If you’re looking for a rollercoaster that you can take in the safety of your own vehicle, then the 44m-tall Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan might be your ticket – though it doesn’t have any spins or loops, it has an extraordinarily steep incline that can seem quite fun (or terrifying) when approaching it head-on.
The bridge was designed to let ships pass underneath, which is why the steep, abrupt inclines from the banks of Lake Nakaumi are necessary. Drivers descending into Matsue or Sakaiminato (the two cities linked by the bridge) are treated with panoramic views of their destinations. Eshima Ohashi is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third-largest in the world.
The rollercoaster-like effect seems all the stronger when the bridge is photographed from the front with a telephoto lens, which makes the climb seem even more abrupt. In reality, the inclines on each side are only 6.1% and 5.1%.
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