Eshima Ohashi Bridge (江島大橋) is a bridge made famous due to some images and videos circulating on the internet. This bridge runs across Lake Nakaumi connecting the cities of Matsue in Shimane with Sakaiminato in Tottori. The road has a total length of 1.7 km, and about 1.44 km is over the lake, its width is 11.3 meters, being the largest reinforced concrete bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.
The truth is that this bridge does not incline more than 6% and all the photos and videos that we find on the internet belong to a TV commercial used by the car manufacturer Daihatsu Motor Co. The optical illusion used in the commercial made the viewer believe that the bridge was extremely steep and dangerous. The company wanted people to believe that the bridge was frighteningly steep, to demonstrate the strength of its new car.
How is the real Eshima Ohashi bridge?
The image above shows what the Eshima Ohasi bridge really looks like. Although it doesn’t look like much, it really gives you a roller coaster view when you’re about to climb. That’s because any inclination can cause an optical effect that makes it look higher than it actually is. You can see this on roads, when you come out of a flat stretch and ahead comes a high stretch. The bridge is impressive, but what impresses is the asphalt and the cleanliness of the roads.
The Eshima Ohashi bridge was built from 1997 until 2004. It is an impressive 44 meters high. On the Shimane side its inclination is 6.1% and on the Tottori side it is 5.1%. It is worth remembering that its name in Japanese is only Eshima Ohashi (江 que 大橋) which can literally be translated as the Great Bridge of Eshima.
The videos below show what the real Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks like, which is still steep!