the World
If you are not a keen bungee jumper or suffer from Acrophobia, which is the irrational fear of fights, you probably might not want to go down this road. For the person with acrophobia, even traveling across a high bridge can cause extreme anxiety. The difference between traveling across a standard high bridge and crossing the Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan is like comparing jumping from your porch and jumping from the Empire State Building.
This bridge’s claim to fame places it in the “Top ten of the most … in the world” category. Unlike what you might think it is not its height that puts it in a class of its own. The unusual shape and incline and decline at each end of the bridge are what make it an international tourist attraction. It also makes it a trip not for the faint-hearted. It connects Matsue in the Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in the Tottori Prefecture over the Nakaumi Lake.
Like a full-scale real-life roller coaster, with the 6.1% incline/decline, which means a 6.1 feet drop or rise for every hundred feet traveled, you are at the total mercy of your own vehicle’s engine and braking system. What makes this bridge even more hair-raising is that the road traveling up and down is not even close to being straight and seems more like the work of a highly intoxicated architect. The bridge was however designed in this way to allow the nonstop waterway traffic on the Nakaumi Lake, never to be disturbed by road traffic.
Notwithstanding the adrenaline-rushing, heart-stopping, bladder-testing, hair-raising experience generated by this bridge, and that is just by looking at it, Japan’s authorities claim that there were no crashes on the bridge since its completion in 2004. If this type of excitement is up your alley, go knock yourself out.