For those with a fear of heights, we’d advise you to stay well away from Japan’s 44m tall Eshima Ohashi Bridge. It’s the most, terrifying, hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping and heart-stopping driveway in the world.
No matter how experienced you are, there are always certain highways that people are afraid of, and the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Sakaiminato, Japan, also known as the ‘Rollercoaster Bridge,’ is no exception.
With an incline of 6.1 percent (the equivalent of going up or down 6.1 feet in height for every 100 feet in length), this bridge gives even the most experienced drivers heart palpitations.
This bridge connects Matsue in the Shimane Prefecture to Sakaiminato in the Tottori Prefecture over Nakaumi Lake.
It was created to reduce boat traffic while minimizing delays when traveling. What terrifies many is that the structure appears almost vertical when you approach it in a motor vehicle.
Miraculously, there have not been reported accidents on the Eshima Ohashi Bridge, and authorities say any vehicle should be able to safely traverse it.
The Eshima Ohashi Bridge has been dubbed the “Roller Coaster Bridge” because of the unique way that it was constructed.
The river that it was built over has a lot of boat traffic, so they wanted to build the bridge high enough to allow even the largest ships to sail under.
Driving across this bridge involves “going up a very steep slope before driving down a similar slope on the other side.”
Built from 1997 to 2004, thrill-seekers from all over the world visit Sakaiminato just to drive across this bridge, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Japan.
Officials assure the public that driving across the bridge is really safe and that drivers shouldn’t be afraid to make their way across it.
Although there are many frightening roads, bridges and structures throughout the world, the Eshima Ohashi definitely deserves a spot in the top 10.
The bridge definitely earns the title of the “most terrifying bridge in Japan,” combining fear of heights and deep waters. This makes the bridge a total nightmare to traverse!
The most terrifying bridge worldwide is the Sidhue River Bridge in China. It’s incredibly 460m (1509ft) in height and is the highest bridge in the world.
Suspended across the Sidhue River in the Badong County of the Hubei Province, it stretches more than 1,300m to connect Shanghai and Chendo.
The bridge makes up part of a dangerous mountain path known as highway Huyu G50.